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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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So, You Want to Be a Library Director?

So, You Want to Be a Library Director? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Six tips to help you make the jump to a directorship without running to the ALA placement office after six months.
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Central Library Renovation Profiles: Daniel and Dana van Ee, Children’s Library Users

Central Library Renovation Profiles: Daniel and Dana van Ee, Children’s Library Users | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Four-year-old Daniel and his mother Dana, originally from Liberia and now living in the Back Bay, are frequent visitors to the renovated Children’s Library. What do you like about the Children’s Library?  Dana: I love everything about it, from the natural light to the colors to the layout and design of the different areas...

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How to Run a Library Volunteer Program that Students Love

How to Run a Library Volunteer Program that Students Love | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
On an average day, at least ten students help Laura Gardner run the Dartmouth (MA) Middle School library. Altogether, over 40 seventh and eighth-grade students work there each year. She couldn’t do it without them.
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What Every Librarian Needs to Know About HTTPS

What Every Librarian Needs to Know About HTTPS | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Librarians have long understood that to provide access to knowledge it is crucial to protect their patrons' privacy. Books can provide information that is deeply unpopular. As a result, local communities and governments sometimes try to ban the most objectionable ones. Librarians rightly see it as their duty to preserve access to books, especially banned ones. In the US this defense of expression is an integral part of our First Amendment rights.
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Poem of the week: The Beautiful Librarians by Sean O’Brien

Poem of the week: The Beautiful Librarians by Sean O’Brien | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A nostalgic homage to the glory of libraries and librarians harnesses Larkin and Keats to point up our lost visions of social betterment

First part of The Beautiful Librarians

The beautiful librarians are dead,
The fairly recent graduates who sat
Like Françoise Hardy’s shampooed sister
With cardigans across their shoulders
On quiet evenings at the issue desk,
Stamping books and never looking up
At where I stood in adoration.

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The 6 types of Little Free Library patrons

The 6 types of Little Free Library patrons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn’s Little Free Library isn’t just a good-karma fixture for fellow readers. It provides a fascinating glimpse into human nature and what people do when they think no one’s watching. The busy mom, the insomniac, the wannabe book critic, the picky reader, the cruiser.

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Women building a library in exile

Women building a library in exile | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The independent life of English nuns in a time of persecution is reflected by their books
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Best reading innovators across the world (infographic)

Best reading innovators across the world (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The new infographic from National Book Foundation presents most influential reading advocates and their initiatives. National Book Foundation, the non-profit organization with a…
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You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing | TorrentFreak

You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing | TorrentFreak | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The purpose of public libraries is exactly the same as the effect of file-sharing. You cannot defend one while opposing the other.
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Small Libraries, Big Impact | Award Retrospective, 2005-2015

Small Libraries, Big Impact | Award Retrospective, 2005-2015 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

2005 Haines Borough Public Library, AK. 

The inaugural winner, Haines Borough Public Library, was just moving into a new building funded by its small (at the time population around 2,600) community. Susan Elliott, a long-term library professional and mentor to then-director Ann Myren, suggested the library apply “because their programs, services, and philosophy of operations seemed a perfect fit with the award criteria.” Reba Heaton, currently the assistant director, says, “We were proud of our library before we got the award and were just as proud after.”

Serving a community that is detached from most of its neighbors, accessible only by boat and plane, only increases the effect that a national award can have. Current director Patricia Brown notes, “People were proud to be from the town that received the Best Small Library in America 2005. Even today people will refer to the library as ‘the best small library.’ ”

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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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New York public libraries are calling in a billion-dollar fine on New York City

New York public libraries are calling in a billion-dollar fine on New York City | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Public Library are asking for more than $1 billion for all of the general infrastructural repairs that have been neglected by New York City. All three New York Library systems have put together a damning report outlining what is needed. ...

 

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Aren’t libraries already doing that? — The Message — Medium

Aren't libraries already doing that? - The Message - Medium

My questions about the current big plan to “give” ebooks to low income kids

 

Yesterday’s announcement was exciting. The White House in collaboration with the Digital Public Library of America, The Institute for Museum and Library Services, and New York Public Library will work together with the rest of nation’s libraries to give low income kids better access to digital reading material and get them excited about reading. But are the project’s offered solutions really addressing the real problems and needs of the communities it is trying to reach?

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Lowrider Librarian: Free Speech Should be for Librarians Too

Lowrider Librarian: Free Speech Should be for Librarians Too | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

I encounter many (often young) librarians in real life and online.  One of the most frequent things people tell me is, "How come you are so free with your speech?  I could never talk about those things--I would get fired." or more often, "...I would never land a job!

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Police called as Library of Birmingham protesters stage sit in

Police called as Library of Birmingham protesters stage sit in | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Students refuse to leave the Library of Birmingham at closing time in protest at cuts in opening hours and staff redundancies
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Albany Public Library Trustee Candidate Forum, Part 2: The Library's Future

During a forum for Albany residents to learn more about the library trustee candidates, Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek asks Elissa Kane, Mike Neppl, and Lesley Paparone the following question: "What are the most important issues facing Albany Public Library as we move into the future?" The library budget vote and candidate election is Tuesday, May 19th, 2015..

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New Yorkers Rally for Library Funding

New Yorkers Rally for Library Funding | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
New Yorkers turned out in force at City Hall on May 15 for a lunchtime rally and press conference protesting the deep cuts to library funding outlined in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s FY16 Executive Budget. The proposed budget, released May 7, allocated $313 million for the city’s public libraries—down a full $10 million from FY15, and $65 million less than 2008. A full budget restoration to pre-recession levels would allow libraries across New York City’s three systems to provide core programs and ser
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New Video: An Introduction to Pinterest For Libraries and Non-Profits | LJ INFOdocket

New Video: An Introduction to Pinterest For Libraries and Non-Profits | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The following presentation was recorded at the San Francisco Public Library on May 8, 2015. Christine Schirmer shares the inside guide to Pinterest for non-profits like public libraries and community groups. This video details what people look for on Pinterest and how they find your pins.
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Librarian's 'labor of love' wins state award

Librarian's 'labor of love' wins state award | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Beth Vandersteen's calls her 48 years working in the public library system a "labor of love."
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NYC libraries take $10M hit in de Blasio 2016 budget

NYC libraries take $10M hit in de Blasio 2016 budget | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries took a $10 million hit in the city’s 2016 budget.
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Do We Really Need Libraries?

Do We Really Need Libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Between 1886 and 1919, Andrew Carnegie planted nearly 1,700 libraries across America. Over the years they grew. Now they are trying to survive. In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue.A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such as restoring $65 million in operating funds.

 

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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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