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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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Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009 - OUPblog

Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009 - OUPblog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The U.S. Census first collected data on librarians in 1880, a year after the founding of the American Library Association. They only counted 636 librarians nationwide. Indeed, one respondent reported on his census form that he was the “Librarian of Congress.” The U.S. Census, which became organized as a permanent Bureau in 1902, can be used to track the growth of the library profession. The number of librarians grew over the next hundred years, peaking at 307,273 in 1990. Then, the profession began to shrink, and as of 2009, it had dropped by nearly a third to 212,742. The data enable us
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Video: Why NYC Public Libraries Are More Important Than Ever

Video: Why NYC Public Libraries Are More Important Than Ever | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In an eye-opening video that shows a day in the life of various NYPL branches, filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks show just how necessary these public institutions are today.
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Full Text Article: The History and Evolution of Library Services to Teens in the United States | LJ INFOdocket

Full Text Article: The History and Evolution of Library Services to Teens in the United States | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Public libraries have had a long, though decidedly less than adequate, tradition of serving teens. While there have been encouraging transformations occurring in many of these institutions, a significant number continue to lag in their efforts to serve this group. Underlying this lag is not only the dearth of research that examines public library services to teens but also the quality of several recently published books about teen library services. Building on a background discussion of the purpose that U.S. public libraries were meant to serve, the development and provision of library services to teens is considered with specific focus on issues that have influenced and/or presented barriers to these services. Finally, using a model for inquiry that draws on William Scott, who posits that institutions are comprised of three pillars that enable them to keep order and provide meaning to individuals, the paper proposes that researchers look to the institution rather than at the community for new insights on serving and connecting with teens as a user group in a more meaningful way.

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The New York Public Library Comes Around

The New York Public Library Comes Around | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In a surprising about-face, the library has given up on its plan to tear down “the stacks.”
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British Library's literary treasure trove in pictures

British Library's literary treasure trove  in pictures | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The launch of the British Library's digital archive, Discovering Literature, sees 1,200 treasures from Romantic and Victorian writers published online.
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Brewster Kahle, the Librarian of 404 Billion Websites

Brewster Kahle, the Librarian of 404 Billion Websites | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Kahle is an engineer-turned-digital librarian who founded the Internet Archive in 1996.
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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In Brief: The outputs librarians are measuring are not directly associated with specific practices that lead to improved lives for the people we serve. If we cannot make that connection, we have no way of knowing how well we are doing our jobs. This article suggests four measurable outcomes that libraries and librarians could use to make sure their activities are improving their constituents’ well-being, and also use in comparing their effectiveness with each other, allowing less effective libraries to learn from libraries that are achieving greater levels of success.

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Alyson Tyler's comment, May 8, 5:33 AM
Thanks for sharing, a great read.
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 7:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 7:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.

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UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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Still Looks Pretty Good: A map of bookstores and libraries in the U.S. - Book Patrol

Still Looks Pretty Good: A map of bookstores and libraries in the U.S. - Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here's a gem from Google Maps - a look at all the public libraries and bookstores across the country as of Summer 2013.
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25 Famous Librarians Who Changed History | Best Online Colleges

25 Famous Librarians Who Changed History | Best Online Colleges | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

1. Ben Franklin

2. Melvin Dewey

3. Erastosthenes

4. Saint Lawrence

5. Mao Zedong

6. Seyd Mohammed Khatami

7. Golda Meir

8. Edgar hoover

9. John Beckley

10. Giacomo Casanova

11. Pope Pius XI or Achille Ratti

12. David Hume

13. Marcel Duchamp

14.Lewis Carroll

15. Beverly Cleary

16. Laura Bush

17. Madeleine L'Engle

18.Marcel Proust

19. Jorge Luis Borges

20. Joanna Cole

21. Jacob Grimm

22. Philip Larkin

23. Stanley Kunitz

24. Jessamyn West

25. Nancy Pearl

 

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Column: Librarians see it all at ‘home away from home’

Column: Librarians see it all at ‘home away from home’ | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A few months ago, I wrote an article about items substituted for bookmarks in library books. This article made me think about other things that happen in libraries.
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10 Biggest Libraries In The World

10 Biggest Libraries In The World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

There are plenty of reasons why people go to the library. A lot are there to be able to gather information on whatever they’re working on at the moment, be it for school, for work, or for personal research. There are a few who make use of the library only when specific data and information can’t be had by any other means. No matter what your motive for visiting the library is, you’ll surely want to set your eyes on the following ten largest libraries in the world.

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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

by Rebecca Tischler, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee 5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do .

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These 17 Epic Places Hold More Secrets Than You Can Imagine. And Most Of Us Ignore Them.

These 17 Epic Places Hold More Secrets Than You Can Imagine. And Most Of Us Ignore Them. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Most people probably think that libraries are all about being quiet, studying for tests and finding places to hang out with your friends… but there’s more to libraries than just that. Take these photos for example of incredible architecture and design.
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The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara

The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Abdel Kader Haidara had made it his life's work to document, as never before, Mali's achievements as an ancient center of progressive thought. When the jihadists came, he led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.
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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Steven Poole: Lengthy pieces of writing are increasingly found on the very internet that pessimists blame for turning us into skim readers
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Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries

Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A Q&A with Lynne Bradley, the director of government relations with the American Library Association's Washington office.
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"We're All Mad Here" - Lessons from Alice - BOOK RIOT

"We're All Mad Here" - Lessons from Alice - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Jessica Tripler. Jessica is an academic who lives in Maine. She’s enthusiastic about digital reading, both e-book and audio. She can’t resist marriages of convenience, waning trends, or any novel with a philosophical subplot. … Continued
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Public Library Is Abandoning Disputed Plan for Landmark

Public Library Is Abandoning Disputed Plan for Landmark | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library has abandoned a controversial renovation plan that would have turned its research flagship on 42nd Street into a circulating library.
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Ask a Librarian: now virtually everywhere! blog | National Library of Australia

Ask a Librarian: now virtually everywhere! blog | National Library of Australia | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Same research help, more ways to get it: now find us on Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a girl detective. Always ready to detect clues, ask questions and follow hunches, I longed for mysteries to solve. The schoolgirl sleuth is often pictured in the act of enquiry - shining her flashlight into the darkness, brow furrowed, reflecting on the clues until the pieces fit together. I never unearthed any school holiday mysteries, but the thrill of the information hunt never left me. An inquiring mind helps me in my work every day.

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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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Why Vox (and other news orgs) could use a librarian

Why Vox (and other news orgs) could use a librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When you commit to explaining the important issues in the news, you commit to a life of updating. What's the best way to manage a corpus of news knowledge with an uncertain half-life?
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Visiting libraries makes us as happy as a £1,359 pay rise

Visiting libraries makes us as happy as a £1,359 pay rise | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Lucy Mangan: Well that's what a study from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport seems to say. Strange, then, that it's not reversing its policies on closing libraries
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Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries

Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discovering new authors and using computers to research. All types of libraries -- school, public, and academic -- form a library ecosystem that provides and supports lifelong learning....

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Libraries are dying? Think again

Libraries are dying? Think again | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Many people are discovering a renewed fascination with libraries
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