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You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing | TorrentFreak

You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing | TorrentFreak | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The purpose of public libraries is exactly the same as the effect of file-sharing. You cannot defend one while opposing the other.
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Small Libraries, Big Impact | Award Retrospective, 2005-2015

Small Libraries, Big Impact | Award Retrospective, 2005-2015 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

2005 Haines Borough Public Library, AK. 

The inaugural winner, Haines Borough Public Library, was just moving into a new building funded by its small (at the time population around 2,600) community. Susan Elliott, a long-term library professional and mentor to then-director Ann Myren, suggested the library apply “because their programs, services, and philosophy of operations seemed a perfect fit with the award criteria.” Reba Heaton, currently the assistant director, says, “We were proud of our library before we got the award and were just as proud after.”

Serving a community that is detached from most of its neighbors, accessible only by boat and plane, only increases the effect that a national award can have. Current director Patricia Brown notes, “People were proud to be from the town that received the Best Small Library in America 2005. Even today people will refer to the library as ‘the best small library.’ ”

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Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public | TechSoup for Libraries

Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public | TechSoup for Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, I started my current public library job in Takoma Park, Maryland. Soon after I started the job, several Hurricane Katrina refugees arrived at my public library. It's scary to lose your entire city to a hurricane. When you show up in a new city, it's vital that the people you meet welcome you as valued members of their community.

One of these refugees, Desiree, was a wheelchair user. When she asked me for help in obtaining a donated computer, I put her at the front of my list of waiting recipients. When a donated Dell desktop came in, I set it up for her in her apartment and told her to contact me when it wasn't working.

Over the years, I visited her apartme

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This New Book Gives You a Peek Inside the World's Most Unlikely Libraries

This New Book Gives You a Peek Inside the World's Most Unlikely Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From beach libraries in Sydney to book-toting donkeys in Colombia.
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17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian

17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share stories about their favorite librarians in honor of National Library Week. Here are some of their responses.
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Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books

Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely.
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Apps for Librarians & Educators - Udemy

Apps for Librarians & Educators - Udemy | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Become an expert in the best mobile apps for education and content creation.
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Julie Sandorf: Balancing books by abandoning libraries

Julie Sandorf: Balancing books by abandoning libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
New York City’s 207 branch libraries are among our most beloved and trusted equalizers of economic opportunity.
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Rossville librarian earns national recognition

Rossville librarian earns national recognition | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Rossville teacher Sherry Gick was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal.
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Employment Trends in Public Libraries

Employment Trends in Public Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
With a recent Forbes article citing Library and Information Science as the third worst master’s degree for today’s professionals, the thought of breaking into a library career or even changing jobs...
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The many roles of the 21st century library (infographic)

The many roles of the 21st century library (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
21st century creates for libraries more possibilities than ever before.
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America’s ‘national library’ is lacking in leadership, yet another report finds

America’s ‘national library’ is lacking in leadership, yet another report finds | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Government Accountability Office says the Library of Congress lacks the leadership to remedy its problems.
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ArchivesInfo: Libraries, Innovation, and Our 21st Century Role

ArchivesInfo: Libraries, Innovation, and Our 21st Century Role | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Many years ago, I began serving as a judge at the New Hampshire State competition for the Young Inventors Program. It is a wonderful program that encourages inventiveness in young people in grades K-8. It is a perfect place for a curious librarian/archivist to spend some time.
Designed for the classroom and aimed at encouraging K-8 students to "think outside of the box," the Young Inventors Program is structured and developed to encourage all students to participate, including those who may not "fit the mold" for traditional sciences.

Finding a new calling: encouraging inventiveness

This year, I decided to sponsor an award. A Library and Information Services award seemed like a much needed focus area for encouraging invention.

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NYC libraries take $10M hit in de Blasio 2016 budget

NYC libraries take $10M hit in de Blasio 2016 budget | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries took a $10 million hit in the city’s 2016 budget.
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Do We Really Need Libraries?

Do We Really Need Libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Between 1886 and 1919, Andrew Carnegie planted nearly 1,700 libraries across America. Over the years they grew. Now they are trying to survive. In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue.A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such as restoring $65 million in operating funds.

 

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Do we still need libraries?

Do we still need libraries? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Get over your nostalgia for the local library of your childhood. Here’s how we need to remake it today.
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Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library

Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
At the Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada, snoozing in the stacks will now be banned. The new rule is part of the library's effort to redirect homeless library patrons to more appropriate support services.
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The Bestselling Books of the [last] Century: 1900-1999

The Bestselling Books of the [last] Century: 1900-1999 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Books of the Century: 1900-1999 https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~immer/booksall 1900 Fiction Bestsellers 1. Mary Johnston, To Have and To Hold 2. Mary Cholmondeley, Red Pottage 3. Robert Grant, Unleavened Bread 4. James Lane Allen, The Reign of Law 5. Irving Bacheller, Eben Holden 6. Paul Leicester Ford, Janice Meredith 7. Charles Frederic Goss, The Redemption of David…
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14 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Librarians

14 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
"Yes, I can help you find all the books." "No, I don't spend all day reading them."

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews

Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

"As librarians we protect our services, collections, and patrons from censorship and bias. Simply put- We do not allow it. From too much left or right wing material to too much sci-fi or mystery. At our core we begin from a place of balance, equality, representation, and non-censorship.  This is one of librarianship’s inherent characteristics that draw people to join the profession.

Interestingly I found this today:

Wikipedia Countering Systemic Bias Project

The Wikipedia project suffers systemic bias that naturally grows from its contributors’ demographic groups, manifesting an imbalanced coverage of a subject, thereby discriminating against the less represented demographic groups. …
This project aims to control and (possibly) eliminate the cultural perspective gaps made by the systemic bias, consciously focusing upon subjects and points of view neglected by the encyclopedia as a whole."


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Librarian's worth!

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Librarian Gina Sheridan shares her collection of stories from the stacks

Librarian Gina Sheridan shares her collection of stories from the stacks | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
As a librarian, Gina Sheridan sees her share of bizarre, strange and heartwarming stories. She’s the manager of the St. Louis County Library’s Mid-County
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Fresno Librarian: Who Are the Homeless People in My Library? | PublicCEO

Fresno Librarian: Who Are the Homeless People in My Library? | PublicCEO | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A Fresno Librarian Made a Documentary to Get More Than a Glimpse at the Lives of Patrons She Serves Every Day   By Lisa Lindsay. Several years ago, when I first began working as a librarian at the Central Library in downtown Fresno, I escorted a daily customer named James toward the door at closing ...
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Festival to Premiere Library Made Entirely of Books

Festival to Premiere Library Made Entirely of Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The art installation will definitely be a book lover’s dream.
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Ik had het gezien en ik hoop dat de crowdfunding lukt :-)
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8 bizarre products intended to make reading more comfortable

8 bizarre products intended to make reading more comfortable | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Take a look at these weird products: bike book holder, acrylic book weight, books printed sideways, reading toilet stand, and more.
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Shock at Library of Birmingham new opening times: Just SIX hours at weekends

Shock at Library of Birmingham new opening times: Just SIX hours at weekends | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

£189 million flagship has been hit by council cuts. 

THE Library of Birmingham will open for just SIX hours every weekend after the upshot of savage cuts was revealed.

The £189 million building will no longer open on Sundays after April 19 when cost-cutting measures are brought in to reduce its hours from 73 a week to just 40.

The landmark building will open from 11am until 5pm on Saturdays and its doors will be locked for a full 42 hours straight every week before people are let in again at 11am on Mondays.

Steve McCabe, the Labour General Election candidate in Selly Oak, said it was a ridiculous situation which needed addressing.

He said: “I think it is a real disaster to have a brand new major building like this and have the hours cut.

 

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