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A Rebel Spring | Blatant Berry

A Rebel Spring | Blatant Berry | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The young librarians are at it again! They are talking shop and change at their parties and gatherings. They are forming new cabals to reform the profession. The ones who are already out there working with us have brought innovation and have risen fast through our ranks. Now new openings have given a few of them the opportunity to show us what they will do as leaders. So far, I’m deeply impressed with their creativity and their courage to take the risks that come with pushing for change.

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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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U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness

U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George Brown, a homeless man in Washington, has a simple answer when asked how often he uses a public library. "Always. I have nowhere else to go".

Brown is among the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who have put the almost 9,000 U.S. public libraries, the most of any country in the world, in the forefront of the battle against homelessness.

Moving beyond their old-fashioned image as book custodians where librarians shush people for talking too loud, libraries have evolved to serve as community centers, staffed with social workers and offering programs from meals to job counseling.

 
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DID AMAZON JUST CHANGE THE WORLD? Unlimited Kindle Books is a Game Changer (if they can license everything) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

DID AMAZON JUST CHANGE THE WORLD? Unlimited Kindle Books is a Game Changer (if they can license everything) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Amazon just announced an All-You-Can-Read service: Unlimited Kindle. It offers a collection of over 600,000 eBook titles for a low price of $9.99 per month. If this truly includes all Kindle books—it is a game changer. Take this Elsevier title for example. It sells for $102. Under the new model I could access this and hundreds of similar high quality titles for just $10 per month. 

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The possibilities leads to fundamental disruption and lead the author to express both deep concern and extreme optimism. 

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This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy?

This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Lexicon is costing €36.6m to build. In an interesting move, the 6,520m2 building – which will be the central library for the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – will be called the Dlr Lexicon, which reflects the fact that it offers more than a library.

It’s also intended to be a cultural centre, with a café (the tenant is yet to be decided on), a gallery, a small auditorium space, crafts spaces, a local history library, 100 parking spaces and a children’s library.

It’s hoped that this mix of facilities will attract more than 50,000 people to Dun Laoghaire every year.

Rather than being detached from the rest of the town, it is supposed to draw people into the centre of Dun Laoghaire, offering them a space to explore and enjoy before making their way into the town.

 

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nickcarman's curator insight, July 20, 4:13 PM

Public libraries have to prove they are delivering value to their customers to justify the money spent on them.  There is nothing different about this library to any other library in the world.  Staff & management will need to be on their game.

Doug Mirams's curator insight, July 21, 5:23 AM

Planned library includes a Scandinavian-inspired "taster" area, "unobtrusive and relaxed", described by thejournal.ie
where  "people sitting around reading newspapers, flicking through a recommended paperback, or popping in for 10 minutes respite on a busy day".

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11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The nation’s colleges and libraries have a message for the Federal Communications Commission: Don’t mess with net neutrality.

Echoing almost a decade of pro-neutrality sentiment in academe, 11 higher-education and library groups released a set of 11 principles on Thursday that promote the notion that all Internet content, regardless of origin, should be treated equally.

 

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Balanced Bibliophilocy: a new paradigm for reading

Balanced Bibliophilocy: a new paradigm for reading | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Joanna talks about Balanced Bibliophilocy as a valid approach to how we view reading of paper book and ebooks. What do you think?
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If You Want to See the Sharing Economy...Go to the Library

If You Want to See the Sharing Economy...Go to the Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The value of sharing is one instilled in us from a young age: from the parental injunction to share with our siblings to the early socialization received in kindergarten. Sharing acts as a baseline...
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Library's shelves emptied in Devon village over fears about closure - Telegraph

Library's shelves emptied in Devon village over fears about closure - Telegraph | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
More than 300 residents emptied Braunton Library's shelves over fears that planned cuts could mean its closure
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One for the father of library science | Book Patrol

One for the father of library science | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A visual homage to Dr. Shiyali Ranganathan from the folks at USC Marshall School Business
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Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Stock Ebooks

Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Stock Ebooks | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A pilot program operating in Massachusetts has library officials excited about the prospect of expanding access to ebooks and digital content for the state’s library patrons.
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nickcarman's curator insight, July 2, 6:55 PM

Not a future trend, but a current one.  Exploring new licensing models with publishers.

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The Libraries of Chinguetti | Book Patrol

The Libraries of Chinguetti | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It was once known as seventh holy city of Islam. It was also called the "City of Libraries" and home to the cultural elite of West Africa
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7 Obscure and Intriguing NYC Libraries - OEDB.org

7 Obscure and Intriguing NYC Libraries - OEDB.org | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I'm always looking for new and interesting libraries to visit and lately I've come across many right in my own back yard. Here are 7 libraries I would love
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What Kind of Librarian Are You?

What Kind of Librarian Are You? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Love the library so much that you’ve dreamed of working there? We’re not surprised to hear it. However, before you run off to get your masters of library science, take this quiz and discover your inner librarian.
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Is authority constructed and contextual?

Is authority constructed and contextual? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Ready for round three? So far I've looked at two of the ACRL's proposed threshold concepts for information literacy, noting that scholarship is only a conversation at a superficial and metaphorical

level and that research is indeed inquiry, though the ACRL’s frame describing it is needlessly complex for such a simple, definitional concept. So, where are we?

Scholarship is a ConversationResearch as InquiryAuthority is Contextual and ConstructedFormat as a ProcessSearching as ExplorationInformation has Value

This post has as topic: authority is constructed and contextual

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Amazon Wants You To Pay $120 For A Glorified Library Card

Amazon Wants You To Pay $120 For A Glorified Library Card | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Amazon officially unveiled an all-you-can-read subscription service on Friday that gives you access to more e-books than you could ever finish.

That's right, never have more books been available to you -- unless you have a public library card.

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Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Amazon has launched the mooted read all you can manage service and called it Kindle Unlimited. It costs, sadly for the US only at present, $9.99 a month and gives unlimited access to some 600,000 titles. Various people have various ideas about all of this. 

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I would say it sounds good but..... does it work? I honestly think you have to do both:  availability to all and communitywork and programming.

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How your library can help you resist the surveillance state

How your library can help you resist the surveillance state | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The library is one of the few institutions that has the potential to organize communities to access and produce information responsibly and safely.
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Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age

Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
There has been a substantial increase in students taking online college courses, changing significantly how modern learners access information, and librarians have adjusted to keep pace with an ever increasing demand for knowledge in the digital age.

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CPS has libraries—but where are the librarians?

CPS has libraries—but where are the librarians? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Even after all the school closings, CPS still can't find the money to hire librarians for about half its schools.
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The Ulysses of e-books is... | Book Patrol

The Ulysses of e-books is... | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

It is called the Hawking Index (HI) and it uses data from Amazon to determine which e-books are the most unfinished.

The classic of this genre and the namesake of the index is Stephen Hawking‘s A Brief History of Time, widely called “the most unread book of all time.”

Though from the looks of it Hawking is seriously being challenged by Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. With a rating of only 2.4% Ellenberg says “Yes, it came out just three months ago. But the contest isn’t even close. Mr. Piketty’s book is almost 700 pages long, and the last of the top five popular highlights appears on page 26.

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A 15-step strategy to comprehend a new library area thoroughly and fast - Proud2Know

A 15-step strategy to comprehend a new library area thoroughly and fast - Proud2Know | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Have you or any of your team needed to get up-to-date and skilled in a specific area in a short space of time? Last month’s blog:Getting more up-to-date in 6 simple stepsdiscussed a strategy for library staff to get up-skilled and up-to-date in new innovative areas. This month’s blog continues to help you develop your library’s staff expertise focussing on a short 15-step resource analysis plan.

 
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eBooks and the 21st Century Library: How Libraries have (almost) sold their soul

eBooks and the 21st Century Library: How Libraries have (almost) sold their soul | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In my 2+ decades in this profession I have often worried about the struggles facing our profession and Public Libraries in general.  If I allow my imagination to run amok I ponder the eventual demi...
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Value of Library Visits « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog

Value of Library Visits « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Archives, Library and Museum Alliance UK (ALMAUK) has put a value on public library visits following reseach on how users feel about them reports CILIP in the latest UPDATE magazine.

The report is based on results from just over 4,000 surveys of public library users and puts a theoretical value of between 24-27 pounds for each visit – this works out between 5.5 and 7.5 times greater than the actual cost of provision.

 
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New York Public Library Receives First City Funding Increase ($4.4 Million) In Six Years | LJ INFOdocket

New York Public Library Receives First City Funding Increase ($4.4 Million) In Six Years | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

 The New York Public Library will receive a $4.4 million increase in city operating funds for Fiscal Year 2015, according to the new city budget, unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council.

The increase – the first for the system since Fiscal Year 2008 – brings NYPL’s total city operating budget to about $144 million. It is part of a $10 million increase in funding to all three of the city’s Library systems, including the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.

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New Five Best Book Recommendation Services – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Five Best Book Recommendation Services – Stephen's Lighthouse | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Lifehacker: http://lifehacker.com/five-best-book-recommendation-services-1577706074

GoodreadsBookBubLibraryThingReddit’s BookSuggestions Subreddit

And one called Olmenta that I don’t recognize and my filters claim is a known malware site so don’t trust it..

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