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An Interview with Roger Rosen | American Libraries Magazine

An Interview with Roger Rosen | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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We have plundered the commons

We have plundered the commons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Eight hundred years ago, on November 6, 1217, a ten-year-old king, Henry III, watched as his Regent set his seal (he was too young to have one of his own) to a document that was to become a foundation of the British and later the US constitutions, as well as those of other countries. Alongside what became that day the Magna Carta, it was called the Charter of the Forest. Often called the world’s first environmental charter, seeking to balance the need to preserve natural resources with human needs, it was remarkable for reversing 150 years of enclosure of land, returning it to the commons. It was also the first time that the state recognised that all free men had a right to subsistence and the right to make a home in the commons. It also marked a first modest advance for feminism, granting widows the right to refuse to be remarried and a right to subsistence – the right to ‘reasonable estovars’ (necessities) in the commons. The Charter had another distinction, of staying on the statute books for longer than any other piece of legislation, 754 years. Yet while all schoolchildren are taught about the Magna Carta, few hear of the Charter. It is not hard to explain why. From forests to city squares, parks to libraries, our common spaces are under attack, writes Guy Standing. 

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10 of the world’s unique mobile bookshops and libraries

10 of the world’s unique mobile bookshops and libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Books change our lives, expand our horizons, and make us better persons, but it’s not just the authors we have to thank, but also those who facilitate our access to them and instill in us the joy of reading. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of some of the most ingenious nomadic bookshops and libraries from across the globe.


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The Kindle Changed the Book Business. Can It Change Books?

The Kindle Changed the Book Business. Can It Change Books? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

IN 2007, A small team of Amazon employees had been working for a few years on a new ebook reader project they'd eventually call the Kindle. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was eager to finish and sell the thing; he was certain Apple or Google was working on something similar, and didn't want them to beat Amazon to market. The team, sequestered away in an old law office in Seattle, working among racks of the very books they planned to make obsolete, had already gotten a lot of things right. But one part still eluded them.

At the very beginning, the Kindle's creators wrote a press release about the device. This is standard practice at Amazon: It's meant to ground everything in the ultimate result, to begin with the end in mind and then work backwards. The Kindle's founding documents mentioned that customers would get new content by connecting their device to their PC, and syncing it like an iPod. So that's what they built. But the vision quickly felt too small. "You want to be able to be on a tarmac, think of a book, and get a book in 60 seconds," says Steve Kessel, one of the early leaders of the project.


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People Are Checking Out 'Fire and Fury' From Libraries as Fast as Harry Potter

People Are Checking Out 'Fire and Fury' From Libraries as Fast as Harry Potter | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The enormous demand for author Michael Wolff’s exposé on President Trump’s White House, “Fire and Fury,” has created a scramble for copies as online and physical retailers struggle to supply their customers. The crowded market has led some antsy readers to look in their local libraries instead, but they won’t find much luck there either at the moment.

The New York Public Library, the second-largest public library system in the U.S. behind only the Library of Congress, had 1,174 holds (and rising) on 49 copies of the #1 Amazon best seller, NYPL spokeswoman Ayofemi Kirby told TIME. She said that the library has a two-week checkout period for new books, meaning it will take weeks — maybe months — for patrons to get their hands on “Fire and Fury.” In response, the library ordered 450 more rush copies, Kirby said.

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Top libraries for students in HCM City - News VietNamNet

Top libraries for students in HCM City - News VietNamNet | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Top libraries for students in HCM City
In Ho Chi Minh City, there are numerous libraries providing extra-curricular learning space for students in need of a tranquil venue for study in groups or self-study on the weekend.

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Brattleboro library to host program on contributing to Wikipedia

Brattleboro library to host program on contributing to Wikipedia | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Ever start research with Wikipedia? Learn to contribute the footnotes and references which increase the reliability and accuracy of Wikipedia articles.

Wikipedia’s strength is in the references that support it. Librarians, researchers and information seekers can help improve Wikipedia and make it a better resource for everyone. The annual #1lib1ref campaign (1lib1ref.org) asks every librarian and information seeker to add a reference to Wikipedia, to help ensure that Wikipedia’s information is backed by reliable research.

Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St in Brattleboro, will host a #1lib1ref session, for librarians and information seekers alike. The hashtag #1lib1Ref was a Wikipedia publicity drive that asked librarians to mark the 15th anniversary of the foundation in 2016. Particiants can learn how to add a reference to Wikipedia and discuss the role of Wikipedia in research on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Library Launches “Meet the Author” Series | La Feria News

Library Launches “Meet the Author” Series | La Feria News | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
La Feria’s Bailey H Dunlap Memorial Library is launching an ambitious book-signing series to help promote literacy for our citizens. The program is called “Meet the Author” and features monthly book-signing events with the writers present at the library. This gives people the opportunity to have their personal copy of the book signed by the author themselves. It will be quite a nice program.

The first author in the series was Katelynn Renteria, who signed many copies of her award-winning book, “The Other Side of the Law” for local readers who wanted to meet this young lady author and have her sign their book. The author was gracious and took time to talk with admirers after signing.

Katelynn Renteria is a native of the Rio Grande Valley, and at the age of 15 is already a published author in great demand and an Award winner of the 2017 Silver Literacy Classics Award.
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The Librarian Action Figure is the Hero We Need

The Librarian Action Figure is the Hero We Need | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Who's the real hero in your life? The one who has what you need, who opens up new worlds to you, and who encourages your kids to be the best they can be? Who fights against ignorance and illiteracy every day? Your librarian! And now she's clad in a superhero cape, is she should be. This Librarian Action Figure is based on real librarian Nancy Pearl of the Seattle Public Library. That's some honor. The action figure was first developed in 2003 for Archie McPhee, and had a button you pushed to raise her hand to "shh!" you, but that's apparently been dropped for the newer version. -via Madam Jujujive

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This teacher couple own and maintain one of India's largest private libraries

This teacher couple own and maintain one of India's largest private libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

We live in a digital era where gaining access to books or information is just a few clicks away. It wasn’t the case 50 years ago when people had to travel long and far for the same. It was at that time that Krishnamurthy started his library - Gnanalaya - with just hundred books.

Though Gnanalaya was started in 1959, it did not belong to any one city or district. Krishnamurthy, a government school teacher, took his collection of books wherever he got a transfer of job. It was only after his retirement that he decided to settle down in Pudhukottai, Tamil Nadu.

Interestingly, it was love for books that united Dorothy and Krishnamurthy and now the couple own and maintain Gnanalaya - Tamil Nadu's second largest and one of India's largest private libraries. Talking about the reason behind his fascination with books, he said,

My father was passionate about reading and he read a lot. My obsession with books was inspired by him and I started the library in 1959 with 100 books.

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3 Reasons to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day | Knowledge Quest

3 Reasons to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day | Knowledge Quest | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
World Read Aloud Day is an annual event where people all over the world read aloud as a way to advocate for literacy. This event is run by a nonprofit organization called LitWorld. Their mission is to provide reading and writing opportunities to young children around the world.  This year World Read Aloud Day takes place on February1. Below are three reasons why and how we celebrate.
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The shop that could change Ireland

The shop that could change Ireland | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

It’s a wet, wild winter day, and a ferocious chill wind is coming off the mountains near Louisburgh, in Co Mayo. But when I step inside Books@One, on Bridge Street, it is gloriously warm.

The welcome heat is all I notice for the first few seconds. Their frequently opening doors leave so many village shops on a scale from icy to crisp that you’d rather not linger at this time of year. Books@One is the opposite.

While I’m defrosting I notice a lot of things. The big windows, the eclectic offering of new and second-hand books, a hot-drinks station, a sofa and armchairs where people are sitting and chatting, a sign for free wifi, sliding doors leading to a courtyard.

“I associate this bookshop with a spaceship landing, because Louisburgh is so far out there,” jokes its manager, Neil Paul.

This is a community bookshop. The philanthropist Declan Ryan (son of the late Tony Ryan, founder of Ryanair), who set up the One Foundation, has long holidayed in the area. As a contribution to the community he bought the shop’s formerly disused building and established the business with his own money – it opened in August 2016 – which includes paying Paul’s wages. Jane Feighery, who is head of strategy at the One Foundation, says the total cost of setting up Books@One, given Ryan already owned the building, was about €100,000.

Many stories about small rural communities in the past decade have focused on loss: the closure of businesses, the disappearance of a younger generation, the lack of jobs. Their dynamic is in continual flux. The people who live there, for instance, no longer necessarily work there: they commute to bigger towns. Living over the shop is all but gone, as are many of those kinds of shops.

So what can be done to create new kinds of social glue in rural communities?

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The Library Of Congress In the Digital Age: From Archiving Twitter To Innovation Lab

The Library Of Congress In the Digital Age: From Archiving Twitter To Innovation Lab | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Library Of Congress made headlines this week with its announcement that effective six days from its announcement, it will no longer be archiving the full Twitter firehose, which it has done since 2010. While many in the tech press have used this as an argument that Twitter is simply obsolete and no longer worth archiving, the announcement itself raises key questions about just how critical decisions are being made as to what should be archived in our digital world.

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The Future Looks Bright for Librarianship » Public Libraries Online

The Future Looks Bright for Librarianship » Public Libraries Online | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

USA Today recently published an article entitled “Careers: 8 jobs that won’t exist in 2030.” The first career listed was “librarian.” According to author Michael Hoon, “As books fall out of favor, libraries are not as popular as they once were. That means you’ll have a tough time finding a job if you decide to become a librarian.”

Empirical data paint a far different future of career prospects in librarianship. According to a recently published report on “The Future of Skills” by Pearson, a publishing and educational company, who conducted research with Nesta and Oxford University, “Librarians, curators, and archivists” will be the ninth most in demand occupation group in coming years. Librarians will be more in demand in 2030 than media and communication workers, construction trade workers, and others, according to the report.

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The Library Lifecycle - NEA Today

The Library Lifecycle - NEA Today | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From young children at story hour to retirees learning second career job skills, the library “ecosystem” serves the needs of our community members throughout their lives. NEA Today spoke with John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary — the only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries by promoting public, school, and college libraries — to talk the ecosystem about school and public library partnerships.

What is the library “ecosystem” and how do the parts work together?

John Chrastka: The ecosystem includes different ages and stages of people using public, school, and university and college libraries. It has no beginning or end. In Pre-K, public libraries play with parents and care givers as a place for stories and music and movement as well as play. The children’s librarian at a public library is one of the first educators for our children. As children enter elementary school, the school library along with the public library supports children learning to read and reading to learn. The wraparound of literacy support continues throughout the school year and break time
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Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves – In the Library with the Lead Pipe

Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves – In the Library with the Lead Pipe | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Vocational awe describes the set of ideas, values, and assumptions librarians have about themselves and the profession that result in notions that libraries as institutions are inherently good, sacred notions, and therefore beyond critique. I argue that the concept of vocational awe directly correlates to problems within librarianship like burnout and low salary. This article aims to describe the phenomenon and its effects on library philosophies and practices so that they may be recognized and deconstructed.

by Fobazi Ettarh

Author’s note: I use “librarians” here very broadly. I am not limiting the term to those who have the MLIS because vocational awe affects those who work in libraries at every level. I would argue that it often affects staff more than it does librarians due to the sociodemographics of people in staff level positions as well as the job precarity that many staff positions hold.

Introduction
On June 1st, Mike Newell wrote about Chera Kowalski and other librarians administering the anti-overdose drug Naloxone (more commonly known as Narcan) to patrons in and around McPherson Square Branch in Philadelphia.1 The article went viral and was shared sixteen thousand times. Since then, Kowalski has saved dozens more lives through the administration of Naloxone. More libraries have since followed Philadelphia’s lead in Narcan training. Senator Patrick Maloney of New York introduced the Life-saving Librarians Act2 giving the Secretary of Health and Human Services the authority to award grants for Naloxone rescue kits in public libraries. To Senator Malone, and many librarians, training librarians to be literal life-savers makes sense because it serves the needs of patrons in our communities, and society as a whole. In addition to this core value of service, democracy is another value many believe libraries bring to society. Hillary Clinton, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, commended Kowalski’s work and also stated, “…You are guardians of the First Amendment and the freedom to read and to speak. The work you do is at the heart of an open, inclusive, diverse society [and] I believe that libraries and democracy go hand in hand.”3
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American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened

American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

ld Mohawk paper company lore has it that in 1946, a salesman named George Morrison handed his client in Boston a trial grade of paper so lush and even, so uniform and pure, that the client could only reply: “George, this is one super fine sheet of paper.” And thus Mohawk Superfine was born.

This premium paper has been a darling of the printing and design world ever since. “Superfine is to paper what Tiffany’s is to diamonds,” Jessica Helfand, co-founder of Design Observer magazine once said. “If that sounds elitist, then so be it. It is perfect in every way.

Mohawk tells the Superfine origin story every chance it gets: on their website, in press releases, in promotional videos and in their own lush magazine, Mohawk Maker Quarterly. And now Ted O’Connor, Mohawk’s senior vice president and general manager of envelope and converting, is telling it again. He sits on an ottoman in a hotel suite on the 24th floor of what a plaque outside declares is “The Tallest Building in the World with an All-Concrete Structure”. It’s day one, hour zero of Paper2017 in Chicago, the annual three-day event at which the industry, its suppliers and its clients come together to network and engage in “timely sessions on emerging issues”. Attendees are rolling in and registering, and the Mohawk team is killing time before wall-to-wall meetings.

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Must-see objects at the Bodleian Treasures

Must-see objects at the Bodleian Treasures | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This exhibition contains 21 pairs of carefully selected items. Most of these are manuscripts, but there are also a few other objects; together, they feature some of the Bodleian Libraries’ best collections.
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Literature Links: National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus

Literature Links: National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

The program was established by the three organizations in 2008 to emphasize the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.
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A Fragile Biblical Text Gets a Virtual Read

A Fragile Biblical Text Gets a Virtual Read | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In a basement laboratory of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, an X-ray scanner is pumping invisible beams into a clump of charred parchment leaves that looks as delicate as a long dead flower.

The leaves are the remains of a severely scorched early book, or codex, which was written in southern Egypt some time between 400 and 600 A.D. It contains the Acts of the Apostles, one of the books of the New Testament, possibly bound with another work. The writing is Coptic, the language of Egypt before the Arab conquest in 642 A.D.

The charred codex was purchased by the Morgan Library in 1962. But no one has opened it for fear of destroying it: The brittle pages have been fused together by a cinder that sank through much of the book, congealing the parchment fibers. Unlike famous codices that have their own names, like the Codex Sinaiticus, this one is known humbly as M.910, its accession number at the library.

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The Library of Things | American Libraries Magazine

The Library of Things | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Library of Things
More than ever, libraries are offering nontraditional items for checkout.

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Essay on Library of Congress's Twitter archive

Essay on Library of Congress's Twitter archive | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress has the reputation of holding a copy of every book ever published, or at least every book published in the United States -- a reputation that is invalid, however, and that persists in spite of the institution’s efforts to correct it. The collection is huge, a bibliomane's utopia, but it has never claimed to be exhaustive. Indiscriminate accumulation is a sign of hoarding, not of librarianship.

But an exception was made over the past seven years as the LC tried to create a repository of every public posting to Twitter. That experiment is now over. Henceforth, according to a white paper issued in late December, the library will “acquire tweets but will do so on a very selective basis,” in accord with its wider digital-collections policy. A lot goes unsaid in the document, which is perhaps best understood as a sign that the LC is finally getting its bearings again after a long period of erratic leadership.

As noted in this column a few weeks after the project was announced in April 2010, Twitter's initial gift to the library was a complete set of public posts from the social media platform's first four years -- some 21 billion tweets. (Private messages between users were not included.) Going forward, the collection would be supplemented by new batches of tweets that could be made available to library patrons at least six months after they had been tweeted. At that stage about 30 million users had Twitter accounts and produced an average of 50 million new tweets per day. Both figures have increased tenfold since then. And while there is no way to know how many human beings are actually behind the accounts, or how much of the content is computer generated, Twitter itself has grown so ubiquitous as to be a factor in the lives even of people who never use it. We will remember 2017 as the year when a Twitter message leading to war began to seem like a matter of time.
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Walker: The value of a library card

Walker: The value of a library card | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Sometimes people do not know the value of having a library card. Whether you live in Fremont city limits and get a free library card, or if you are a non-resident and pay $35 a year for a card, you have access to the same wonderful resources. Too often I hear that community members are not aware of what resources we provide or why they should have a library card. I wanted to take a minute to go over a few of the benefits of having a library card.

Our biggest value to our patrons is the ability to checkout and read whatever print books they want. They can read Adult Fiction, Large Type books, Young Adult, Children’s, Non-fiction, Spanish, and magazines. We keep classics, New York Times’ Best Sellers, self-help, and instructional. If we don’t have these materials in our library, we can always Interlibrary Loan materials from libraries all across the country. We are encouraging patrons to request books and we are purchasing those items as part of our patron-driven acquisitions mode
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In Light of Downsizing, Texas Arts Library Faces Uncertain Future

In Light of Downsizing, Texas Arts Library Faces Uncertain Future | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In Light of Downsizing, Texas Arts Library Faces Uncertain Future
The Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas, Austin, was significantly downsized over the summer and may shrink further as more materials are relocated to off-campus storage.

A student in the stacks of the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas, Austin (courtesy University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin)
Students and faculty at the University of Texas in Austin are concerned that their Fine Arts Library (FAL) will soon be downsized out of existence. Already some 60% of the FAL’s collection materials have been moved to off-campus storage facilities, or about 75,000 fine art books, music scores, and other items, according to the Daily Texan. Over the summer, FAL collection items were cleared from the E. William Doty Building‘s fourth floor, which was then converted to classrooms, study spaces, and workshops for the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDAT). Now, the fate of another 200,000 items is in limbo, as the UT Austin administration seeks to vacate more space in the Doty Building to make room for the SDAT, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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The Tories are savaging libraries – and closing the book on social mobility | John Harris

The Tories are savaging libraries – and closing the book on social mobility | John Harris | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

If they weren’t already here, we’d have to invent them: public spaces, crammed with books, computers and information points, where events and meetings regularly take place, and children in particular get an early taste of the world beyond their own immediate experience.

The author Robert Macfarlane says that public libraries are nothing less than “magic portals into learning and dreaming”. Virginia Woolf once said they were “full of sunk treasure”. When it comes to libraries’ civic importance, their modern supporters tend to use terms such as “community hub”, but on that score, I would rather turn to 24 elegant words uttered by the American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie: “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”

Slightly less romantically, in an age in which access to the internet is a necessity, libraries represent pretty much the only public place that people without a computer or smartphone can get online.

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To Fine or Not To Fine » Public Libraries Online

To Fine or Not To Fine » Public Libraries Online | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
On and off, I see discussion about charging late fines to patrons.  I know many argue that not charging late fees, but putting out a donation jar nets greater profit. I have often wondered if the libraries that  pursue a no fine option are libraries in which it is known that the money collected goes straight to town coffers and not to the libraries themselves. Regardless, I am not in favor of the donation or no fine approach.

My reasoning is not based on any fiscal basis. With my library’s fines set between $0.05 and$1.00, and individual items capping at $3.00, this is not and never will be a revenue stream. My reasons for keeping a fine based system have more to do with psychology. When I was a child, having fines for library books was a means of teaching responsibility and consequence for my actions (or inaction). For me then, and now, the cents per day fee was a gentle way to remind me that library borrowing should not be taken for granted. It was not merely a repository, kept available for my pleasure only, but a valuable service that others used besides me
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