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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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The World's Most Beautiful Libraries

The World's Most Beautiful Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Forget your ramshackle local library with plastic chairs, dial-up Internet and a collection that consists of Poirot’s Last Case and the six copies of The BFG.
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The End Of The Library | TechCrunch

The End Of The Library | TechCrunch | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A simple link. That's all it took to unleash a hailstorm of angry emails, messages, tweets, and comments. Why? I dared wonder if libraries will continue to..
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7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books

7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In a world of omnipresent screens, it can be easy to forget the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book. In fact, a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 28 percent hadn't read one at all in the past year.
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Libraries combine to preserve vanishing sources online

Libraries combine to preserve vanishing sources online | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Perma CC consortium aims to host primary source material for ever.

Add this to the heretofore staid lexicon of the academic library: “Link rot.”

It is a term that reflects the downside of technology that puts footnotes a click away from any reader: links to primary source material that vanish into cyberspace.

“It’s such a pervasive problem,” said Kim Dulin, co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab - particularly in the law, for which citations are essential to future cases.Now an international coalition of law libraries has a plan to make online citations permanent: Perma CC, a site that proposes to host primary source material for ever.

 

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16 Great Library Scenes in Film

16 Great Library Scenes in Film | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

 When news broke last week that Dan Brown's new novel will center on some sort of mystery surrounding Dante's Inferno, I immediately began hoping that there is a nutty, fun scene of Robert Langdon racing around a library just like he raced around the Louvre in The Da Vinci Code.And because I am who I am, it got me thinking about great movie library scenes that already exist.

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10 Reasons To Become A Library Addict

10 Reasons To Become A Library Addict | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Magic water, awe, librarians, free, ordering, obscure speciality books, online renewal, library priviliges, research databases, book zombie fuel,  that smell.Join me in the obsession. 

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More Companies Emerge to Connect Authors with Readers on Works in Progress

More Companies Emerge to Connect Authors with Readers on Works in Progress | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Over the course of the first two days of coverage from the CONTEC conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair, no less than four companies have spoken with Good e-Reader about a new type of reader-author interaction in which fans are able to connect with–and in some cases, collaborate on–a book while the author is still at work on the title. Each company brings their own twist to this work-in-progress publishing, but all offer similarities that have brought fans to the sites.

PubSlush and LeanPub, Widbook, Wattpad.

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more and more possibilities and more and more entrepeneurs are in the connection business - the new go-betweens? - how many do we need?

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This Interactive Map Highlights San Francisco's Literary Landmarks

This Interactive Map Highlights San Francisco's Literary Landmarks | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A clickable collection of booksellers, book locales, and Bay Area authors.
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Literary Magazines: The Big List

Literary Magazines: The Big List | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Big List of Literary Magazines, a listing of about 2000 literary magazines for all writers.
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Refocusing our Efforts; why have a digital initiatives program | Digital Scholarship @ The Libraries

Refocusing our Efforts; why have a digital initiatives program | Digital Scholarship @ The Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

in the past, I’ve argued that Libraries actually love silos – we thrive on them and in some respects, we can never fully get away from them.  Until we get to a point were Libraries no longer have to license content from a variety of content providers, the need to deal with silos will always be a necessity.  The goal however, is to identify the silos that we have control over, and work to integrate them into a more cohesive library ecosystem.  This is what the Digital Initiatives Program, and the SDIWG (Strategic Digital Initiatives Working Group) group are working to define

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Not new but clear argument how the library moves beyond silos to a more integrated cohesive library strategy.

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New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books

New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Document sharing site Scribd is launching an e-book lending service with publisher HarperCollins.
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Next Time, Libraries Could Be Our Shelters From the Storm

Next Time, Libraries Could Be Our Shelters From the Storm | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
As the New York region prepares neighborhoods for the next disaster, why not look to some natural community centers, branch libraries?
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'Libraries are key to helping people access other public services'

'Libraries are key to helping people access other public services' | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Hannah Fearn: The man who will run libraries in the Triborough in south-west London on why it is important to engage with local communities
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In short simple words the essence of the role of renewing libraries in local communities.

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Iceland: Where one in 10 people will publish a book

Iceland: Where one in 10 people will publish a book | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Iceland is experiencing a book boom. This island nation of just over 300,000 people has more writers, more books published and more books read, per head, than anywhere else in the world.

 
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Billions of Beautiful Words - Mary Gauthier on libraries and music.

Billions of Beautiful Words - Mary Gauthier on libraries and music. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Hello Mary- Thank you for doing this interview about music and libraries... Let me ask you: How did a library ever make a difference in your life and (or) your community? When I was around 8 or 9, ...
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If you did choose to write a song about a library (hint!) – what would the title be?
hmmmmm, how about “Billions of Beautiful Words.”

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Neil Gaiman: Closing libraries 'is like stopping the vaccination programmes'

Neil Gaiman: Closing libraries 'is like stopping the vaccination programmes' | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has compared shutting libraries to “stopping the vaccination programmes” for children in an impassioned speech on the importance of reading and literacy.
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Dunhuang: A Secret Library, Digitally Excavated

Dunhuang: A Secret Library, Digitally Excavated | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
How technology is enabling the restoration and use of a cache of ancient documents that rivals Tutankhamun’s tomb and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by budget cuts, not fire

The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by budget cuts, not fire | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
One of the great tragedies of ancient history, memorialized in myths and Hollywood film, is the burning of the great library at Alexandria. But the reality of the Library's end was actually a lot less pyrotechnic than that.
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Accessibility Makes Incremental Gains | Reinventing Libraries

In anticipation of LJ’s free upcoming virtual event “The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries” on October 16, LJ is featuring a series of essays that raise key questions about the new state of libraries. Char Booth’s essay follows on from Joseph Janes’s and Barbara Fister’s in the August issue and Eric Hellman’s in the September 1 issue. Also look for excerpts from Janes’s Library 2020 collection.

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Narr8 Animated Book Motion App Lets Users Create, Share Content

Narr8 Animated Book Motion App Lets Users Create, Share Content | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

One of the most exciting demonstrations at today's first day event of the Frankfurt Book Fair had to have been Narr8, the app and web-based platform.

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Paperight Spreads Book Access by Reverting from Digital to Paper

Paperight Spreads Book Access by Reverting from Digital to Paper | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

One of the startups featured at today's Startup Showcase at the CONTEC conference, part of the events surrounding the Frankfurt Book Fair, is Paperight, a company that seems to fly in the face of everything that is happening in publishing at the moment. Not only is Paperight working to put print editions in reader’s hands rather than the more affordable, more accessible digital versions, it’s also contracting with photocopying shops to print books on their copy machines, something that raises eyebrows among publishers.

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Overdrive Experiences Tremendous Growth in 2013

Overdrive Experiences Tremendous Growth in 2013 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Overdrive is primarily responsible for the digital infrastructure for libraries to loan eBooks, audiobooks and videos to their patrons. The compan
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Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program | School Library Journal

Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program | School Library Journal | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Helen Gurley Brown Trust today announced it has given $15 million to the New York Public Library to establish NYPL BridgeUp, a new educational and anti-poverty program that will provide academic and social support to New York City youth. The effort, which aims to support at-risk youth and prepare them for success, will be based at NYPL’s branches in Manhattan and the Bronx.The five-year program will offer services to more than 250 New York City eighth graders each year at five NYPL locations in underserved neighborhoods in the Bronx and Manhattan. These students will stay together in groups of 10 for support over five years with a goal of attending college or technical school. The program will work in low-income neighborhoods, providing a safe space for participants during after school hours. BridgeUp is experimenting with a new approach that sets a record for the cost-per-student-served in an anti-poverty program in New York City at $20,000 per student, per year, the largest funded program of its kind in New York City, the Trust says.

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Again and again it's clear that support programs for youth at risk are long term, intensive, small scale, personal and therefore expensive (and still much cheaper then the costs when things actually go really wrong). It's very exciting that NYPL gets the chance to execute such a program.

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Art in the Library: Artists and Librarians, we make a great team | Library as Incubator Project

Art in the Library: Artists and Librarians, we make a great team | Library as Incubator Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Through organising the Art in the Library programme I have met many amazing Artists. I have seen first hand that the energy and enthusiasm of the Arts community often mirrors that of Library staff, and furthermore both groups often have shared goals such as promoting culture, lifelong learning, and social well-being.

For my Library, the connections I have made with artists have led to lots of exciting projects

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Invitation to join survey art in the library- a case study of benefits of public library engagment with the Artistic Community. Seeking to move from individual fragmented experiences to common ground.

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Breaking the Panopticon | Peer to Peer Review

Breaking the Panopticon | Peer to Peer Review | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

What price intellectual freedom and freedom to read, never mind privacy and confidentiality, when the NSA has built weaknesses into security standards and frameworks that could help other snoops grab every byte passing through a library computer, or over the library wireless network? When Amazon tracks library checkouts to Kindle devices, creepily attaching buy-this-book come-ons to due-date notices? When any number of commercial data warehouses track patron information behavior on the computers and Wi-Fi networks libraries provide?

The Internet in general and the web in particular have become Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon. That panopticon unquestionably surveils us and our patrons. If libraries are truly to be the privacy-protecting, commercial-free civic spaces they aim to be, shouldn’t we librarians extend the principles of the ALA Code of Ethics to digital environments as well? What would that take?

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