Take a look at our libraries, and you can read us like a book. Mention public services, and the mind leaps to healthcare or police, or maybe garbage collection, transit or road repairs. Mention a library, and many people will…
The UK has lost nearly 50 libraries over the past year, according to full figures released today (11th December) by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Altogether, the the total number of libraries in the UK fell from 4,194 in 2012-13, to 4,145 in 2013-14, a loss of 49 libraries, and a drop of 1.2%. In the last financial year of the last parliament, 2009-2010, the UK had 4,482 libraries, meaning there has been an overall loss of 337 libraries in the past five years, a decline of 7.5%. The figures are based on information reported by local authorities, and take into account both closures and openings of libraries.
ELMORE – Today’s school libraries are not what they were when today’s parents were children. Back then, libraries were nothing more than rooms filled floor to ceiling with books. But advancements in technology have made those rooms gateways to the world’s knowledge, and the librarians that run them know the way through those gates.
But maybe not for long.
Jean Schultz, library media specialist for Woodmore schools, has worked hard to obtain the training she needs to have the knowledge to provide the best technological resources available to the district’s students.
Top 5 problems with library websites – a review of recent usability studies Via emilysingley "What are the most common UX problems with academic library websites and library tools? I looked at 16 studiesconducted over the past two years, and here is what I learned: What does that mean? Library jargon What am I searching?…
In the unrest following the grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown, several groups tried to kick in the big glass doors of the Ferguson Public Library.
They failed, and now the space has become a sanctuary.
On a desk inside the library, a homemade sign reads "During difficult times, the library is a quiet oasis."
While many businesses in Ferguson have closed their doors, the library - two blocks from the police station and centrally located among the protests - is open. On Tuesday when schools were closed, children participated in crafts and story time programmes and ate lunch. On Wednesday, reporters worked in the quiet space, while business owners took part in archive-preservation programmes.
.Guy Garvey takes the Finest Hour on a tour of Manchester's libraries,
from the beautiful neo-gothic treasure trove that is John Rylands Library to the newly refurbished Manchester Central Library to the hidden gem that is the Portico Library.
He'll be discovering some of the city's most precious artefacts including one of the world's oldest biblical texts, an ancient Greek medical document, Shakespeare's Second Folio dating back to 1632, and archive films about Manchester's music scene.
This programme is part of 6 Music Celebrates Libraries which features a selection of shows across the network turning their attention to libraries - from the sound archive of the British library to exploring the influence of literature on music. Next Friday Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting live from the British Library in London.
Sharing and long-term preservation of research data are increasingly important to the research process, strengthening the process of science and maximising a funder’s return on research investment. While some fields have embraced the sharing of data more fully than others, the sharing of research data is of growing interest across all scientific disciplines.
However, we are still transitioning from a document-centric view of science to a data-centric view, and the infrastructure is not yet in place for the seamless sharing and reuse of scientific data. A growing number of increasingly sophisticated instruments and sensors mean that the scientific data available for sharing is growing rapidly, but there is a lot of work involved in extracting that data from researchers’ hard drives and ensuring that it is accessible in the long term.
Digital and mobile technologies have changed the job of marketing public libraries tremendously. Although the underlying principles of marketing haven’t changed, new skills are now essential for success. As you put together your marketing plan, it’s a good idea to think about the skills required to execute it. Creativity will always be valued in marketing, …