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How a library card launched George Elliott Clarke's literary career - Nova Scotia

How a library card launched George Elliott Clarke's literary career - Nova Scotia | Library Lines | Scoop.it
When Canada's former parliamentary poet laureate was eight, his mother took him to the newly opened public library in Halifax's north end. He was handed a library card, opening him up to the world of Shakespeare, Ezra Pound and Langston Hughes.
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Charter Schools, Segregation, and School Library Access

Charter Schools, Segregation, and School Library Access | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Who loses? An educational policy analyst looks at the data on school libraries, the charter and choice movement, and questions about racial equity.
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5 Tips for Twitter Author Chats

5 Tips for Twitter Author Chats | Library Lines | Scoop.it
It happened by accident.

The Booklings, our high school book club at Glenthorne High School in London, UK, were supposed to Skype with an author during their lunch break. Five minutes before the
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Net Neutrality Fight Likely to Move to Courts, Congress

Net Neutrality Fight Likely to Move to Courts, Congress | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Library groups expressed disappointment following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) release of a draft version of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) on November 21. RIFO aims to
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Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books

Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books | Library Lines | Scoop.it
China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch photographer Oss
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Governor General Literary Awards announced: Joel Thomas Hynes wins top English fiction prize

Governor General Literary Awards announced: Joel Thomas Hynes wins top English fiction prize | Library Lines | Scoop.it
The winners of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards have been announced, with Newfoundland's Joel Thomas Hynes taking home the top fiction prize.
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Google Directs Users to Library Ebooks from OverDrive

Google Directs Users to Library Ebooks from OverDrive | Library Lines | Scoop.it
OverDrive is enabling Google to display library ebooks prominently in open web search results. Announced in a tweet last month by Google, and reported by media outlets including Slate, Fortune.com,
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Chris Selley: Libraries feel the heat on freedom of speech

Chris Selley: Libraries feel the heat on freedom of speech | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Nobody wants Nazis in public libraries. But it's tough to find a coherent case to ban them without undermining libraries' most important function
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Measure the Future Enters Next Phase

Measure the Future Enters Next Phase | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Measure the Future, an open source, open hardware project that enables libraries to collect and analyze data regarding how their physical space is being used, will soon deploy new sensors at libraries
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Libraries Across America To Celebrate Solar Eclipse on August 21

Libraries Across America To Celebrate Solar Eclipse on August 21 | Library Lines | Scoop.it
On Monday, August 21, all eyes—or at least, all those with adequate protection—will be on the first total solar eclipse to cross the country from ocean to ocean since 1918. The path of totality will cross the entire United States from west to east starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT in Pacific Palisades, OR (west of Salem) and ending at 2:48 p.m. EDT in Bulls Bay, SC (north of Charleston). More than 1,000 libraries will hold viewing parties with safe viewing glasses during the event, and imaginative eclipse-themed programs have been happening all summer from Alaska to Maine.
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Albany Public Library Partners with Transportation Authority

Albany Public Library Partners with Transportation Authority | Library Lines | Scoop.it
New York’s Albany Public Library (APL) has formed an alliance with a city agency that isn’t often associated with the library—the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)—on several innovative programs designed to bring library workers and patrons to its branches by bus and bike.
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Millennials are the ones keeping libraries alive

Millennials are the ones keeping libraries alive | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Long live the public library! It's not dead yet. The internet hasn't rendered physical reference centers obsolete, thanks to millennials. According to a new analysis of Pew Research Center data on US library attendance, millennials more than other generations appear to have a use for physical libraries. They may not always come for th
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Marrakesh Treaty Bill Introduced

Marrakesh Treaty Bill Introduced | Library Lines | Scoop.it
On March 15 the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) was introduced in Congress, moving the United States closer to implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty was adopted in 2013 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)—the United Nations international copyright arm—at an international diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, and has since been ratified by 36 countries.
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Parkour at the Library

Parkour at the Library | Library Lines | Scoop.it
The physical fun of parkour can bring new young patrons and valuable partnerships to a library's programming.
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Opinion | I am proof libraries are critical to solving cultural poverty

Opinion | I am proof libraries are critical to solving cultural poverty | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Libraries are one of the major tools we have, like education, that allow the underprivileged to overcome their condition.
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Rethinking, and Ditching, Fines for Kids

Rethinking, and Ditching, Fines for Kids | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Fines for late or lost books have always been part and parcel of library service. But should they be?

These days, libraries are rethinking the real value of the practice, and some have done away
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The Job Outlook: In 2030, Librarians Will Be in Demand | Editorial

The Job Outlook: In 2030, Librarians Will Be in Demand | Editorial | Library Lines | Scoop.it
A fascinating new report takes a fresh look at what the workforce is going to look like in the future and which skills will be highly sought after. According to “The Future of Skills: Employment in
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Libraries are providing more services than ever — so why aren’t we funding them?

Libraries are providing more services than ever — so why aren’t we funding them? | Library Lines | Scoop.it
How Ontario libraries are community hubs.
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Certified Sustainable | Sustainability

Certified Sustainable | Sustainability | Library Lines | Scoop.it
The New York Library Association (NYLA) is poised to make library history with the launch of its Sustainable Libraries Certification program this November.
In 2015, the governing board of NYLA
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The Academic Mainstream | Streaming Video

The Academic Mainstream | Streaming Video | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Streaming video is becoming a mainstay on college campuses,
but discovery and walled-off content create their own challenges
Recent trends in technology are dramatically reshaping academic library
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Kansas City Libraries Defend Free Speech in Face of Arrests, Resignations

Kansas City Libraries Defend Free Speech in Face of Arrests, Resignations | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Update: In a brief trial on Friday, September 8, Kansas City municipal court judge Joseph Locascio found Steve Woolfolk not guilty by on charges of obstruction, interfering with an arrest, and
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Charlottesville Libraries Weather Violent Protests, Offer Unity

Charlottesville Libraries Weather Violent Protests, Offer Unity | Library Lines | Scoop.it
Public and college libraries alike faced challenges and tough choices this weekend in Charlottesville, VA, when clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counterprotesters from social justice, civil rights, and anti-fascist groups took place on the campus of the University of Virginia and across the city, leaving three dead and 34 injured.
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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? | Library Lines | Scoop.it
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
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