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Libraries Rock! | Hitchhiker - Country rocker visiting public libraries on tour

Libraries Rock! | Hitchhiker - Country rocker visiting public libraries on tour | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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Mary Kaminski 

"In the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, an article about country/rock band Old Crow Medicine Show references the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup and front man Ketch Secor’s recent visit there:


 

Ketch Secor doesn’t own a laptop or a smartphone, so most days when he wakes up on tour with his band Old Crow Medicine Show, he’ll head to the local library to check his e-mail. “I was just in a library in Gallup, New Mexico, with 25 Navajos,” he says. “It’s communal, like the Greyhound station of the Internet.”


Old Crow Medicine Show, photo credit: Rolling Stone Magazine


Full article here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-ketch-secor-started-wild-roots-band-old-crow-medicine-show-20140721


Also,  a tip to help you know if your library is getting noticed! - Search engine alert service

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Great anecdote about public libraries!

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Parents feel special bond with libraries and what they offer to children, families | Deseret News

Parents feel special bond with libraries and what they offer to children, families | Deseret News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Lois M. Collins:

Parents value libraries as a safe place for children, a source of education and entertainment, a tech hub. They feel great affection for a library's ability to instill a love of reading in young minds, too, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life project.

In fact, 94 percent of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79 percent say "very important," according to the survey of 2,252 Americans 16 and older conducted last fall, including 584 interviews with parents of minor children. "Parents" in the results refers only to those children younger than 18.

The survey found that among all adults, parents are more likely to have library cards, visit the library, use the library website and participate in programs there, said Lee Rainie, who directs the Internet and American Life Project for Pew.

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Libraries are truly community spaces for families!

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How to put libraries back at the heart of communities, by Brian Ashley - The Guardian

How to put libraries back at the heart of communities, by Brian Ashley - The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it


"Libraries have long been social gathering centres and provided sources of information for local communities.

But how is this role changing with the financial landscape and changes in the way we consume information?

We published a report recently called Envisioning the Library of the Future. In just over a year, and after speaking to more than 800 people, we have a piece of research that demonstrates the vital role that libraries can play in the success and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

Writing this report was important to us because we wanted to bring the research in this area up to date.

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We always hoped that Envisioning the Library of the Future would energise the sector, looking beyond the immediate and important issues of funding and library closures towards formulating an approach that will ensure that libraries are seen as vital and relevant long into the future.

In the coming months and years, the aim is to see libraries at the heart of communities, helping us to understand ourselves, our place in the world, and the heritage of the communities in which we live."

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Visions for libraries of the future! 

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Silence is not so golden in the modern library

Silence is not so golden in the modern library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Catherine Armitage:

The State Librarian of NSW, Alex Byrne, says librarians no longer expect or want libraries to be places of quiet solitude. Rather than walking around saying ''shhh'' and waving their steel rulers to enforce silence, he said contemporary librarians understand that ''using information, learning and reading are not just solitary activities''.

''We have quiet places in the library for people who want to concentrate but we don't insist on quiet libraries. That is because we realise it is a social activity'', Dr Byrne said. In navigating the complex new world of information overload, people don't just read books any more. They interact with information, and with each other to make sense of it.

Thanks to the public library's role as a gateway to e-government services, a librarian today is as likely to help you apply online for a parking permit or submit a legal form digitally as find you a book. They are the ''third space, not business, not the home but a third and neutral working space'', said Dr Byrne: ''We like to think it is a mall of ideas and knowledge.''

Silence is not so golden in the modern library...

 

Librarians no longer expect or want libraries to be places of quiet solitude. Rather than walking around saying ''shhh'' and waving their steel rulers to enforce silence, he said contemporary librarians understand that ''using information, learning and reading are not just solitary activities''.


Via Leanne Windsor, Anjan Das
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Of course! Just a great reminder!

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