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Zines! | Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book

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RT @laurareiner: Awewome post about zines and libraries by my awesome colleague Alana Kumbier: http://t.co/t33DYikq...

 

"When students come to the library to make zines in the Book Arts Lab, they discover one of our campus treasures: a workshop full of printing presses, wood and metal type, bookbinding tools and many other (less-spectacular) supplies for zine-making. And they meet our book arts director, Katherine McCanless Ruffin, who can serve as a teacher and guide for future adventures in self-publishing. Most importantly, when students make zines with us, they claim the library as a space for making and creating knowledge, texts, and community.

As they produce their zines at the end of the semester, I’m proud that our students join a constellation of zine-makers, radical librarians, teachers and archivists, feminist scholars, and community arts organizers dedicated to this form of knowledge articulation, material-cultural production, creative work, and political action. And that they get their hands on some scrap paper, markers, glitter and glue in the process."

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US culture website names Vancouver library as one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world | OpenFile

US culture website names Vancouver library as one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world | OpenFile | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"#Librariesarebeautiful...Vancouver library one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world http://t.co/PJ4GHrCn (via @grapemanca)..."

 

Posted by Michael Aynsley:

"[...] the US-based cultural news website Flavorwire named Vancouver’s Central Public Library number two on their list of the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world."

http://flavorwire.com/280318/the-25-most-beautiful-public-libraries-in-the-world

 

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Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris

Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sharris: "This is a copy of a my guest blog post published this week for the World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE, Qatar - on re-designing spaces for learning..."

http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/stephen-harris-redesigning-spaces-around-collaborative-teaching ;

 

"There is a clear movement occurring in education globally right now – a movement that is seeking to shift the epicentre of educational paradigms from an industrial-era experience to something more relevant to the ever changing and dynamic contexts of the 21st century. In the first decade of this new century, much great work has been done articulating what 21st century skills might be – www.p21.org is a great example of this.

My focus is the key importance of spatial awareness in redesigning spaces for learning. I hope the second decade of this century will be marked by an awareness that redesigning spaces will be as important to change processes, as describing the new skills deemed necessary for learning and career creation in the last decade. I will focus on our journey of change as a case study for education redesign."

 

 

 

 

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iLibrarian » 5 Educational YouTube Channels for Librarians, by Thomas Samph

Thomas Samph is a writer at Grovo.com, an online Internet education and training platform for video tutorials on everything from how to use Twitter to Facebook Timeline:

"From the world's largest library of online videos, here are several of the best YouTube channels for librarians. These channels can help librarians to further educate themselves on the tons of information available on YouTube ..."

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Houstonians set up underground libraries in response to book ban, by Halli Jordan

Houstonians set up underground libraries in response to book ban, by Halli Jordan | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Hallie Jordan

"After learning about a law in Arizona that has gotten books about Mexican-American history banned from classrooms, a group of Houstonians responded by collecting over 1,000 of the banned books, packing them in cars and taking them in a caravan across Texas and New Mexico to Tucson, Arizona.
Known as “librotraficantes,” or book traffickers, a group led by Houston Community College professor and author Tony Diaz has taken it upon itself to help the students in Arizona to have access to the books that have been part of their school district’s curriculum for years.
In 2010 Arizona passed House Bill 2281 that specifies that public school courses must not teach material that conflicts with the United States government."

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Seven Essential Elements to an Awesome Library Website - SlideShare

Judy O'Connell:

"Ever had that feeling there was something missing on your website, or something not quite right ... but you couldn't put your finger on it?"


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Libraries digitise ancient texts - BBC News

Libraries digitise ancient texts - BBC News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican's Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online.

 

"The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes, said: 'We are very grateful to Dr Polonsky for his insight into the importance of widening access to the fundamental texts which have had a major impact on the development of civilisation.

"By making these collections available online we give the wider public access to a small, but significant part of the world's heritage.'"

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Libraries adapt, change with advances in technology - via Louisburg Herald

Libraries adapt, change with advances in technology - via Louisburg Herald | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kiersten Allen:

"The evolution of technology does not mean the extinction of libraries. We have requests for help with new technology every day. When someone gets a new gadget and doesn’t know what to do with it, where do they go? They turn to the library.

Patrons want our help with purchase recommendations for the popular eReaders, using the gadgets (straight out of the box), and accessing free books. They have their eReaders and now want their eLibraries. Thanks to library eContent, eBooks and eReaders, the publishing industry is transforming how books are delivered to readers. We equate the changes to the advancement of the Internet in libraries. We adapted then, and we are adapting now."

 

http://www.kccommunitynews.com/louisburg-herald-news/30868397/detail.html

 


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Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels - Chicago Tribune

Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels - Chicago Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Pascal Fletcher

INTERVIEW-

"- Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels > Chicago Tribune

- Fabled desert trading town houses "treasure of learning" 

- Priceless texts being hidden away in rebel-held area 

- Fears that illiterate footsoldiers may loot, steal"

 

"JOHANNESBURG, April 10 (Reuters) - Malian scholars,
librarians and ordinary citizens in the rebel-occupied city of
Timbuktu are hiding away priceless ancient manuscripts to
prevent them from being damaged or looted, a South African
academic in contact with them said.

Cape Town University's Professor Shamil Jeppie said he was
in daily contact with curators and private owners safeguarding
tens of thousands of historic texts in Timbuktu, the fabled
desert trading town and seat of Islamic learning overrun by
Tuareg-led rebels on April 1."

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Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution - KALW

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Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution KALW By Holly McDede

In 2003, librarian Sarah Houghton was tired of having to wander around the Internet looking for information about technology and Web services.

 

"Houghton envisions a future where libraries will be technology hubs and hacker spaces, with 3-D printers and the latest, greatest laptops. People will gather to program code and make artwork and music videos."

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