In addition to serving as places of inspiration and a venue for artists to showcase their creative work, libraries can also offer artists opportunities for professional development. In the creative community, professional development might mean workshops on website creation, business management, social media, and more.
“A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn." ~ Victor Hugo
“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." ~ Anne Herbert
It was Terry Deary, a known children's writer, who made a controversial statement about libraries: “books aren’t public property.” Deary added, “Authors, booksellers and publishers need to eat. We don’t expect to go to a food library to be fed.” The cranky comments feel like a swift kick in the teeth since libraries around the world are struggling against significant budget cuts each year, and authors have been tirelessly advocating for their importance. We gathered a few passionate statements from 20 writers that emphasize why libraries aren’t "sentimental” institutions. See what Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Ray Bradbury, and other writers have to contribute to the issue on the importance of libraries.
"Libraries, archives, and museums are the buckets that allow us to draw the water from the well. Needless to say it is thus an absolute necessity that these be in good shape: no leaks, sufficiently large in size, and always ready to serve. For while available information is enormous, access to it is still quite limited. At this conference you have decided to look for better ways to provide access." Words of wisdom from the Introductory speech of Fr. Jose M. Cruz, SJ at the 5th Rizal Library International Conference (RLIC) held at Ateneo de Manila University last 25-26 October 2012.
Libraries and librarians are a regular occurrence in popular culture. From the occasional commercial to television and film, libraries pop up pretty frequently in any format you can imagine. Comics are dedicated to them, superheroes are evolved from them, songs are sung in them, and hellmouths are located underneath them.
Libraries are a ubiquitous part of our culture, but are we listening to our audience? We need to look at how the public and culture at large are portraying libraries, listen to how they really perceive the library, and latch on to those ideas to further our place in society.
Reducing library resources and breaking up the national archives will cause irreparable harm to nationhood...
Library and Archives Canada is the country’s national library and national archives, the location for the books, documents, photographs, and even art, that record the Canadian story from the earliest days to the present.
"A national library is by definition national, the repository of the nation’s past and its treasures. It makes available the record of triumphs and failures, of glories and disasters, the sources for literature and history now and forever. But in Canada, for fear that the government be seen as elitist and Ottawa-centric, LAC’s priceless collection is to be broken up and dispersed."
The archivist of the United States joins an interdisciplinary conversation at Harvard about the whys and hows of integrating libraries, archives, and museums: “We are all in the same business: protecting, collecting, and allowing the use of information."
The symposium centered on the discussion among the panelists and audience about the opportunities and obstacles presented by LAM integration, arriving at the conclusion that "user expectations are driving the movement toward LAM integration, and that professionals in all three disciplines are accelerating their efforts to make it happen."
Libraries and the churches have a close and long relationship. Many of the earliest libraries available to more than just the owners of the books (think castles and large manor houses) were in convents, monasteries and cathedrals.
"Rather than the grey and dreary institutions of public perception, these should be places of innovation and experiment, where readers can take a chance on a book, pick one because they like the look of the cover or the title...The libraries I love best are the ones that encourage readers to take this sort of chance. I worked for a while in Huddersfield Library and there staff regularly pulled books from their normal alphabetical order – the Dewey Decimal System still remains a complete mystery to me though I worked there for five years – and set up what they called the Serendipity Collection. This was a place to browse, to come upon a book to suit my mood, to fall for a new author. ..." --- Crime writer Ann Cleeves.
Video supercut of library scenes from popular films and television series, including: Seinfeld, Sesame Street, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Golden Girls, No Man of Her Own, The Shawshank Redemption, Philadelphia Story, Philadelphia, Harry and the Hendersons, Party Girl, Ghostbusters, Clean Shaven, Phineas and Ferb, The Music Man, Mr. Bean, Shadow of a Doubt, The Breakfast Club, Only Two Can Play, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Twisted Nerve, The Man Who Never Was, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, JAG, The FBI Story, On the Wings of Desire, Se7en, Harry Potter, With Honors, All the President's Men, Strike Up the Band.
The BBC reports that the British Library, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge’s University Library and the Library of Trinity College in Dublin will be cataloging billions of web pages created in the U.K. A total of 4.8 million websites will be included, covering everything from academic journals to Stephen Hawking’s official website.
The British Library has been given the right to archive the digital world. Following new regulations coming into force on Saturday, six major libraries will be able to collect, preserve and provide long term access to internet based information, including blogs, e-books and even the entire UK web domain. An estimated 1bn pages a year will be available to researchers through the new archive.
During the process, the British Library launched a survey of the top 100 U.K. sites that should be preserved right away. Sites collected as part of the project will all be available publicly on computers in the libraries.
Co-working spaces are often treated today as a novelty, as a thoroughly modern solution to the changing needs of a workforce now more loyal to their laptops than any long-term employers. But the idea is actually as old as the public library.
An old idea reinvented for the 21st century. This old idea of the public library as co-working space now offers a modern answer. Would-be entrepreneurs everywhere are looking for business know-how and physical space to incubate their start-ups. Libraries meanwhile may be associated today with an outmoded product in paper books. But they also happen to have just about everything a 21st century innovator could need: Internet access, work space, reference materials, professional guidance.
Arizona State is planning in the next few months to roll out a network of co-working business incubators inside public libraries, starting with a pilot in the downtown Civic Center Library in Scottsdale. The university is calling the plan, ambitiously, the Alexandria Network.
Library users plead for quiet places to read, write and study — but is anybody listening?
Librarians hate to be depicted as bun- and glasses-wearing shushers, hellbent on silencing any and all noisy activities within their sacred domain. Fair enough: Librarians are highly skilled, well-educated and socially aware as a rule, and should not be reduced to a cultural stereotype. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to be said for that shushing.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center, “Library Services in the Digital Age,” polled a nationally representative sample of what people really want from their libraries.
“Quiet study spaces for adults and children” is considered to be a very important element by 76 percent of the population, only one percentage point less than the value given to computer and Internet access. A relatively silent place to read is almost exactly as valuable to these people as the Internet!
Almost nine in ten blacks (89%) and Hispanics (86%) consider libraries’ quiet study spaces to be “very important” to the community, making them significantly more than whites (71%) to say this. Additionally, women (81%) are more likely than men (70%) to consider this resource “very important,” as are Americans who have not graduated from college (78%) compared with college graduates (69%). Adults ages 50-64 are also somewhat more likely than other age groups to consider quiet study spaces “very important,” although Americans under the age of 50 are most likely to consider these areas important overall.
Those living in urban areas (81%) are also significantly more likely than those living in suburban (73%) or rural (73%) communities to say quiet study spaces are “very important.”
According to the Pew study, quiet matters more to library patrons than special programs for kids or job-search resources or access to fancy databases or classes and events or spaces for public meetings. It matters more to them than the ability to check out e-books or engage in “more interactive learning experiences” — areas that many library experts seem to regard as top priorities for the libraries of the future. More here: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/31/bring_back_shushing_librarians/
You can read more (and download) about the study here:
The dawn of the Internet age has made information accessible with just a click of a button. A whole tome of adventures and travels await us online, and we can have it all without even moving from our seats! But then again, there’s nothing like the feeling of sitting in a cozy spot with a book in your hands.
Thankfully, libraries still exist in Manila. Here are 10 libraries to visit in Metro Manila that are more than willing to take you in as their guest. At the end of the day, we believe that nothing beats the smell of a good book, old or new.
"As both the national economy and print empires shift, it may be tempting to take America's library system for granted. Marx reminded the audience to keep investing in the country's public educational opportunities, especially public libraries."
Libraries provide people with cultural capital — lectures, music, debates, and news, all free and accessible. Libraries were even some of the first places open to all races. Today more than 70% of all libraries offer free internet access, and "that is no small public service."
Massive cuts show us that the work of librarians and archivists are crucial to the nation’s interest. We are not mere record keepers, and neither do we spend our days merely dusting cobwebs off of old books. We are the people who maintain collections of public information, and we are the people who provide and nurture access to information. Many of us see ourselves as guardians of the public’s right to access information.
Budget cuts to the nation’s libraries and archives do not serve the public good. These cuts may help balance the financial books, but they create an information deficit that inhibits research, stymies dialogue and criticism, and makes government more distant from the people.
Molly Raphael, President of the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, presents her own view: "I cannot imagine a world without libraries, when so many of us rely on them to make sense of the technology-driven world in which we live."
The Internet can never replace the expertise of library staff. Anyone who has received an overwhelming number of hits searching the Web understands what it means to have a highly trained information navigator. Why wade through hundreds, if not thousands, of possible resources when a librarian can connect you quickly with the most valuable information to meet your needs?
Developers of residential buildings are finding that providing an in-house library is a low-cost frill.
No librarians or other authority figures patrol the bookshelves in any of these buildings. There is no mechanism for checking out books — they are borrowed at will with no penalties for those who take their sweet time reading them. Guilt and good manners keep the collections intact.
This latest amenity in New York's condos will hopefully catch up elsewhere and everywhere.
Artist John Locke thinks people should read more. So in the past few months, the Columbia architecture grad has slipped around Manhattan with a sack of books and custom-made shelves, converting old pay phones into pop-up libraries.
The concept is that New Yorkers will pick up unfamiliar titles while running their errands and then, perhaps, replace them the next day with favorite books of their own. That's in an ideal world. Of the two guerrilla libraries that the artist has fashioned, one has been used properly while the other not.
"The goal is to take and share and leave new books in an attempt to foster community engagement. However, the whole set of books disappearing was a problem with the first version,..
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) have selected programs for best library practices using cutting-edge technology to showcase libraries that are serving their communities with novel and innovative methods. This year’s winners represent thoughtful and creative engagement with technology trends including QR codes, open-source software, social media, GIS, and mobile applications.
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