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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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Embedded Librarians: Helping to Create Strategic Value

Embedded Librarians:  Helping to Create Strategic Value | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In recent years, the role of librarians in law firms has evolved to keep pace with the many changes we’ve witnessed in the legal industry.  Traditional roles have expanded outside of the library, a...
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LIS Trends: OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK

LIS Trends: OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK

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The Case For Keeping Libraries Alive

The Case For Keeping Libraries Alive | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It’s an increasingly common refrain in developed countries: libraries are no longer necessary because we can access all the books and information we could possibly need on the Internet.
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The Death of the Book Through the Ages

The Death of the Book Through the Ages | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Every generation rewrites the book’s epitaph.
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New Public Library Trends – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Public Library Trends – Stephen's Lighthouse | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Key trends: public computing centers, a lot of building remodeling, early lteracy, community focus and library cooperation.

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Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Studio 8 1/2 transforms an old trolleybus into a new mobile public library as part of an effort to revitalize one of the historic districts.
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Tuesday’s Tip: Why Context Matters – Forget Real-Time, Achieve Right-Time « A Software Insider's Point of View

Tuesday’s Tip: Why Context Matters – Forget Real-Time, Achieve Right-Time « A Software Insider's Point of View | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Bottom Line: Start With Seven Dimensions of Context Drivers: relationships, time, location, business process, role, sentiment and intent.

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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Today's Public Libraries: Public Places of Excellence, Education and Innovation

Carnegie Corporation of New York: Today's Public Libraries: Public Places of Excellence, Education and Innovation | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Yet in the first decade of the 21st century, as the Internet was reaching into almost every arena of American life, libraries were bustling. Library visits per capita rose by 24 percent. Circulation was up by about the same. Nor are physical libraries about to disappear any time soon, at least judging by the evidence literally on the ground. On the contrary, not only has the number of libraries grown, but since 1990 this country has witnessed a remarkable renaissance in library construction. Many communities have built modern new library facilities, some of them designed by the likes of Michael Graves, and Rem Koolhaas and Moshe Safdie. Other libraries, such as the White Tank Branch Library in Arizona have become leaders in using “green technology”

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Bookless Libraries Should Provide Cultural “Third Space” — The Rogue Scholar

I took the title for this post from librarian Kate Adler, who pointed out that Bell’s argument rests on the idea that even if somehow all books disappear as physical objects, there would still be a need for a meeting space of the type that only libraries provide. I think the entire thing is worth reading and considering.

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Nano Patents and Innovations: 25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest

Nano Patents and Innovations: 25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Some of the best-curated Pinterest accounts out there fuse old and new into a spectacularly informative feast for the mind. And sometimes gullet, for those who enjoy posting links to edible crafts.

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Report says 28% of library patrons want e-books | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Report says 28% of library patrons want e-books | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
According to the new Patron Profiles report from Library Journal and Bowker, says Digital Book World, 28% of library patrons want to download e-books at...
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Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism: Places: Design Observer

Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism: Places: Design Observer | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

A few years ago libraries were flying high. I wrote a book about the so-called "third wave" library-building boom of the '90s and early aughts, a boom made possible in part by the dot.com bubble. Today, nearly a decade later, our cities and their libraries find themselves in a very different situation. While libraries are welcoming record numbers of visitors and breaking circulation records, library budgets are facing drastic cuts, some of those flashy new buildings are often shuttered, and cities are resorting to the privatization or outsourcing of library services. Meanwhile, many services that patrons once relied on libraries to provide — specifically the provision and preservation of information in multiple formats — are now accessible elsewhere, including in our living rooms, and even in the palms of our hands.

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Micro-Libraries – Weapons of Mass Instruction | ePublish a Book

Micro-Libraries – Weapons of Mass Instruction | ePublish a Book | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Micro-Libraries – Weapons of Mass Instruction Argentina-based Raul Lemesoff created the Arma De Instruccion Masiva (Weapon of Mass Instruction), to distribute free books to people on the streets of Buenos Aires

 

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New The Future of Libraries from Thomas Frey at the Da Vanci Institute – Stephen's Lighthouse

New The Future of Libraries from Thomas Frey at the Da Vanci Institute – Stephen's Lighthouse | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

(Thomas Frey) We have put together ten key trends that are affecting the development of the next generation library. Rest assured that these are not the only trends, but ones that have been selected to give clear insight into the rapidly changing technologies and equally fast changing mindset of library patrons.

The trends are translated to recommendations forlibraries.

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Children's literature needs our libraries

Children's literature needs our libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Mary Poppins, Harry Potter and Peter Pan were centre stage at the Olympic Stadium – let's keep them there, says Judith Elkin...
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5 Myths About the 'Information Age' - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Myths About the 'Information Age' - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Confusion about the nature of the so-called information age has led to a state of collective false consciousness. It's no one's fault but everyone's problem, because in trying to get our bearings in cyberspace, we often get things wrong, and the misconceptions spread so rapidly that they go unchallenged. Taken together, they constitute a font of proverbial nonwisdom.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: #tlchat Shout Out: Or Why Every Librarian Should Contribute to a Math Blog

The Adventures of Library Girl: #tlchat Shout Out: Or Why Every Librarian Should Contribute to a Math Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Go to any library (or even techie) conference around the world and you'll find sessions and keynotes filled with stories from the library just brimming with innovation, collaboration and master teaching. Indeed, given the opportunity to chat with each other, we can't wait to share our successes, to brag about our students and to spotlight our profession as one of problem solving, creativity and pedagogical prowess.

But are these the stories we share with teachers? With principals? With the school board member we bump into at the grocery story? I'm not so sure.

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How to save an indie bookstore: Day 1

How to save an indie bookstore: Day 1 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

With a little help from its friends, Kepler’s Books hopes to transform itself for the future. Not so different fromthe librarysoul.

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Linked Data for Libraries

Introduction to linked data and why it is important for libraries.

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What a new teacher librarian can make!

What a new teacher librarian can make! | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

One of the ongoing joys of working in Higher Education is the opportunity to work with those entering the profession that you have been passionate about for many years. So I get really excited when I hear the stories from recent graduates, who start making a difference – almost straight away

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Public Libraries News: Librarians second only to doctors in public ...

Public Libraries News: Librarians second only to doctors in public ... | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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New Libraries: A Digital Bridge | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Libraries: A Digital Bridge | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Stephen's Lighthouse | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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What can we learn from history?

What can we learn from history? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

As I look at new semantic web products and services, I can’t help remembering what it was like to be on the cutting edge of library automation almost 40 years ago. What can we learn from that.?.

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The Library Of Misfit Books / thalo Articles / thalo

The Library Of Misfit Books / thalo Articles / thalo | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

NEW YORK, NY -- Public library collections expand and evolve, replacing old editions with newer ones in a continual effort to maintain relevance. At times like these, librarian Andrew Beccone swoops in to scavenge through the detritus. Beccone “pans for gold in the sediment of print culture,” depositing his booty at The Reanimation Library in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Independent, small-scale, and open to the public, The Reamination Library’s collection is thoughtfully curated with an eye toward visual content.

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What librarians make. Or Why Should I be More than a Librarian?

Inspired by Taylor Mali and his poem What Teachers Make...
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