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Is the Library Really Dead? - Timeline.com

Is the Library Really Dead? - Timeline.com | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are in rough shape these days. Long treasured as bastions of knowledge, they’re being assailed on two fronts: funding cuts and technological disruption. Why borrow a book when you’ve got the Internet and a Kindle?But rumors of the library’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The challenges that libraries face have spurred their radical reinvention as makerspaces and digital archives built to last thousands of years. The libraries of the future will preserve and transmit knowledge as alway

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Report: NYC Public Libraries In Poor Physical Shape

Report: NYC Public Libraries In Poor Physical Shape | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
About $1.1 billion is needed to fix things like broken air-conditioning and other problems at the three city library systems, the report said.
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Libraries report outlines maintenance crisis | Capital New York

Libraries report outlines maintenance crisis | Capital New York | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Report details the libraries' state of disrepair. 

The city's library presidents will make their case to the City Council this morning for increased funding and a boost in capital dollar spending to repair what they call a “maintenance crisis” across the city’s 207 libraries.

The presidents of the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library and the Queens Library will release a report detailing the libraries' state of disrepair at a press conference on the steps of City Hall ahead of the Council’s Committee on Libraries preliminary budget hearing.

In their report, titled "Long Overdue NYC’s $1 Billion Library Fine," the library presidents say the system is in dire need of capital upgrades that range from fixing cooling and heating problems to repairing broken elevators and malfunctioning windows.

 

 

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Libraries are Undergoing a Revival as Apartment Buildings

Libraries are Undergoing a Revival as Apartment Buildings | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Developers keen to offer a unique living amenity are injecting new life to an old institution
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Libraries Change Lives - YouTube

There is a lot coming our way these days, and many of us could use some help -- but did you know help is already here?
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Getting Busy in NYC - Library Hotel Review - This Life in Trips

Getting Busy in NYC - Library Hotel Review - This Life in Trips | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I stay at the Library Hotel in NYC and get an education on what a hotel for traveling workers should be. Read on for my full review of the Library Hotel.
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Jacquie Welsh | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

Jacquie Welsh | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
vitals CURRENT POSITION Project Manager, “Live and Dine in LA”, Los Angeles Public Library - DEGREE MA, Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, 2012 - AWARDS AND HONORS Knowledge River Scholar - FOLLOW @jacquie_mae...
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Michelle Luhtala | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Michelle Luhtala | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
“She is not about ‘business as usual,’ ” says Neverending Search blogger Joyce Valenza, of Michelle Luhtala. “She pulls us forward in her thought, principles, and actions. She pushes access and intellectual freedom.”
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The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries - College Rank

The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries - College Rank | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a fantastic library to study in? Then look no further than our list of the top 50 Amazing College Libraries. We examined and evaluated hundreds of libraries from around the country and after careful consideration, have come up with our list of the 50 best. These libraries offer amazing on-campus experiences, …
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What Books Could Be Used to Rebuild Civilization?: Lists by Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly & Other Forward-Thinking Minds

What Books Could Be Used to Rebuild Civilization?: Lists by Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly & Other Forward-Thinking Minds | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
One particularly distressing hallmark of late modernity can be characterized as a cultural loss of the future.
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A Specialist Profession or a Profession of Specialists? | Peer to Peer Review

A Specialist Profession or a Profession of Specialists? | Peer to Peer Review | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A few years ago I went to my optometrist. On hearing I was a librarian, she asked me a fiction reader’s-advisory question. Of course, I’m not a public librarian, or a reference librarian either. Rather than try to explain that to my optometrist, however, I went along with her assumptions about what librarians do by recommending a recent read. It isn’t just optometrists who have narrow notions of what this field encompasses; too often our own notions are barely any broader. This worries me, not l
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Leveraging Libraries in the 10-Year Capital Plan

Leveraging Libraries in the 10-Year Capital Plan | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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.
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In the beginning

In the beginning | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are remarkable places.  They serve as the collective memory of society, indeed of our civilization.  They are places of inspiration, of learning, and of opportunity.  They offer opportunity for reflection and for interaction - with...
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My Salute to Librarians

My Salute to Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From the moment I entered the hushed, sacred precinct of the Brownsville Children's Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn, back in the mid-1930s, I have been a passionate advocate of the public library....
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The once and future librarian

The once and future librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of participating in a Faculty symposium on the future of academic research libraries hosted at McGill University today. The event was live-streamed, and the video will be availab...
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Silent protest by library supporters

Silent protest by library supporters | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Dozens of people have walked through Southampton in silence, holding books, in a protest at library closure plans.

An estimated 150 supporters of the five libraries earmarked for closure by Southampton City Council walked from Bargate to the Civic Centre.

When they reached the Civic Centre they sat on the steps and read library books as councillors arrived for a full council meeting at 14:00 GMT.

The council is due to make a final decision on the closures.

 

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T-Kay Sangwand | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

T-Kay Sangwand | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
vitals CURRENT POSITION Archivist, Human Rights Documentation Initiative; Librarian for Brazilian Studies at the Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, Austin, TX - DEGREE MLIS, MA in Latin American Studies, both,...
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Sherry Gick | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

Sherry Gick | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
vitals CURRENT POSITION Library and Instructional Technology Specialist, Rossville Consolidated Schools, IN - DEGREE MS, Elementary Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, 2001; MLS, Indiana University, 2011 - FOLLOW...
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What Africa’s poor are reading on their phones —trah lah lah romance is top

What Africa’s poor are reading on their phones —trah lah lah romance is top | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
With mobile phone subscriptions on the continent growing exponentially, the potential educational benefit is big.

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Worldreader has made over 15,000 books available in African languages.  A majority of the books bought are in Zimbabwe and Nigeria.  The mobile phone has made it possible for areas that could not support libraries to now have access to thousand's of books.  Love is one of the most popular searches.  African men are reading mobile books.  African women read longer selections.  Penetration in the area reached 69% and they are hoping to expand on the mobile service to more areas.  

UNESCO has estimated that over 800 million are illiterate in the region.  Low literacy rates and poor access to education are keeping the poor, well, poor.  With the technological changes, this has helped literacy.  Now, they are trying to add more African authors to the list and maybe this will help inspire.  Globalization is helping in a good way.  It's bringing the world of books to Africa.  

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Renton Library staff honored for positivity by prison outreach group - Renton Reporter

Renton Library staff honored for positivity by prison outreach group - Renton Reporter | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Renton Library staff on Tuesday was honored for their aid to a library patron by the National Coalition of Community-Based Correctional and Community Re-entry Service Organizations.
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PUBLIC LIBRARIES EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS | EIFL

PUBLIC LIBRARIES EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS | EIFL | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Close to the community, librarians believed that economic recession was only part of the problem. They believed most women were not motivated to seek work, and did not know how to market their skills because the school education system had not encouraged an entrepreneurial approach to life. To deepen their understanding of library users’ needs, librarians surveyed library users aged 18 - 40. The reasons most often given for failure to find work were lack of computer skills and not having money for training.

Librarians put their heads together. After much discussion, they came up with a new service, ‘Creative minds create job opportunities’, which tackles the problem of unemployment from all angles.

  

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Libraries don’t need more advocacy, they need better advocacy | CILIP

Libraries don’t need more advocacy, they need better advocacy | CILIP | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

I'll begin confessionally: I’m on fire about advocacy for libraries and librarianship.  

I am a dyed-in-the-wool librarian, and I know that great librarianship – the kind in which we work with people and communities to go forward based on their aspirations and not just our traditions - changes lives. I believe this because there’s clear evidence.  

As someone whose life was changed by a modest rural bookmobile, I have experienced the transformative impact of libraries personally. I believe that libraries and librarianship are at risk today.  Not that I blame the victims - and I want to make that clear - but as advocates sometimes we’re not guided by the evidence of what works, but by an urge to promote, tell, “educate”, and convert.   

While this is understandable, it simply isn’t working.   Neither is working harder.  If we believe that librarianship matters to people and communities, and not just to us and our jobs, it’s time to raise our game, and become much more strategic, evidence-based, disciplined advocates.    

I mean strategic, in the sense of getting the greatest benefit from the scarce resources available (especially our time); evidence-based, in the sense of integrating research on what works, and doesn’t, from inside and outside the library sector; and disciplined, in the sense of a shared and unwavering focus on the long game, for the sake of members and communities, and not the institutional survival of libraries. In effect, not more advocacy of the “spray and pray” variety, but better advocacy.  

  

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Video: New Orleans Public Library Hopes to Avert Financial Crisis

Video: New Orleans Public Library Hopes to Avert Financial Crisis | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From WWL-TV:
The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out.
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Right now the library is tapping into its reserve funds to stay afloat, but that will all be spent by next summer.
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