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Leveraging Libraries in the 10-Year Capital Plan

Leveraging Libraries in the 10-Year Capital Plan | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Now that the de Blasio Administration is breathing new life into the 10-year capital plan, public libraries have an important role to play. In testimony before the City Council’s Committees on Finance, Cultural Affairs & Libraries, CUF research director David Giles lays out what could be done.
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Amazon and Overdrive Giving Up on Kindle e-books in Libraries?

Amazon and Overdrive Giving Up on Kindle e-books in Libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Overdrive has been delaying the Kindle editions of e-books in the United States on titles from major publishing companies.
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“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever

“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas.
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The Healing Power of Libraries | NEA

The Healing Power of Libraries | NEA | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

One of the most heartwarming stories I heard last year in my field involved a small, unobtrusive, understaffed library that emerged out of chaos to take care of its community, and the outpouring of love and support from writers and folks around the country who took the time to notice and help. - See more at: http://arts.gov/article/healing-power-libraries#sthash.a4th1Tvt.dpuf

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Birmingham Library was a "waste of money" say E&S readers

Birmingham Library was a "waste of money" say E&S readers | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Almost 80 per cent of people answering an online poll believe the flagship Library of Birmingham was a waste of money.
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The Growing Libraries of Ethiopia | Book Aid International

The Growing Libraries of Ethiopia | Book Aid International | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In May 2014, our Head of Programmes, Jill Haynes attended the opening of Mekele Public Library in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Read all about her visit here. In December 2014, Jill visited Ethiopia again to see the progress that Book Aid International’s projects are making as well as to meet with other partners to look at ways we can work together and expand our work.

 

There is a lot to be encouraged by in Ethiopia – the government clearly take literacy seriously as they are investing a lot in libraries, building many new libraries throughout the country. There is also a tangible commitment to libraries in schools. However the impact they have in the local community could be considerably improved with training for library staff and more resources. Many libraries are understaffed and understocked, operating with a skeleton staff many of whom are untrained and with no budget beyond wages for the staff. To cope, they may need to reduce their opening hours, stop lending books and are unable to offer any kind of reading promotion activities.

 
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Bibliotheek zonder boeken

Bibliotheek zonder boeken | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Een school in de Albanese bergen heeft een bibliotheek, maar nog geen boeken. Wil je mee helpen en mogelijk maken dat de plaatselijke jeugd boeken leest? Een kleine bijdrage kan een verschil maken....
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The Decline and Fall of British Libraries — Annoyed Librarian

The Decline and Fall of British Libraries — Annoyed Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

One of my predictions for 2015 was that British libraries were all going to close. So far that hasn’t come true, but it’s getting closer.

According to this story, 324 libraries have closed because of budget cuts. Two years ago, that figure was 201 libraries, so the closings have kept up at a rapid pace.

Of the 4612 British public libraries in 2010, about 7% have now closed. In the U.S., that percentage would mean closure of over 1100 libraries if you count branch locations, which is definitely something we’d notice.

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2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting - Highlights | American Libraries Magazine

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting - Highlights | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

More than 10,000 library professionals attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago. This touching video captures the highlights.

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Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State in Mosul - The Times of India

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State in Mosul - The Times of India | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.
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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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Video: New Orleans Public Library Hopes to Avert Financial Crisis

Video: New Orleans Public Library Hopes to Avert Financial Crisis | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From WWL-TV:
The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out.
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Right now the library is tapping into its reserve funds to stay afloat, but that will all be spent by next summer.
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Home Page | Love My Library

Home Page | Love My Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Tell why you love your library & be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card & up to $2000 for your favorite library! http://t.co/077heYq7lX
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Libraries Don’t Need the Homeless — Annoyed Librarian

Libraries Don’t Need the Homeless — Annoyed Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot written about homeless people in public libraries over the years.

 However, I’ve now seen what is for me at least a new argument.

 

"But just as Bailey needs his library, the library needs him: In this digital age, many people who used to depend on libraries can find what they need online without leaving home. Menaced by budget cuts, many public libraries are effectively failing to justify their relevance, reducing their hours year after year".

 

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Library of Congress attempts to archive every tweet sent since 2006 - all 170 billion of them - including the embarrassing and rude ones

Library of Congress attempts to archive every tweet sent since 2006 - all 170 billion of them - including the embarrassing and rude ones | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress on Friday announced that it expects by the end of January to finish a research archive of every tweet publicly posted on Twitter since the service launched in 2006.
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Top Checkouts From New York Public Libraries

Top Checkouts From New York Public Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
New York Public Library releases breakdown of their most-wanted titles.
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Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower

Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The beginning of the year brings many “top” lists for what to look for in 2015. So far there’s not much predicting for what looks big for the academic library world. Here’s a shot at it.
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Libraries in the digital age? Yes, they're still crucial

Libraries in the digital age?  Yes, they're still crucial | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are becoming a one-stop shop for people not only in need of information, but also seeking access to modern information technology.
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Net Neutral?

Net Neutral? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In an editorial in the November 2014 MIT Technology Review[1], the writer concluded that “the open Internet is in danger. But not from lack of neutrality—from the prospect of FCC regulating it like a 20th–century utility.” The article proceeded to provide a brief commentary on “network neutrality.” This refers to the concept that service providers should not block data from particular websites, charge content providers for delivering content, or set paid “fast lanes” i.e. charging extra to some people for faster services while others get stuck in “slow lanes.”

 

 

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Amerikaanse boekenbranche treurt om afscheid ‘Oprah voor intellectuelen’

Amerikaanse boekenbranche treurt om afscheid ‘Oprah voor intellectuelen’ | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Jon Stewarts nakende afscheid van The Daily Show zal ingrijpende gevolgen hebben voor de Amerikaanse boekenwereld. Jarenlang bood de presentator het commercieel lastige boek een podium. Stewart wordt in een stuk in The Washington Post getypeerd als “the intellectual author’s Oprah”: wat de voormalige talkshowhost Oprah Winfrey met haar Book Club bijdroeg aan de doorbraak van auteurs
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Go digital by all means, but don't bring the venture capitalists in to do it

Go digital by all means, but don't bring the venture capitalists in to do it | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
For centuries we the taxpayers have paid to maintain the nation’s treasures and institutions. It would be madness to hand over our archives now
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The Oldest and Latest Community Building Hub: Your Public Library (EdSurge News)

The Oldest and Latest Community Building Hub: Your Public Library (EdSurge News) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

For most people, the word “library” evokes images of index cards, befuddling Dewey Decimals and dusty tomes. But the 22 projects honored by the Knight News Challenge on Libraries on January 30, winning a cumulative $3 million in grants, see a different vision.

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Ten Things a Children’s Librarian Needs to Know

Ten Things a Children’s Librarian Needs to Know | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Youth services departments are tremendously undervalued in public libraries, and there are many things a successful children’s librarian needs to know.
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