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Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map. (RT @fpl: Did you know there are more libraries in the U.S. than McDonalds or Starbucks?{...}

 

Grimes built [a] map this past weekend during the National Day of Civic Hacking, using the agency's database of public libraries. Each of those dots refers to an individual branch library (and a few bookmobiles), out of a total of 9,000 public library systems.

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Interesting!

 

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The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic

The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With the rise of online resources, public libraries are facing the challenge of having to adapt in order to remain engaging in their communities. Take a look at this infographic to see how they are making their mark in the digital age.

 

'This infographic examines the current use of public libraries and challenges to their preeminence as providers (and symbols) of knowledge."


Via Luca Baptista, Michelle Bourque, Robin Illsley
Karen du Toit's insight:

Public libraries making it in the digital age! - Infographic based on a 2012 Pew Research study of American public libraries.

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, May 2, 2013 7:47 PM

An infographic based on well researched data and cited appropriately - nice to see as a best practice.

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RISD library fuses modern style with old architecture - The Brown Daily Herald

RISD library fuses modern style with old architecture - The Brown Daily Herald | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A combination of old architecture and modern design, the library recently appeared on the list of “The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the world.

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Beautiful library!

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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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Fully digital!

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What do Americans want from their libraries? Here’s our chance to find out | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

This study would be valuable worldwide as well: We will be following:

 

"What does your community want and need from a library? If you’re a librarian, chances are you’ve made efforts to find out, to strategically plan, to adjust services to local interests and changing needs.

What does your community want and need from a library? If you’re a librarian, chances are you’ve made efforts to find out, to strategically plan, to adjust services to local interests and changing needs. Rarely, though, do any of us get to see a broad view of our library community through the filter of independent data.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is going to give us that view. Over the next three years, new research will investigate the role of libraries in the digital age, focusing on the ways libraries serve their users and their communities. Supported by a $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the study will be implemented by the Pew Internet Project, a nonpartisan “fact tank” that conducts nationwide surveys and qualitative research to help us understand the evolution of internet use."

The grant will allow researchers to concentrate on libraries in a way they never have before. “It’s enormously exciting to be doing something very focused on libraries and librarians because they are primary stakeholders of our work,” says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project. “I know from all the conversations I’ve had with librarians how interested they are to find out where they stand in the world, what services people expect of them, and where they might fit into the world of ebooks.”

 

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The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book

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A look at how America's central libraries are struggling to adapt their forms and functions to a rapidly changing world (RT @WSJ: The future of libraries isn't an open book.

 

By JULIE V. IOVINE:

"The relevance of these gloriously inflated book boxes is being questioned in an age that looks to the Internet for its intellectual resources."

Karen du Toit's insight:

The changing library challenged by a constantly changing environement. The goal posts are moving the whole time!

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Welcome · Digital Public Library of America

Welcome · Digital Public Library of America | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements:

 

1. A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America. 

2. A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. 

3. An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century."

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The Digital Public Library of America - a free resource!

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New AAUP Publishes New Guidelines on Librarians – Stephen's Lighthouse

New AAUP Publishes New Guidelines on Librarians – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The American Association of University Professors has updated guidelines for  librarians to reflect their changing roles as teachers and researchers. The  joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University  Librarians (http://www.aaup.org/report/joint-statement-faculty-status-college-and-university-librarians) now includes language on technology in the library and recommends  that institutions adequately compensate librarians for the 12-month cycles in  which they typically work.


http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/01/14/aaup-publishes-new-guidelines-librarians


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An update to the original draft of 1973 guidelines!

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Data Shows Library Visits at Historic High (National Humanities Alliance)

1.59 billion visits in 2009  (Think libraries are dead?)

 

"December 2, 2011 – Data analyzed from the FY 2009 Public Library Survey (PLS), a census of public libraries in the 50 states, DC, and the territories, shows a 24.4% increase in library visits per capita in the last ten years, with total visits increasing by nearly 40%. In 2009 (the most recent data available) libraries were visited a record-breaking 1.59 billion times, reports the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

"People depend on libraries now more than ever," said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth in a press release. "Not only do visits and circulation continue to rise, the role of public libraries in providing Internet resources to the public continues to increase as well. Public libraries have also increased their program offerings to meet greater demand and provide more targeted services. Despite this demonstrated ability of libraries to adjust to meet the growing needs of the public, many libraries across the country face severe budget cuts. It’s important to remember that this data ends with 2009, before even more severe budget crises put so many libraries and library programs at risk."

The Institute’s analysis of the data showed that per capita visits and circulation rose in the century’s first decade. The number of public libraries increased during that period but not enough to keep pace with the rise in population. Library staffing remained stable, though the percentage of public libraries with degreed and accredited librarians increased."


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Karen du Toit's comment, December 6, 2011 12:25 AM
Thanks!