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What’s Your Vision?: When Principles Power Reinvention | Editorial

What’s Your Vision?: When Principles Power Reinvention | Editorial | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

“The library in 2020 will offer a culture of generosity supported by fiscal oversight that reflects rigorous controls and realistic projections,” writes Josie Barnes Parker, director of the Ann Arbor District Library, in Library 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library (Scarecrow). In comparison to many of the predictions in the book of essays, this statement seems very conservative in its pragmatic approach. Nonetheless, it has resonated with me as I think about what drives effective decision making in a time of change.

Parker’s focus on how generosity is linked to responsibility points to a fundamental goal of librarianship—delivering the best service for the public dollar. It also provides a path forward, by articulating how generosity connects to responsive services. Even with a strapped budget, a truly generous approach enables a crystal clear view of real needs, and the community will respond with support. This outlook is actually powerful fuel for innovation that matters.

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Malala Yousafzai opens new Birmingham library

Malala Yousafzai opens new Birmingham library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Teenage girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan says pens and books are weapons to defeat terrorism, in seven-minute speech
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Traveling Bookstores

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traveling book store - ‘Tell a Story’ is a traveling bookstore aimed to make Portuguese literature more accessible to tourists..

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The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators

The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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Nancy White's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:48 AM

Excellent post - importance of context & provenance. 

digitalassetman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:15 AM

Since graduating from library school, I’ve fielded occasional questions about archiving “as a professional in the field.” Then comes the second question, “So, what kind of archive do you work in?” But I don’t. Although I was trained as an archivist and care deeply about archives, I’ve been an editor or a content strategist on most of my recent projects. And though I sympathize with archivists’ anxiety about their continuing relevance, I’m also excited for them, as I am for anyone who has content worth sharing

Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 3, 2013 5:43 AM

Content strategy practised in archives, and the skills set of the New Archivist! Great article!

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In response to critics, @NYPL rethinks design plans

In response to critics, @NYPL rethinks design plans | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them.
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Collection Bashing & Trashing | Office Hours

Collection Bashing & Trashing | Office Hours | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

A few months ago in “Holding Us Back” (LJ 4/15/13, p. 42), I suggested that one of the things preventing librarians from working at web scale might be “a lingering emphasis on collections over users.” I and others have argued that the evolution of libraries and library service will include a pronounced shift from libraries as book warehouses to libraries as centers for discovery, learning, and creation via any number of platforms.

I might have been guilty of a bit of collection bashing in these discussions, and recent occurrences of collection trashing have given me pause. I still see the path forward detailed above as viable and inevitable, but we must also not forget that stewardship must not be sacrificed for a 3-D printer or a wall of monitors highlighting a digital collection.

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The (Unfair) Fight Against School Librarians

The (Unfair) Fight Against School Librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I am not monogamous when it comes to library love. Subsequently, when my school librarian friends start to get picked on, I will hop on my library advocacy
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Startup Atingo Promises “Radical” Approach to E-Book Library Lending

Startup Atingo Promises “Radical” Approach to E-Book Library Lending | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Swedish startup Atingo, a collaboration between Publit and Axiell, offers a platform for real-time negotiation of ebook lending rights between libraries and publishers.
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Heard of ‘Selfies’? The Next Big Thing: ‘Bookshelfies’

Heard of ‘Selfies’? The Next Big Thing: ‘Bookshelfies’ | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Never heard of it? Well, basically, it’s a selfie taken in front of your bookshelf — what else could it be?
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Ether for Authors: And Would You Just Save the Libraries, Too, Please? : Publishing Perspectives

Ether for Authors: And Would You Just Save the Libraries, Too, Please? : Publishing Perspectives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In his overview of the week's web buzz, Porter Anderson looks at an authors-for-libraries effort, DRM debates, Ewan Morrison's provocations, and more.
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Hounslow Libraries New Initiative | Hounslow.info

Hounslow Libraries New Initiative | Hounslow.info | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A new initiative for Hounslow Libraries! We are looking to recruit a Community Languages Advisory Board in the fall. This board will help advise and guide...
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The end of the independent bookstore (and a new golden age for books) - The Domino Project

The end of the independent bookstore (and a new golden age for books) - The Domino Project | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Act 1: The book of the month club

Act 2: The magic of dominant bestsellers

Act 3: The New York Times bestseller list and Barnes and Noble

THE END: amazon and infinite selection

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New painting has love, libraries

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A vision of wind-filled sails on the open sea will entice visitors up the main stairway at Minneapolis Central Library next week, when a new gift to the library goes public
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Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Libraries and E-books

Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Libraries and E-books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

...Not so libraries. There are libraries in every town, and even though they’re under terrible assault in the age of austerity, they remain the mark of a civilized society and benefit from librarians’ amazing organizational skills. The modern library has become something like a bookstore, where helpful staff who love books and authors take enormous pride in ‘‘hand-selling’’ the publishers’ products to their patrons. Libraries host some of the best author events, too, providing a vital space for readers and writers to connect. Unlike every other channel for e-books, libraries are not the publishers’ competitors. They don’t want to sell devices. They don’t want to win over customers to a particular cloud. They just want readers to read, writers to write, and publishers to sell. They deserve a better deal than they’re getting.

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Librarians and curators are key partners in enabling innovative approaches to digital scholarship.

Librarians and curators are key partners in enabling innovative approaches to digital scholarship. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Below is the text from a short talk given by James Baker, Digital Curator at the British Library about helping librarians and curators at the British Library acclimatise to the idea that the Librar...
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calibre - e-book software

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calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Comprehensive e-book software.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 28, 2013 1:06 PM

calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection
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Expert Internet Searching, 4th edition - facet publishing

Expert Internet Searching, 4th edition - facet publishing | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The highly anticipated new edition of Phil Bradley’s essential guide to internet search (formerly titled The Advanced Internet Searcher’s Handbook) is here. This no-nonsense handbook will give you the tools to find the information that you need more quickly and effectively than ever before

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New Report Portends Global Societal Trends, as IFLA Continues in Singapore

New Report Portends Global Societal Trends, as IFLA Continues in Singapore | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It’s designed to assess “the impact of new technology on our global information environment,” said IFLA President Ingrid Parent, introducing the new IFLA Trend Report August 19 during the World Library and Information Congress in Singapore.
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An end of books?

An end of books? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This blog post by Seth Godin created a bit of conversation about the author’s thoughts on ebooks, his thoughts on bookshops, video shops, and libraries,  and the factor that someone still pays for ...
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Periodic table of storytelling [chart]

Periodic table of storytelling [chart] | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Absolutely awesome chart by deviantARTist DawnPaladin. Conflict is the essential part of every story, but there are so many other elements you can use! Cli
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wlic2013_winning-poster Librarians of Fukushima

wlic2013_winning-poster Librarians of Fukushima | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The closing session included the presentation of a number of annual awards. Notable among them was the “Best Poster” award to Shiho Suzuki of Japan for her poster titled “The Librarians of Fukushima,” dealing with the aftermath of the nuclear power plant disaster of 2011.

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New Librarianship MOOC

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Having just received my certificate of completion of the New Librarianship MOOC I'd like to blog a few thoughts of having participated in the MOOC and some learning outcomes.  There are some reflec...
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Public Libraries and Unconventional Borrowing - Be More with Less

Public Libraries and Unconventional Borrowing - Be More with Less | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This is the Salt Lake City Library. Its beautiful. I write here, read here and meet friends to gab and brainstorm here.
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Biblioteksdebat: The development of ‘open library’ in Denmark #wlic2013

Biblioteksdebat: The development of ‘open library’ in Denmark #wlic2013 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In occasion of my participation in the World Congress for Libraries IFLA, I have made a presentation of the libraries in Denmark and especially the concept we call OPEN LIBRARIES. The theme of WLIC 2013 is "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities" and OPEN LIBRARIES is one of the possibilities.

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