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Stamping out poverty as well as books? How libraries can support development

Stamping out poverty as well as books? How libraries can support development | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
With 230,000 libraries in developing countries, these institutions can be the difference between users simply accessing information or being able to use it, says Stuart Hamilton
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What Every Librarian Needs to Know About HTTPS

What Every Librarian Needs to Know About HTTPS | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Librarians have long understood that to provide access to knowledge it is crucial to protect their patrons' privacy. Books can provide information that is deeply unpopular. As a result, local communities and governments sometimes try to ban the most objectionable ones. Librarians rightly see it as their duty to preserve access to books, especially banned ones. In the US this defense of expression is an integral part of our First Amendment rights.
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Poem of the week: The Beautiful Librarians by Sean O’Brien

Poem of the week: The Beautiful Librarians by Sean O’Brien | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A nostalgic homage to the glory of libraries and librarians harnesses Larkin and Keats to point up our lost visions of social betterment

First part of The Beautiful Librarians

The beautiful librarians are dead,
The fairly recent graduates who sat
Like Françoise Hardy’s shampooed sister
With cardigans across their shoulders
On quiet evenings at the issue desk,
Stamping books and never looking up
At where I stood in adoration.

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The 6 types of Little Free Library patrons

The 6 types of Little Free Library patrons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn’s Little Free Library isn’t just a good-karma fixture for fellow readers. It provides a fascinating glimpse into human nature and what people do when they think no one’s watching. The busy mom, the insomniac, the wannabe book critic, the picky reader, the cruiser.

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Women building a library in exile

Women building a library in exile | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The independent life of English nuns in a time of persecution is reflected by their books
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Best reading innovators across the world (infographic)

Best reading innovators across the world (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The new infographic from National Book Foundation presents most influential reading advocates and their initiatives. National Book Foundation, the non-profit organization with a…
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You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing | TorrentFreak

You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing | TorrentFreak | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The purpose of public libraries is exactly the same as the effect of file-sharing. You cannot defend one while opposing the other.
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Small Libraries, Big Impact | Award Retrospective, 2005-2015

Small Libraries, Big Impact | Award Retrospective, 2005-2015 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

2005 Haines Borough Public Library, AK. 

The inaugural winner, Haines Borough Public Library, was just moving into a new building funded by its small (at the time population around 2,600) community. Susan Elliott, a long-term library professional and mentor to then-director Ann Myren, suggested the library apply “because their programs, services, and philosophy of operations seemed a perfect fit with the award criteria.” Reba Heaton, currently the assistant director, says, “We were proud of our library before we got the award and were just as proud after.”

Serving a community that is detached from most of its neighbors, accessible only by boat and plane, only increases the effect that a national award can have. Current director Patricia Brown notes, “People were proud to be from the town that received the Best Small Library in America 2005. Even today people will refer to the library as ‘the best small library.’ ”

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Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public | TechSoup for Libraries

Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public | TechSoup for Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, I started my current public library job in Takoma Park, Maryland. Soon after I started the job, several Hurricane Katrina refugees arrived at my public library. It's scary to lose your entire city to a hurricane. When you show up in a new city, it's vital that the people you meet welcome you as valued members of their community.

One of these refugees, Desiree, was a wheelchair user. When she asked me for help in obtaining a donated computer, I put her at the front of my list of waiting recipients. When a donated Dell desktop came in, I set it up for her in her apartment and told her to contact me when it wasn't working.

Over the years, I visited her apartme

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This New Book Gives You a Peek Inside the World's Most Unlikely Libraries

This New Book Gives You a Peek Inside the World's Most Unlikely Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From beach libraries in Sydney to book-toting donkeys in Colombia.
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17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian

17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share stories about their favorite librarians in honor of National Library Week. Here are some of their responses.
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Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books

Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely.
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Julie Sandorf: Balancing books by abandoning libraries

Julie Sandorf: Balancing books by abandoning libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
New York City’s 207 branch libraries are among our most beloved and trusted equalizers of economic opportunity.
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Police called as Library of Birmingham protesters stage sit in

Police called as Library of Birmingham protesters stage sit in | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Students refuse to leave the Library of Birmingham at closing time in protest at cuts in opening hours and staff redundancies
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Albany Public Library Trustee Candidate Forum, Part 2: The Library's Future

During a forum for Albany residents to learn more about the library trustee candidates, Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek asks Elissa Kane, Mike Neppl, and Lesley Paparone the following question: "What are the most important issues facing Albany Public Library as we move into the future?" The library budget vote and candidate election is Tuesday, May 19th, 2015..

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New Yorkers Rally for Library Funding

New Yorkers Rally for Library Funding | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
New Yorkers turned out in force at City Hall on May 15 for a lunchtime rally and press conference protesting the deep cuts to library funding outlined in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s FY16 Executive Budget. The proposed budget, released May 7, allocated $313 million for the city’s public libraries—down a full $10 million from FY15, and $65 million less than 2008. A full budget restoration to pre-recession levels would allow libraries across New York City’s three systems to provide core programs and ser
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New Video: An Introduction to Pinterest For Libraries and Non-Profits | LJ INFOdocket

New Video: An Introduction to Pinterest For Libraries and Non-Profits | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The following presentation was recorded at the San Francisco Public Library on May 8, 2015. Christine Schirmer shares the inside guide to Pinterest for non-profits like public libraries and community groups. This video details what people look for on Pinterest and how they find your pins.
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Librarian's 'labor of love' wins state award

Librarian's 'labor of love' wins state award | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Beth Vandersteen's calls her 48 years working in the public library system a "labor of love."
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NYC libraries take $10M hit in de Blasio 2016 budget

NYC libraries take $10M hit in de Blasio 2016 budget | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries took a $10 million hit in the city’s 2016 budget.
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Do We Really Need Libraries?

Do We Really Need Libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Between 1886 and 1919, Andrew Carnegie planted nearly 1,700 libraries across America. Over the years they grew. Now they are trying to survive. In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue.A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such as restoring $65 million in operating funds.

 

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Do we still need libraries?

Do we still need libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Get over your nostalgia for the local library of your childhood. Here’s how we need to remake it today.
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Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library

Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
At the Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada, snoozing in the stacks will now be banned. The new rule is part of the library's effort to redirect homeless library patrons to more appropriate support services.
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The Bestselling Books of the [last] Century: 1900-1999

The Bestselling Books of the [last] Century: 1900-1999 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Books of the Century: 1900-1999 https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~immer/booksall 1900 Fiction Bestsellers 1. Mary Johnston, To Have and To Hold 2. Mary Cholmondeley, Red Pottage 3. Robert Grant, Unleavened Bread 4. James Lane Allen, The Reign of Law 5. Irving Bacheller, Eben Holden 6. Paul Leicester Ford, Janice Meredith 7. Charles Frederic Goss, The Redemption of David…
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14 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Librarians

14 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
"Yes, I can help you find all the books." "No, I don't spend all day reading them."

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews

Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

"As librarians we protect our services, collections, and patrons from censorship and bias. Simply put- We do not allow it. From too much left or right wing material to too much sci-fi or mystery. At our core we begin from a place of balance, equality, representation, and non-censorship.  This is one of librarianship’s inherent characteristics that draw people to join the profession.

Interestingly I found this today:

Wikipedia Countering Systemic Bias Project

The Wikipedia project suffers systemic bias that naturally grows from its contributors’ demographic groups, manifesting an imbalanced coverage of a subject, thereby discriminating against the less represented demographic groups. …
This project aims to control and (possibly) eliminate the cultural perspective gaps made by the systemic bias, consciously focusing upon subjects and points of view neglected by the encyclopedia as a whole."


Via Karen du Toit
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 13, 8:45 AM

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