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Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk

Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report The recommendations are made in the Independent Library Report for England, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year.
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Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:38 AM

Эпоха библиотек как молчаливых читальных залов с книгами в качестве единственного продукта закончилась, и для того, чтобы выжить, они должны стать "живыми и привлекательными эпицентрами деятельности общества».



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...ibraries ........must become “vibrant and attractive community hubs”

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Meet the Keeper this July | The National Archives

Meet the Keeper this July | The National Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives, will be on hand to answer your question on three separate occasions in July 2013.

 

"...first-ever webinar on our website between 12:30 and 13:30 on Tuesday 23 July. This is your opportunity to ask about the management and future direction of The National Archives, and to raise any views that you may have.

If you would like to take part in the webinar you will need to sign up in advance. All you need is a broadband connection and PC or laptop to join the webinar. Email livechat@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk to register your interest and we'll send you further details about the session.

Don't forget that you can follow Oliver on Twitter and ask him questions at any time (@omorley1)."

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First webinar with the Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives! 

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National Libraries Day on 9 Feb 2013 in the UK

National Libraries Day on 9 Feb 2013 in the UK | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Saturday 09 February 2013 is National Libraries Day, a culmination of a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK. Join in by organising an event, contributing to our forums, tweeting with the #NLD13 hashtag and visiting your local library.

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A yearly celebration and way to highlight the importance of libraries!

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Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future

Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There's a text version and 2 videos totaling 24 minutes below. There’s a phrase that I use every now and then; “It’s like dancing on quick sand” and never was it more appropriate than right now in respect of the eBook arena.

 

"Let’s look at the latest news. A new low cost eBook reader has been unveiled by txtr, a German eBook retail platform...

 

Oyster, which is a new startup has raised $3 million in order to become the ‘Spotify of books’....

 

HarperCollins is launching a new global publishing system which will provide them with an infrastructure that allows them to maximise it’s catalogue of books, eBooks and apps...

 

The final news item that’s caught my eye, and I assume has also caught yours is that Amazon is going to launch their lending service in the UK by the end of the month..."

 

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"We are at an absolutely pivotal point within both our profession, and within the library service in the UK. I recently talked to an ex-librarian who has since left the profession, and she said ‘I’m glad I got out, we’re finished’. That is so patently not the case it’s painful. This is a superb time to be a professional, or to have a love of libraries, of reading, books and knowledge. This is because we are going to be able to shape the development of all of those things into the future. What we do now is going to set a pattern for the next 50 or 100 years. We just need to believe in the power that the information professionals have, and the key role that libraries play in society. But – and this is a big but, we can only do it if we all work together, because it’s only by holding out our hands to one another in trust that we can help drag ourselves out of the quicksand, rather than push each other under faster."

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LIS Trends: OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK

"OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK"

 

Germany
Key Findings: Libraries in Germany: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider licensed electronic collections/e-books (academic library staff) and addressing literacy (public library staff ) to be their top priorities
- Anticipate the top reason users, faculty and students are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/de-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Deutschland.pdf

 

The Netherlands
Key Findings: Libraries in Netherlands: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider demonstrating the value of their library to funders to be their top priority
- Anticipate the top reason users are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/nl-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Nederland.pdf

 

 

For United Kingdom, see here: http://listrends.blogspot.fr/2012/08/oclc-releases-survey-findings-about.html

 

 


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The Closing of British Libraries - by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal (blog)

"[...] the British situation seems to be getting even worse.

According to this column arguing for libraries as public spaces that don’t need to make a profit for someone, “it is estimated that cuts to local authorities will force 100 libraries to close by the end of 2015, with another 200-300 becoming reliant on volunteers.”

If we extrapolated that to the population size of the United States, that would be like 600 libraries possibly closing and 1200-1500 becoming reliant on volunteers. Something like that already seems to be happening with school libraries, but public libraries haven’t faced anything like this sort of devastation.

The column argues that it’s ideology that’s crushing the libraries, not any sort of budget issue, since Britain has plenty of money compared to most countries and it’s not in state of total war or anything.

The idea that there might be some worth in a public space that does not make a profit for someone or other is baffling to our ministers. It’s almost ideologically offensive. It undermines the whole philosophy behind the transformation of Britain over the past 30 or so years, where everything and everyone must justify themselves in economic terms.

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So do we really need superheros to sort out Public Libraries? | CLOA Blog

Yinnon Ezra - Gov Advisor, Lib Policy | So do we really need superheros to sort out Public Libraries? http://t.co/V6YDyNnKnl @VftL_UK et al So, it’s not about bright costumed, “superheroes” or flash gestures, but making sure that inspirational practice is shared and then turned into action – more next time. Yinnon Ezra MBE MA FRSA, DCMS Advisor for Libraries & cCLOA Member
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UK lost more than 200 libraries in 2012

UK lost more than 200 libraries in 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Amid a continuing fight to keep public libraries open, figures show an increase in the rate of closure of libraries
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Sobering statistic!

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Tammy Morley's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:30 PM

Creative responses to a real issue.

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Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4

Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There's no comprehensive service for e-book lending. So tomorrow the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.

 

"Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending."

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National Libraries Day in the UK on 4 Feb #NLD12

National Libraries Day in the UK on 4 Feb #NLD12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

National Libraries Day is devoted to all types of libraries, library users, staff and supporters across the UK. - Check here to see what transpired on the day:

http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/

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