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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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'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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Libraries exposed: a frank assessment

Libraries exposed: a frank assessment | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
What a difference it makes in your life to have a good and accessible library. I have been a student and then lecturer in Brazil, a total sum of 10 years. But my experience in New Zealand was what ...
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Delivering the Library

Delivering the Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Bookmobiles, like the library systems they serve, have been in a state of transformation for quite some time.
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Library visits down once again as closures continue

Library visits down once again as closures continue | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Survey reveals that 63.8% of people did not use a public library in 2012-13 The number of people visiting a library at least once a year has dropped by 25% since records began in 2005-06, as the the number of libraries has declined by 9% between...
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A day in the life of a librarian - The Daily Cougar

A day in the life of a librarian - The Daily Cougar | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In the centrally located office, the hidden gatekeepers of the library are hard at work in their individual lairs until they are called away by faculty, students and administrators.
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Lake County libraries become ‘Citizenship Corners’ - Lake County News-Sun

Lake County libraries become ‘Citizenship Corners’ - Lake County News-Sun | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
During a training session Sept. 19 at the Waukegan Public Library, library staffs from across Lake County learned how to handle questions and concerns raised by immigrant patrons.
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BookMachine Coming to You Everywhere : Publishing Perspectives

BookMachine Coming to You Everywhere : Publishing Perspectives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
BookMachine meet-ups have expanded to New York, London, Toronto, Oxford, Barcelona and more, with the goal of becoming the top live and online social network for publishing pros.
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There are 793 million illiterate people in the world [infographic]

There are 793 million illiterate people in the world [infographic] | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
On the 8th of September we celebrated International Literacy Day 2013, and not only UNESCO created an infographic to picture the state of literacy around the world.
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New Book Tells You How Long It Will Take You to Read It

Reddit co-founder Alexi Ohanian’s new book, ‘Without Their Permission’, comes with a label informing the reader how long it should take to read it — really?
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Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! « thewikiman

Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! « thewikiman | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago I presented a webinar for WebJunction on marketing libraries. Part 1 of this post is all the information from the presentation, including a video archive of it, and Part 2 is about the process of presenting in a webinar, for anyone interested in that side of things.

Part 1: Marketing Libraries

The webinar covered marketing principles (several ways to start thinking like a library marketer) – and marketing actions (ways to communicate including Word of Mouth, the website, social media etc). There are various ways you can access the content.

If you want a brief overview:

Here are the slides, with a couple of bits of info added in so they make sense without me talking over the top of them.

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The Future of the Traditional Bookstore in a Digital World

The Future of the Traditional Bookstore in a Digital World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We live in a divided world where some people buy digital and the vast majority still buy the real thing. Major publishers are seeing 24% of their
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Our dream library: Unlimited e-books for less than $10 a month

Our dream library: Unlimited e-books for less than $10 a month | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The new app Oyster is heralded as the "Netflix for books." Let's test-drive.
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Books, libraries and technology in 25 image quotes

Books, libraries and technology in 25 image quotes | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Click to enlarge The technology is changing books, the way we read, and the role of institutions playing a crucial role in education and learning. Should w
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James Patterson: Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries | School Library Journal

James Patterson: Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries | School Library Journal | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

I know you’re mad. I know your colleagues have been fired or may be on the brink of being fired. I know your libraries are shutting their doors left and right. All this is happening, even though studies show that having children grow up without a school librarian is really, really bad.

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James Patterson on crusade for libraries.Willing to do almost anything that could help start changing the systems's priorities.

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Passing the Bucks: the DCMS blames libraries; having volunteers only brings on more cuts.

Passing the Bucks: the DCMS blames libraries; having volunteers only brings on more cuts. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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The DCMS appears keen to promote the concept that libraries are in long-term decline and that they need to evolve or die.
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DC Mayor Declares Libraries “Essential,” Will Stay Open If Government Shuts Down

DC Mayor Declares Libraries “Essential,” Will Stay Open If Government Shuts Down | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
If the U.S. Congress and Senate fail to pass an appropriations bill by midnight Monday, the federal government could shut down—a situation that would normally see non-essential local government services like libraries and parks closed in the...
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Letters to a Young Librarian: A Letter from a New Librarian, by Charlie Bennett

Letters to a Young Librarian: A Letter from a New Librarian, by Charlie Bennett | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

I became a librarian in 2011, almost immediately after finishing my MLIS. I was lucky; I leveraged my LTA experience, my programming initiatives in the learning commons, and perhaps all those presentations, into a librarian position at Georgia Tech. I didn’t even change offices. My boss said “This is great, we’re glad you’re part of the team, and you should take the next year to understand the job.” I laughed because I thought it was a joke. 

It’s not a joke. I’m two years in as an academic librarian and I still don’t know who I am, why I’m here, or what they want from me. I might not even be clear on who I meant when I wrote “they” in the last line

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What libraries do for us – and me

What libraries do for us – and me | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Malorie Blackman: Libraries' huge contribution to children's literacy is threatened by swingeing cuts across the country. Where is the outrage?
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Featuring: Sarah Searle | Library as Incubator Project

Featuring: Sarah Searle | Library as Incubator Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In June, we featured the Children’s Writer in Residence Fellowship, which is run by the Associates of Boston Public Library– each year the Associates award an up-and-coming children’s author $20,000 and an office in the library to help him or her complete a book. We’re excited to share the other half of that incredible relationship on the site today by interviewing one of the lucky authors about her experience.In June, we featured the Children’s Writer in Residence Fellowship, which is run by the Associates of Boston Public Library– each year the Associates award an up-and-coming children’s author $20,000 and an office in the library to help him or her complete a book. We’re excited to share the other half of that incredible relationship on the site today by interviewing one of the lucky authors about her experience.

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Mobile Storytelling Inspires Innovation, Experimentation : Publishing Perspectives

Mobile Storytelling Inspires Innovation, Experimentation : Publishing Perspectives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Mobile storytelling platforms borrow from tradition but also manipulate digital patterns of behavior and break the barrier between reader and creator.
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Reading Under the Desk

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As I kid, I actually liked school (ok, I only liked my English, History, Social Studies, and Art classes, but whatever...). And yet, despite the fact that
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Great insigiht: "From then on, I associated books not just with knowledge and wisdom, but also rebellion and individualism. I decided that my quest to devour All Of Literature was a noble one, which some others actually shared, and that I didn’t miss a whole lot in the classes I ignored".

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Why Libraries Are Still Crucial Community Anchors

Why Libraries Are Still Crucial Community Anchors | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Books and information used to be scarce. Now it's attention that is scarce, and it's the facilitated curation, community rooms, workspaces and the like that has rocketed in value.
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The Conversations We're Not Having -- Overcoming Uncertainty, Chilling Effects, and Open Access Complacency

The Conversations We're Not Having -- Overcoming Uncertainty, Chilling Effects, and Open Access Complacency | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

While open access remains a hot topic in our industry, we may not be discussing the most difficult aspects..

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DENMARK: Libraries provide space for people to interact - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

DENMARK: Libraries provide space for people to interact - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Julie Lund Christensen brings up a portrait of a person on her laptop.
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