If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels. The finding comes from American University...
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
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.
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
List of book-burning incidents
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
The reason they burn libraries and books is mirroring the worth.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
How many characters in a single book are you able to track without getting lost? The book recommendation site Love Reading has
released an infographic that lists 15 books with increasing casts of characters. A memorable cast of characters can at times be the difference between a good book and great book.
There are 40 named characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Compare that to 218 characters that were created by George R.R. Martin inA Game of Thrones, a first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire saga.
Three times more characters – exactly 600 – you’ll find in Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece, War and Peace.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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