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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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A Little Free Library loving third-grader on the power of books | Book Patrol

A Little Free Library loving third-grader on the power of books | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I think we might have met the poster child for the Little Free Library phenomenon.
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OCLC Publishes FY 2014 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket

OCLC Publishes FY 2014 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This is the first digital OCLC Annual Report and is titled Advancing Together. It includes several videos and slide shows. If you prefer, a PDF version minus some of these features is also available. The digital report is available in six languages. Direct to
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Reading Pathway: The Extraordinary Isabel Allende - BOOK RIOT

Reading Pathway: The Extraordinary Isabel Allende - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Reading Pathways is a regular Book Riot feature in which we suggest a three-book reading sequence for becoming acquainted with certain authors.Three books: a novel, a memoir and a YA, to get you started reading Isabel Allende.

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Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders - BOOK RIOT

Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is putting information in the hands of the world, one underserved community at a time.
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Top 10 Largest Libraries in China

Top 10 Largest Libraries in China | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are human’s most successful attempt in democratizing knowledge and tend to be the epicenter of activity in neighborhood in...
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After years of military rule books and hope are returning to Myanmar | Book Patrol

After years of military rule books and hope are returning to Myanmar | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
After decades of repression and censorship the people of Myanmar are getting their books and libraries back!
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My Salute to Librarians

My Salute to Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From the moment I entered the hushed, sacred precinct of the Brownsville Children's Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn, back in the mid-1930s, I have been a passionate advocate of the public library....
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Old-fashioned libraries are what we need? Thoughts on the Battle of Ideas public libraries debate, 19th October 2014

Old-fashioned libraries are what we need? Thoughts on the Battle of Ideas public libraries debate, 19th October 2014 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I was very pleased to be invited to be on a panel discussing public libraries at the Battle of Ideas, held at the Barbican Theatre on Sunday 19th October.  The topic under discussion was "From Amaz...
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Play explores work of librarian who helped preserve Portsmouth's character

Play explores work of librarian who helped preserve Portsmouth's character | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When a diminutive woman in a pink suit and straw hat trimmed in rosebuds stood up to speak at the June 20, 1957, meeting of the Portsmouth Rotary Club,
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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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Library Special, Guy Garvey's Finest Hour - BBC

Library Special, Guy Garvey's Finest Hour - BBC | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

.Guy Garvey takes the Finest Hour on a tour of Manchester's libraries, 

from the beautiful neo-gothic treasure trove that is John Rylands Library to the newly refurbished Manchester Central Library to the hidden gem that is the Portico Library.

He'll be discovering some of the city's most precious artefacts including one of the world's oldest biblical texts, an ancient Greek medical document, Shakespeare's Second Folio dating back to 1632, and archive films about Manchester's music scene.

This programme is part of 6 Music Celebrates Libraries which features a selection of shows across the network turning their attention to libraries - from the sound archive of the British library to exploring the influence of literature on music. Next Friday Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting live from the British Library in London.

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Swiss Army Librarian » Random Notes on a Tech Program for Seniors :: Brian Herzog

Swiss Army Librarian » Random Notes on a Tech Program for Seniors :: Brian Herzog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Swiss Army Librarian is a blog by Brian Herzog mostly about library and technology issues relating to public libraries
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Computers are ranking the world's important authors

Computers are ranking the world's important authors | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Trying to rate the world's literary giants is tricky at best. Do you go by the number of books sold? The long-term cultural impact? If you're Dartmouth College researcher Allen Riddell, you make computers decide.
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Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act | Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act | Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related needs and 3.7 million of them reported finding work.  Today, 96 percent of librariessurveyed offer online job and employment resources and 78 percent offer programs to help people apply for jobs.

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Reading Lives Podcast, #8: Ashley Ford - BOOK RIOT

Reading Lives Podcast, #8: Ashley Ford - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Welcome to Reading Lives is an interview podcast with interesting people who love books, hosted Jeff O’Neal from BookRiot.com. The guest on this episode is Ashley Ford, essayist, memoirist, and staff writer at BuzzFeed. We talk about reading beyond what is.

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Ken Detzner: Libraries add economic value

Ken Detzner: Libraries add economic value | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The public library is a place of learning, a hub for educational resources and a community center. Children discover new worlds as they’re read to, young adults learn new skills, and librarians assist patrons needing educational or business support.

Not only have libraries historically proven to be beneficial to the areas they serve, a recent Return on Investment Study conducted by the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development at the University of West Florida provides the hard numbers demonstrating the economic value of public libraries. The overall return on investment that libraries offer, the business and educational support that is provided, and the essential services provided show not only that libraries are places of learning, but also that they add economic value to their local communities.

For every $1 Floridians invest into Florida public libraries, they receive $10.18 in economic return. This means that with nearly $500 million of public money invested into Florida public libraries during fiscal year 2012, over $5.55 billion was returned to Floridians in economic value. Public libraries have historically been places where families can learn, students can do research and job seekers can find opportunities, and the money invested into these respected institutions is returned over ten-fold.

 

For a return on investment, they’re hard to beat
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Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries

Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This summer, NPR explores our nation's public library system, investigating questions about funding, architecture, media consumption, copyright, and of course, community.
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16 Libraries You Have To See Before You Die

16 Libraries You Have To See Before You Die | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
These 16 amazing libraries are full of beautiful interiors — and books — to check out.
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Libraries: Do We Or Dewey Not Opt for Change?

Libraries: Do We Or Dewey Not Opt for Change? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We've come a long way from Dewey Decimals. I've always admired librarians, from stereotype bun to books. It's National Friends of Libraries Week and I've been flipping the pages of reminiscence....
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SearchReSearch: 5 reasons you should have a library card

SearchReSearch: 5 reasons you should have a library card | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
1.  Access to online paywall content.  2.  eBooks.  3.  Local archives. 4.  Classes. 5.  Reference Librarians.  They’re excellent resources of information and a source of research skills.  When you go to your public library, be sure to chat with the reference librarians.  They are, in essence, professional SearchReseachers.  They know all kinds of things that are key to finding information (both online and offline) in places and in ways you might not have thought about.  (Better yet:  Many of them are available via IMs and email.  Remember the superb “Ask-A-Librarian” service is always available.  They might take a day to get back to you, but they’re very, very good.)   
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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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