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The Greenest Libraries Have No Walls

The Greenest Libraries Have No Walls | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Pity the paper book. Libraries everywhere are closing due to lack of funding and tepid public support, and e-readers are luring people away from bookstores. Big-box bookstores tried, but they couldn’t replicate town libraries: vital public spaces where inter-generational interaction can freely occur between all economic strata.

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The importance of close reading (infographic)

The importance of close reading (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We are all aware of the importance of careful reading. We all very well know reading a text once is in many…
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How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Old-fashioned media—books, tapes, CDs, etc.—are governed by the first-sale doctrine, a legal provision that allows a buyer to do whatever she wants with a copy.

The licensing of digital media, however, gives publishers far more power. Instead of selling an album outright, they can sell permission to access its contents for a fixed amount of time. (This is a boon for textbook publishers in particular. Under a digital regime, they may not have to worry about losing sales to students buying used copies.)

The licensing model stands to become the norm as physical media get phased out, says Mr. Hoek. “This isn’t just a music problem,” he says. Anything made of “ones and zeroes” can be kept on a leash.

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New York librarians take subterranean action in solidarity with Gaza

New York librarians take subterranean action in solidarity with Gaza | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Palestinian poetry was read and distributed on subway line.
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A Writer’s Life with Librarians: A First Novelist Addresses Librarians at S. & S.’s Summer 2014 Preview

A Writer’s Life with Librarians: A First Novelist Addresses Librarians at S. & S.’s Summer 2014 Preview | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

It’s an honor and a privilege for me to stand before you today. Like so many active readers, I spent my childhood admiring librarians from afar. I heard them summon out of the ether the names of books for patrons who could offer only the wispiest notions of the plots or characters involved. I saw them run titles through their mental search engines and write down impressive lists of comparable books on the spot. I watched the quiet conviction on their faces, when they discussed certain books, grow into conspiratorial delight as they pressed them upon me.

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How a husband-and-wife team in Tehran turned their taxi into a rolling library

How a husband-and-wife team in Tehran turned their taxi into a rolling library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A husband-and-wife team in Tehran have created Ketabraneh, a mobile reading room and taxi service, complete with a chauffeur-librarian.
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Bowker data shows traditional publishing steady in U.S. -

Bowker data shows traditional publishing steady in U.S. - | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The latest short data report from  ProQuest research affiliate Bowker showed traditional print publishing holding up very nicely, thank you, in the U.S. 

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De vreemdste bibliotheken ter wereld - Lijn 17

De vreemdste bibliotheken ter wereld - Lijn 17 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Wie zei er dat de bibliotheek geen toekomst meer heeft? Oké, het suffe en ijzig stille gebouw heeft geen toekomst, maar deze 15 vreemde gebouwen wel.
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The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The "take a book, return a book" boxes are catching in even on places where Kindles and brick-and-mortar books abound. 
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Japans Mobile Libraries Bring Books to Iwate Residents - YouTube

Worldwide libraries are still going strong.

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Editorial: The time has come to better fund our Dallas libraries

Editorial: The time has come to better fund our Dallas libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The short hours and low staff at city libraries cost us in the long run.
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For Members Only: Library debuts in London | Book Patrol

For Members Only: Library debuts in London | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The latest foray in London's busy members only club scene is Library, a book-centered destination with all the usual amenities plus a whole lot more.
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Cool! Take a Google “Street View” Tour Inside Japan’s National Diet Library & International Library of Children’s Literature

Cool! Take a Google “Street View” Tour Inside Japan’s National Diet Library & International Library of Children’s Literature | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From the National Diet Library in Tokyo:
In July 2014, Google Street View images of the Tokyo Main Library and the International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) were published online.
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Featuring: Ander Monson | Library as Incubator Project

Featuring: Ander Monson | Library as Incubator Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Today I’m thrilled to present this interview with writer, publisher, and library-haunter Ander Monson. He’s here today to talk about his relationship to libraries, why he’s passionate about books as physical objects, and his intriguing new book project from Graywolf Press (forthcoming February 2015).

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6 Ways To Become a Power User of the Public Library - BOOK RIOT

6 Ways To Become a Power User of the Public Library - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
You have a library card and you know the library is more than just a “Netflix for books.” Maybe you know about your library’s ebook offerings and maybe you know you can borrow audiobooks or DVDs. But how can you … Continued
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What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books

What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
These are things that cannot be replaced by mere technology — not even a fully-loaded Kindle Fire
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Ego Tripping at the Gates of the Library Job Hunt

Ego Tripping at the Gates of the Library Job Hunt | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
by R.C. Miessler, former Head Editor, INALJ Indiana previously published 6/4/13 Ego Tripping at the Gates of the Library Job Hunt It’s been said a thousand ways in a myriad of contexts, but finding a library job right now is tough.
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The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf

The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Phyllis Rose, who tackled the entire contents of one shelf in a New York library, tells Rachel Cooke what the 'extreme reading' experiment taught her
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10 Fantastic Book Dedications

10 Fantastic Book Dedications | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The other day I was flipping through my Instagram feed and came across a dedication that I liked so much it sent me to the library to get the book.
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The 100th anniversary of the destruction of the University of Leuven Library | Book Patrol

The 100th anniversary of the destruction of the University of Leuven Library | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The University of Leuven (Louvain) Library was soon razed to the ground. An estimated 300,000 books, 1000 manuscripts and 800 incunabula were looted or
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Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One

Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
by Naomi House, MLIS Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One I have worked in libraries for the last ten years but as of December 2013 I have been working only outside of libraries d...
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Libraries – the original and ultimate search engine (infographic)

Libraries – the original and ultimate search engine (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Designed by Alex Nob for Encore Data Products, the infographic is a summary of what’s happening in American public libraries. As you see, the importance of libraries and librarians is growing in the times of hunting for web access and digital content.

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Peg with Pen: The Loss of Libraries and Librarians

Peg with Pen: The Loss of Libraries and Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

I watch libraries closely now, in this world that feels much harder and colder. Libraries seem to shut down by the day  - hitting hard in areas where access to information - for free - is desperately needed. There are also many libraries with no librarian to steer the ship. My own son has no librarian at his public high school. The elementary school where I teach has no librarian yet we have a phenomenal library – but without a librarian, truly, the library has no heart – or perhaps, it’s like it has been lulled to sleep via some cruel curse - and only a librarian can bring it back to life.

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LIBRARIAN AS FUTURIST: Changing the Way Libraries Think About the Future - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

LIBRARIAN AS FUTURIST: Changing the Way Libraries Think About the Future - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Librarians could discuss ad infinitum the predictions, proclamations, worries, fears, hopes, and dreams about what libraries are becoming. In fact, as a profession librarians are obsessed with talking about our future. Books, articles, blog posts, conference sessions, and webinars offer a steady stream of speculation. But honestly, all of this speculation does not matter. We should not concern ourselves with the future of libraries. Instead, we should focus on the factors driving change within the communities we serve and partner with.

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More Advice from the Clueless — Annoyed Librarian

More Advice from the Clueless — Annoyed Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

It’s often amusing to read big bold statements about libraries from people who don’t know anything about libraries. It’s even more amusing when the statements are ludicrous.

Ah, but what can one expect from a fellow from someplace called the Adam Smith Institute, which bills itself as “one of the world’s leading think tanks,” but which you’ve probably never heard of unless you live in the UK.

The latest ridiculous suggestion is to close all the British libraries and have the government buy everyone a Kindle “Unlimited” subscription, because the writer knows even less about Kindle Unlimited than he does about libraries, apparently having never used either.

He does try to qualify his bizarre opinion by claiming that it’s a “little, not entirely and wholly serious, thought on public policy.” I’m not even sure it can be considered a little thought. More like a little irritable mental gesture that vaguely resembles a thought. A “modest proposal” it’s not.

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Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The launch of Kindle Unlimited alters the competitive landscape for all providers of ebooks, including libraries.
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