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The search for reinvention of libraries from the deepest belief in the social relevance of a save harbour in the public domain
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Cash to help keep libraries open

Cash to help keep libraries open | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Ten libraries in Sheffield that were under threat of closure may be saved by a plan to hand control over to community groups.

Voluntary organisations will be able to bid for a share of £262,000 of council funding, if proposals are approved.

The council said the cash could come from public health funds because having a nearby library improved well-being.

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The Librarian's Role in the “The Battel of the Books(‘ Readers)”

The Librarian's Role in the “The Battel of the Books(‘ Readers)” | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Do you remember Jonathan Swift’s account of “the terrible Fight that happened on Friday last between the Antient and Modern Books” in St. James’s Library? That was last Friday some month in 1697, but it could easily have been an account of the biblio-fisticuffs between Antients and Moderns any day on the Web in the last twenty years or so.

 

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Crime and cooking – the most borrowed books of the year

Crime and cooking – the most borrowed books of the year | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Is EL James the new Catherine Cookson? And what happened to Gone Girl? John Dugdale analyses the library charts
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Which were the most borrowed library books in 2012-13?

Which were the most borrowed library books in 2012-13? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
How have the number of people borrowing books from UK libraries changed over the years? And which are the most popular titles and authors to take home?
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Libraries Install New Program to Speed Up Exit Times | News | The Harvard Crimson

Libraries Install New Program to Speed Up Exit Times | News | The Harvard Crimson | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

A new program entitled “Secure Exit” was installed in Widener and Lamont Libraries on Jan. 13 to help speed up exit times and improve security. The program utilizes a barcode scanner that security guards can use to check whether books are cleared to leave the library.

Secure Exit was developed by Harvard’s Library Technology Services from a basic plan created by Joshua Parker, head of access services for humanities and social sciences. The program was made to replace what librarians call the “stamp and slip” method, by which due dates are stamped on slips of paper inside the books.

 

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Writer in Residence at Forbes Library: Collections | Library as Incubator Project

Writer in Residence at Forbes Library: Collections | Library as Incubator Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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We’re delighted to welcome Susan Stinson back to the LAIP this week to continue her series on her experience as the Writer-in-Residence at Forbes Library! Susan’s latest novel was released by Small Beer Press just last year, and she’s served as Writer-in Residence at Forbes since 2010.  Forbes’ program is a fantastic model in that it leverages the library space to support both the resident and the greater writing community. Read on to learn more! 

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Noorse nationale bibliotheek zet boeken gratis online

Noorse nationale bibliotheek zet boeken gratis online | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Meer dan 135.000 boeken waar nog auteursrechten op rusten komen in Noorwegen legaal gratis beschikbaar via internet. Dat gebeurt op initiatief van de Noorse nationale bibliotheek, die hiervoor een nieuw project in het leven heeft geroepen en samenwerkt met een Noorse auteursrechtenorganisatie. Het gaat voorlopig om boeken tot het jaar 2.000.
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Schism in the Stacks: Is the University Library As We Know It Destined for Extinction?

Schism in the Stacks: Is the University Library As We Know It Destined for Extinction? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
There is raw, if cloaked, combat going on at UC Berkeley over the core of the campus: the University Library.
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Library of Congress by the Numbers, 2013 - Book Patrol

Library of Congress by the Numbers, 2013 - Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
public libraries, library of congress, books
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Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core

Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Children cannot be truly literate without knowing about history, science, art, music, literature, civics, geography, and more.
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Investing in libraries is an investment in public safety (Community Voices)

Investing in libraries is an investment in public safety (Community Voices) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I want to use this month's column to talk about investing.  What does a Library Commissioner know about investing? Well, to invest is to commit money or capital in order to gain a financial return....
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A Half Century of Library Computing | Library of Congress Blog

A Half Century of Library Computing | Library of Congress Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A Half Century of Library Computing. A blog post at "Library of Congress Blog" on 2014-01-15.
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▶ What Does the Future Library Leader Look Like? - YouTube

The converging pressures of budget cuts and digital technology are challenging libraries, forcing them to reshape their priorities and purpose. We chatted wi...
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15 Books Famous Authors Give Five Stars on Goodreads - BOOK RIOT

15 Books Famous Authors Give Five Stars on Goodreads - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

I take book recommendations from authors I admire seriously. Dan Simmons turned me on to Daniel Woodrell, and Stephen King pointed Justin Cronin out to me. 

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7 Great Sites for Academic Librarians

7 Great Sites for Academic Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

by R.C. Miessler, Head Editor, INALJ Indiana 7 Great Sites for Academic Librarians Whether you are currently employed by an academic library or are looking for a career in one, keeping up to date on the fun, exciting, and soul-crushing world of higher education is of vital import. It’s pretty easy to get cynical about academia (and if you aren’t, then you probably haven’t been paying attention), but there are a lot of great resources out there for academic librarians to help us keep our sanity. Here are just a few sites that I check regularly to stay informed and connect with others in the academy.

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Top 10 Love Stories in Libraries

Top 10 Love Stories in Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

Emma

Sense and Sensibility

The Great Gatsby

Anna Karenina

The Return of the Native

The Portrait of a Lady

Mansfield Park

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Guest essay: Give New York’s libraries their due

Guest essay: Give New York’s libraries their due | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

New York state library advocates from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 4.7 percent cut to library aid for the 2014-15 fiscal year. This proposal is particularly troublesome, highlighted by the fact that he is also proposing significant new tax cuts for wealthy New Yorkers and at the same time, boasting about New York state operating at a surplus.

No explanation was provided by the governor’s office for this undeserved reduction in library aid.

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Programming Librarian | Reaching Teens Subversively through Passive Programming

Programming Librarian | Reaching Teens Subversively through Passive Programming | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Looking for a way to implement programming at your library, but strapped for cash, staff, or time? Want an easy—and maybe even subversive—way to reach teens? Passive programming is the answer.

Defining Passive Programming

Passive programming engages teens in the library without requiring much from staff in terms of supervision. It can be applied by those of all experience and comfort levels, making it an ideal solution for those who aren’t necessarily teen experts or when staff is simply spread too thin. It’s non-threatening, as well as flexible for implementation and participation.

There are two aspects of passive techniques: programming and readers’ advisory. The first focuses on activities teens can do in or with the library. The second focuses on highlighting the library’s collection while providing reading recommendations for and by teens. Both allow for incorporating local interests and hitting popular trends.

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Perceptions 2013: an International Survey of Library Automation

Perceptions 2013: an International Survey of Library Automation | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

This seventh annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 53 countries describing experiences with 136 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 730 narrative comments providing candid statements -- both positive and negative – about the products and companies involved or statements of intent regarding future automation plans. 

Selected Survey Findings: Top Performers

Polaris continues to receive top ratings in all categories from large and medium-sized public libraries.Apollo from Biblionix received top ratings in all categories from small and very small public libraries.Alma from Ex Libris received top ratings from large academic libraries in the category of general product satisfaction, management of electronic resources, customer support, and customer loyalty.Sierra from Innovative interfaces received top ratings from large academic libraries for overall product functionality and effectiveness for managing print resources.OCLC WorldShare Management Services received top ratings from small academic libraries in the management of electronic resources.Small academic libraries rated Koha (managed independent of a support firm) highest in the management of print materials.School libraries rated OPALS most positively in response to all survey questions.

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11 of the Strangest Public Libraries in the World – Next City

11 of the Strangest Public Libraries in the World – Next City | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A review of the oddest places the world goes to look at books for free.
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The future of books as seen in these 15 funny cartoons

The future of books as seen in these 15 funny cartoons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Will print books die? Or maybe ebooks will die sooner? Will we live in shelfless flats, and forget how to turn a page? Or maybe robots will do all the read
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Romance writers and the future of publishing | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe

Romance writers and the future of publishing | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

From Harper's magazine: The New York literary industry stands at the front door and frets over the guest list, while everyone else is sneaking out the back. There are many better parties. Though e-books — and soon we’ll call them books — will not destroy the publishing industry any more than paperbacks did, they have already fractured and decentralized it. You can feel, in literary corners of the city, the depreciation of old-style New York–centered prestige. It manifests as a sense of lessening atmospheric pressure, a feeling that you do not have to be here to make it.

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Library supporters stand against cutting branches | Local News | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Library supporters stand against cutting branches | Local News | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A city panel, charged with finding options to close a budget gap, is urged to suggest retaining the satellite libraries
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Library Advocacy: EveryLibrary PAC Publishes 2013 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket

Library Advocacy: EveryLibrary PAC Publishes 2013 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

2013 was our inaugural year as the first national political action committee for
 libraries.  In that year, over 350 individual, corporate, and union donors provided financial support for EveryLibrary to work on seven library campaigns, support campaign planning with six other communities, speak at numerous in-person and online events about campaign-style library advocacy, and secure over $15 million in basic funding through tax support for libraries.  Our donors and supporters have helped quickly identify EveryLibrary as a new and important addition to the library advocacy ecosystem.  We are honored by a trust in our work that is not only expressed in donations but in the volunteer time, “signal boosts”, and the thoughtful engagement of so many people. [Our emphasis] As Executive Director, I am proud to report that for each dollar spent in support of library campaigns we have helped secure $1,450 in tax funding at the ballot box.

 

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