.Guy Garvey takes the Finest Hour on a tour of Manchester's libraries,
from the beautiful neo-gothic treasure trove that is John Rylands Library to the newly refurbished Manchester Central Library to the hidden gem that is the Portico Library.
He'll be discovering some of the city's most precious artefacts including one of the world's oldest biblical texts, an ancient Greek medical document, Shakespeare's Second Folio dating back to 1632, and archive films about Manchester's music scene.
This programme is part of 6 Music Celebrates Libraries which features a selection of shows across the network turning their attention to libraries - from the sound archive of the British library to exploring the influence of literature on music. Next Friday Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting live from the British Library in London.
Trying to rate the world's literary giants is tricky at best. Do you go by the number of books sold? The long-term cultural impact? If you're Dartmouth College researcher Allen Riddell, you make computers decide.
Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public. At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related needs and 3.7 million of them reported finding work. Today, 96 percent of librariessurveyed offer online job and employment resources and 78 percent offer programs to help people apply for jobs.
Welcome to Reading Lives is an interview podcast with interesting people who love books, hosted Jeff O’Neal from BookRiot.com. The guest on this episode is Ashley Ford, essayist, memoirist, and staff writer at BuzzFeed. We talk about reading beyond what is.
The public library is a place of learning, a hub for educational resources and a community center. Children discover new worlds as they’re read to, young adults learn new skills, and librarians assist patrons needing educational or business support.
Not only have libraries historically proven to be beneficial to the areas they serve, a recent Return on Investment Study conducted by the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development at the University of West Florida provides the hard numbers demonstrating the economic value of public libraries. The overall return on investment that libraries offer, the business and educational support that is provided, and the essential services provided show not only that libraries are places of learning, but also that they add economic value to their local communities.
For every $1 Floridians invest into Florida public libraries, they receive $10.18 in economic return. This means that with nearly $500 million of public money invested into Florida public libraries during fiscal year 2012, over $5.55 billion was returned to Floridians in economic value. Public libraries have historically been places where families can learn, students can do research and job seekers can find opportunities, and the money invested into these respected institutions is returned over ten-fold.
1. Access to online paywall content. 2. eBooks. 3. Local archives. 4. Classes. 5. Reference Librarians. They’re excellent resources of information and a source of research skills. When you go to your public library, be sure to chat with the reference librarians. They are, in essence, professional SearchReseachers. They know all kinds of things that are key to finding information (both online and offline) in places and in ways you might not have thought about. (Better yet: Many of them are available via IMs and email. Remember the superb “Ask-A-Librarian” service is always available. They might take a day to get back to you, but they’re very, very good.)
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...
This is the first digital OCLC Annual Report and is titled Advancing Together. It includes several videos and slide shows. If you prefer, a PDF version minus some of these features is also available. The digital report is available in six languages. Direct to
Reading Pathways is a regular Book Riot feature in which we suggest a three-book reading sequence for becoming acquainted with certain authors.Three books: a novel, a memoir and a YA, to get you started reading Isabel Allende.
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.