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Thinking about the future of Teen Services

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Recently, I was asked what my thoughts on the current state of Teen Services in the library were.  I replied: So I've been a teen librarian since 2007.  At that time, it felt like teen services wer...
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4 Things That Will Never Happen When You Become a Librarian

4 Things That Will Never Happen When You Become a Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
So here it is my final blog post for Hack Library School. As I type these words on the keyboard, my eyes are flooded with tears…of joy! It means that by now you have another set of awesome writers ...
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College Students and Instructors on Library Use: Infographic

College Students and Instructors on Library Use: Infographic | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
College Students and Instructors on Library Use: Infographic http://blog.cengage.com/college-students-and-instructors-on-library-use-infographic/ Stephen
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New York City Council Approves $39 Million For Libraries in 2016 | Brooklyn Magazine

New York City Council Approves $39 Million For Libraries in 2016 | Brooklyn Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Libraries rejoice!. 

What was once a devastating budget forecast for New York City libraries in 2016 is now a cause for celebration, or at least a reason for librarians to breathe a sigh of relief. On late Monday night, the New York City Council approved an additional $39 million for all branches operating within the five boroughs, in what represents a pretty sharp turnaround from the mayor’s office original plan to significantly cut library funding in next year’s budget. 

The new funding “will enable universal six-day service throughout the 217 branches across the city’s three systems—the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), New York Public Library (NYPL), and Queens Library (QL)—as well as extended hours at many locations, and will translate in to approximately 500 new jobs. In addition, the de Blasio administration has committed to a $300 million ten-year capital budget for libraries” reports Library Journal.

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Elsevier Introduces Seven Library Information Science Books at ALA Annual ... - CNNMoney

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Bookstores Won't Go the Way of Video Stores

Bookstores Won't Go the Way of Video Stores | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
How are bookstores and video stores similar? I am probably asked that question more than anyone else in the known universe, because I work in a bookstore, and I also recently published a novel set  

in a struggling video store. i have pat answers prepared. But it’s the subtext of the question I find most interesting. What people are really asking is, Isn’t it sad how bookstores are going the way of video stores, that is, off this mortal coil?

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The New York Public Library Wars

The New York Public Library Wars | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A group of scholars spearheaded a successful protest to stop radical changes at the New York Public Library, but now it looks as if they may have lost anyway.
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High ebook prices ‘unsustainable,’ says city’s top librarian | Toronto Star

High ebook prices ‘unsustainable,’ says city’s top librarian | Toronto Star | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Publishers charge libraries up to $135 for an ebook, five times as much as the public would pay.

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Canadian Libraries Band Together Over High e-Book Prices

Canadian Libraries Band Together Over High e-Book Prices | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Canadian Library organizations have banded together to launch a website that wants to bring public attention to high e-book prices. The Toronto Public
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Blogging and being a node in conversation

Blogging and being a node in conversation | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

For me to feel like I am really “blogging”  I need to be reading other people who are creating in a similar space, commenting, joining in on other parts of social media about discussion of topics that may or may not end up as more fully-developed posts. The richness of what I write here is dependent on this thinking with others, and takes place as a node in conversation.

I do think that there are a group of people with a “build it and they will come” mentality who write some (often very well-considered and interesting) posts and then are surprised and affronted that there is not conversation happening and their posts are not noticed. I think this is a bit like getting in some food, nice drinks, putting on some mood music, opening doors … then sitting on the sofa complaining that your party is not a success…

For me blogging done satisfactorily and effectively takes huge amounts of time, a lot of discipline, involves building knowledge of where disciplinary conversations are taking place, creating discussions when possible and getting in there boots and all.

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2015 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Ferguson Municipal Public Library, MO, Courage in Crisis

2015 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Ferguson Municipal Public Library, MO, Courage in Crisis | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Ferguson Municipal Public Library (FMPL), MO, became a model for all libraries in the way it reacted to the crisis and the aftermath of riots brought on by the shooting of Michael Brown, a young African American man, by local police. FMPL was the one agency in town that stayed open to serve and support all the people of Ferguson. The library quickly became a safe haven and expressed a peaceful resolve, becoming a critical community anchor.
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myliblog: Are libraries socialist?

myliblog: Are libraries socialist? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In the very conservative Douglas County, Colorado, people sometimes told me, angrily, that the library was "socialist." That's libertarian shorthand for "an unnecessary program that steals my money through taxes." But we won't get very far if we allow those opposed to our aims to define our terms. 

First, as I hope to make clear (in the book I'm working on), libraries are not only important, but a staggering return on investment. And taxation is not theft; it is a well-tested mechanism for a people to pay for essential services that don't easily lend themselves to short-term profit (think public roads, sanitation, court systems, etc.). 
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Shelf life: how libraries are building social cohesion

Shelf life: how libraries are building social cohesion | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
If books are all but dead, why has the City of Melbourne built three new libraries in the past three years, with a fourth one in the pipeline? These have been big investments.
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Three Books on Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing & Libraries

Three Books on Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing & Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
While your lIbrary probably already collects some of the many guides on how to write a book, this month I’d like to recommend three essential titles for your collection that can help aspiring authors take the next step to turning their finished manuscript into a clean ebook.
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Elsevier Introduces Seven Library Information Science Books at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Elsevier Introduces Seven Library Information Science Books at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

WALTHAM, MA, Jun 25, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of seven new library and information science books, including Digital Futures, a co-branded book project with the UK's Jisc; Informed Systems by Mary M. Somerville; and Marketing the 21st Century Library by Debra Lucas-Alfieri.

These and four others will be featured in the library information science (LIS) portfolio in Elsevier booth #504 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25-30, in San Francisco. Two of the authors are presenting at ALA in Elsevier's booth and at a luncheon speaker event as part of Elsevier's new Library Learning Trends, a professional development program for librarians.

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Library cards around the world - in pictures

Library cards around the world - in pictures | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
On Tuesday we printed a gallery of London library cards and asked for others from around the world. Here are some of the best discovered by our readers
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Amazon has become the next Great Library of Alexandria

Amazon has become the next Great Library of Alexandria | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Great Library of Alexandria would be the subject of an epic Hollywood movie. It was the grandest institution of learning in the ancient world and comprised
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'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library - NPR

'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library - NPR | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In his new book, Scott Sherman describes how bottom-line business logic nearly gutted New York's preeminent public library. Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, smart book" full of colorful characters.

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50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries

50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A list of images about books, reading, and libraries, that were most frequently shared on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media networks.
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Can Google’s New “My Account” Page be a Model for Libraries?

Can Google’s New “My Account” Page be a Model for Libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
One of the things discussed in the NISO patron privacy conference calls has been the need for transparency with patrons about what information is being gathered about them and what is done with it.
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Books as a Human Right: Meet the Startup Building a Cloud-Based Library for Students in the Developing World

Books as a Human Right: Meet the Startup Building a Cloud-Based Library for Students in the Developing World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Library for All has built a 1,700-plus book library for students in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo that exists in the cloud.. 

A picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, but in reality, most aren't. Every now and then, however, you stumble across one worth so much more than that.

The photograph Isabel Sheinman took on a recent trip to Ethiopia is one of those images. It was 2014, and she was visiting a school in a small village in the northern region of Gondar when she came across a young man standing guard over what was clearly a precious, valuable resource. It wasn’t food or drugs, it wasn’t money or supplies. He was protecting a pile of books. With a machine gun.

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Portland (OR) Public Schools to School Librarians: “We Want You!”

Portland (OR) Public Schools to School Librarians: “We Want You!” | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
With a $3.1M budget increase, the Portland, Oregon public school system is planning to hire more than 30 librarians for the fall.
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Study finds that high-poverty schools with a certified teacher librarian achieve a 5-year graduation rate of 79% « Library Research Service

Study finds that high-poverty schools with a certified teacher librarian achieve a 5-year graduation rate of 79% « Library Research Service | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

There’s yet more reason to invest in school library programs! Even as the number of endorsed librarians in today’s schools continues its downward trend, studies are consistently finding that there is no substitute for a quality school library program (You can peruse through research done by LRS and other institutions on this subject here). A new study conducted by the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) and reported bySchool Library Journal further corroborates these findings. The study, which drew from 1,486 K-12 public schools across Washington state, concludes that students in schools that have a certified teacher-librarian (CTL) are more likely to perform better on standardized tests and to graduate, regardless of whether they live in an urban, suburban, or rural area, and regardless of the income of their household.

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myliblog: Self-interest versus the common good

myliblog: Self-interest versus the common good | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I've been working on my next book, tentatively titled "The Public Library and the Public Good: A Renaissance." Here's the kernel of my idea. There are two arguments for the public library: what's in it for me, and what's in it for us. That is, we justify support for an institution on the grounds of self-interest, or on the grounds of the common good. You can't help but be struck by the language used during the public library movement of the 1880s. Libraries were founded for clear social purposes
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