Now that the de Blasio Administration is breathing new life into the 10-year capital plan, public libraries have an important role to play. In testimony before the City Council’s Committees on Finance, Cultural Affairs & Libraries, CUF research director David Giles lays out what could be done.
One of the most heartwarming stories I heard last year in my field involved a small, unobtrusive, understaffed library that emerged out of chaos to take care of its community, and the outpouring of love and support from writers and folks around the country who took the time to notice and help. - See more at: http://arts.gov/article/healing-power-libraries#sthash.a4th1Tvt.dpuf
In May 2014, our Head of Programmes, Jill Haynes attended the opening of Mekele Public Library in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Read all about her visit here. In December 2014, Jill visited Ethiopia again to see the progress that Book Aid International’s projects are making as well as to meet with other partners to look at ways we can work together and expand our work.
There is a lot to be encouraged by in Ethiopia – the government clearly take literacy seriously as they are investing a lot in libraries, building many new libraries throughout the country. There is also a tangible commitment to libraries in schools. However the impact they have in the local community could be considerably improved with training for library staff and more resources. Many libraries are understaffed and understocked, operating with a skeleton staff many of whom are untrained and with no budget beyond wages for the staff. To cope, they may need to reduce their opening hours, stop lending books and are unable to offer any kind of reading promotion activities.
One of my predictions for 2015 was that British libraries were all going to close. So far that hasn’t come true, but it’s getting closer.
According to this story, 324 libraries have closed because of budget cuts. Two years ago, that figure was 201 libraries, so the closings have kept up at a rapid pace.
Of the 4612 British public libraries in 2010, about 7% have now closed. In the U.S., that percentage would mean closure of over 1100 libraries if you count branch locations, which is definitely something we’d notice.
From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: In 2012, Americans made 1.5 billion trips to public libraries in the United States — the equivalent of more than 4.1 million visits each day, according to new research by the Institute of Museum...
From WWL-TV: The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out. [Clip] Right now the library is tapping into its reserve funds to stay afloat, but that will all be spent by next summer.
There’s been a lot written about homeless people in public libraries over the years.
However, I’ve now seen what is for me at least a new argument.
"But just as Bailey needs his library, the library needs him: In this digital age, many people who used to depend on libraries can find what they need online without leaving home. Menaced by budget cuts, many public libraries are effectively failing to justify their relevance, reducing their hours year after year".
In an editorial in the November 2014 MIT Technology Review, the writer concluded that “the open Internet is in danger. But not from lack of neutrality—from the prospect of FCC regulating it like a 20th–century utility.” The article proceeded to provide a brief commentary on “network neutrality.” This refers to the concept that service providers should not block data from particular websites, charge content providers for delivering content, or set paid “fast lanes” i.e. charging extra to some people for faster services while others get stuck in “slow lanes.”
Jon Stewarts nakende afscheid van The Daily Show zal ingrijpende gevolgen hebben voor de Amerikaanse boekenwereld. Jarenlang bood de presentator het commercieel lastige boek een podium. Stewart wordt in een stuk in The Washington Post getypeerd als “the intellectual author’s Oprah”: wat de voormalige talkshowhost Oprah Winfrey met haar Book Club bijdroeg aan de doorbraak van auteurs
For most people, the word “library” evokes images of index cards, befuddling Dewey Decimals and dusty tomes. But the 22 projects honored by the Knight News Challenge on Libraries on January 30, winning a cumulative $3 million in grants, see a different vision.
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