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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.

 

The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014.

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The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

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Lisa Norris's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:35 PM

Great library programs are energetic, flexible, and always researching and experiementing with innovative effective and efficient ways to meet the information needs of its patrons!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 2014 5:27 PM

Just picked this up from Joyce Valenza. 

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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
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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 10:47 PM

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

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How Libraries Remain Relevant, by Chandra Steele - National Libraries Week

How Libraries Remain Relevant, by Chandra Steele - National Libraries Week | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
National Library Week: How Libraries Remain Relevant http://t.co/zILGyXS4 via @pcmag...

 Chandra Steele: 

 

" [...] the real purpose of a library is to amass and disseminate knowledge. So, even if printed matter were to disappear, libraries would still be a cultural necessity.
Rather than limiting their domain, libraries have steadily expanded it by introducing their communities to technology through initiatives, classes, Internet access, and even a repurposing of their facilities. They potentially could serve as tech incubators. Two decades before the iPad would become a virtual library, Steve Jobs, in a video for the Library of Congress, said, "We're not going to tear down our libraries, but we're not going to be building too many more."

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You belong on atyourlibrary.org this National Library Week / ALA - #nlw6words tag

"Starting today and running through Wednesday, April 11, library users can submit their stories through Twitter using the #nlw6words tag. Stories will then be complied and available for judging through atyourlibrary.org. Six word stories should reflect the 2012 National Library Week theme, You belong @ your library."

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"Library users interested in going more in depth about why they belong at your library are encouraged to submit their stories to You belong @ your library, atyourlibrary.org’s story database. Seeded initially with stories collected from Woman’s Day magazine readers during ALA’s long-time partnership with the publication, library users can submit stories about why the library matters to them and how it has made a difference in their lives. The stories are searchable by state, library type and keyword."

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The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book

The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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."

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

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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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The 2012 State of America’s Libraries: A Report from the American Library Association - DigitalKoans

The 2012 State of America’s Libraries: A Report from the American Library Association http://t.co/rrvh3xOa...

 

"American Libraries has released the The 2012 State of America’s Libraries: A Report from the American Library Association. 

http://www.ala.org/news/sites/ala.org.news/files/content/StateofAmericasLibrariesReport2012Finalwithcover3.pdf

 

"Academic libraries find themselves embracing new roles in at least two key areas:

Publishing. More academic libraries are entering the world of scholarly publishing by creating or expanding services. About half the respondents in a recent survey had (or were developing) library publishing services in order to support change in scholarly publication. Three quarters of the respondents indicated they published journals, while half indicated they were publishing monographs and/or conference proceedings. . . .
Data curation. Funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) now have requirements that promote open access to the underlying data gathered during grant-funded research projects. . . . . Some academic libraries are already creating services that help campus researchers comply with the requirements to create the plans and to archive and share the data once it is gathered while many more are preparing to "embrace the role of data curator to remain relevant and vital to our scholars."

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