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Oxford debates the role of its librarians and libraries | Inside Higher Ed

Oxford debates the role of its librarians and libraries | Inside Higher Ed | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Large bright badges offering help to customers may have become a common sight in coffee shops.
But the wearing of them by librarians at the University of Oxford has been seen as the latest insult in a row over changes taking place among the dreaming spires' famous research collections.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/26/oxford-debates-role-its-librarians-and-libraries#ixzz2DOWsxdPV
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We Need Diverse Libraries

We Need Diverse Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Public librarians fight the good fight: we’re champions of literacy and intellectual freedom, we oppose book bannings, and we’re pro-education and public service. We’ve had a bit of a public image problem what with our shushing and our late fees, but we’ve been hard at work reinventing our image as welcoming, affirming professionals who are here to spread the love of books and information. We even have literary tattoos andbookish roller derby names.

All of this makes it harder to say this next thing: Public librarians need to do better with race.

When I recently read about the Napa Valley Wine Train that apologized for wrongfully escorting a book club of 11 black women off the train for being “too boisterous” (i.e. #laughingwhileblack), my first thought was of how many times I’ve seen the same thing happen in public libraries — I’ve witnessed many similar microaggressions against people of color throughout my time in libraries.

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8-year-old boy's adorable apology note to library goes viral

8-year-old boy's adorable apology note to library goes viral | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

TORONTO, Canada - An 8-year-old boy's apology note for accidentally ripping a page in a library book has gone viral. Jackson Dowler was reading an Asterix comic book when he accidentally tore a page. 

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David Byrne’s Lending Library

David Byrne’s Lending Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A colorful case of the mosaic of influences that is art.

"When a library is open, no matter its size or shape," Bill Moyers wrote, "democ
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An Oral History of Law Librarianship: Michael Slinger | Hein Blog

An Oral History of Law Librarianship: Michael Slinger | Hein Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A new installment of video interviews are available each month in An Oral History of Law Librarianship in Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf in HeinOnline. The videos contain interviews of active and retired law librarians and others related to the profession. This series showcases individuals in the profession as they discuss and reflect on their experiences.

These videos are now being made available to you via our HeinOnline YouTube Channel. Each week, here on our blog, we will be featuring one video highlighting an active or retired law librarian. Be sure to check back each week for a new feature!
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Exploring NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY - With A Drone! - YouTube

This is Nate Bolt's. If you haven't been there, go. Everyone in the video was involved in the shoot and lots of safety precautions were taken and no books were harmed in the making of this video. Shot with a DJI Phantom and both a Hero3 Black and an iPhone 5S. Slowed down with Twixtor in After Effects to make up for the glaring lack of a Gimbal..

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Deze Colombiaanse vuilnisman spaarde een bibliotheek van 20.000 boeken bij elkaar

Deze Colombiaanse vuilnisman spaarde een bibliotheek van 20.000 boeken bij elkaar | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Bibliotheekvestigingen, Nederland telt er dit jaar – ondanks alle bezuinigingen – altijd nog meer dan duizend. De Colombiaanse hoofdstad Bogotá telt er negentien, op een inwonersaantal van 8,5 miljoen. Reden voor een Colombiaanse vuilnisman om zelf een bibliotheek op te richten.
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Calais migrant camp gets makeshift library – and it needs more books

Calais migrant camp gets makeshift library – and it needs more books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A British teacher has set up a library in France’s growing refugee camp, and is asking for donations. We look at other libraries created in crisis situations
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You picked the world’s 10 most beautiful libraries

You picked the world’s 10 most beautiful libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
BBC Culture asked readers to share the most beautiful libraries they’ve ever visited anywhere in the world. Here’s what you chose.
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Berkeley Residents Protest 'Library-Gate' After Books Go Missing

Berkeley Residents Protest 'Library-Gate' After Books Go Missing | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Berkeley booklovers, retired librarians, council members and authors expressed discontent Wednesday at a news conference in front of the city's library over the way library officials are weeding books from the library's collection.

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Outrage as city with new £188m library ask readers for help buying books

Outrage as city with new £188m library ask readers for help buying books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Members of the public are asked to donate new books to help combat a 'pause' in funding in Birmingham
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Why libraries matter - Macleans.ca

Why libraries matter - Macleans.ca | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Despite the benefits of the digital revolution, the history of the library reveals a mutable survivor that's vital for democracy
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Schopenhauer: On Reading and Books

Schopenhauer: On Reading and Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
One of the most timeless meditations on reading comes from the 19th-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
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So libraries in Birmingham won't be buying new books and one is asking for donations. - YouTube

So libraries in Birmingham won't be buying new books and one is asking for donations. Unacceptable or fair enough?

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8-Year-Old Boy Writes Heartwarming Apology Note to Library After Accidentally ... - People Magazine

8-Year-Old Boy Writes Heartwarming Apology Note to Library After Accidentally ... - People Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Apology note from Toronto 8-year-old to library goes viral
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A City in 100 Libraries | cityscape | Torontoist

A City in 100 Libraries | cityscape | Torontoist | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Toronto Library Passport Book invites Torontonians to become local tourists, one branch at a time. 

Sometimes, it pays to be a tourist in your own city. With that idea in mind, designer Noah Ortmann has created the Toronto Library Passport Book. The impetus is simple: encourage Torontonians to venture beyond their home branches and explore the city’s 100 locations, from Agincourt to Wychwood.

 

In addition to a list of library branch names and locations, the slim and elegantly designed notebook invites users to describe each library in one word, list the best thing about each respective branch, and rate the library on a scale of one to 10. The passport also includes an index of borrowing limits per category, overdue fees, and a small scavenger hunt that includes such mini-missions as “Ask the information desk about where to find something” and “Go to opposite ends of a large branch; try to find each other by texting only the titles and authors of books to each other.”

 
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Two Librarians at the Center of Flood Relief Efforts in Myanmar | Beyond Access

Two Librarians at the Center of Flood Relief Efforts in Myanmar | Beyond Access | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Myanmar is in the early stages of recovering from devastating floods that have displaced 384,900 households and affected more than 1.6 million people. While the government and relief organizations have organized a strong response to the floods, access to food, health services, and communications is still limited in many remote villages and townships. In the wake of crises, access to information is critical. Time and again, librarians have demonstrated that they have the agency to connect people with one of the most critical assets in the wake of a disaster — information.

Beyond Access champions the concept of a modern library. A modern library leverages technology and trained staff to make information a dynamic asset. The value of a modern library is amplified in the wake of a crisis. Here is the story of how two librarians in Myanmar are providing modern library services to communities affected by the floods. Their stories are representative of how Myanmar’s library community has risen to the challenge.

 

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Berkeley’s first 24/7 library space in the works

Berkeley’s first 24/7 library space in the works | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Undergrads have longed for a modern, 24/7 campus library. That wish is coming true.
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The Novel Cure: Literary prescriptions for putting someone on a pedestal

The Novel Cure: Literary prescriptions for putting someone on a pedestal | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Ailment: Putting someone on a pedestal
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Little library, big skills

Little library, big skills | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Bianca Ayala, 7, of Albany picks out a book Friday from Pat Mason's Little Free Library in the front yard of her Albany home. 

It's just a hunch, but Pat Mason is pretty sure she's right: Little Free Libraries like hers might be more than just a cure for the summertime blues. She's convinced they could help build the literacy skills of children new to English.

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Library Cards Without Libraries? How About Unicorns, Too? - Publishing Perspectives

Library Cards Without Libraries? How About Unicorns, Too? - Publishing Perspectives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
After the UK government suggested all 8-year-olds get library cards, author Chris White countered with a letter lamenting the lack of library funds. By Dennis Abrams In the UK, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for…
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How libraries changed the lives of visually impaired people in Edinburgh

How libraries changed the lives of visually impaired people in Edinburgh | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Edinburgh City Libraries recently won the annual Jodi Awards for best use of technology to widen access to information, learning, collections and creativity for disabled people in museums, librarie...
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Outrage in Birmingham

Outrage in Birmingham | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Editorial It was the shock of the image that did it.  A picture of a poster from a Birmingham library asking for donations as “we are no longer purchasing any new books or newspapers”.  After all, this is Birmingham, the home of the massive new...
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I love the new Birmingham Library – and I hate what’s happening to it | Lynsey Hanley

I love the new Birmingham Library – and I hate what’s happening to it | Lynsey Hanley | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The city’s new library cost £188m and opened in 2013. Yet with public sector cuts it’s falling to bits and asking for public donations of books
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Did technology kill the book or give it new life? - BBC News

Did technology kill the book or give it new life? - BBC News | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Technology has had a very disruptive effect on the book publishing and retailing industries, but has it also given the book a new lease of life?
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