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City Library Celebrates Freedom To Read During “Banned Books Week,” Through October 6

City Library Celebrates Freedom To Read During “Banned Books Week,” Through October 6 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

To help raise awareness regarding the censorship of books, the San Diego Public Library will host an All-Day Read-Aloud Reading Marathon.

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Adult coloring programs gaining in popularity in North Jersey - At the Library - NorthJersey.com

Adult coloring programs gaining in popularity in North Jersey - At the Library - NorthJersey.com | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
“I like to color,” says Palisades Park resident Mary Giannantonia. “I find it relaxing. It releases all the stress. It’s calming … plus it is fun.”
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Which are the most borrowed library books in the UK?

Which are the most borrowed library books in the UK? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The importance of libraries to national literacy was underlined again today with the news that five children's authors – Julia Donaldson, Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson and the collective who write under the pen name Adam Blade – are among the Top 10 most borrowed authors in UK libraries, according to figures from the latest annual data released today byPublic Lending Right.

The survey, released on the eve of National Libraries Day, covers 2014-15 and shows again the dominance of thriller writer James Patterson, who topped the chart for the most borrowed author for the ninth year running, and crime writers such as Lee Child. It was also the first year that payments were made for audio books. Here are 10 things we learned from the findings:

 
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National Libraries Day: the 10 best librarians on screen

National Libraries Day: the 10 best librarians on screen | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
To celebrate National Libraries Day 2016, staff at the BFI Reuben Library nominate their top 10 librarians in film and television.
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How books can sap the soul and poison readers with ideas — Tara Isabella Burton — Aeon Essays

What’s more wholesome than reading? Yet books wield a dangerous power: the best erode self, infecting readers with ideas
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Nine Oscar 2016 nominations that are based on books

Nine Oscar 2016 nominations that are based on books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here is a list of nine Oscar 2016 nominations that are based on books or inspired by books.
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The Weirdest Stories Are Sometimes the Most Real

The Weirdest Stories Are Sometimes the Most Real | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
For years, I thought of weirdness and personal storytelling as sort of opposites. You can have surreal, cartoony, acid-trippy, logic-melting insanity, or you can tell a grounded emotional story about people. But the big epiphany I had while writing All the Birds in the Sky is, sometimes weirdness is intensely personal.
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Imagining an Ultra-Futuristic Library for Houston

Imagining an Ultra-Futuristic Library for Houston | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here’s a library that Houston didn’t know it needed.

Michael Arellanes II, the architect and principal at the firm MA2, is exploring a series of grand design concepts for downtown Houston. No one in Houston has asked him to do this work, mind you. This is architectural spitballing.

In a post on the firm’s site, Arellanes II imagines a high-concept library and exhibition center for a parcel just north of downtown. The building is a star cluster of interlocking leaves, each of which provides programming space for what appears to be a truly massive library.

“By having a series of harmonic manifolds of book collection space and the mixing of programmatic function for exhibition”—[deep breath]—“it generates a dynamical system of flowing conditions which manifests with moments of extrapolation within the tectonic massing and circulation,” Arellanes II writes.
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14 million fewer books available in libraries than when David Cameron took office

14 million fewer books available in libraries than when David Cameron took office | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Official statistics reveal the depth of library cuts under the Tories as
campaigners brand approach 'abysmal and appalling'
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Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
ALA President Sari Feldman and President-Elect Julie Todaro respond to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial about librarians in the age of Google.
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20 project management tips for libraries

20 project management tips for libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The start of the year often sees the implementation of strategy in a bigger way. In this context, I will share 20 project management (PM) tips based on lessons learnt from my 20 years of managing international and national digital projects and from some of the great project managers I’ve been lucky to work with.

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Reassembling the Lost Library of a 16th-Century Magician Who Spoke to Angels

Reassembling the Lost Library of a 16th-Century Magician Who Spoke to Angels | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The 16th-century John Dee was a magician in the court of Elizabeth I, a man who had conversations with angels, an astrologer once imprisoned for predicting Queen Mary Tudor’s death through her horoscope, and a spy. He signed his coded name as 007, a sign-off
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A Brief History of Books That Do Not Exist

A Brief History of Books That Do Not Exist | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

1. The Three Main Sections of the Invisible Library. I love books that exist almost as much as I love books that don’t exist. So I have written some books, The Seas, The Invention of Everything Else and Mr. Splitfoot, but more importantly I have not written many, many more books. Ed Park, co-founder and co-librarian of the Invisible Library tells us that:

In Raymond Chandler’s posthumously published notebooks, we find 36 unused titles, from The Man With the Shredded Ear to The Black-Eyed Blonde, as well as reference to Aaron Klopstein, author of such books as Cat Hairs in the Custard and Twenty Inches of Monkey.

Imagine the potential, the possible! Clearly the list of books that don’t exist like the Invisible Library itself, is without border or end.

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Meme librarian is a real job — and it’s the best one on the Internet

Meme librarian is a real job — and it’s the best one on the Internet | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Amanda Brennan is a librarian for the Internet.

Brennan’s official job title is content  and community associate at Tumblr, but everyone at the microblogging platform calls her their “meme librarian.” She spends her days on the front lines of an online meme’s creation, dissemination and, yes, inevitable death.

As she explains it, “My community is the Internet.” At Tumblr, Brennan sifts through the thousands of pieces of original content, from vines to videos to text posts — and from there, she catalogs ongoing trends, identifies up-and-coming blogs and documents the latest news in the Tumblrverse.

Brennan’s career in meme librarianism began in graduate school at Rutgers, where she received a master’s in library science — the degree required to become a librarian. But instead of heading to a brick-and-mortar library, Brennan continued documenting online phenomena at Know Your Meme and then at Tumblr, where she solidified her profession as information desk for doge, mmm whatcha say and the other viral Internet sensations in need of classification, categorization and preservation.

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‘A library is like a room full of friends’: stars' letters to young readers

‘A library is like a room full of friends’: stars' letters to young readers | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In 1971, a librarian asked famous names in the arts, sciences and politics to write to the children of Troy, Michigan, encouraging them to cherish their new public library. Respondents included author Dr Seuss, first lady Pat Nixon, astronaut Neil Armstrong and the pope
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David Walliams hails Northern Ireland kids as his book tops most borrowed list - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

David Walliams hails Northern Ireland kids as his book tops most borrowed list - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Comedian David Walliams has paid tribute to the "fantastic taste" of children in Northern Ireland after it emerged his Awful Auntie is the most borrowed book from libraries in
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The Librarian Extraordinaire

The Librarian Extraordinaire | Librarysoul | Scoop.it


Don’t Librarians Just Shelve Books All Day? Or How a Book Helped Me To Begin to Squelch Stereotypes

I’ve always been, well, a bit obsessed about the role of libraries in the world.  As a new librarian, I was never really able to put into words what I thought my role-well, actually, my mission, was.  I’d always hammer on about how important librarians were in a world where information was omnipresent.  I’d talk about the importance of librarians in developing critical thinking.  None of this felt right, though…because what I slowly, but surely, was starting to do (and inspired by so many amazing librarians near and far), felt so BEYOND just that.

But here’s the deal, and if you’re reading this, I’m sure you know.  I don’t think any profession is as stereotyped as librarians.

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The burning of libraries

The burning of libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In one moment, a mob of barbarians can destroy a country's history, can erase the work of lifetimes of scholars, can inflict a wound on humanity that it will still be suffering 1,000 years later - long after the religion and philosophy and cause of the barbarians is forgotten.

 

List of destroyed libraries

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Trudy Raymakers's insight:

The reason they burn libraries and books is mirroring the worth.

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Smithsonian Libraries Receives 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award - Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

Smithsonian Libraries Receives 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award - Smithsonian Libraries Unbound | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has selected the “Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project” for a 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award. The award of $491,713 will help support increased accessibility to original scientific documentation found in archival field notes in participating institution collections. Field notes provide valuable, primary research more »
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Reading positions: 14 fabulous pictures and cartoons

Reading positions: 14 fabulous pictures and cartoons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Pictures and cartoons hilariously summarizing the pains of every avid reader. Reading positions - no matter where and how long you read.
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How Independent Bookstores Are Thriving in the Digital Age

How Independent Bookstores Are Thriving in the Digital Age | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Though the media described the rise of ebooks as a death knell for independent bookstores, in reality, the lower cost of technology on all ends has enhanced the efficiency and reach of stores. By Erin L.Cox. 

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The calamity of the disappearing school libraries | The Edvocate

The calamity of the disappearing school libraries | The Edvocate | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Debra Kachel, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania :From coast to coast, elementary and high school libraries are being neglected, defunded, repurposed. The kindest thing that can be said about this is that it’s curious; the more accurate explanation is that it’s just wrong and very foolish.

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The Age of Wikipedia — Annoyed Librarian

The Age of Wikipedia — Annoyed Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Last week I criticized another gloom and doom article. The premise of the article was that librarians were doomed because reference librarians weren’t being asked questions anymore and couldn’t figure out what to do with themselves. Or something like that.

Last week also saw the 15th anniversary of Wikipedia. There might be some connection between those two things.

Fifteen years of Wikipedia and a bit over seventeen years of Google. When it comes to finding and accessing basic information about the world, things are much rosier than they were at the turn of the century, unless you’re a librarian who built a career on answering ready reference questions or a member of the public who thinks libraries exist only to answer such questions.

Hence the gloom and doom. Displaced librarians lovingly fondling the last print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the 15th edition from 2010, and wishing someone would ask them to look up a fact. Tech journalists who haven’t set foot in a public library since they were children telling us all about how libraries are irrelevant because they never use them.

 
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Library Leadership, Electronic Resources, Self-Study | LJ Reviews

Library Leadership, Electronic Resources, Self-Study | LJ Reviews | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Creating Leaders is for librarians in any kind of leadership role, whether formally or informally; an overview of the impact electronic resources; how to capture data that will promote services and demonstrate value-added activities
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NYPL Shows Academic Libraries What "Public Domain" Means

NYPL Shows Academic Libraries What "Public Domain" Means | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library has now opened up hundreds of thousands of their digitized public-domain documents to unrestricted access and reuse, encouraging members the general public to exercise all the rights in those documents that the law gives them. Why aren't more academic libraries doing the same thing?
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Markers of Quality: The Role of Librarians in Everyday Life Information Literacy | Peer to Peer Review

Markers of Quality: The Role of Librarians in Everyday Life Information Literacy | Peer to Peer Review | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This all started when my teenage son reported that Adam Sandler has Ebola. He saw it trending on Facebook. I sighed inwardly and asked if he had looked at the source of the information. Being the son of a librarian he quickly said: “Yes! CNN.COM.”
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