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7 Obscure and Intriguing NYC Libraries - OEDB.org

7 Obscure and Intriguing NYC Libraries - OEDB.org | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I'm always looking for new and interesting libraries to visit and lately I've come across many right in my own back yard. Here are 7 libraries I would love
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What Kind of Librarian Are You?

What Kind of Librarian Are You? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Love the library so much that you’ve dreamed of working there? We’re not surprised to hear it. However, before you run off to get your masters of library science, take this quiz and discover your inner librarian.
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Teddy Roosevelt's 10 Rules for Reading - BOOK RIOT

Teddy Roosevelt's 10 Rules for Reading - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our couches), we’re re-running some of our favorite posts of 2014. Enjoy this Best Of, and we’ll be back to your … Continued
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Love in the Stacks: Interview with the 2014 RWA Librarian of the Year

Love in the Stacks: Interview with the 2014 RWA Librarian of the Year | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
HEA contributor Christyna Hunter chats with co-contributor Sean Gilmartin, who is RWA's Librarian of the Year.
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New What is it that makes a librarian unprofessional? – Stephen's Lighthouse New

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Indie Romance Authors Should Encourage Readers to Pay to be in their Next Book

Indie Romance Authors Should Encourage Readers to Pay to be in their Next Book | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Self-publishing is a growing industry and many researchers agree that by 2020, 50% of all books will be penned by indie authors. One of the downsides of
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Library Reveals Details and Costs of Upgrade Plan

Library Reveals Details and Costs of Upgrade Plan | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library’s revised renovation plan is expected to cost about $300 million.
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Remembering Maya Angelou | American Libraries Magazine

Remembering Maya Angelou | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Author and poet Maya Angelou died May 28 at age 86. An activist and library champion, she remains one of the most frequently challenged authors (and authors of color) of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. She appeared at various library-related conferences, including the 1986 ACRL National Conference in Baltimore, the 1991 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta as the PLA President's Program speaker, and the 1999 AASL National Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009 - OUPblog

Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009 - OUPblog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The U.S. Census first collected data on librarians in 1880, a year after the founding of the American Library Association. They only counted 636 librarians nationwide. Indeed, one respondent reported on his census form that he was the “Librarian of Congress.” The U.S. Census, which became organized as a permanent Bureau in 1902, can be used to track the growth of the library profession. The number of librarians grew over the next hundred years, peaking at 307,273 in 1990. Then, the profession began to shrink, and as of 2009, it had dropped by nearly a third to 212,742. The data enable us
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Video: Why NYC Public Libraries Are More Important Than Ever

Video: Why NYC Public Libraries Are More Important Than Ever | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In an eye-opening video that shows a day in the life of various NYPL branches, filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks show just how necessary these public institutions are today.
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Full Text Article: The History and Evolution of Library Services to Teens in the United States | LJ INFOdocket

Full Text Article: The History and Evolution of Library Services to Teens in the United States | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Public libraries have had a long, though decidedly less than adequate, tradition of serving teens. While there have been encouraging transformations occurring in many of these institutions, a significant number continue to lag in their efforts to serve this group. Underlying this lag is not only the dearth of research that examines public library services to teens but also the quality of several recently published books about teen library services. Building on a background discussion of the purpose that U.S. public libraries were meant to serve, the development and provision of library services to teens is considered with specific focus on issues that have influenced and/or presented barriers to these services. Finally, using a model for inquiry that draws on William Scott, who posits that institutions are comprised of three pillars that enable them to keep order and provide meaning to individuals, the paper proposes that researchers look to the institution rather than at the community for new insights on serving and connecting with teens as a user group in a more meaningful way.

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The New York Public Library Comes Around

The New York Public Library Comes Around | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In a surprising about-face, the library has given up on its plan to tear down “the stacks.”
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British Library's literary treasure trove in pictures

British Library's literary treasure trove  in pictures | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The launch of the British Library's digital archive, Discovering Literature, sees 1,200 treasures from Romantic and Victorian writers published online.
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New Five Best Book Recommendation Services – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Five Best Book Recommendation Services – Stephen's Lighthouse | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Lifehacker: http://lifehacker.com/five-best-book-recommendation-services-1577706074

GoodreadsBookBubLibraryThingReddit’s BookSuggestions Subreddit

And one called Olmenta that I don’t recognize and my filters claim is a known malware site so don’t trust it..

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Libraries Hope to Help Close the Digital Divide by Lending WiFi Hotspots

Libraries Hope to Help Close the Digital Divide by Lending WiFi Hotspots | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Two plans to begin lending portable WiFi hotspots to underserved communities were among the winning projects of the Knight News Challenge to strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation.
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Library User Quiz

Library User Quiz | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take our library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population.
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Future-Proofing the Research Library | American Libraries Magazine

Future-Proofing the Research Library | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Sarah Thomas, vice president of the Harvard Library, delivered the inaugural Judith Nadler Vision Lecture at the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library on May 22. The lecture series was launched in honor of Nadler, who is retiring June 30 as director and university librarian since 2004 after a total of 48 years at the University of Chicago Library.

Thomas’s talk, “Future-Proofing the Research Library,” was attended by some 200 people and examined the many ways that academic libraries are adapting to the changes in their campus roles. In the past, Thomas said, libraries were constructed in an “imposing style that physically reflected the sentiment, ‘Knowledge is power’”—such as Harvard’s Widener Library, where Thomas worked as a cataloger in the 1970s.

 

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Libraries are at the root of democracy - MiamiHerald.com

Libraries are at the root of democracy - MiamiHerald.com | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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Libraries are at the root of democracy
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The problem isn't that the libraries have been poorly managed — the opposite is true.
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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Ice Ice Baby: Are Librarian Stereotypes Freezing Us out of Instruction?

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Ice Ice Baby: Are Librarian Stereotypes Freezing Us out of Instruction? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In Brief: Why do librarians struggle so much with instruction? Part of the problem is that we have so many facets to consider: pedagogy, campus culture, relationships with faculty, and effectiveness with students. Research on student and faculty perceptions of librarians combined with sociological and psychological research on the magnitude of impression effects prompted us to more thoroughly examine how perceptions of instruction librarians impact successful teaching and learning. In this article, we look at theories of impression formation, the historical feminization of librarianship, and suggestions for next steps that we should take in order to take charge of our image and our instruction.

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Digitales Botox

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BookExpo: Douglas Rushkoff über die Gefahr des E-Books. 

Nicht nur die IDPF-Konferenz „Digital Book 2014“ auf der New Yorker Buchmesse wurde durch einen technologiekritischen Vortrag eingeleitet. Auch die Keynote einer Subkonferenz zum Thema digitale Abomodelle fiel ausgesprochen anti-digital aus: Der Medientheoretiker Douglas Rushkoff warnte vor dem „Gegenwartsschock“, den die Buchbranche mit digitalen Buchformaten verstärke.

 

Hintergrund von Rushkoffs Vortrag ist „Present Shock. Wenn alles jetzt passiert“, das jüngste Buch des gerade zum Professor am Queens College berufenen Autors, in dem Rushkoff die Auswirkungen des Konsums insbesondere von Sozialen Medien untersucht. Seine These: Die Maschinen, die einst für uns arbeiten sollten, damit wir mehr Zeit für uns gewinnen, hätten albtraumhafte Zustände herbeigeführt: Statt auf dem Rücken liegend den Vogelflug zu beobachten, seien wir Sklaven von E-Mail,Twitter (wo Rushkoff dennoch aktiv ist) und Facebook (dito) geworden. 

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Gates Foundation Prepares To Exit Library Ecosystem

Gates Foundation Prepares To Exit Library Ecosystem | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In early May, the Gates Foundation took much of the world by surprise by announcing that the massive charitable organization would stop offering grants and support to libraries around the world in the next few years. Libraries have long been a pillar of the Foundation’s strategy, and while the funding will be missed, librarians are already looking ahead at how to preserve the work that’s been done and find ways for other organizations to step into the space the Foundation will leave behind.
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These 17 Epic Places Hold More Secrets Than You Can Imagine. And Most Of Us Ignore Them.

These 17 Epic Places Hold More Secrets Than You Can Imagine. And Most Of Us Ignore Them. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Most people probably think that libraries are all about being quiet, studying for tests and finding places to hang out with your friends… but there’s more to libraries than just that. Take these photos for example of incredible architecture and design.
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The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara

The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Abdel Kader Haidara had made it his life's work to document, as never before, Mali's achievements as an ancient center of progressive thought. When the jihadists came, he led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.
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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Steven Poole: Lengthy pieces of writing are increasingly found on the very internet that pessimists blame for turning us into skim readers
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Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries

Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A Q&A with Lynne Bradley, the director of government relations with the American Library Association's Washington office.
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