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Books on Buildings: 20 Bookish Murals From Around the World, By Emily Temple

Books on Buildings: 20 Bookish Murals From Around the World, By Emily Temple | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

...we caught a glimpse of this beautiful bookish fresco over at the Picador Book Room, we realized we’d been missing a whole category — street art honoring authors and characters is all very good, but how about the books themselves? After the jump, we’ve put together a roundup of fantastic book murals on buildings from Russia to Sardinia

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Great mural art from around the world with bookish themes!

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Libraries of the future [cartoon]

Libraries of the future [cartoon] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Tom Gauld has created a new fantastic cartoon. This time we can see how he imagines the library of the future.
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Library of the future!

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Cupertino, Sunnyvale residents spur book drive for African Library Project - San Jose Mercury News

Cupertino, Sunnyvale residents spur book drive for African Library Project - San Jose Mercury News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

United by a passion for books and reading, volunteers across the nation have made it possible for the African Library Project to deliver its one millionth book this month.

Founded by a Portola Valley woman in 2005, the nonprofit group was created to increase literacy in a country whose population has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.

It was during a family vacation in Lesotho, a small mountainous region in southern Africa, that founder Chris Bradshaw realized establishing libraries could have a profound effect on increasing literacy. She began working closely with local teachers and community leaders, and it expanded from there.

Reaching the one millionth book "is a real statement about the people in this country and just what a generous spirit they have in wanting to help do good in the world and recognizing the importance of literacy for any civilization to progress," Bradshaw said.

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Increase of literacy via a book drive to Africa

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Little libraries travelling to Africa - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Little libraries travelling to Africa - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The tiny libraries perched in front of houses throughout the Twin Cities are taking a 6,000-mile journey to Africa this year.

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The popular "Little Free Libraries,'' which look like oversized mailboxes, have paired up with the nonprofit Books for Africa. The colorful wooden libraries, shaped like schools or cottages, are expected to be open for business in Ghana in the months ahead.

"We've wanted to expand to Africa, and we saw Books for Africa as the perfect partner,'' said Todd Bol, co-founder of Little Free Libraries, launched in Hudson, Wis., in 2009.

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Little Free Libraries in Africa! > will keep a look-out as the story unfolds!

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America's first bookless public library will look 'like an Apple Store'

America's first bookless public library will look 'like an Apple Store' | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Bexar County, Texas says that it will open the first 100 percent digital public library system in the country, unveiling plans for its first location this past week. The plan has been in the works...
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The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries, David Vinjamuri - Forbes

The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries, David Vinjamuri - Forbes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This column is the first in a two-part series about libraries and their role in the marketing and readership of books. This first part addresses the present conflict.

Do libraries increase book sales or cannibalize them? This is the issue at the heart of the struggle between libraries represented by the American Library Association (whose president is Maureen Sullivan) and the Big Six publishers.
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Very informative!

 

He looks at 1. The Issue 

                  2. The Library Perspective

                  3. The Publisher Perspective

                  4. Where the Big 6 Publishers stand today

                  5. Evaluation of the arguments

                  

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Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic

Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Bob Al-Greene
"Print -- literature, journalism, you name it -- has experienced an extended obituary over the last decade, alongside the rise of digital media.
But a recent Pew study found that even as sales of e-readers like Nook and Kindle grow swiftly, young people still frequent libraries more than you might think, and print books remain popular. Even the most plugged-in lit fans are not ready to abandon print as a dead medium. In fact, e-book readers consume more books annually, no matter the format."
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New publication! The Road to Information Literacy : Librarians as facilitators of learning | IFLA

New publication! The Road to Information Literacy : Librarians as facilitators of learning | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
#pilgf http://t.co/Np3CHmmt Here is the book where article Lonka (2012) about theoretical foundations for engaging learning!
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By Roisin Gwyer, Ruth Stubbings & Graham Walton (Eds.)

Series: IFLA Publications Series 157 
Publisher: Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2012


"Information literacy has been identified as a necessary skill for life, work and citizenship - as well as for academic study - for all of us living in today's information society. This international collection brings together practitioner and research papers from all sectors of information work. It includes case studies and good practice guides, including how librarians and information workers can facilitate information literacy from pre-school children to established researchers, digital literacy and information literacy for citizens."

 

Publisher's link: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181777?format=G

 

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Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts

Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I'm happy to announce the publication of my e-book, The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Build the World's Biggest Library. This is a 50 page tale of gossip and rivalries between lawyers and librarians, and shows a cultural collision between Silicon Valley and the east coast over control of books and knowledge."

 

Available here: http://pro.gigaom.com/books/the-battle-for-the-books/

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Tech E-book Roundup | Law Technology Today

Tech E-book Roundup | Law Technology Today | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"From mobile security to Facebook to iPad apps, LPM has an e-book to answer all your pressing technology questions. LPM e-books are available on the ABA Webstore (for reading on all your devices and readers) and the iBookstore or iTunes (for Apple devices).

 

Here’s a handy list of the latest tech e-books now available for download. Be sure to check them out–your law practice will thank you! (Next week, we’ll be discussing even more essential e-books from LPM.)"

 

> Technology and social media for lawyers!

>> Very handy to know about for law librarians!

 

1. iPad in One hour for lawyers (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id560206652?mt=11)

2. iPad apps in one hour for lawyers (http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-apps-in-one-hour-for/id521115322?mt=11)

3. Facebook in one hour for lawyers (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/facebook-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id564858548?mt=11)

4. LinkedIn in one hour for lawyers (http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/linkedin-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id521113611?mt=11)

 


Via Errol A. Adams JD/MLS
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University Presses & Libraries Turn to Pinterest to Promote Books, by Kate Rix

University Presses & Libraries Turn to Pinterest to Promote Books, by Kate Rix | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...university presses are making widespread use of Pinterest to promote new book titles. Likewise, academic libraries are using their Pinterest pages to promote events and help fund major capital improvements. For libraries and archives, a major ongoing mission is to keep the collections visible. It’s not easy to let the world know about your one-of-a-kind holdings, and Pinterest potentially offers a great way to bring these materials to new and  younger audiences."

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Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store

Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Book by Sarah K. Steiner.

"This practical guide provides a scalable, step-by-step plan for creating and maintaining a successful library social media strategic plan. You’ll find detailed tips and advice on strategizing for social media services in a way that guides employee decision-making, maximizes efficiency, creates positive patron outcomes, protects against legal repercussions, and builds opportunities for flexibility, change, and new social media platform testing. You get all the key elements to build your strategic plan, including how to segment your audience, select a target audience, use focus groups and poll patrons, conduct a SWOT analysis to provide internal strength and support to your plan, and create a mission and vision plan for using social media."

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The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab

The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"But for all their supposed obsolescence, libraries remain vital places, and many of them are more crowded than ever."

 

"The New York Public Library recently embarked on a controversial plan to move two to three million books off-site.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) retired its pneumatic-tube system sometime last year. It had been used to request books for more than a century. The New York Public Library opened in 1911 and that pneumatic call system had changed little since then. You still filled out a slip, and you still turned that slip over to a clerk, who would load it into a metal cartridge. The cartridge would be driven by air pressure to a station down in the stacks, where another clerk would retrieve your book, which was then sent back up to the call desk by a dumbwaiter. In recent years, this procedure would take about 20 minutes. In decades past, I’m told, it was closer to five."


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Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading - Yuma Sun

Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading - Yuma Sun | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading
Yuma Sun
The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot-long semi tractor-trailer, allows patrons to climb aboard and check out exhibits of electronic readers, e-books and books on audio.
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Book mobile for digital reading!

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Copyright for Librarians - the essential handbook

Copyright for Librarians - the essential handbook | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Copyright for Librarians" (CFL) is an online open curriculum on copyright law that was developed jointly with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

The goal is to provide librarians in developing and transition countries information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning copyright law in general; the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries; and how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.

 

Download for free as a pdf:

 

http://www.eifl.net/system/files/201301/cfl_book_download.pdf

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Great resource for copyright for librarians, available for free as well!

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Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine

Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
- “Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, takes an honest look at learning commons in academic libraries and discusses what is working and what is not.

To evaluate their findings, authors Michele Crump and LeiLani Freund examine the measurement tools that libraries have used to evaluate usage and satisfaction, including contemporary anthropological studies that provide a more detailed view of students’ approach to research. They take a candid look at these redesigns and ask if improvements have lived up to expectations of increased service and user satisfaction. Including many actual survey questions and answers, this book will help academic librarians and administrators provide better services to student users.

 

Book available here: http://www.neal-schuman.com/mtnos

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Good to read to enhance services, especially in academic libraries

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So You Want To Be A Librarian - The Digital Shift - Unglued from the 31st of Dec already - available for free download!

So You Want To Be A Librarian - The Digital Shift - Unglued from the 31st of Dec already - available for free download! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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So you want to be a librarian, by Lauren Pressley - available for download here: https://unglue.it/work/76348/

 

The Unglue.it Campaign https://unglue.it/campaigns/ending#2

 

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