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It Is My Library! The public can change your mind | by John Berry at Blatant Berry | Library Journal

It Is My Library! The public can change your mind | by John Berry at Blatant Berry  | Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By John N. Berry III:

"Although it is often perceived as interference, or “meddling,” the presumption of ownership by people who live in the jurisdiction of a local public library and their resulting strong opinions about how the place should operate are assets to be nurtured and treasured. Yes, the phenomenon regularly causes disputes about library policies and purposes and makes for controversial community debate. Indeed, library professionals and managers are frequently forced by public opinion, bolstered by media coverage, to operate libraries in ways quite different from their preferred practices."

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Good reminder!

Who's library is it anyway?

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NARAtions » Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project!

NARAtions » Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Citizen involvement in archives:

 

"NARAtions - RT @archivesnews: The United States National Archives needs your help!"

 

"As part of the recently launched Citizen Archivist Dashboard, you can now participate in the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project. By contributing to transcriptions, you can make these historical documents more accessible to the public.

 

The transcription pilot features over 300 documents (about 1,000 pages) ranging from the late 18th century through the 20th century. We’ve included letters to a civil war spy, various acts and laws, presidential records, suffrage petitions, indictments, and fugitive slave case files."

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Scholars and the Public Can and Must Co-Exist - Howard Dodson / New York Times #libraries

Scholars and the Public Can and Must Co-Exist - Howard Dodson / New York Times #libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Scholars and the Public Can and Must Co-Exist New York Times

Howard Dodson Jr., director of the Howard University library system, was formerly the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, part of the New York Public..."

 

"The plan to renovate the New York Public Library’s main building is a return to the past as well as a gateway to the future. It does not pose the threats to scholarship that many of its critics assert.

The plan, more than a decade old, was the library’s initial response to the post-9/11 economic crisis that challenged the futures of all cultural institutions. The New York Public Library could not sustain four research centers and 85 branch libraries.Then, the digital revolution, coming on the heels of 9/11, forced all libraries to rethink their identities and missions."

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Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users — The Digital Shift

Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries"

 

"... regular public library users don’t just borrow books. They are also active books buyers who make many of their purchasing decisions based on the authors or books they first discover in the library.

In fact, over 50 percent of all library users go on to purchase books by an author they were introduced to in the library.

This finding is just one of the many key insights to emerge from “Library Patrons and Ebook Usage,” the first issue of Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users. Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries, why they use them, and how that use may change.
“Patron Profiles looks at the library patron as consumer of content—physical and digital—and analyzes the relationship between the library and other channels, from brick-and-mortar bookstores to ebooks to Netflix,” said Ian Singer, Library Journal’s VP and Group Publisher. “At a time of rapid technological and social change, librarians, publishers and technology providers need to understand consumer attitudes while developing approaches to meet market demand and needs, and this in-depth research will help inform strategic planning.”

 

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/

 

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