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The Revolution at Your Community Library

The Revolution at Your Community Library | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
The transition away from card catalogs hasn't killed the library: it's spurred the innovation of new community centers.

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I love this article and share many of the same views as the author. I believe the public libraries of the future will be innovative community spaces. 

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Reinventing the Library - The New York Times

Reinventing the Library - The New York Times | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
If we change the role of libraries and librarians, we must be careful to preserve the centrality of the book.
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Ruling in Favor of Google Books Is a Rare Example of Legal and Poetic Justice - Slate Magazine

Ruling in Favor of Google Books Is a Rare Example of Legal and Poetic Justice - Slate Magazine | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
In 1990, Pierre N. Leval, then serving as a federal judge, ran across an unexpected stumbling block while crafting a Harvard Law Review article about the “fair use” doctrine of American copyright law.

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“Google Books has become an essential research tool,” the district court found that year, “as it helps librarians identify and find research sources, it makes the process of interlibrary lending more efficient, and it facilitates finding and checking citations.” - Interesting!

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Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it

A recent storytime at the Watertown (MA) Free Public Library began, as usual, with a song, followed by a “stand up, sit down” exercise to help the kids settle in. Children read from Don and Audrey Wood’s iconic picture book The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. But then came a digital twist.

 

Emily Miranda, Watertown’s supervisor of children’s services, passed out 15 iPads. Parents and children huddled close and opened The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow), an interactive, musical app, which allows children to physically participate in the story. “The characters have these fantastic British accents,” says Miranda. “It’s really fun to watch the kids blowing their houses down. Their snot’s going everywhere and it’s great!”

 

Watertown’s experiment with “digital storytime” is part of a larger, nationwide shift toward using apps in children’s library programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process ...


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Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 8, 2013 8:06 PM

Interesting transition time for children's librarians ...

BookChook's comment, January 9, 2013 5:45 PM
Love the height of the iPad on the shelf end in that photo!
Alexandra Conliffe's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:42 PM

Digital Literacy! 

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A Guide to Digitized Natural History Collections - The New York Times

A Guide to Digitized Natural History Collections - The New York Times | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
Natural history museums around the world have been growing beyond display cases and dioramas for years, and many are digitizing their vast collections.
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Fantastic natural history reference resources and great examples of digitising content. 

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Who Knew? What They Don't Teach You in Library School

Who Knew? What They Don't Teach You in Library School | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
A few days ago, another librarian and I spent an agonizing forty minutes trying to follow the impossible directions for assembling a desk chair. We had both approached the topic thinking it would b...

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I wonder what I'll be able to add to this list after I graduate? Hopefully I'll work in a magical library, the kinda place where toilets don't get clogged up and patrons are always charming #wishfulthinking

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Gardeners can check out seeds at the library

Gardeners can check out seeds at the library | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
Libraries in Horseheads and Big Flats offer a seed-lending program to help gardeners.
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A seed library!

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British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download - Digital Arts

British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download - Digital Arts | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
The centuries-old copyright-free images range from book illustrations to photos, and cover everything from flowers to cycling and children's books to map.
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When I first started our Digital Repositories class I had no idea I'd love it so much! I'm enjoying compiling all these databases with awesome images. 

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The Revolution at Your Community Library

The Revolution at Your Community Library | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
The transition away from card catalogs hasn't killed the library: it's spurred the innovation of new community centers.

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Stephanie Lecter's insight:

I love this article and share many of the same views as the author. I believe the public libraries of the future will be innovative community spaces. 

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New York Public Library's quirkiest inquries

New York Public Library's quirkiest inquries | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
A cache of cards recovered from the New York Public library’s archive is being published online, revealing the many roles the librarian was expected to play in the days before the internet

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‘Why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so that they wouldn’t bite the painter?’ - Imagine answering these questions without the internet at your fingertips! 

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Lauren Libstud's curator insight, November 17, 2015 10:11 PM

I love these questions! Librarians must have had a lot more questions brought to them before we were all able to quickly google things on our smartphones!

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Alaska Resources Library and Information Services - Atlas Obscura

Alaska Resources Library and Information Services - Atlas Obscura | Library and Information Services | Scoop.it
This Alaskan library may be the only one in the country that allows you to check out pieces of taxidermy
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As a collector of natural history specimens I'd LOVE to visit this library in Alaska! 

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