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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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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

by Rebecca Tischler, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee 5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do .

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Library advocacy... In stop motion

Library advocacy... In stop motion | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I want to share this library advocacy stop motion video with you. In 70 seconds it shows some of the great stuff the library offers - and yes... It IS starring a cat as important supporting actor. ...
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A Significant Problem: Lack of Public Libraries in Istanbul

A Significant Problem: Lack of Public Libraries in Istanbul | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In an age with the digitalization of libraries, one still looks for a cozy place to wonder around the shelves of millions of different stories. When was the last time a hand from the fifteenth cent...
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Libraries Without Borders unveils a library in a box designed for refugees

Libraries Without Borders unveils a library in a box designed for refugees | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries Without Borders will unveil its latest project at the New York Public Library: The Ideas Box, a library in a box designed by Philippe Starck to be packed onto shipping pallets and sent to refugee camps.
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Literary Tourism: Houston, Texas - BOOK RIOT

Literary Tourism: Houston, Texas - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I was sitting in the audience at an event for the paperback release of Justin Cronin’s The Passage when he talked about the book’s connection to Houston. Since we were sitting in a Houston bookstore for the event, this was of particular … Continued
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Slide Show: American Public Libraries Great and Small

Slide Show: American Public Libraries Great and Small | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In the course of eighteen years, the photographer Robert Dawson took pictures of hundreds of public libraries across the U.S.
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BiblioCraft!

BiblioCraft! | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects combines my two loves--libraries and handmade design projects--in a single volume. 

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Rankings: Top 25 Library Foundations, New Research Shows Assets of $2.5 Billion | LJ INFOdocket

Rankings: Top 25 Library Foundations, New Research Shows Assets of $2.5 Billion | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Library foundations supporting presidential and public libraries have an estimated combined $2.5 billion.

The total represents the assets of 1,300 library investment portfolios in the U.S., although the bulk of the assets is concentrated in the 25 largest, accounting for $2.2 billion.

The segment is a fertile area for growth as municipal libraries, facing government budget restraints, look to build their foundation’s source of funding, Mr. [Walter J.] Dillingham [New York-based managing director-endowments and foundations and co-author of the study] said in an interview.

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Libraries Dying but Literature Thrives

Libraries Dying but Literature Thrives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

An animated discussion on the future of publishing was on at a literary conference being hosted by The New Indian Express in Bhubaneswar.

The common belief is that the reading habit has declined and the easy availability of books on the Net has reduced the relevance of libraries. The theory is much bandied about even in India, where Internet penetration in 2012 was just 11.4 per cent. But I refuse to believe that it’s the reason why over 50,000 public libraries in India tell such sorry stories of neglect. Because, man’s innate instinct to learn, ruminate and exchange ideas has not changed. And libraries offer the possibility—and freedom—to do them all. A library is a place where history comes to life as easily as a potential world of possibilities. It is the go-to place for personal growth and reinvention, to both look back and ahead, to preserve old cultures and formulate new traditions.

Currently, in India, the only libraries that are super-active seem to be housed in jails

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Building a 21st-century Bodleian - YouTube

Here is a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into the inner workings of the University of Oxford's Bodleian library and how its staff are working to prepa...
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Is Privacy Really Dead?

Is Privacy Really Dead? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Yes, I’m still focused on Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Great book! Go read it.
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10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — and How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com

10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — and How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Expert advice on how to change the minds of kids who hate to read.
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Things Only a Library Can Do

Things Only a Library Can Do | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Libraries are a paradise for book lovers. But we know the library is more than just free books (although, that’s our favorite part), so we compiled a list of things only a library can do.

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11 Of The World's Most Beautiful Libraries

11 Of The World's Most Beautiful Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A lavishly illustrated new book pays homage to the cathedrals of free knowledge that are libraries, from the 1600s until today.
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Reading a Novel Boosts Brain Connectivity — PsyBlog

Reading a Novel Boosts Brain Connectivity — PsyBlog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Stories leave their mark on the mind both psychologically and neurologically.
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Australian special libraries' return on investment | Australian Library and Information Association

Australian special libraries' return on investment | Australian Library and Information Association | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
On 2 April 2014, ALIA, in conjunction with the Australian Law Library Association, Health Libraries Inc (HLInc) and Health Libraries Australia (ALIA HLA, a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association), released a study which suggests law firms, government departments, associations and other organisations involved with special libraries gain over $5 in return for every $1 they invest in special libraries. The partners commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey special libraries across the nation and from this to assess the return on the annual investment in these services to their organisations.  To view the full report, please click here.  The full report from SGS is available here.  Click here to view the press release.  Email banner. 
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LexisNexis — 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries

LexisNexis — 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
LexisNexis — 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries Via Gary Price at FullTextReports 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries Source: LexisNexis From blog post: The 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries: Managing Evolving...
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Brooklyn Public Library researchers answered 3.5 million questions in 2013, records show

Brooklyn Public Library researchers answered 3.5 million questions in 2013, records show | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Did an elephant really swim from Brooklyn to Staten Island? That was one of the 3.5 million often funny and poignant questions visitors to 60 Brooklyn Public Library branches had for 100 librarians in 2013, records show.
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The Marriage of the Librarian and the Algorithm — On Publishing — Medium

The Marriage of the Librarian and the Algorithm — On Publishing — Medium | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When I was five or six years old I started accompanying my grandmother to work on the weekends.
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Librarian supports the need to read to children daily - The Medina County Gazette

Librarian supports the need to read to children daily - The Medina County Gazette | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Medina County is lagging behind the nation in parents reading daily to their young children. And that could cause a literacy problem down the road as today’s toddlers enter grade school. In a survey commissioned by Living Well Medina County, only 35 percent of Medina County parents reported reading to their children under 5 years. Medina County District Library has taken steps to improve early reading readiness by hiring Dawn Roginski, an early childhood outreach librarian. 

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1. Maker Movement Manifesto

1. Maker Movement Manifesto | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
1Maker Movement ManifestoIn the spirit of making, I strongly suggest you take this manifesto, make changes to it, and make it your own. That is the point of making.MAKEMaking is fundamental to what...
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How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem

How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We have a reading problem in the United States.  It’s not that people aren’t reading: in fact the Pew Research Center reports that 76% of adults have read a book in the past year.  Even kids are reading – and some studies suggest that millennials are more likely to read [...]
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nickcarman's curator insight, March 16, 6:43 PM

This article describes how some libraries in the 'States have dramatically increased book circulation by reorganizing their collections and physical spaces.  They have taken lessons from retail, in particular from bookstores to deliver a very different experience for library patrons.

nickcarman's comment, March 16, 6:43 PM
Thank you Trudy, you beat me to this one! :-)
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New Top Resources for Essay Writers – Stephen's Lighthouse New

New Top Resources for Essay Writers – Stephen's Lighthouse New | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

All stages of essay writing can be tricky, from the choice of a proper topic to the organization of the paper to the actual writing. Moreover, you also have to edit and proofread the paper in order to make sure it’s clean of all spelling errors and logical gaps. The content has to be free of plagiarism, and all sources you have used need to be properly referenced. When you have all those rules in mind, essay writing can become really confusing.

However, there are online resources that can help you through every stage of the process, and we will list some of the most useful ones in the continuation.

 
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Competency Index for the Library Field 2014

Competency Index for the Library Field 2014 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Competency Index for the Library Field 2014  http://www.webjunction.org/documents/webjunction/Competency_Index_for_the_Library_Field.html   An updated edition of the WebJunction compilation of competency statements that address a broad spectrum of...
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This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously

This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Last seen eating chicken at the intersection of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Likes books and people. Loves the institution that brings books and people together.  
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nickcarman's curator insight, March 11, 9:58 PM

On the surface this article appears farcical, but read a few paragraphs in and you will find a serious look at the problems New York Public Library faces in balancing public access and research needs, as well as paper books vs ebooks.