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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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Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public | TechSoup for Libraries

Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public | TechSoup for Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, I started my current public library job in Takoma Park, Maryland. Soon after I started the job, several Hurricane Katrina refugees arrived at my public library. It's scary to lose your entire city to a hurricane. When you show up in a new city, it's vital that the people you meet welcome you as valued members of their community.

One of these refugees, Desiree, was a wheelchair user. When she asked me for help in obtaining a donated computer, I put her at the front of my list of waiting recipients. When a donated Dell desktop came in, I set it up for her in her apartment and told her to contact me when it wasn't working.

Over the years, I visited her apartme

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This New Book Gives You a Peek Inside the World's Most Unlikely Libraries

This New Book Gives You a Peek Inside the World's Most Unlikely Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From beach libraries in Sydney to book-toting donkeys in Colombia.
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17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian

17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share stories about their favorite librarians in honor of National Library Week. Here are some of their responses.
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Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books

Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely.
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Julie Sandorf: Balancing books by abandoning libraries

Julie Sandorf: Balancing books by abandoning libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
New York City’s 207 branch libraries are among our most beloved and trusted equalizers of economic opportunity.
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Rossville librarian earns national recognition

Rossville librarian earns national recognition | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Rossville teacher Sherry Gick was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal.
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Employment Trends in Public Libraries

Employment Trends in Public Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
With a recent Forbes article citing Library and Information Science as the third worst master’s degree for today’s professionals, the thought of breaking into a library career or even changing jobs...
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The many roles of the 21st century library (infographic)

The many roles of the 21st century library (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
21st century creates for libraries more possibilities than ever before.
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America’s ‘national library’ is lacking in leadership, yet another report finds

America’s ‘national library’ is lacking in leadership, yet another report finds | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Government Accountability Office says the Library of Congress lacks the leadership to remedy its problems.
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ArchivesInfo: Libraries, Innovation, and Our 21st Century Role

ArchivesInfo: Libraries, Innovation, and Our 21st Century Role | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Many years ago, I began serving as a judge at the New Hampshire State competition for the Young Inventors Program. It is a wonderful program that encourages inventiveness in young people in grades K-8. It is a perfect place for a curious librarian/archivist to spend some time.
Designed for the classroom and aimed at encouraging K-8 students to "think outside of the box," the Young Inventors Program is structured and developed to encourage all students to participate, including those who may not "fit the mold" for traditional sciences.

Finding a new calling: encouraging inventiveness

This year, I decided to sponsor an award. A Library and Information Services award seemed like a much needed focus area for encouraging invention.

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A master's in librarianship could enhance your shelf life

A master's in librarianship could enhance your shelf life | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Being a librarian is one of the nation’s most desirable jobs. But how do you get your foot on the ladder?
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Take a moment and love your library

Take a moment and love your library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Detroit Public Library turns 150 this week. Celebrate by visiting your childhood library.
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Do we still need libraries?

Do we still need libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Get over your nostalgia for the local library of your childhood. Here’s how we need to remake it today.
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Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library

Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
At the Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada, snoozing in the stacks will now be banned. The new rule is part of the library's effort to redirect homeless library patrons to more appropriate support services.
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The Bestselling Books of the [last] Century: 1900-1999

The Bestselling Books of the [last] Century: 1900-1999 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Books of the Century: 1900-1999 https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~immer/booksall 1900 Fiction Bestsellers 1. Mary Johnston, To Have and To Hold 2. Mary Cholmondeley, Red Pottage 3. Robert Grant, Unleavened Bread 4. James Lane Allen, The Reign of Law 5. Irving Bacheller, Eben Holden 6. Paul Leicester Ford, Janice Meredith 7. Charles Frederic Goss, The Redemption of David…
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14 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Librarians

14 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
"Yes, I can help you find all the books." "No, I don't spend all day reading them."

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews

Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

"As librarians we protect our services, collections, and patrons from censorship and bias. Simply put- We do not allow it. From too much left or right wing material to too much sci-fi or mystery. At our core we begin from a place of balance, equality, representation, and non-censorship.  This is one of librarianship’s inherent characteristics that draw people to join the profession.

Interestingly I found this today:

Wikipedia Countering Systemic Bias Project

The Wikipedia project suffers systemic bias that naturally grows from its contributors’ demographic groups, manifesting an imbalanced coverage of a subject, thereby discriminating against the less represented demographic groups. …
This project aims to control and (possibly) eliminate the cultural perspective gaps made by the systemic bias, consciously focusing upon subjects and points of view neglected by the encyclopedia as a whole."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 13, 8:45 AM

Librarian's worth!

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Librarian Gina Sheridan shares her collection of stories from the stacks

Librarian Gina Sheridan shares her collection of stories from the stacks | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
As a librarian, Gina Sheridan sees her share of bizarre, strange and heartwarming stories. She’s the manager of the St. Louis County Library’s Mid-County
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Fresno Librarian: Who Are the Homeless People in My Library? | PublicCEO

Fresno Librarian: Who Are the Homeless People in My Library? | PublicCEO | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A Fresno Librarian Made a Documentary to Get More Than a Glimpse at the Lives of Patrons She Serves Every Day   By Lisa Lindsay. Several years ago, when I first began working as a librarian at the Central Library in downtown Fresno, I escorted a daily customer named James toward the door at closing ...
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Festival to Premiere Library Made Entirely of Books

Festival to Premiere Library Made Entirely of Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The art installation will definitely be a book lover’s dream.
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Ik had het gezien en ik hoop dat de crowdfunding lukt :-)
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8 bizarre products intended to make reading more comfortable

8 bizarre products intended to make reading more comfortable | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Take a look at these weird products: bike book holder, acrylic book weight, books printed sideways, reading toilet stand, and more.
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Shock at Library of Birmingham new opening times: Just SIX hours at weekends

Shock at Library of Birmingham new opening times: Just SIX hours at weekends | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

£189 million flagship has been hit by council cuts. 

THE Library of Birmingham will open for just SIX hours every weekend after the upshot of savage cuts was revealed.

The £189 million building will no longer open on Sundays after April 19 when cost-cutting measures are brought in to reduce its hours from 73 a week to just 40.

The landmark building will open from 11am until 5pm on Saturdays and its doors will be locked for a full 42 hours straight every week before people are let in again at 11am on Mondays.

Steve McCabe, the Labour General Election candidate in Selly Oak, said it was a ridiculous situation which needed addressing.

He said: “I think it is a real disaster to have a brand new major building like this and have the hours cut.

 

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Designing Libraries - The new libraries of Singapore

Designing Libraries - The new libraries of Singapore | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A photo essay on the new libraries of Singapore provides an opportunity to see how libraries are retaining their relevance in the digital information age.
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