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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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Social Justice and Librarianship

Social Justice and Librarianship | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

(From our new American Contributor - Twitter handle: bflolibrarian) At first glance I thought writing about how the idea of social justice relates to librarianship would be pretty obvious and uncontroversial..

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New: Digital Literacy Report Released by ALA’s Office For Information Technology Policy | LJ INFOdocket

New: Digital Literacy Report Released by ALA’s Office For Information Technology Policy | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
RT @LibraryJournal: New: Digital Literacy Report Released by ALA’s Office For Information Technology Policy http://t.co/FDLoTcfU #libraries #digitalliteracy
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Library Services in the Digital Age

Library Services in the Digital Age | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits.
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Printed journalism may be dying, but books still have a future

Printed journalism may be dying, but books still have a future | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The cultural transformation brought about by digital convergence and networked communication has been dizzying, and, for many, disorienting.
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The Future Of The Library: Bookless Libraries Could Pose Threat To Access For Poor, Elderly

The Future Of The Library: Bookless Libraries Could Pose Threat To Access For Poor, Elderly | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Future Of The Library: Bookless Libraries Could Pose Threat To Access For Poor, Elderly

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Digital Humanities & Cultural Heritage, or, The Opposite of Argumentation

Digital Humanities & Cultural Heritage, or, The Opposite of Argumentation | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Back in August, Miriam Posner’s post “What are some challenges to doing DH in the library?” initiated a wide-ranging conversation in the blogosphere examining the relationship between DH and librar...
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Amazon Kindle ebook rentals take the time out of reading - SlashGear

Amazon Kindle ebook rentals take the time out of reading - SlashGear | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This week Amazon has unveiled Kindle book rentals in an extremely quiet fashion, opting to test it out with the public before doing any sort of press on the
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Still looking for good businessmodels.

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Does a Techno Utopia Require Physical Books? | Endless Innovation | Big Think

Does a Techno Utopia Require Physical Books? | Endless Innovation | Big Think | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When the new BiblioTech library opens in San Antonio, Texas later this year, it will become the nation's first "bookless public library" -- everything is going to be digital, the library will rent out e-readers like Kindles and iPads, and the whole...
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The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World

The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
If there’s anything the editors of BestMastersPrograms.org love more than classes and books, it’s universities and libraries. It’s no surprise, then, that university libraries rank right up there among our favorite places.
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Library Patrons Don't Know What They Want | Life in Oleg

Talk to a randomly selected group about libraries and you will get the same 'ole ideas. That's why librarians have to tell people what to think about libraries.Every so often some very talented visionary will echo the statement that they don’t listen to focus groups or conduct market research because people don’t know what they want. I think that this idea can be applied on the ground as much as in far-off visions of very smart people. One doesn’t have to be ahead of his time to realize that non-experts or amateurs are often totally clueless and/or grossly misinformed about a given subject or occupation. Many times, these folks will even overestimate their competence or knowledge of the item under consideration..

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Censored Genius: HEY, ASSHOLE! It's the future of libraries.

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ALSO true .Everyone is trying to come up with some solution to the non-existent problem of what should we do with our libraries. It's a non-existent problem, imo, because I think libraries do a great job of taking a bunch of money and hiring great people and buying lots of cool, useful shit.

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Pew offers new Libraries page — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Pew offers new Libraries page — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Pew Project recently added a Libraries pageto their site, gathering research especially relevant to our community, as well as updates from the Pew Project blog, Libraries in the Digital Age, as well as slides and videos from Pew Project presentations.

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Somerville Library Unveils 'The Awesome Box'

Somerville Library Unveils 'The Awesome Box' | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Awesome Box lets residents recommend awesome books and "mind-blowing" reads to each other.
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Special report: “Libraries of the 21st Century” versus “offering a new dress to a plague victim”

Special report: “Libraries of the 21st Century” versus “offering a new dress to a plague victim” | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

A major effort to improve and protect public libraries was announced today in a joint conference by: Janene Cox, President of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture..

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Why online book discovery is broken (and how to fix it)

Why online book discovery is broken (and how to fix it) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here’s the main problem with book discovery online: Right now, it doesn’t really work. New research shows that frequent book buyers visit sites like Pinterest and Goodreads regularly, but those visits fail to drive actual book purchases.
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Ashley Benigno: 'Let's not lose the dangerous sexiness of physical books' (Wired UK)

Ashley Benigno: 'Let's not lose the dangerous sexiness of physical books' (Wired UK) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Some moments transcend their immediate context to assume symbolic significance
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Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries

Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The library in 2020 is the last bastion of truth. Sure, you can search yottabytes of free data by simply batting an eyelash. But it's dangerous to believe what you see through the iGlass lens. As you learned the hard way back in the Facebook era, if you're not paying for it, you are the product. That research study about the safety and efficacy of Lipitor Lollipops™ was sponsored by a subsidiary of a subsidiary of Pfizer. That consultant you almost hired wrote his own customer reviews. And while you can't tell for sure because the algorithms are opaque, it sure seems like the first page of web search is pay-to-play. You routinely skip past the top ten results.

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Influence of Bookstores and Libraries Eroding for Children

Influence of Bookstores and Libraries Eroding for Children | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A study by Bowker has found that among children, there has been a marked decline in bookstore and library influence as a source of recommendation and acquisition, and that many purchases are instead migrating online to vendors like Amazon.
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Is the book a crucial cultural artifact, or just an outdated container for content?

Is the book a crucial cultural artifact, or just an outdated container for content? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A blog post by Nick Carr about the future of the printed book touched off an epic comment debate between the author and media theorist Clay Shirky about whether the book format itself will die out and be replaced.
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Around the Web: The machine apocalypse vs The New York Times on libraries

Around the Web: The machine apocalypse vs The New York Times on libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Machine Apocalypse

Is Growth Over?“The data are”: How fetishism makes us stupidWhy Workers Are Losing the War Against MachinesAn innovation agenda to help people win the race against the machinesSure, Big Data Is Great. But So Is IntuitionThe Consequences of Machine IntelligenceWill a Robot Take Your Job?Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box?You Must Make the New MachinesWhy Making Robots Is So Darn Hard

he New York Times on Libraries

Libraries See Opening as Bookstores CloseHandled With Care (what to do with deceased scholars books)Failing to Close the ‘Digital Divide’More Relevant Than EverIt’s Not Just Story Time and BookmobilesFor Gathering and for SolitudeDo We Still Need Libraries? (response by John Palfrey)Libraries and bookshops/stores (response by Phil Bradley)

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/12/27/do-we-still-need-libraries/libraries-are-more-relevant-than-ever

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Success Through Collaboration

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"Success Through Collaboration" HELIN Annual Conference. Smithfield RI. (pre-recorded) Abstract: If you want a future for libraries, it is within you, the librarians.f you want a healthy community that seeks out knowledge, and seeks informed conversation, then advocate for it beyond your walls. If you want your library to thrive, the community must thrive. To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.
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A new brand of citizenship at The Public Library
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A new brand of citizenship at The Public Library<br/> | Nooga.com | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A new brand of citizenship at The Public Library

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, January 18, 2013 10:42 AM

Continuing with its responsive initiatives over the last few years, Chattaanooga Public Library nows looks towards civic engagement with its Creative Citizenship Program,

"The Creative Citizenship Program is similar to the Red Campaign in terms of AIDS awareness efforts' ability to transcend typical ownership barriers and allow multiple companies and individuals to participate and effect meaningful change.

Instead of envisioning more apps and creating one-time use posters, AIGA Chattanooga hopes the program will result in building processes that can impact change in practical ways, such as involving designers in the conversations of where a new bus line will be routed rather than simply what the bus maps will look like."

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A Librarian's Library: A Box of FUDGE!: Judy Blume Part 1

A Librarian's Library: A Box of FUDGE!: Judy Blume Part 1 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
And as a future librarian, I feel like this is a sin! Judy Blume has been monumental in shaping juvenile/young adult literature, and she has even found her way onto the BANNED LIST (*Gasp*). So I desperately wanted to spend ...
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An Ecclectic Book Blog. Reviewing Juvenile, YA, and Adult Fiction.

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