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Toronto Public Library considers selling ads

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Faced with a demand by the city to make up a $3.9 million budget shortfall, the Toronto Public Library is considering a revenue-generating proposal that could result in private-sector advertising on the back of due-date slips.
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Slave Lake Library reopens after fire

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In May, wildfires ravaged the town of Slave Lake in northern Alberta.
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Locally Grown Library Advocate

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Photo by Marion Post Wolcott
A year and a half ago I wouldn’t have described myself as an advocate for much of anything.
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Librarians Have a New Religion

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Librarians may have found their new religion, unless they’ve already found one of the myriad old religions, but the old religions didn’t have anything to say about file sharing and this one does.
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In Which I Solve the Ebook Library Lending Problem

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The big news coming out of ALA Midwinter, besides the news that Dallas is a mediocre conference city, is that the “leaders” of ALA are going to meet today with at least three of the Big Six publishers.
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Why you should register for a conference ASAP

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Here we are in the second month of the semester and if you are new to your LIS program, you’re probably just trying to get your feet under you (as I was a year ago).
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Librarians: a Dying Breed?

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A university librarian organizes her reference shelf.
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
Will librarians go the way of the soda jerk, telephone operator and travel agent?
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Fashion designer Adrian Wu dresses up Atwood’s In Other Worlds for the Book Lover’s Ball

Fashion designer Adrian Wu dresses up Atwood’s In Other Worlds for the Book Lover’s Ball | Working | Scoop.it
Adrian Wu at Toronto Fashion Week. Photo: George Pimentel
Tonight is the Book Lover’s Ball, an annual fundraiser that brings out the tuxedos and gowns in support of the Toronto Public Library Foundation.
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Playing Nicely With Others: Doing Group Work

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No Bob, I don't want to stab you with these scissors. I LOVE group work.
How many of you have had to do group work in graduate school? What’s that? All of you? Okay, I thought so. Like it or not, group work is integral to library science curriculum.
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Thank You, Huffington Post!

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The widely read online news service, The Huffington Post, has started a special section called Libraries In Crisis.
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building the global library field

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I spent the last several days in a room with the strategic advisor network of the global libraries program at the gates foundation.
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Bibliotherapy targets the “bookish but bewildered”

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A new service has sprung up across the pond to offer wayward book lovers targeted reading lists and, by extension, maybe even more fulfilling lives.
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Toronto Public Library Board balks at 10 per cent budget cut

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Last night, in its final meeting of the year, the Toronto Public Library Board approved a cut of 5.9 per cent to its 2012 operating budget. The 2012 budget now stands at just over $164 million, though more cuts may be on the way.
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Ebooks and Libraries Don’t Mix

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Libraries certainly are living in interesting times, and last week was no exception. We were also provided with more evidence supporting one of my hypotheses, which is that if you want to get something done, don’t involve the ALA.
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10 Predictions for 2012

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For 2011, as one of my helpful commenters pointed out, my predictions weren’t very daring. Despite the gloomy rhetoric coming from the library community about library closings, I was pretty sure most libraries wouldn’t be closing.
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Publishers Against the Dissemination of Research

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I have to say I was as surprised and annoyed as other librarians when I read about the Research Works Act, which seems to have shocked and surprised everyone in the academic community except the people who actually produce academic research.
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Oh, the Places You’ll Go (with your MLIS)!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go (with your MLIS)! | Working | Scoop.it
Did you know your ALA-accredited master’s degree is accepted in countries other than the good ole USA? That’s right, the US is not the only place where you can use your ALA-accredited master’s degree to work in a library.
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Evergreen State Library of Porn

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Library porn is all over the news again, this time in Washington state.
This story from Seattle last week mocks the Seattle Public Library for allowing patrons to view hard core Internet pornography in full view of everyone.
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Metadata, digital rights key themes at Digital Book World

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The Digital Book World expo and conference wrapped up in New York City on Thursday, and judging from the number of tweets with the #dbw12 hashtag, it was an engaging and informative event.
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Slideshow: George Stroumboulopoulos and celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl at the OLA Superconference

Slideshow: George Stroumboulopoulos and celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl at the OLA Superconference | Working | Scoop.it
More than 4,700 library professionals, authors, and exhibitors descended on the Metro Toronto Convention Centre last week for the 2012 Ontario Library Association Superconference – the largest library conference in Canada, which ran Feb.
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HuffPo: Helping or Hurting?

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I’ve always been a fan of the Huffington Post. It’s been a great resource for (liberal) news and staying on top of viral videos. That’s why I was initially excited when I heard that the site started a page dedicated to librarians.
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HackLibSchool on Occupy Wall Street: Part II

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A few weeks ago we wrote about how libraries fit into the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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By far the BEST library video ever!

The Finnish Library Association created this video and it is the best I've ever seen.The M Word Blog teaches your library and non-profit tips, tricks and trends of the marketing trade.
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Proving the Digital Difference that Public Libraries Make

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Some of you may remember that, back in February 2011, I posted about a study that I referred to as "worth its weight in gold" for public libraries that needed to prove their value to city and county managers.
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Ontario students score high in reading proficiency, but don’t like to read for pleasure, report finds

Ontario students score high in reading proficiency, but don’t like to read for pleasure, report finds | Working | Scoop.it
There is good news and bad news in a report released today by the advocacy group People for Education.
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