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Dare To Do Different | Finding Heroes

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The search for reinvention of libraries from the deepest belief in the social relevance of a save harbour in the public domain
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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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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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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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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, 7:13 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, 8:23 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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