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Ether for Authors: And Would You Just Save the Libraries, Too, Please? : Publishing Perspectives

Ether for Authors: And Would You Just Save the Libraries, Too, Please? : Publishing Perspectives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In his overview of the week's web buzz, Porter Anderson looks at an authors-for-libraries effort, DRM debates, Ewan Morrison's provocations, and more.
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100-year overdue book returned to San Francisco library

100-year overdue book returned to San Francisco library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Public Library just had a book turned in that was 100 years overdue.
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Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary, eMuseum and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Saturday, January 14 | The Digital Reader

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary, eMuseum and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Saturday, January 14 | The Digital Reader | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of tweets from @PaulKBiba, the former editor of Teleread.
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As 2016 crashed in flames, libraries were the last good place

As 2016 crashed in flames, libraries were the last good place | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Like many people, I’ve spent the past few weeks staring at the kitty-litter box that is 2016, wondering where hope is to be found. In the bottom of a martini glass, possibly, though you wake up with a gruesome hangover and it’s still 2016.

Then, I read a remarkable story on the website of TVO, Ontario’s public broadcaster. It was about a five-year-old boy, Jack Bennett, and his dad, Lanrick Bennett Jr., who had visited all of Toronto’s 100 library branches in a six-month period, using public transit. They were inspired by Daniel Rotsztain’s book of drawings called All the Libraries in Toronto.

Some weekends they visited seven branches. Sometimes, they trekked to the outer edges of the city, realizing how huge it was. At every stop, they got a librarian to stamp their copy of All the Libraries in Toronto. “It was a lot of connection with my son. I really got to spend some quality time,” Mr. Lanrick told TVO’s Nam Kiwanuka.

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Why a public-private central library was unlikely from the beginning

Why a public-private central library was unlikely from the beginning | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Looking back, it should have been easy to predict the end of the story. 

There wasn’t much chance of building a new city library under a public-private partnership (P3).

The Ottawa Public Library wants to partner with Library and Archives Canada to build a $168-million facility at 557 Wellington St., just west of Albert Street and Bronson Avenue. It’s a city-owned property.

A P3 library development seemed to be a no-brainer two years ago, considering the political buy-in, budget constraints and obvious need for a new central facility.

In July 2014, the OPL board told staff to conduct research into a P3 model for a new library after learning how much a total gut job would cost at the existing flagship branch on Metcalfe Street.


Mayor Jim Watson championed a new P3 central library during the 2014 city election campaign, knowing the city budget was tight and a private partner could reduce the financial burden on property taxpayers. In June 2015, Watson called for the P3 option to remain in play as the OPL confirmed it wanted to build a new central library somewhere else.

Meanwhile, CUPE Local 503, which represents OPL workers, raised warning flags about a P3 library and rallied against the idea. The community group Bookmark the Core also opposed a P3 project.

The OPL hired Deloitte to analyze the merits of building a library with a private-sector partner. The consultant’s report was included in the stack of material released this month with the OPL’s recommendations on building a joint facility with the federal archives.

The potential for a land deal with a property owner became remote around mid-2016. When the OPL asked landowners to speak up if they wanted to have their property considered for the project, not a single one stepped forward. 

But Deloitte pointed out several reasons why a P3 library probably isn’t a good idea, anyway.
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The most popular books at US public libraries this year, mapped by city

The most popular books at US public libraries this year, mapped by city | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Hollywood has been good to Paula Hawkins. Following the release of a movie adapted from her novel, The Girl on the Train, the book has become one of the most widely read books at US libraries this year. A survey of 14 metropolitan libraries by Quartz shows that The Girl on the Train is the mos
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Build Your Own Mobile Digital Library to Share Books From Anywhere With Anyone

Build Your Own Mobile Digital Library to Share Books From Anywhere With Anyone | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Ever wished you could easily share your collection of PDFs, DIY books, or magazines? Adafruit has a guide to turn a Raspberry Pi Zero into a little digital free library you can take with you anywhere.
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New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership | Children's Book Council

New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership | Children's Book Council | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
New York, NY ― The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more.  The bulk of these collections – spanning centuries and representing iconic writers, scholars, performance artists, government and civic leaders, artists, and more – are housed in the Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and the Science, Industry and Business Library. 

Among the first adult titles will be: a book by acclaimed and beloved author and illustrator Maira Kalman celebrating libraries; a book on New York restaurant life, featuring menus from the library’s extensive collection of 45,000 eatery menus; and Book Face , a book bringing together the best posts from the #bookface Instagram sensation. St. Martin’s Press Executive Editor Michael Flamini is overseeing the adult program.
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Ep. 53 "An Act of Citizenship" | Library Stories

When artist and author Melinda Hunt started to research the potter's field on Hart Island, she turned to The New York Public Library for newspaper articles tracing its story. Now the founder of the Hart Island Project, she shares her findings in public places, including nearby City Island Library, to help people learn about Hart Island's unique spot in New York City history.

Library Stories is a video series from The New York Public Library that shows what the Library means to our users, staff, donors, and communities through moving personal interviews.

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Trouble spotting fake news? UofT librarians have you covered | Metro Toronto

Trouble spotting fake news? UofT librarians have you covered | Metro Toronto | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Librarians have developed a cheat sheet to help students, and the public, spot shady stories.
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Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions

Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions https://www.lrs.org/2016/12/01/maine-state-library-study-finds-that-librarian-is-one-of-the-most-trusted-professions/   Stephen
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Library Love: Little Free Libraries

Library Love: Little Free Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Have you ever found yourself walking down the street, searching for sustenance and caffeine, and happened upon a Little Free Library? What is this anomaly? It's kitschy and cute and — hey! The most recent book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is in there! This is the best day ever!

And so begins your relationship with a tiny phenomenon that is sweeping the globe.

The Little Free Library movement started in 2009 when a man named Todd Bol from Hudson, Wisconsin, was laid off. He decided use his new free time to convert his garage into an office, and in the process wanted to repurpose the old garage door.
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Birmingham Library Is a Treasure of History

Birmingham Library Is a Treasure of History | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
On our third day in Birmingham, I visited the Central Library of the Birmingham Public Library system. I wandered aimlessly for a bit and found my way upstairs toward the children’s section. The young teen librarian, Lance Simpson, asked enthusiastically if he could help me. Help began with a tour through regular Wednesday after-school tech lab program for middle- and high-schoolers. On this day, they were working on graphic design with their volunteer teachers, who were students from University of Alabama at Birmingham. The endgame of this series of classes—after circuit-board soldering, computer-aided-design instruction, Arduino programming, 3-D printing, and more—was robots, always a favorite.
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A canon round for democracy: The literati’s power in a populist era is limited, but vital

A canon round for democracy: The literati’s power in a populist era is limited, but vital | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
f Beyoncé and Jay Z plugging Hillary failed to resist Trump, what can Writers Resist do? Maybe more than you think
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Patrons Less Cognizant of How Libraries Are Used

Patrons Less Cognizant of How Libraries Are Used | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that libraries are acutely aware of changes in how their institutions are used: Keeping accurate records helps them advocate for more resources and determine how those resources should be allocated. Patrons, however, do not always know about these shifts in usage, and that can be problematic in getting them to advocate for the library.

In a recent survey conducted by McGraw-Hill Education, librarians were asked to rate the most important need their library fulfills in their community.

43% of librarians said “access to information”
34% said “access to technology”
10% said “research opportunities”
27% said “services and programs”
15% said “space to study and collaborate”
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Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
School and district leaders should consider a Future Ready Librarian framework to better enable innovative strategies and practices.
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England's hidden architectural gems - BBC News

England's hidden architectural gems - BBC News | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
They are the buildings you might walk past without a second glance, not realising that behind the plain facade lies a sight of wonderment. To prove the maxim that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the BBC took a tour of England's hidden architectural gems.
The Leeds Library
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A Library You Can Spend the Night In: Critical Linking, December 23, 2016

A Library You Can Spend the Night In: Critical Linking, December 23, 2016 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Gladstone’s, in the town of Hawarden, Flintshire, holds the distinction of being the only residential library in the U.K., which means that you can sleep in proper bedrooms instead of napping surreptitiously in the stacks.
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'The most beautiful and elegant city in the world' - BBC News

'The most beautiful and elegant city in the world' - BBC News | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Throughout the long battle for Aleppo, as Syria's most ancient city has been blasted into ruins around him, one man has worked continuously to preserve an image of the city as it once was.
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Library Closures in UK To Double: Critical Linking, December 14, 2016

Library Closures in UK To Double: Critical Linking, December 14, 2016 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A further 340 public libraries could close in the next five years if the government does not act urgently to halt drastic funding cuts, the head of a leading library organisation has warned, which would equal the number of closures witnessed by the sector over the past eight years.

A sad story out of the UK.
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10 strong mission statements from the library and information service sector

10 strong mission statements from the library and information service sector | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

10 strong mission statements from the library and information service sector http://proud2know.eu/10libraryandinfosectormissions_blog37/ Your mission describes the purpose of your library. It is part of your strategy on how to achieve your vision. It tells your users who you are and what value you have to offer. 

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Recent Interesting links for justifying InfoLiteracy …

Recent Interesting links for justifying InfoLiteracy … | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
These put some meat on the bone: NPR: We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs Starting January 20, Trump could text you anytime he wants http://www.businessinsider.com/president-elect-trump-text-america-fema-emergency-alert-system-2016-11 Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2016/11/26/truth-truthiness-triangulation-and-the-librarian-way-a-news-literacy-toolkit-for-a-post-truth-world/   http://www.redferret.net/?p=53867   How to avoid getting conned by fake…
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12-year-old’s love for books turns him into a librarian - Times of India

12-year-old’s love for books turns him into a librarian - Times of India | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
NAGPUR: Bibliophile would love to read this. Shreenabh Agrawal is the owner of a full-fledged library with almost 3,000 books ranging from fiction to competitive exams at the age of 12.
A Std VIII student of Chanda Devi Saraf (CDS) High School, Katol Road, Shreenabh has been running 'Prarambh — My Library' without charging any fee since the last two years from his mother's research centre at Katol Naka Square. Being an avid reader since the age of 4, Shreenabh has been able to successfully motivate 32 people to read books. Besides the 32 members, another 36 people have on and off borrowed books from his library
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Russian Librarian Faces 10 Years in Jail for Banned Books in Library - nsnbc international

Russian Librarian Faces 10 Years in Jail for Banned Books in Library - nsnbc international | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The former director of Moscow's State Library of Ukrainian Literature, Natalya Sharina, could face 10 years behind bars for her role in adding books that allegedly "incite hatred" to the Library's inventory.
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