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The search for reinvention of libraries from the deepest belief in the social relevance of a save harbour in the public domain
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New "mini libraries" coming soon

New "mini libraries" coming soon | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Five birdhouse sized mini, free libraries will pop up soon around town, thanks to an effort by the Friends of the Library.
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Scribd Raises $22 Million for New Book Recommendation Service

Scribd Raises $22 Million for New Book Recommendation Service | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Scribd initially started out as a document file sharing service when it launched in 2007.

The company diversivied into selling subscriptions for their entire library of e-Books in October 2013. They have raised over $25 million during the lifetime of their business in order to stay operational. Today, the company has just announced they have raised another $22 million dollars.

Scribd currently has over 80 million users globally and has an e-Book portfolio of 500,000 titles, including New York Times bestsellers, classics, and reader favorites in every genre. A pioneer of the all-you-can-read model, Scribd’s subscriptions service allows readers to have unlimited access to more than 500,000 books from nearly 1,000 publishers, including Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Open Road Media, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Rosetta, Workman, Wiley and Smashwords.

 

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Finding a Balance at the New York Public Library

Finding a Balance at the New York Public Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Evan Chesler, the new chairman of the New York Public Library, on getting libraries right in the 21-century.
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In Transition

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In going through various boxes to find things to hang in my office walls, I found the picture of myself that hung at the Mover & Shaker luncheon reception back in 2010. 

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18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The most magnificent places to read in the world.
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Les plus belles bibliothèques au monde

Les plus belles bibliothèques au monde | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Voici une petite compilation des plus jolies bibliothèques de la planète réalisée par le photographe français résidant à New York et amoureux des livres Frank Bohbot. A travers sa série House of Books, Frank a silloné les allées des bibliothèques du monde entier avec son objectif, de New York à Boston, puis Rome, en passant […]
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Old City, old family, old texts

Old City, old family, old texts | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

IT IS noon, and the worshippers in Jerusalem's Old City hurry past two Israeli soldiers towards the al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest Islamic sites. 

The soldiers glance at the men for a second, then go back to chatting beside a barricade set up outside what looks like an old stone house, a few hundred metres from the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall.

It is the Khalidi Library, a literary trove containing thousands of books and almost 2,000 manuscripts on Islamic theology, philosophy and more..

 

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5 Public Library Marketing Trends to Expect in 2015 - New Jersey State Library

5 Public Library Marketing Trends to Expect in 2015 - New Jersey State Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
With 2015 just around the corner, there is no shortage of predications about what the New Year holds for marketers. Of course, many of these trends won’t have much of an immediate impact on public libraries (wearable technology, anyone?). But there are a few worth considering. Here are five that might change the way you …
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SCL 2015: Looking for a Few Good Libraries!

SCL 2015: Looking for a Few Good Libraries! | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
StoryCorps @ your library and the American Library Association wants YOU to apply to be a part of our 2015 program! For more stories and to support our mission, visit StoryCorps.org.
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Libraries 'must emulate coffee shops'

Libraries 'must emulate coffee shops' | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Public libraries in England are "at a crossroads" and must adapt if they are to survive, an independent report into the future of the service has said.

It suggests they need to emulate coffee shops, by offering free wifi, sofas, toilets and hot drinks.

It also calls for a library taskforce and a national digital library network to boost library standards in England.

Report author William Sieghart said libraries were a "vital lifeline" for people, but are in a state of crisis.

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How Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life

How Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
How Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life http://lifehacker.com/how-reading-fiction-can-help-you-live-a-better-life-1666696457 Reading Might Help You Learn Empathy Fiction Teaches You That Change Is Inevitable Fiction Breeds Curiosity Reading...
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More than just books: Why libraries matter in Canada

More than just books: Why libraries matter in Canada | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Take a look at our libraries, and you can read us like a book. Mention public services, and the mind leaps to healthcare or police, or maybe garbage collection, transit or road repairs. Mention a library, and many people will…
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Love for the Library: A Reading List

Love for the Library: A Reading List | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
My New Year's resolution for 2014: forgo book-buying—just for a year. I've made two or three exceptions (a signed first edition! A play from my friend's small press!), but, miraculously, haven't bi...
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50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries

50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A list of images about books, reading, and libraries, that were most frequently shared on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media networks.
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Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders - BOOK RIOT

Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Monday, … Continued
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Wauw: De meest adembenemende bibliotheken van Parijs

Wauw: De meest adembenemende bibliotheken van Parijs | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We dachten altijd dat dat soort bibliotheken alleen in sprookjesfilms bestonden, maar deze bibliotheken in Parijs doen ons hartje net zo snel kloppen.
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Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do - NPR

Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do - NPR | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library recently came upon a box of questions posed to the library from the 1940s to the '80s — an era when humans consulted other humans for answers to their daily questions.

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The future-proof library (infographic)

The future-proof library (infographic) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

According to Future Files by Richard Watson, a futurist author and scenario planner, libraries as we know them will go extinct in five years. This is a bold and shocking prediction, but there is probably not a single library in the world that is not adapting to the changing world.

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2014: the year 50 libraries closed in Britain » MobyLives

2014: the year 50 libraries closed in Britain » MobyLives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A new report issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed that almost 50 libraries were closed in Britain this year. The Bookseller reported the findings of the report released on Friday that looked at…
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Librarians! What Are We Hiding?

Librarians! What Are We Hiding? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Are librarians still relevant? Useful? What does being a 21st century librarian mean, really? Who exactly are we? And how does the world see us? I decided to perform a quick Google search and find out....
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Public libraries on brink of ‘disaster’ – Sieghart inquiry

Public libraries on brink of ‘disaster’ – Sieghart inquiry | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Public libraries are on the brink of ‘absolute disaster’ and need to take inspiration from coffee shops to avoid large-scale closures, an independent inquiry’s report has recommended.
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Experts demand urgent overhaul of England’s public library service

Experts demand urgent overhaul of England’s public library service | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Alison Flood: Report says libraries are at a crossroads and calls for national strategy and government investment in digital resources such as Wi-Fi
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The great British library betrayal: Closures bring national network to brink of ‘absolute disaster’, reveals official inquiry

The great British library betrayal: Closures bring national network to brink of ‘absolute disaster’, reveals official inquiry | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Library services are on the brink of disaster and can only be saved if they become more like coffee shops with wi-fi, sofas and hot drinks, a report will recommend on Thursday.

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Libraries could play key role in managing research data - Data - Research Information

Libraries could play key role in managing research data - Data - Research Information | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Sharing and long-term preservation of research data are increasingly important to the research process, strengthening the process of science and maximising a funder’s return on research investment. While some fields have embraced the sharing of data more fully than others, the sharing of research data is of growing interest across all scientific disciplines.

However, we are still transitioning from a document-centric view of science to a data-centric view, and the infrastructure is not yet in place for the seamless sharing and reuse of scientific data. A growing number of increasingly sophisticated instruments and sensors mean that the scientific data available for sharing is growing rapidly, but there is a lot of work involved in extracting that data from researchers’ hard drives and ensuring that it is accessible in the long term.

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