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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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The most beautiful libraries in the world (infographic)

The most beautiful libraries in the world (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries, not only the old but also the modern ones, are among places many book lovers dream to see for their own…
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Denver Public Library Offers a Day of Hugs, Empathy to Fight Homelessness

Denver Public Library Offers a Day of Hugs, Empathy to Fight Homelessness | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In the midst of a grim summer of terrorist attacks, political strife and racial tension, it can be difficult to stay focused on the positive. But folks at the Denver Public Library, which has been at the vanguard of discussions about homelessness in the city, have an unusual day of services, events and activities coming up this weekend that promises to create more connections than divisions on the issue — and even a few hugs in the bargain. 
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The Love of Books: A Sarajevo Story

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The love of books....Not new, made public on youtube 7 th august 2013.
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Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
How the best leaders follow the 5-hour rule
For the leaders I tracked, the 5-hour rule often fell into three buckets: reading, reflection, and experimentation.

1. Read
According to an HBR article, "Nike founder Phil Knight so reveres his library that in it you have to take off your shoes and bow."

Oprah Winfrey credits books with much of her success: "Books were my pass to personal freedom." She has shared her reading habit with the world via her book club.

These two are not alone. Consider the extreme reading habits of other billionaire entrepreneurs:

Warren Buffett spends five to six hours per day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports.

Bill Gates reads 50 books per year.

Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks.

Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day, according to his brother.

Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day.

Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot, reads two hours a day.

Billionaire entrepreneur David Rubenstein reads six books a week.

Dan Gilbert, self-made billionaire and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reads one to two hours a day.
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Number 1 in the 5 hour rule is reading. A lot of succesful entrepeneurs/billionairs read a lot.
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Coventry libraries will be 'devastated' by cuts

Coventry libraries will be 'devastated' by cuts | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Cathy Cassidy hits out at library cuts in open letter signed by other top writers
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Meet the BPL's New President

Meet the BPL's New President | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Now that David Leonard has taken over as president of the Boston Public Library, he's started making plans for what he hopes to do in the future.
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Library apartments, the culture that was New York - Marginal REVOLUTION

Library apartments, the culture that was New York - Marginal REVOLUTION | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In the early to mid twentieth century, the majority of the city’s libraries had live-in superintendents. Like the superintendents who still live in many of the city’s residential buildings, these caretakers both worked and lived in the buildings for which they were responsible. This meant that for decades, behind the stacks, meals were cooked, baths and showers were taken, and bedtime stories were read. And yes, families living in the city’s libraries typically did have access to the stacks at night—an added bonus if they happened to need a new bedtime book after hours.

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The Sound of Library Science

The Sound of Library Science | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
At North Carolina State University Libraries, under the stewardship of LJ Mover & Shaker Jason Evans Groth, the belief is that harnessing the power of imagery and sound to build on research is important.
“A well-organized non-written piece of communication about research in which we’re invested hasn’t lost any value,” says Groth, User Experience Librarian for Digital Media. “If anything, it’s more valuable — and research is just one person’s daydream unless it’s accessible.”
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Niet omdat het kan, maar omdat het moet: Brewster Kahle over alles online #KVAN125

Niet omdat het kan, maar omdat het moet: Brewster Kahle over alles online #KVAN125 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The best we have to offer is not on the net." Voor veel archivarissen een regelmatige verzuchting - een verwijt bijna - richting onderzoekers die niet verder zoeken dan Google diep gaat, voor Brewster Kahle een overduidelijke call to action, een aansporing om te starten met scannen. Deze digitale bibliothecaris en oprichter van Internet Archive werkt al meer dan 25 jaar aan een heel helder doel: universal access to all knowledge. Dat die boodschap bibliothecarissen en archivarissen moet aanspreken, daarvan getuigt het motto free to all, dat al jaren boven de entree van de Boston Public Library prijkt, zoals Kahle ons voorhield tijdens zijn keynote voor het jubileumcongres van de KVAN.

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E-Books Fair Game For Public Libraries, Says Advisor to Top Europe Court

E-Books Fair Game For Public Libraries, Says Advisor to Top Europe Court | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Report: “E-Books Fair Game For Public Libraries, Says Advisor to Top Europe Court” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket http://www.infodocket.com/2016/06/16/report-e-books-fair-game-for-public-libraries-says-advisor-to-top-europe-court/ "From ars technica UK: Electronic books should be treated just like physical books for the purposes of lending, an advisor to Europe’s top court has said. Maciej Szpunar, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the…
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Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement IV - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement IV - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement IV: We recognize and respect intellectual property rights.

It’s hard to remember, but intellectual property theft existed prior to electronic cutting and pasting, peer-to-peer music sharing services, and free term paper sites. It’s just that the speed, availability, and ease with which property can be copied have all led to greater instances of piracy, plagiarism, and even disdain for copyright laws.
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Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement II - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement II - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement II: We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.
Technology has opened floodgates of information into schools, primarily by way of the Internet. Along with marvelous resources on topics of curricular and personal interest, the flotsam and sewage of the Internet has become readily available as well. Materials and ideas that had been in the past physically inaccessible to students now can be viewed at the click of mouse button.

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Texas city council votes to reinstate Browser the popular library cat

Texas city council votes to reinstate Browser the popular library cat | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The governing council of White Settlement in Texas voted 3-0 to let the cat, Browser, stay at the White Settlement Public Library. Two weeks ago, two city council members had voted to oust him.
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The Enduring Appeal of Libraries Around the World

The Enduring Appeal of Libraries Around the World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Australian academic and author Germaine Greer once enthused, “Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark … In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.”

Therein lies the beauty of libraries, past and present. Often referred to as cathedrals of knowledge—and free ones, at that—libraries remain civic and cultural icons within their communities where visitors can do everything from read international publications and learn computer skills to launch a business idea. In an age when information is ubiquitous and universally accessible at the click of a button, libraries are adapting to an increasingly digital society while remaining true to their heritage as a welcoming gathering place, with their alluring stacks of books, striking architecture and knowledgable staffs. 
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Stop the privatisation of Public Libraries: Library Workers of the World Strike and Fight!

Stop the privatisation of Public Libraries: Library Workers of the World Strike and Fight! | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
There's a saying in libraryland that if library workers are on strike then things must be really bad, well things are really really really bad!
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For the last 3 or so weeks library workers in Mississauga, Canada, have been striking for a better pay deal and terms and conditions. For the last two years they've been offered 0.5% and with 50% of the library workforce on part-time contracts with no holiday or sick allowances their union branch CUPE Local 1989 decided emough was enough and brought their members out. With wonderful support from their local community and library users they've managed to secure a better deal albeit a tentative one.
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Seth's Blog: The very same software

Seth's Blog: The very same software | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Something rare is happening, and it might not last long. Today, right now, anyone with a $300 laptop can use the very same tools as the people at the top of just about any industry. If you want t
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Protecting Patron Privacy

Protecting Patron Privacy | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Recently, I was teaching a privacy class for librarians, and the topic turned to the privacy versus convenience trade-off—the occasional annoyances of using privacy-enhancing technologies online.
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Like a Dickie Dee bike, but with books! Winnipeg's 'Book Bike' a mini-library on wheels

Like a Dickie Dee bike, but with books! Winnipeg's 'Book Bike' a mini-library on wheels | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It may look like it's selling ice cream, but a special bike rolling around central Winnipeg this summer is actually carrying more than 100 books that you can borrow on the spot.
Via Doug Mirams
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Dedicated library patron steals the show at solidarity rally for striking librarians

Dedicated library patron steals the show at solidarity rally for striking librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Speakers came from London, Mississauga and Quebec to offer support for local striking librarians but it was an articulate retired social worker who stole the show Thursday.

Sandra Kyle asked to speak near the end of a rally to support the striking members of CUPE 2974 held on the lawn of the Essex Civic Centre.

“I hope that our librarians will begin to receive the respect and just the common decency from people in our community and from their employers,” Kyle said to cheers from the crowd. “I don’t know that their employers recognize the value of their work.”

Kyle said she goes to the library in either Tecumseh or Lakeshore every other day.

“I have never stopped reading and researching and I’m looking into doing some publishing,” the 69-year-old said. “The librarians, they’ll understand you because they take the time to do that.”
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Response: Reading Digitally vs. Reading Paper

Response: Reading Digitally vs. Reading Paper | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Daniel Willingham, Kristin Ziemke, Lester Laminack and Kimberly Carraway explore that topic of reading digitally compared to reading on paper in this post.
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Why Do Old Books Smell So Good?

Musty, with hints of vanilla, coffee, and maybe fresh cut grass-- why do old books smell the best? Hosted by: Michael Aranda ---------- Support SciShow b
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The Magic of the Book: Hermann Hesse on Why We Read and Always Will

The Magic of the Book: Hermann Hesse on Why We Read and Always Will | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
"If anyone wants to try to enclose in a small space, in a single house or a single room, the history of the human spirit and to make it his own, he can only do
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Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement V - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement V - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement V: We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness and good faith, and advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions.

The introduction of technology into our libraries and schools has given an interesting twist to our collegial relationships. We as librarians have one role that has grown in importance, staff trainer, and another that has grown in complexity, staff watchdog.

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Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement III - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Library ethics for non-librarians - Statement III - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement III: We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.

Privacy issues are a hot-button topic as citizens become more aware of how easily technology can gather, hold and analyze personal data and how increasingly their own online activities can be monitored. As a society, we are weighing our individual need for privacy against our need for security and convenience. Schools reflect the societal concerns and the librarian is often placed in an advisory or even decision-making position regarding privacy issues.

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Library ethics for non-librarians - introduction - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Library ethics for non-librarians - introduction - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.

1. We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.
2. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.
3. We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.

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