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Featuring: Lauren Redniss | Library as Incubator Project

Featuring: Lauren Redniss | Library as Incubator Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

an interview with Lauren Redniss, artist, author, educator, and creator of the book Radioactive Marie and Pierre Curie: a Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books, 2010

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The search for reinvention of libraries from the deepest belief in the social relevance of a save harbour in the public domain
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IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics, More Than 1.5 Billion Trips to Public Libraries During Year

IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics, More Than 1.5 Billion Trips to Public Libraries During Year | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: In 2012, Americans made 1.5 billion trips to public libraries in the United States — the equivalent of more than 4.1 million visits each day, according to new research by the Institute of Museum...
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NCSU's Hunt Library among top 10 'Most Amazing College Libraries' - Triangle Business Journal

NCSU's Hunt Library among top 10 'Most Amazing College Libraries' - Triangle Business Journal | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The James B. Hunt Jr. Library on N.C. State University's Centennial Campus has landed on a list of the 10 "most amazing" university libraries.
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App Learning for Librarians | ALA TechSource

App Learning for Librarians | ALA TechSource | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

icole Hennig would love to see more librarians reviewing apps.

“Have you noticed how uniformed many of the app-store reviews are?” she asks readers of her recent Library Technology Report "Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services." Often people write a review without understanding what the app was meant to do. Or they dash off a technical support question. Librarianship has a long tradition of reviewing books. Now is the time to apply those well-honed skills to apps and help your community find what they need in a chaotic marketplace.

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Library book cuts hit schools hard

Library book cuts hit schools hard | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Shock as library book access slashed, a move expected to hit rural and technology-poor schools hardest.
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Dawn of the Unread - Issue 11 Extra - Why we need school libraries - Alan Gibbons

Dawn of the Unread - Issue 11 Extra - Why we need school libraries - Alan Gibbons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Via Bookmarking Librarian, Yvonne Krishnan
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This is the world’s first self-destructing book (video)

This is the world’s first self-destructing book (video) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The world's first self-destructing book, Private Vegas by James Patterson, will blow up 24 hours after you start reading it.
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The Banksy of the book arts world surfaces via email

The Banksy of the book arts world surfaces via email | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It began in early 2011  when the folks at the Scottish Poetry Library discovered a ‘poetree’ on a bookshelf.
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Mystery book sculptor answers questions

Mystery book sculptor answers questions | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Question: Why did you start making the sculptures?

Answer: The first book sculpture, a little tree for The Scottish Poetry Library, was made primarily as a response to library closures and cutbacks.

But it was also as a bit of fun for the library staff who, throughout Scotland, the UK and much further afield, provide a service in straitened times - above and beyond.

It was a poor attempt to illustrate the notion that a book is more than just a book - and a library is a special kind of building.

 

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Advanced eCourse: Using Business Intelligence to Tackle Modern Library Challenges - Books / Professional Development - Books for Public Librarians - eLearning - New Products - ALA Store

Advanced eCourse: Using Business Intelligence to Tackle Modern Library Challenges - Books / Professional Development - Books for Public Librarians - eLearning - New Products - ALA Store | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
12-week Asynchronous Advanced eCourse beginning February 2, 2015 An ALA Editions and SJSU iSchool Advanced eCourse facilitated by Sean Gaffney Estimated Hours of Learning: 72 Full participants earn the SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. Libraries are facing many challenges, and librarians must learn to address them strategically. Fortune 500 companies address challenges using a business-intelligence/competitive-advantage approach that employs a wide variety of techniques to analyze and solve problems, but few librarians have the type of business background or training that teaches these concepts and how to apply the skills associated with them. In this new 12-week course, you can become proficient in business intelligence, competitive advantage and other strategic approaches without going to business school. Sean Gaffney, a lecturer at the San José State University School of Information and librarian and manager in the Research and Analysis team at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will teach you how to use social media and web-based resources combined with business-intelligence strategies currently used by Fortune 500 companies to create a smarter, leaner, more strategic library, while increasing engagement and user satisfaction.The challenges are diverse, and it’s difficult to find the type of training that can prepare you or your staff to address them using a comprehensive, integrated approach like this course offers. This course will equip you to apply such an approach, addressing various questions such as: How do you learn about and market to your community within and making the most of the rapidly changing social environment? How do you manage your staff and services to keep up with increasing demand and decreasing budgets? With local governments slashing services across the board, how can you ensure that your library’s value is clear to your community? You’ll start with social media and free web-based resources. Gaffney will show you how the business community uses the major social networks (including Facebook and LinkedIn) as a rich source of community, demographic, and marketing data while simultaneously using them as a marketing and outreach tool. He will then take you through a variety of business concepts, and demonstrate how the Fortune 500 approach can apply productively to your library. Along the way, you’ll work through assignments by applying them to your own community and gain real-world experience with these strategies. Participants who complete this course will gain a new set of skills that can be applied in just about any type of information environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn key strategies that will put you at the top of your game! Learning outcomes Through your participation in this course, you will: Learn how you can use social media as a means of gathering community and marketing data Understand how business strategies like intelligence gathering, driving value and searching for competitive advantage work and how they can be applied to libraries Learn how to increase your own financial literacy and how to help fellow staff members build their own Learn how to analyze, understand and connect with your local business community and how to work to build library/business community partnerships Learn how you can help patrons who are part of the small business community Learn how to synthesize the skills developed through this course into a broad set of strategies that can be used across the full spectrum of tasks and responsibilities surrounding librarianship Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive a SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an Advanced eCourse on business intelligence and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.Advanced eCourses—a new format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content. eCourse Outline The course will be divided into three four-week modules.Module One: What is social media and how can I harness this to drive value? Week One – Introduction to Social Media Week Two – Facebook Week Three – LinkedIn Week Four – Other PlatformsModule Two: What is Business Intelligence/Competitive Intelligence/Competitive Advantage? Week One – Business Intelligence Week Two – Competitive Intelligence Week Three – Competitive Advantage Week Four – Pulling It All TogetherModule Three: Applying the Tools and Skills Week One – Marketing Applications Week Two – Finance Applications Week Three – Strategy Applications Week Four – ConclusionReadings and Assignments There will be weekly PowerPoint lectures and supplementary readings (provided). Materials will focus on resources that will aid in understanding and using these platforms to drive business and competitive intelligence. There will be weekly discussion questions with instructor feedback. These discussions will focus on readings and web applications. There will be OPTIONAL conference calls or online meetings to allow extended discussion of topics of interest. There will be an OPTIONAL case study on a topic of interest as we learn to put the tools to use. If you choose to prepare a case study (it is not required), the instructor will schedule mutually agreeable times to discuss your project. Within the week-by-week format, you will be able to work at your own pace and interact with the instructor through emails and message boards without the constraints of attending a live session at a specific time. Optional conference calls/online meetings will be available to allow extended discussions of topics of interest. How this eCourse WorksThe eCourse begins on February 2, 2015. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to: Read, listen to or view online content Post to online discussion boards Complete weekly assignments or activitiesInstructor Sean Gaffney will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 12-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that participants log into the site on February 2 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.User Requirements Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.About the InstructorSean Gaffney is a Manager in the Research and Analysis team at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He covers companies in the Industrial Products sector with an emphasis on Chemicals and Metals. Prior to joining PwC, he worked for Archer Daniels Midland in a variety of roles, including Head Research Librarian, Manager of Information Services and Senior Information Scientist. Gaffney holds an MBA in Accounting from Saint Leo University, an MLIS from Kent State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in LIS from the University of Illinois. Gaffney is a part-time faculty member at San José State University School of Information and is also a CPA and a CMA. Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process! Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration. This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing and more information on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us.
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10 Books That Pushed the Edges of Art and Free Speech (1955 to 2005) - Toptenz.net

10 Books That Pushed the Edges of Art and Free Speech (1955 to 2005) - Toptenz.net | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
All the novels on this list, to some degree, were received by a shocked and sometimes outraged audience. Some pushed sexual boundaries and taboos, others offended societal and religious values, others
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The Necessity of Marginalia in the Age of the Ebook

The Necessity of Marginalia in the Age of the Ebook | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Marginalia — those broken fragments of thought that appear scribbled in the margins of books — help us connect ideas, and spur critical thinking.
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Post The Most Beautiful Examples Of Book Sculptures

Post The Most Beautiful Examples Of Book Sculptures | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Old and heavy books always seem like a mysterious and infinite well of wisdom and imagination for me. That moment, when you pick up an old book from a shelf and wipe away thick layer of dust from it‘s cover, is full of magic. However, book is so much more than pages full of words.
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Adults rediscovering public library - Alexandria Town Talk

Adults rediscovering public library - Alexandria Town Talk | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Rapides Parish Library offers reading program for adults.
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56 young adult books that adults will love (infographic)

56 young adult books that adults will love (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
YA is on the constant rise, and you shouldn’t really stop exploring the genre on reading the Divergent series. Sara Kay Mooney…
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Je leest e-books? Dan lezen uitgevers en e-bookproducenten met je mee

Je leest e-books? Dan lezen uitgevers en e-bookproducenten met je mee | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Je leest vaak e-books? Ga er dan maar vanuit dat de uitgever, of de e-bookproducent, over je schouder meekijkt. Kobo, een Canadese e-bookproducent, heeft gegevens vrijgegeven. En die zijn zowel interessant als pijnlijk.
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School Libraries Make the Difference | I Love Libraries

School Libraries Make the Difference | I Love Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.Yet, many students are returning to school without a resource essential for success: a strong school library program lead by a certified school librarian.
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Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data

Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Rich Harwood is an author, public speaker, and the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to change in the public sphere. Since its establishment in 1998, the institute has worked with such partners as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, and the United Way Worldwide, as well as civic groups across the country, to help them develop innovation strategies guided by community engagement.
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Looking at the Future of Libraries

Looking at the Future of Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

“A library is a collection of possible futures.”—John Barth, Browsing1 The future of libraries is a lot like my office clock. It has your standard 1-12 numbering around the outside edge of the device, along with an inner ring that marks off the minutes in five-minute increments. Each hand ends in a circle, and you can read the clock by checking to see which numbers are inside each circle. In order to do so, you’ve got to realize that the hour hand is the bigger of the two—countering more than 1,000 years of conditioning telling us which clock hand is which. The clock is a subtle reminder about disruptive thinking—reversing the conventional wisdom that frames our approach toward many of the issues we face in libraries. How do we create content instead of just collecting it? Can we provide grants instead of seeking them out? Is it possible for technology to drive people to our physical spaces in addition to our virtual real estate? Flipping these scripts is the key to healthy creative destruction, and might just help push libraries forward..

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Shaping library’s future (infographic)

Shaping library’s future (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The future of libraries as seen through the facts and figures about those who are shaping it: the librarians. To promote The Master…
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Book-related Oscars 2015 nominees – infographic | Ebook Friendly

Book-related Oscars 2015 nominees – infographic | Ebook Friendly | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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Issues to Readers - YouTube

Issues to Readers - YouTube | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
10 hypnotic minutes of real-time book requests from the British Library’s book delivery system, showing the sheer range and diversity of content that is bein...
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Chinese Students Have to Queue In sub-zero temperatures to enter a Library

Chinese Students Have to Queue In sub-zero temperatures to enter a Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Chinese students standing in huge lines despite minus two degrees centigrade to enter the library at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics
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Technology and public libraries

Technology and public libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
There is tremendous potential to turn around public libraries with some value-addition as community information, knowledge, resource, service centres
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Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data

Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Rich Harwood is an author, public speaker, and the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to change in the public sphere. Since its establishment in 1998, the institute has worked with such partners as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, and the United Way Worldwide, as well as civic groups across the country, to help them develop innovation strategies guided by community engagement.
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Facebook wants us to read more books in 2015

Facebook wants us to read more books in 2015 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Facebook starts a special community page, in an attempt to encourage users to read more books.
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