The UK is a diverse, cosmopolitan country with people of many faiths – and none. Public libraries are secular spaces, and, whilst providing sacred texts, books about faith and religion, and books reflecting non-religious views of the world, care needs to be taken to ensure that people’s faith (or lack thereof) is treated with respect, and that one religious/faith group is not privileged over others. Examples have occurred where local faith groups have tried to pressure libraries into presenting their sacred texts in a particular way; the guidelines below, originally developed by Siobhan Ball as part of her Information Management and Preservation Masters degree, aim to support libraries in making decisions about how to deal with such demands, and also outline good practice in dealing with sacred texts in general.
Today it is my pleasure to present a conversation with Julie Dietzel-Glair, library consultant and writer – most recently of an awesome book from the American Library Association called Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books Through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props (ALA Neal-Schuman, 2013). As someone who’s constantly looking for new ways to engage the youngest library patrons with literature, I can tell you I was excited to learn about this title!
We usually think about libraries as staid and steady buildings, safely immobile on our city streets. Like, say, this rather pretty one: But they don’t always stay there. One of the most fascinating things about bookmobiles, for example, is that … Continued
Today, ARL released a new infographic that tells the story of how libraries are champions for academic freedom and balanced copyright policies. The infographic explains the threat of unbalanced copyright to academic freedoms, including the freedom to research, to teach and learn, and to publish...
From a Canadian bookshop opened by Alice Munro in the 1960s to one in the island of Santorini started by drunk Oxford students, some of the world’s most exotic booksellers feature in The Bookshop Book, published as part of a UK-wide Books are My Bag campaign to support the bookselling industry in the run-up to Christmas. Its author Jen Campbell introduces some of the finest
My insides cringe whenever people ask me what I do for a living, because I’m prepared for the skeptical looks I get when I tell people I’m a librarian.
They act as if being a librarian is not a real job, and conjure up images of me with my nose in a book. I wish I could sit around and read books all day! Who wouldn’t want to be a librarian then?
I’ve heard it all, but my favorite is people’s assertion that the age of the public library is ending and Google will reign on in its place – making my job obsolete. But guess what? Google doesn’t know everything!
Si Kahn, Creative Community Organizing: a Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice. San Francisco, CA: Berrett Koehler, 2010. ISBN: 9781605094441. Genre: nonfiction Subgenre: memoir, community organizing, activism I did not find this book really engaging. It's mostly a memoir of Si Kahn's work as a civil rights activist and organizer, including work with SNCC. In part, I felt that I had seen or read much of this. Maybe this is because I read it shortly after my intensive study of the Civil Rights era during the tour, so I was not ready to read more on the topic. Maybe I wanted a bit more "how to" and less memoir.
Welcome to Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized. That's what we're trying to do.
Indie publishing platform Blurb and visual arts studio Jotta have commissioned nine artists and designers to launch Unbinding the Book to challenge preconceptions of who can be an author and what a book can be.
Unbinding the Book will push the boundaries of how books can be experienced, by evoking the storytelling properties of print and the way in which images evoke a narrative, whilst bringing to life the materiality, form and physicality that make books so alluring and different from their digital counterparts.