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Competency Index for the Library Field 2014

Competency Index for the Library Field 2014 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Competency Index for the Library Field 2014  http://www.webjunction.org/documents/webjunction/Competency_Index_for_the_Library_Field.html   An updated edition of the WebJunction compilation of competency statements that address a broad spectrum of...
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This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously

This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Last seen eating chicken at the intersection of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Likes books and people. Loves the institution that brings books and people together.  
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On the surface this article appears farcical, but read a few paragraphs in and you will find a serious look at the problems New York Public Library faces in balancing public access and research needs, as well as paper books vs ebooks.

 

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Project turns URLs into book synopses to promote reading

Project turns URLs into book synopses to promote reading | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Turning URL shortening on its head, URLITERATURE is a service that lengthens any web address with text from popular books.
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30 Years of Freedom to Read Week: plenty of reasons to hug your librarian | Descant BLOG

30 Years of Freedom to Read Week: plenty of reasons to hug your librarian | Descant BLOG | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

February 23rd to March 1st is Freedom to Read week in Canada, an opportunity to remind us that not only are we fortunate to have at our fingertips (literally, in the age of e-books) 47.63 gagillion books, but we are free to read any of them. Well, almost any.

Despite the battle for free range reading, there are still, even in Canada, dust-cover-ups at the border, the results of which are decided behind closed doors in government offices. Schools and libraries continue to receive requests to remove books from reading lists and shelves.

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Still Relevant? A Talk With a Librarian

Still Relevant? A Talk With a Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Historically, libraries have always been a cultural community center for people. Now, because of technology, the roles of libraries have expanded exponentially....
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Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need

Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

i need to define my topic

I need to find quality results

I need to do research in a specific discipline

The timeliness of informtion that I need is...

I need facts

I need opinions and perspectives

I need a specific type of media

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Why empowering public libraries with technology is so important - YouTube

Most Ugandans (87%, according to the World Bank) live in rural areas and are involved in farming. Without access to information about modern farming methods,  they struggle to make a living. Public libraries in developing countries serve as critical information and ICT access points for people in their communities. There are over 100 public and community libraries spread across Uganda.

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Why libraries deserve to be hip

Why libraries deserve to be hip | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
They face budget cuts and closures, but they're a lifeline for people like me. Libraries should get more respect
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UK: Infographic from Sainsbury’s on slowing ebook growth

UK: Infographic from Sainsbury’s on slowing ebook growth | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Infographic from Sainsbury’s on slowing ebook growth
http://www.teleread.com/infographic/infographic-from-sainsburys-on-slowing-ebook-growth/
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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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10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — and How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com

10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — and How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Expert advice on how to change the minds of kids who hate to read.
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Things Only a Library Can Do

Things Only a Library Can Do | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Libraries are a paradise for book lovers. But we know the library is more than just free books (although, that’s our favorite part), so we compiled a list of things only a library can do.

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Tale of two cities: UK library twins with French counterpart

Tale of two cities: UK library twins with French counterpart | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Place des Fetes and Church Street libraries share a unique 'entente cordiale', and hope more will follow suit, writes Julie Gadault
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Sparking new projects with Little Free Libraries | Library as Incubator Project

Sparking new projects with Little Free Libraries | Library as Incubator Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

It’s sort of amazing that we’ve been around for (gah) 3+ years and haven’t written much about our friends over atLittle Free Library. Surely you’ve seen one – mailbox-sized book boxes with room for a selection of books that are free to take and swap and share. Many of these Little Libraries are beautiful as artworks in and of themselves. But I’m intrigued about the possibilities that these little book boxes hold, especially when it comes to artistic inspiration. After all, there’s no telling what you’ll find in a Little Library, is there?

With that in mind, we bring you a new monthly series that’s all about making art, making stories, even making performances based on Little Libraries. Some of our exercises and ideas are related to the stuff that’s in the Little Libraries. Others are tied to the libraries themselves. But either way, we hope you’ll find a Little Library close to you (or far!) and try some of these out. And we hope that you’ll share them with us, by posting them to our Facebook page or sending in photos of your Little Library-inspired art to our email: libraryasincubatorproject@gmail.com.

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A Small Library with Big Ideas | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural

A Small Library with Big Ideas | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Although it only has 632 square feet of space, the Myrtle, Missouri, library leaves a big imprint on its patrons. Librarian Rachel Reynolds Luster shows how libraries create access and opportunity in rural communities.

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Children, teachers, educationists pledge to support reading – The Express Tribune

Children, teachers, educationists pledge to support reading – The Express Tribune | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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Let’s see how many people we can get on board to promote reading habits among children. With this aim, the Children Literature Festival’s (CLF) session on ‘Role of youth and innovation to promote reading and libraries in urban areas’ kicked off on a lively Saturday afternoon at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. The sessio­n on promot­ing readin­g and librar­ies ended with plenty of volunt­eers.

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Infographic: Top Ten Reasons for Choosing a Paper Book over an eBook - The Digital Reader

A cursory glance at the statistics for the US ebook market will tell you most people are sticking with paper, and there’s a good reason for that. As the following infographic will show you, paper books fill many uses which ebooks cannot. The infographic is based on a poll conducted recently by Fatbrain, a UK-based …
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The Most Important Resource | Not Dead Yet

The Most Important Resource | Not Dead Yet | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I count myself incredibly lucky for the library school I attended: what was then the SUNY Albany School of Library and Information Science and is now the SUNY Albany College of Computing & Information. This is mainly because of the faculty with whom I was able to study, including my advisor and mentor, Bill Katz, who, among other things, taught real-world librarianship as he had experienced it. He taught us reference work pretty much as if we were reporters working on a red-hot story as well as detectives digging up the salient facts for that story. But the most crucial thing Bill taught me was that, as a reference librarian, my most important working resource would be people.
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Stanford begins development on Spotlight | Stanford University Libraries

Stanford begins development on Spotlight | Stanford University Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Stanford University Libraries (SUL) have a rich and diverse collection of digital content. Users can discover collections and content from the Stanford Digital Repository through the library website, library catalog (SearchWorks), and persistent citation (PURL) pages. SUL also develops robust, custom-built websites for selected  collections (see Parker on the Web and the French Revolution Digital Archive) that provide a rich discovery environment and a range of features that enable users to more effectively work with the collection items. But these sites require significant investment in time and development resources to produce and maintain, limiting the number and variety SUL can support.

 

 

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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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