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.
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.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
The possibilities leads to fundamental disruption and lead the author to express both deep concern and extreme optimism.
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.
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.
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.
While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our couches), we’re re-running some of our favorite posts of 2014. Enjoy this Best Of, and we’ll be back to your … Continued
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.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.