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Is the book a crucial cultural artifact, or just an outdated container for content?

Is the book a crucial cultural artifact, or just an outdated container for content? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A blog post by Nick Carr about the future of the printed book touched off an epic comment debate between the author and media theorist Clay Shirky about whether the book format itself will die out and be replaced.
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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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Video Report: Librarian, Linguist, and Anthropologist Work Together to Preserve Rare Audio of Indigenous Languages

Video Report: Librarian, Linguist, and Anthropologist Work Together to Preserve Rare Audio of Indigenous Languages | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Optical scan technology is helping researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, preserve audio of 78 indigenous California languages, most of which were recorded more than a century ago. The recordings are on approximately 2,700 wax cylinders that are now barely audible due to issues such as mold. These are the only known sound recordings for several of the languages, and in many other cases, the recordings include unique speech practices and otherwise unknown stories and songs.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), linguist Andrew Garrett, digital librarian Erik Mitchell and anthropologist Ira Jacknis, all of UC Berkeley, are restoring these recordings. The researchers are using a non-invasive optical scanning technique that was developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicists Carl Haber and Earl Cornell. The collaboration with Haber and Cornell is enabling the NSF-funded research team to transfer all 100 hours of audio content from the wax cylinders and improve the recordings, finally making it possible to figure out which language is being spoken and what’s being said

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Carla Hayden: By the Book

Carla Hayden: By the Book | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The librarian of Congress, who wrote the foreword to “The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures,” likes to read about the nature of things, most recently, books on mahogany and the history of redheads. What books are currently on your night stand? I do have books on my night stand, but I have recently had to add three bookcases in my room because it was getting too crowded. Those are organized in three categories — fun and mysteries, because I love mysteries; books that relate somehow to what I’m doing professionally, like “The Revenge of Analog” or “The Innovators”; and aspirational — those are mostly about health and exercisClick here to edit the content

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The Library Lions

The Library Lions | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Patience and Fortitude, the world-renowned pair of marble lions that stand proudly before the majestic Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, have captured the imagination and affection of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world since the Library was dedicated on May 23, 1911.
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How Google measures the authority of web pages

How Google measures the authority of web pages | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Danny Sullivan writes: "When Google first began, it did have a single authority figure. That was called PageRank, which was all about looking at links to pages. Google counted how many links a page received to help derive a PageRank score for that page....These days, links and content are still among the most important ranking signals. However, artificial intelligence — Google’s RankBrain system — is another major factor. In addition, Google’s ranking system involves over 200 major signals. Even our Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors that tries to simplify the system involves nearly 40 major areas of consideration."


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Darn. I guess this means I have to stop showing the Matt Cutts video about how a Google search works! Using AI to improve Google search is fascinating to me. 

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Why Gen Z needs librarians now more than ever

Why Gen Z needs librarians now more than ever | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Whether guiding research or introducing new tech, today’s librarian gives Gen Z the skills they need to move from ‘getting it right now’ to ‘getting it right.’
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A Conversation with Author Jeffrey T. Davis | American Libraries Magazine

A Conversation with Author Jeffrey T. Davis | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The library card has come to signify much more than just access to the local library. For some libraries, it provides a link to the community, allowing patrons to enjoy local museums and cultural institutions or ride the bus. In his recent book, The Collection All Around: Sharing Our Cities, Towns, and Natural Places (ALA Editions, 2017), Jeffrey T. Davis explores how libraries are using the library card to establish close bonds with their communities.

Davis is branch manager at San Diego Public Library. An excerpt from his book was published in the July/August issue of American Libraries.

What made you want to write this book?

When I first saw what Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library was doing with its Discover and Go ticketed pass program, it seemed like such a big deal; a qualitative leap from circulating physical museum passes. I wanted to tell my colleagues about it. I thought more people should be talking about it. I still do. This collided with some other interests—community calendars and library participation in neighborhood placemaking, especially.

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How is technology improving library services and patron experience? 

How is technology improving library services and patron experience?  | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

This week we interview Mick Fortune, library systems and technologies consultant in the United Kingdom. He shares insights on how is technology improving library services and patron experience.

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See photos of Louisville's new South Central Regional Library - Louisville - Louisville Business First

See photos of Louisville's new South Central Regional Library - Louisville - Louisville Business First | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The $14.5 million South Central Regional Library is ready after years of planning and construction.
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Nearly 10,000 windows to wash at Seattle Central Library

Nearly 10,000 windows to wash at Seattle Central Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Window washer Jeff Hocking carefully slips over the edge Tuesday of the Seattle Public Library Central Facility in downtown Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Window washers are in the final wash drop of a three-week project to clean almost 10,000 windows of the Seattle Public Library Central Facility in downtown Seattle.
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Outrage over group’s use of Toronto library threatens freedom of speech

Outrage over group’s use of Toronto library threatens freedom of speech | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Free speech is the cardinal right – the right that underpins all others. Yet how casually we brush it aside.

This week in Toronto, a small group held a memorial service at a public library branch for a lawyer who had defended Holocaust deniers and other figures on Canada’s far-right fringe. Spokesmen for Jewish groups said they were outraged that the Toronto Public Library would provide a platform for such a gathering. Mayor John Tory was “deeply concerned.” Members of city council said they were shocked. “Those tied to hate and bigotry have no place in our libraries,” Councillor James Pasternak said.

They seemed entirely oblivious to the threat to freedom of expression. If the library takes it upon itself to decide who has the right to speak, where does it end? If it denies space to a far-right group, what happens when a far-left group comes along? What would it say to the many Canadians who suffered under communism if someone who denies the crimes of Stalin or Mao wanted to hold an event and was denied? What would it say to Toronto’s large Tamil community if extreme Sinhalese nationalists were not permitted to hold a study meeting at the library about the crushing of the Tamil separatist movement in Sri Lanka?

Opinion: We need to protect free speech on campus

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U of M libraries win prestigious national award

U of M libraries win prestigious national award | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Jennifer Gunn has a confession to make.

"I'm a total library geek," the University of Minnesota associate professor said. "And that's because I'm a historian of medicine and so in my own work I use library collections extensively."

She's happy to give a tour of her favorite library on campus, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.

Among the bookcases and archives is a copy of Andreas Vesalius' "On the Fabric of the Human Body," which contains some of the first naturalistic images of human bodies ever printed in text, according to assistant library curator Emily Beck.

There are 16 known copies of the book, and the U's is a first-edition dating back to the 16th century.

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Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Founded in 2013, the Minneapolis Art Lending Library is a collection of about 110 pieces of original artwork that are available to the public for free, three-month loan periods. We aim to provide a new model for artists to showcase their work and build a following, while also cultivating a new audience of art supporters. Below, some more details in an interview with co-founder, Larsen Husby. 

Amelia Foster for the LAIP (AF): Tell us about the Minneapolis Art Lending Library– what’s the goal of it? 
Larse Husby (LH): Our mission is to “provide exposure for artists, build ongoing support for the arts, and share the joy of art with all members of our community through the free lending of artwork.” We believe that there is value in living with a work of art, observing it over a long period of time and seeing it interact with the environment of the home. This kind of long-form viewing is hard to come by unless you can afford to buy lots of original art. We hope to provide access to this particular form of art engagement with a wider audience by making it free to borrow original works of art. Additionally, we aim to provide a unique and beneficial form of exposure for artists, allowing them to showcase art in a new format. Through our project, we hope to build support for the arts by connecting artists and art lovers, and introducing our community to the joys of living with art. 

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In Holland there are many art lending centres (kunstuitleen) since 1955; they are not called libraries. Strange that this is apparently new in America.
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Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017

Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
For Cory Eckert, doing social justice work in libraries is not radical. “It’s what we’ve always been doing, but now we’re thinking about it through a different lens.” Eckert, a 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker, reminded attentive listeners on Sunday, June 25 that libraries are not neutral and have never been so.
Before embarking on her current role as a librarian at the Post Oak School (TX), Eckert worked at the Houston Public Library and the Octavia Fellin Public Library (NM). In this latter role, she served a primarily Navajo community where children rarely saw themselves positively represented in literature. Eckert asked the audience to consider whether their libraries perform outreach in English (or other languages), and which parts of town they advertise in (or don’t).
Collection development, organizing displays and shelving, labeling materials with stickers, and taking a stance for or against legislation such as the PATRIOT Act are other common library decisions that may appear neutral but lack objectivity. For those interested in further reading, she cited April Hathcock’s blog At the Intersection. “These are our patrons,” Eckert asserted. “If we can’t make the library nice for them, what are we doing?”
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A Day Trip to Boston Public Library

A Day Trip to Boston Public Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We love visiting the library. While in Boston, we made a point to see the Boston Public Library and boy did it deliver! It was absolutely beautiful, despite the rain I was able to get a few great pictures outdoors before the downpour came!
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16 World’s Most Incredible Libraries

16 World’s Most Incredible Libraries. Which of these amazing libraries would you most like to visit? 

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‘Children say it feels like home’: the mobile library for refugees in Greece

‘Children say it feels like home’: the mobile library for refugees in Greece | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

While volunteering in refugee camps in Greece, Laura Samira Naude and Esther ten Zijthoff realised that the people they met needed more than food and shelter: they wanted to study, to work for their future and to find a sense of purpose. Naude and Zijthoff were determined to provide a quiet space, amid the upheaval and uncertainty, where people could use their time rather than just fill it. The pair decided to launch Education Community Hope and Opportunity (Echo) and open a library on wheels.

Friends in London and Belgium did the fundraising and fitted out an old minibus with shelves and computer points for internet access, then drove it to Greece. The two then appealed for books in Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, French, Greek and English, slowly filling the shelves and finally opening in November. They now have about 1,300 books – including some in storage because they don’t fit into the van – and welcome an average of 115 readers a week. So far, they have loaned out 904 books. “We have also lost many books along the way, as they inevitably go missing, and sometimes, especially with language-learning books, we let people keep them and then make copies to keep up with the demand,” says Zijthoff.

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News Literacy for All

News Literacy for All | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

I’m not really here for discussions about “fake news,” but I’m all for critical information literacy, including critical news literacy, and so are a group of librarians at Washtenaw Community College’s Bailey Library. Meghan Rose, Martha Stuit, and Amy Lee presented a poster recently at the Michigan Academic Library Association’s annual conference on their recent efforts to overhaul a News Literacy Libguide and use it as a springboard for instruction.

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Rebuilding Mosul's libraries book by book - BBC News

Rebuilding Mosul's libraries book by book - BBC News | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Old media meets new as a blogger in Iraq seeks to restore collections of literature destroyed by IS.
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Municipal budget cuts close nearly 300 Dutch libraries: report

Municipal budget cuts close nearly 300 Dutch libraries: report | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Over the past five years nearly 300 libraries in the Netherlands closed their doors because of municipal budget cuts, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The library closures saved municipalities around 38 million euros, according to the newspaper.

Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Sittard-Geleen and Eindhoven are the five municipalities that cut most on libraries - if their 2011 and 2016 budgets are compared. Eindhoven halved its budget for libraries. The city used to have 10 libraries, and now only has one. That's surprising given Eindhoven's reputation as a knowledge-based city, with a technical university and many tech companies.

Many schools jumped to fill the gap left by libraries. Over the past years 3 thousand schools got in books to encourage their students to read. 

In total municipalities cut 109 million euros on art and culture over the past years, according to RTL. This includes libraries, art organizations and museums. 

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4 important things users want from a library (and how to offer them)

4 important things users want from a library (and how to offer them) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Sometimes, there is a big imbalance between what the users wish to have in a library and what they really get. As Mick Fortune mentions in our previous post, for many years libraries measured their success primarily by footfall and they only focused on that. Only in the last few years, libraries have really started focusing on getting to know their users better. Even so, all the studies, such as those made by The Pew Internet, Carnegie UK Trust, Museums Libraries & Archives UK, etc. end up showing the same results.
In this first post, we will focus on the 4 most important things users want from a library.

1. A good range of books
2. Longer opening hours
3. Core library service for free
4. Help from knowledgeable librarians

We all love librarians because they represent the human Google of our local community. But what people love more is social interaction. 

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5 Public Libraries to Visit in Jakarta | Indoindians

5 Public Libraries to Visit in Jakarta | Indoindians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
5 Public Libraries to Visit in Jakarta on Indoindians | Jakarta is not only home for many shopping malls, outdoor tourist attractions, or fancy restaurants…
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The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters

The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. What does it mean that the Library of Congress just released 25 million records to the public?
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Friday Video: Libraries Out Loud | A Literacy Beyond Words - The Travelin' Librarian

Friday Video: Libraries Out Loud | A Literacy Beyond Words - The Travelin' Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here in Kansas City we have some of the best libraries in the country. Continue our ‘Libraries Out Loud’ series here with Episode 2, and find a new definition of literacy.
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The British Library Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report

The British Library Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Download: The British Library Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report, London: National Libraries, 2017  British Library 2016 - 2017        

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Tumblr: The New Commonplace Book

Tumblr: The New Commonplace Book | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Technology has changed, but commonplace books have stayed the same. One of Tumblr's greatest gifts is to help readers save and share their favorite quotes.
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