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The search for reinvention of libraries from the deepest belief in the social relevance of a save harbour in the public domain
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How to care for sacred texts in public libraries | CILIP

How to care for sacred texts in public libraries | CILIP | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The UK is a diverse, cosmopolitan country with people of many faiths – and none. Public libraries are secular spaces, and, whilst providing sacred texts, books about faith and religion, and books reflecting non-religious views of the world, care needs to be taken to ensure that people’s faith (or lack thereof) is treated with respect, and that one religious/faith group is not privileged over others. Examples have occurred where local faith groups have tried to pressure libraries into presenting their sacred texts in a particular way; the guidelines below, originally developed by Siobhan Ball as part of her Information Management and Preservation Masters degree, aim to support libraries in making decisions about how to deal with such demands, and also outline good practice in dealing with sacred texts in general.

 
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Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon

Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Portland’s fondness for bikes, literary culture and liberal impulses have come together with Street Books, a nonprofit book service for “people living outside.”
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Doug Mirams's curator insight, October 13, 9:23 AM

Great example of social outreach combined with "litte free libraries"; and its great exercise for librarians as well.

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Inside the New York Public Library: The Pforzheimer Collection - YouTube

The New York Public Library's mission is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
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The New York Public Library - YouTube

The New York Public Library - YouTube | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library's mission is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
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Rawlins director named Librarian of the Year

Rawlins director named Librarian of the Year | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A year into her new job in Pierre, and 30 into her career, the director of Rawlins Municipal Library has been named Librarian of the Year.
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Libraries are Amazing!

Libraries are Amazing! | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I'll admit to having a little bit of a bias in this regard, but here is a wonderful infographic (Checking Out America's Libraries -- courtesy of H&R Block) that highlights all of the wonderful ...
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Hardcovers and Paperbacks Still Outselling eBooks

Hardcovers and Paperbacks Still Outselling eBooks | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In the first six months of 2014 eBooks are still not outselling print, whether its a hardcover or paperback novels. According to a new report by Nielsen
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Featuring: Julie Dietzel-Glair | Library as Incubator Project

Featuring: Julie Dietzel-Glair | Library as Incubator Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Today it is my pleasure to present a conversation with Julie Dietzel-Glair, library consultant and writer – most recently of an awesome book from the American Library Association called Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books Through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props (ALA Neal-Schuman, 2013). As someone who’s constantly looking for new ways to engage the youngest library patrons with literature, I can tell you I was excited to learn about this title!

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21. Liz - community outreach

21. Liz - community outreach | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Liz Moffat is Community Outreach Librarian at Stirling Libraries. I have worked in public libraries all my working life. I started in Clackmannanshire Libraries, first as a Saturday Assistant then ...
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Despite Heavy Internet Use, Millennials Think Libraries are Useful - SocialTimes

Despite Heavy Internet Use, Millennials Think Libraries are Useful - SocialTimes | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Despite assumptions that millennials are doing everything online, large numbers of those aged 16 to 29 are interested in visiting libraries.
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Free Library gets its biggest grant ever

Free Library gets its biggest grant ever | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The William Penn Foundation is extending its longtime role as primary benefactor of the Free Library of Philadelphia by awarding the library the biggest grant in the history of either institution.
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1001 libraries: Mediothek Krefeld, Germany

1001 libraries: Mediothek Krefeld, Germany | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Name of the Library  Mediothek Krefeld Parent Organisation:  Stadt Krefeld Street Address:   Theaterplatz 2 Postal Address:  47798 Krefeld Germany Telephone :  +492151862750 Web Address  www.mediot...
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This Simple Math Concept Went Nowhere For A Century And Then — BOOM — Computers

This Simple Math Concept Went Nowhere For A Century And Then — BOOM — Computers | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
How Boolean algebra went from an abstract mathematical idea to the basis of the modern computer.
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Finding Libraries in Unexpected Places - BOOK RIOT

Finding Libraries in Unexpected Places - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We usually think about libraries as staid and steady buildings, safely immobile on our city streets. Like, say, this rather pretty one: But they don’t always stay there. One of the most fascinating things about bookmobiles, for example, is that … Continued
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Infographic Shows How Libraries Are Champions for Academic Freedom and Balanced Copyright | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®

Infographic Shows How Libraries Are Champions for Academic Freedom and Balanced Copyright | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL® | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Today, ARL released a new infographic that tells the story of how libraries are champions for academic freedom and balanced copyright policies. The infographic explains the threat of unbalanced copyright to academic freedoms, including the freedom to research, to teach and learn, and to publish...
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Inside the New York Public Library: The Maps Collection - YouTube

The New York Public Library's mission is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
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Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide – in pictures

Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide – in pictures | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From a Canadian bookshop opened by Alice Munro in the 1960s to one in the island of Santorini started by drunk Oxford students, some of the world’s most exotic booksellers feature in The Bookshop Book, published as part of a UK-wide Books are My Bag campaign to support the bookselling industry in the run-up to Christmas. Its author Jen Campbell introduces some of the finest
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The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak - YouTube

At once perfectly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experie...
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Scodius: Librarians have been providing you with ad-free answers since 1200 B.C.E.

Scodius: Librarians have been providing you with ad-free answers since 1200 B.C.E. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

My insides cringe whenever people ask me what I do for a living, because I’m prepared for the skeptical looks I get when I tell people I’m a librarian.  

 

They act as if being a librarian is not a real job, and conjure up images of me with my nose in a book. I wish I could sit around and read books all day! Who wouldn’t want to be a librarian then?

I’ve heard it all, but my favorite is people’s assertion that the age of the public library is ending and Google will reign on in its place – making my job obsolete. But guess what? Google doesn’t know everything!

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The Itinerant Librarian: Booknote: Creative Community Organizing

The Itinerant Librarian: Booknote: Creative Community Organizing | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Si Kahn, Creative Community Organizing: a Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice. San Francisco, CA: Berrett Koehler, 2010. ISBN: 9781605094441.
Genre: nonfiction
Subgenre: memoir, community organizing, activism 
I did not find this book really engaging. It's mostly a memoir of Si Kahn's work as a civil rights activist and organizer, including work with SNCC. In part, I felt that I had seen or read much of this. Maybe this is because I read it shortly after my intensive study of the Civil Rights era during the tour, so I was not ready to read more on the topic. Maybe I wanted a bit more "how to" and less memoir. 

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Take Poems Once a Day and call me in the morning: Deborah Alma - Emergency Poet | Book Patrol

Take Poems Once a Day and call me in the morning: Deborah Alma - Emergency Poet | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Meet Deborah Alma the Emergency Poet and mastermind of "the world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service."
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Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Welcome to Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized. That's what we're trying to do.

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Unbinding the book

Unbinding the book | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Indie publishing platform Blurb and visual arts studio Jotta have commissioned nine artists and designers to launch Unbinding the Book to challenge preconceptions of who can be an author and what a book can be.

Unbinding the Book will push the boundaries of how books can be experienced, by evoking the storytelling properties of print and the way in which images evoke a narrative, whilst bringing to life the materiality, form and physicality that make books so alluring and different from their digital counterparts.

 

 

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Millennials Read and Use Libraries as Much as Their Parents, Study Finds | Digital Book World

Millennials Read and Use Libraries as Much as Their Parents, Study Finds | Digital Book World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A Pew report released today suggests the future for books and libraries is bright because younger Americans are still reading as much as their elders. The
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Dewey Decimal and the Librarians | Book Patrol

Dewey Decimal and the Librarians | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The year was 1963. The place was St. Paul, Minnesota. The band was Dewey Decimal and the Librarians. The rest they say is history.
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