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Here Are 22 Of The Most Beautiful Libraries In The World

Here Are 22 Of The Most Beautiful Libraries In The World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Many book lovers would agree that the library in Beauty and the Beast is the most beautiful one ... (New post!
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The Healing Power of Libraries | NEA

The Healing Power of Libraries | NEA | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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

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Birmingham Library was a "waste of money" say E&S readers

Birmingham Library was a "waste of money" say E&S readers | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Almost 80 per cent of people answering an online poll believe the flagship Library of Birmingham was a waste of money.
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The Growing Libraries of Ethiopia | Book Aid International

The Growing Libraries of Ethiopia | Book Aid International | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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.

 
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Bibliotheek zonder boeken

Bibliotheek zonder boeken | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Een school in de Albanese bergen heeft een bibliotheek, maar nog geen boeken. Wil je mee helpen en mogelijk maken dat de plaatselijke jeugd boeken leest? Een kleine bijdrage kan een verschil maken....
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The Decline and Fall of British Libraries — Annoyed Librarian

The Decline and Fall of British Libraries — Annoyed Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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.

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2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting - Highlights | American Libraries Magazine

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting - Highlights | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

More than 10,000 library professionals attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago. This touching video captures the highlights.

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Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State in Mosul - The Times of India

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State in Mosul - The Times of India | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.
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IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics, More Than 1.5 Billion Trips to Public Libraries During Year

IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics, More Than 1.5 Billion Trips to Public Libraries During Year | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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...
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NCSU's Hunt Library among top 10 'Most Amazing College Libraries' - Triangle Business Journal

NCSU's Hunt Library among top 10 'Most Amazing College Libraries' - Triangle Business Journal | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The James B. Hunt Jr. Library on N.C. State University's Centennial Campus has landed on a list of the 10 "most amazing" university libraries.
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App Learning for Librarians | ALA TechSource

App Learning for Librarians | ALA TechSource | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

icole Hennig would love to see more librarians reviewing apps.

“Have you noticed how uniformed many of the app-store reviews are?” she asks readers of her recent Library Technology Report "Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services." Often people write a review without understanding what the app was meant to do. Or they dash off a technical support question. Librarianship has a long tradition of reviewing books. Now is the time to apply those well-honed skills to apps and help your community find what they need in a chaotic marketplace.

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Library book cuts hit schools hard

Library book cuts hit schools hard | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Shock as library book access slashed, a move expected to hit rural and technology-poor schools hardest.
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Dawn of the Unread - Issue 11 Extra - Why we need school libraries - Alan Gibbons

Dawn of the Unread - Issue 11 Extra - Why we need school libraries - Alan Gibbons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Via Bookmarking Librarian, Yvonne Krishnan
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This is the world’s first self-destructing book (video)

This is the world’s first self-destructing book (video) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The world's first self-destructing book, Private Vegas by James Patterson, will blow up 24 hours after you start reading it.
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Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower

Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The beginning of the year brings many “top” lists for what to look for in 2015. So far there’s not much predicting for what looks big for the academic library world. Here’s a shot at it.
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Libraries in the digital age? Yes, they're still crucial

Libraries in the digital age?  Yes, they're still crucial | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are becoming a one-stop shop for people not only in need of information, but also seeking access to modern information technology.
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Net Neutral?

Net Neutral? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In an editorial in the November 2014 MIT Technology Review[1], 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.”

 

 

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Amerikaanse boekenbranche treurt om afscheid ‘Oprah voor intellectuelen’

Amerikaanse boekenbranche treurt om afscheid ‘Oprah voor intellectuelen’ | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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
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Go digital by all means, but don't bring the venture capitalists in to do it

Go digital by all means, but don't bring the venture capitalists in to do it | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
For centuries we the taxpayers have paid to maintain the nation’s treasures and institutions. It would be madness to hand over our archives now
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The Oldest and Latest Community Building Hub: Your Public Library (EdSurge News)

The Oldest and Latest Community Building Hub: Your Public Library (EdSurge News) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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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Ten Things a Children’s Librarian Needs to Know

Ten Things a Children’s Librarian Needs to Know | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Youth services departments are tremendously undervalued in public libraries, and there are many things a successful children’s librarian needs to know.
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56 young adult books that adults will love (infographic)

56 young adult books that adults will love (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
YA is on the constant rise, and you shouldn’t really stop exploring the genre on reading the Divergent series. Sara Kay Mooney…
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Je leest e-books? Dan lezen uitgevers en e-bookproducenten met je mee

Je leest e-books? Dan lezen uitgevers en e-bookproducenten met je mee | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Je leest vaak e-books? Ga er dan maar vanuit dat de uitgever, of de e-bookproducent, over je schouder meekijkt. Kobo, een Canadese e-bookproducent, heeft gegevens vrijgegeven. En die zijn zowel interessant als pijnlijk.
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School Libraries Make the Difference | I Love Libraries

School Libraries Make the Difference | I Love Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.Yet, many students are returning to school without a resource essential for success: a strong school library program lead by a certified school librarian.
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Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data

Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Rich Harwood is an author, public speaker, and the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to change in the public sphere. Since its establishment in 1998, the institute has worked with such partners as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, and the United Way Worldwide, as well as civic groups across the country, to help them develop innovation strategies guided by community engagement.
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Looking at the Future of Libraries

Looking at the Future of Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

“A library is a collection of possible futures.”—John Barth, Browsing1 The future of libraries is a lot like my office clock. It has your standard 1-12 numbering around the outside edge of the device, along with an inner ring that marks off the minutes in five-minute increments. Each hand ends in a circle, and you can read the clock by checking to see which numbers are inside each circle. In order to do so, you’ve got to realize that the hour hand is the bigger of the two—countering more than 1,000 years of conditioning telling us which clock hand is which. The clock is a subtle reminder about disruptive thinking—reversing the conventional wisdom that frames our approach toward many of the issues we face in libraries. How do we create content instead of just collecting it? Can we provide grants instead of seeking them out? Is it possible for technology to drive people to our physical spaces in addition to our virtual real estate? Flipping these scripts is the key to healthy creative destruction, and might just help push libraries forward..

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