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What Does the City's Recovery Need? More Libraries - City Conversations - CityLimits.org

What Does the City's Recovery Need? More Libraries - City Conversations - CityLimits.org | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries perform a critical role in workforce development for low-income New Yorkers. But budget cuts have so curtailed service that Detroit's libraries are now open more than New York's.
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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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Take a moment and love your library

Take a moment and love your library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Detroit Public Library turns 150 this week. Celebrate by visiting your childhood library.
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A Storied Stay for Literary Lovers: 10 Great Bookish Hotels

A Storied Stay for Literary Lovers: 10 Great Bookish Hotels | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
One of my weird obsessions is Anthony Melchiorri’s Hotel Impossible.
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Library spaces for a digital era must cater to many audiences | Harvard Magazine

Library spaces for a digital era must cater to many audiences | Harvard Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

WHAT SHOULD A HOME FOR OLD BOOKS look like in a digital age? The Harvard Library has grappled with this issue (see “Gutenberg 2.0”). Now, the University of Oxford has unveiled its attempt to answer that question in the form of the Weston Library, its new facility for reading, teaching, exhibiting, and digitizing the Bodleian Library system’s rare materials and special collections. The £80-million, five-year construction project transforms the interior of the building once known as the “New Bodleian” (which served mainly as a book depository with some reading rooms and office space attached) into a somewhat eclectic mix of spaces deemed vital parts of a twenty-first-century rare books library: a cavernous exhibition hall, a lecture theater, digital-ready classrooms, conservation and imaging workshops, office space for visiting scholars, a café, and (of course) stacks and reading rooms—all in six aboveground stories, with three more staff-only stories of underground stacks.

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The Power of Quiet | Office Hours

The Power of Quiet | Office Hours | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Have you ever sat in a meeting and wished silently that the person holding the floor would shut up? Would you prefer quiet time to get work done to a talky decision-making session? If so, you may be an introvert.
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Is the Library Really Dead? - Timeline.com

Is the Library Really Dead? - Timeline.com | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are in rough shape these days. Long treasured as bastions of knowledge, they’re being assailed on two fronts: funding cuts and technological disruption. Why borrow a book when you’ve got the Internet and a Kindle?But rumors of the library’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The challenges that libraries face have spurred their radical reinvention as makerspaces and digital archives built to last thousands of years. The libraries of the future will preserve and transmit knowledge as alway

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Report: NYC Public Libraries In Poor Physical Shape

Report: NYC Public Libraries In Poor Physical Shape | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
About $1.1 billion is needed to fix things like broken air-conditioning and other problems at the three city library systems, the report said.
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Libraries report outlines maintenance crisis | Capital New York

Libraries report outlines maintenance crisis | Capital New York | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Report details the libraries' state of disrepair. 

The city's library presidents will make their case to the City Council this morning for increased funding and a boost in capital dollar spending to repair what they call a “maintenance crisis” across the city’s 207 libraries.

The presidents of the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library and the Queens Library will release a report detailing the libraries' state of disrepair at a press conference on the steps of City Hall ahead of the Council’s Committee on Libraries preliminary budget hearing.

In their report, titled "Long Overdue NYC’s $1 Billion Library Fine," the library presidents say the system is in dire need of capital upgrades that range from fixing cooling and heating problems to repairing broken elevators and malfunctioning windows.

 

 

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Libraries are Undergoing a Revival as Apartment Buildings

Libraries are Undergoing a Revival as Apartment Buildings | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Developers keen to offer a unique living amenity are injecting new life to an old institution
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Libraries Change Lives - YouTube

There is a lot coming our way these days, and many of us could use some help -- but did you know help is already here?
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Getting Busy in NYC - Library Hotel Review - This Life in Trips

Getting Busy in NYC - Library Hotel Review - This Life in Trips | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I stay at the Library Hotel in NYC and get an education on what a hotel for traveling workers should be. Read on for my full review of the Library Hotel.
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Jacquie Welsh | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

Jacquie Welsh | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
vitals CURRENT POSITION Project Manager, “Live and Dine in LA”, Los Angeles Public Library - DEGREE MA, Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, 2012 - AWARDS AND HONORS Knowledge River Scholar - FOLLOW @jacquie_mae...
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Michelle Luhtala | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Michelle Luhtala | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
“She is not about ‘business as usual,’ ” says Neverending Search blogger Joyce Valenza, of Michelle Luhtala. “She pulls us forward in her thought, principles, and actions. She pushes access and intellectual freedom.”
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The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries - College Rank

The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries - College Rank | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a fantastic library to study in? Then look no further than our list of the top 50 Amazing College Libraries. We examined and evaluated hundreds of libraries from around the country and after careful consideration, have come up with our list of the 50 best. These libraries offer amazing on-campus experiences, …
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Concept library in Romania aims at reinventing disregarded spaces (video)

Concept library in Romania aims at reinventing disregarded spaces (video) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Public Libraries 2020 is a project helping 65,000 European libraries change lives by building stronger local communities. On the project’s YouTube channel you…
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Baghdad's book row gets its first female bookseller | Book Patrol

Baghdad's book row gets its first female bookseller | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Al-Mutanabi Street now it has its first women bookseller, 22-year old Ruqaya Fawziya.
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Loud New Voices Emerge to Protect Quiet Library Spaces

Loud New Voices Emerge to Protect Quiet Library Spaces | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Last week, attention was drawn to the precarious place of public libraries in various parts of the country.
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'Little libraries' are about to pop up all over Campbell County

'Little libraries' are about to pop up all over Campbell County | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are multiplying in Campbell Co. at a staggering rate.
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In the beginning

In the beginning | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are remarkable places.  They serve as the collective memory of society, indeed of our civilization.  They are places of inspiration, of learning, and of opportunity.  They offer opportunity for reflection and for interaction - with...
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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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The once and future librarian

The once and future librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of participating in a Faculty symposium on the future of academic research libraries hosted at McGill University today. The event was live-streamed, and the video will be availab...
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Silent protest by library supporters

Silent protest by library supporters | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Dozens of people have walked through Southampton in silence, holding books, in a protest at library closure plans.

An estimated 150 supporters of the five libraries earmarked for closure by Southampton City Council walked from Bargate to the Civic Centre.

When they reached the Civic Centre they sat on the steps and read library books as councillors arrived for a full council meeting at 14:00 GMT.

The council is due to make a final decision on the closures.

 

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T-Kay Sangwand | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

T-Kay Sangwand | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
vitals CURRENT POSITION Archivist, Human Rights Documentation Initiative; Librarian for Brazilian Studies at the Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, Austin, TX - DEGREE MLIS, MA in Latin American Studies, both,...
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Sherry Gick | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

Sherry Gick | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
vitals CURRENT POSITION Library and Instructional Technology Specialist, Rossville Consolidated Schools, IN - DEGREE MS, Elementary Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, 2001; MLS, Indiana University, 2011 - FOLLOW...
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What Africa’s poor are reading on their phones —trah lah lah romance is top

What Africa’s poor are reading on their phones —trah lah lah romance is top | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
With mobile phone subscriptions on the continent growing exponentially, the potential educational benefit is big.

Via Charles Tiayon
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