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The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagment | Reinventing Libraries

The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagment | Reinventing Libraries | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

In assembling the book, I gave each contributor very little guidance and only two instructions: don’t be boring, and start your essay with “The library in 2020 will be….” I also tried to get a wide range of background, experience, point of view, and time in the profession. I got what I wanted. A set of a couple dozen essays, none more than a few pages long, with a multiplicity of ideas, images, and perspectives, ranging from just this side of sunshine and unicorns to bleak and dystopian, from some names you likely know and a few you’ll be hearing much more from in the future.The good folks at LJ are very graciously excerpting three essays from the book over the next few issues, beginning with this piece from Bill Ptacek, director of the King County Library System.

 

In 2020, the public library will be a concept more than a place. The library will be more about what it does for people rather than what it has for people. As society evolves and more content becomes digital, people will access information in different ways. Physical items will be less important than they have been up to now. Library buildings and spaces will be used in different ways, and services will be provided beyond the building and virtually. The library as a catalyst for civic engagement will facilitate learning and growth for people of all ages.......................

 


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Universities must equip students for new challenges

Universities must equip students for new challenges | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
  Dr Catherine Hobbs, Head of Department for Engineering Design and Mathematics at the University of West England (UWE Bristol), looks at the challenges of the UK engineering skills gap.  A new wave of students has been graduating over...
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Globalization easily explained (explainity® explainer video)

Globalization is a topic that is often debated controversally. It concerns all of us, but what exactly is globalization and what is its impact on ever
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The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? Why should we care at all? Donate to the United Nations Refugee Agency
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The Forgotten American Concordes - Boeing 2707 - Lockheed L-2000 SST

America’s forgotten concordes, the planes that never flew When we think of supersonic passenger air travel, most people will think of Concorde, the join
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What are the roots of gun culture in the US?

What are the roots of gun culture in the US? | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
After the Orlando shooting, Obama predictably pushed for gun control but there is little he can do to achieve this.
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6 Ways to Use Advanced Twitter Search for Increased Influence : Social Media Examiner

6 Ways to Use Advanced Twitter Search for Increased Influence : Social Media Examiner | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Do you want to be a recognized expert in your industry? Discover six ways to use Twitter's Advanced Search to increase your influence in your industry.
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Rwanda: Africa's success story or authoritarian state?

Rwanda: Africa's success story or authoritarian state? | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Louise Mushikiwabo, the country's foreign minister, denies the killing of Rwandan dissidents.
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Pompeii's Graffiti and the Ancient Origins of Social Media

Pompeii's Graffiti and the Ancient Origins of Social Media | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
From Roman walls to Twitter, humans have a long-standing obsession with leaving their mark.
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57 different pesticides found in poisoned honeybees

57 different pesticides found in poisoned honeybees | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
European honeybees are being poisoned with up to 57 different pesticides, according to new research published in the Journal of Chromatography A.
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South Africa court orders Zuma to repay house costs

South Africa court orders Zuma to repay house costs | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Court rules President Zuma "failed to uphold" constitution when he did not pay back some state funds for home upgrade.
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Pope Francis on Trump: Building walls 'is not Christian'

Pope Francis on Trump: Building walls 'is not Christian' | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Pope Francis said GOP frontrunner Donald Trump "is not Christian" if he pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
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Mother Teresa to be declared a saint September 4

Mother Teresa to be declared a saint September 4 | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Mother Teresa, a nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor in India, will be canonized as a saint September 4, Pope Francis announced Tuesday.
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After Islamophobia comes the criminalisation of Arabic

After Islamophobia comes the criminalisation of Arabic | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Who will rescue Western societies from their Islamophobes?
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Designed for Learning: School Libraries

A 2007 video that shows the contribution an effective school library can make to the educational, creative, emotional and reading development of childre
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Population, Sustainability, and Malthus: Crash Course World History 215

In which John Green teaches you about population. So, how many people can reasonably live on the Earth? Thomas Malthus got it totally wrong in the 19t
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What are the universal human rights? - Benedetta Berti

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-are-the-universal-human-rights-benedetta-berti The basic idea of human rights is that each one of us, n
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Who's responsible for child slavery?

Who's responsible for child slavery? | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
This year's World Day Against Child Labour is focusing on children working in supply chains.
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Riding with South Korea’s Marine Corps

Riding with South Korea’s Marine Corps | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera embarks on a rare tour of a South Korean base stationed just a kilometre away from the enemy - North Korea
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Fossil fuel decline could be 'faster than expected,' government think-tank warns

Fossil fuel decline could be 'faster than expected,' government think-tank warns | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Canada’s status as an “energy superpower” is under threat because the global dominance of fossil fuels could be seriously eroded in as little as 10 to 15 years, according to a draft report from a federal government think-tank obtained by CBC News.
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Muhammad Ali's final journey through his hometown

Muhammad Ali's final journey through his hometown | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Thousands line the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, paying tributes to the former heavyweight champion of the world.
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UK: Poor reporting, media illiteracy fuel Islamophobia

UK: Poor reporting, media illiteracy fuel Islamophobia | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Imbalanced reporting on Muslims and British Islamic community's media illiteracy contribute to "hostility", study says.
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Education in Crisis and the Threat of Privatization

Education in Crisis and the Threat of Privatization | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
It has become conventional wisdom that “education is in crisis.” I have been asked about this question by many interviewers. They say something like: “Do you think American education is in crisis? What is the cause of the crisis?
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Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close - BBC News

Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close - BBC News | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC reveals.
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Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Peggy Noonan writes about Donald Trump and the rise of the protected, made up of figures in government, politics and media who are struggling to make sense of the world they created.
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Professor solves 300-year-old math question

Professor solves 300-year-old math question | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
British professor Andrew Wiles wins $700,000 Abel Prize for solving Fermat's Last Theorem.
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