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Libraries protest Random House price hike

Libraries protest Random House price hike | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The American Library Association is urging Random House Inc. to reconsider its steep increases in the price of e-books for library wholesalers.  Random House, the country's largest trade publisher, has informed libraries that wholesale charges for e-books would rise by more than 20 percent for new adult releases and more than double for new children's books.

 

The library association, through ALA president Molly Raphael, issued a statement:

"While I appreciate Random House's engagement with libraries and its commitment to perpetual access," ALA president Molly Raphael said in the statement, "I am deeply disappointed in the severe escalation in e-book pricing reported today. Calling on our history together and our hope to satisfy mutual goals moving forward, the American Library Association strongly urges Random House to reconsider its decision. In a time of extreme financial constraint, a major price increase effectively curtails access for many libraries, and especially our communities that are hardest hit economically."

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New Landmark Libraries: Academic - Identifying the Most Inspirational New Academic Library Buildings

New Landmark Libraries: Academic -  Identifying the Most Inspirational New Academic Library Buildings | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

What should a 21st century landmark academic library look like?

 

This year, Library Journal's quest is to identify the best new academic library buildings that anyone building a library today should experience and tap for inspiration and guidance about what the library of today and tomorrow demands.  When work is done, LJ will announce the winning libraries completed between 2007 and 2011 that demonstrate excellence in (1) design and construction, (2) response to campus context and constraints, (3) sustainability, (4) functionality, (5) innovation, and (6) beauty and delight. Projects to be considered may be new construction, major expansions, and substantial renovations. (http://newlandmarklibraries.com/)

 

In May 2011, LJ presented its inaugural list of New Landmark Libraries.  These ten public libraries, plus ten Honorable Mentions,  intended to inspire and inform any building project, are shown here: http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/ljinprintcurrentissue/890303-403/ljsnew_icons.html.csp

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Harry Potter and the future of public libraries

Harry Potter and the future of public libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The Harry Potter website known as Pottermore has been beset by delays. But now comes some good news: When the portal launches later this year, its stock of JK Rowling e-books and digital audiobooks will be available to public library members.

 

Harry Potter books will now be available in public libraries due to an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan.

 

Details here: http://business.time.com/2012/02/29/harry-potter-and-the-future-of-public-libraries/

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Web 2.0 & Libraries 1 & 2 « Tame The Web

Web 2.0 & Libraries 1 & 2 « Tame The Web | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This post features two reports by Michael Stephens:

Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, and Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies.

 

Stephens’s report on Best Practices for Social Software details numerous successful library implementations of some of today’s most used social-software tools, including:Weblogs (blogs), Podcasts, RSS feeds, Instant Messaging (IM), Wikis, and Flickr.

 

Technology Reports covers a broad range of Web 2.0 topics, tools, and considerations, including: value-added blogging, building a community Web site with a blog, Ten Best Practices for Flickr & Libraries, libraries and social sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, tagging and social bookmarking, Messaging in a 2.0 World: Twitter & SMS, podcasting, The OPAC Rebooted, and how libraries such as the Hennepin County Library and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are using 2.0 tools

 

For more details: http://tametheweb.com/writing/web-20-libraries-1-2/

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Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future

Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The demand for digital content is here, but it’s going to take some sound strategy to address all the issues that come with it.  This post offers some suggestions for ways in which libraries can become e-book-friendly.  "Whether you’ve gone all-in with OverDrive, loan out physical e-readers, or are pursuing alternatives, there are a number of steps you can take to make a claim in the e-book world. We’ll start with things you can do right away, and move into ideas that will require some long-term planning."

 

For more: http://publiclibrariesonline.org/exclusives/internet_spotlight/developing-e-book-strategy-now-and-future

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Readers’ Choice: 20 More Beautiful Bookstores from Around the World - Flavorwire

Readers’ Choice: 20 More Beautiful Bookstores from Around the World - Flavorwire | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Here's a second list, totally comprised of gorgeous bookstores recommended by our readers. Click through to see another roundup of some of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, from Slovakia to Brazil to West Chester, PA, and let us know which one is your own all-time favorite: http://flavorwire.com/264130/readers-choice-20-more-beautiful-bookstores-from-around-the-world?all=1

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A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market — The Digital Shift

A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market — The Digital Shift | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This list is meant to be a helpful, not comprehensive, resource. The focus is whether or not publishers are in the library ebook marketplace. It is not meant to be a listing of all possible ways to acquire ebooks for a library collection.  But it gives a fuller sense of publishers' participation in the overall library marketplace.

 

This guide also includes a list of fairly large publishers in the academic/scholarly sphere, arranged in alphabetical order, and a short note on their ebook policy.

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How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries

How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Artist John Locke thinks people should read more. So in the past few months, the Columbia architecture grad has slipped around Manhattan with a sack of books and custom-made shelves, converting old pay phones into pop-up libraries.

 

The concept is that New Yorkers will pick up unfamiliar titles while running their errands and then, perhaps, replace them the next day with favorite books of their own. That's in an ideal world. Of the two guerrilla libraries that the artist has fashioned, one has been used properly while the other not.

 

"The goal is to take and share and leave new books in an attempt to foster community engagement. However, the whole set of books disappearing was a problem with the first version,..

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Journal of eScience Librarianship is Launched

Journal of eScience Librarianship is Launched | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

 The Journal of eScience Librarianship is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences. The inaugural issue (http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/) has just been launched by the Lamar Soutter Library at UMASS Medical School. This unique online journal provides an in-depth forum that will help librarians further define the field of e-Science librarianship and share research findings and ideas.

 

The journal features original research papers, case studies, editorials, and reviews, and an annual issue that features proceedings from the University of Massachusetts and New England Librarian e-Science Symposium.

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Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans

Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"It’s one of those modern situations that no one in publishing ever imagined: Being at odds with librarians, the ultimate champions of literacy and literature. But that’s been the situation as publishers have tried to figure out how, exactly, to handle selling ebooks to libraries. I mean, the situation has always been perfectly straightforward: You sold a library a book and, when their patrons wore it out, you sold them another one. But no one foresaw books that wouldn’t wear out. How in the world do you price such a thing?"

 

Read more on this post here: http://mhpbooks.com/48837/random-house-takes-the-plunge-says-it-will-sell-books-to-libraries-with-no-restriction-on-number-of-loans/

 

View also a related post here: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/02/ebooks/random-house-reaffirms-commitment-to-library-ebook-lending-while-raising-prices-to-wholesalers/

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The new librarianship goes beyond the traditional value of librarianship. We want to define a library outside of a room or a building---a walless haven of knowledge and information, without boundaries. We want to define a librarian outside of a degree or a license that certifies we are information professionals. We want to tell the world what a librarian is, not merely by what we do now, or by the degree we hold, but by WHY we do what we do.

 

Just click the 'follow' button at the top, right of this page. Trying to find posts on a particular topic? Click 'Filter' tab above and choose an area of interest. To view the original article, click "Show original" at the bottom of the box, or simply click on the title.

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The Atlas of New Librarianship

The Atlas of New Librarianship | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.

 

The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field.

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Public Libraries Around the World « Beyond Access

Public Libraries Around the World « Beyond Access | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Ever wonder how many public libraries there are in Ethiopia? 249.  In India? 45,000. In Vietnam? 6,691.  In the Philippines? 1,124.  Take one look at this map and you’ll realize that they actually exist in many developing countries.

 

What are all these libraries doing? In many cases, they are addressing their community’s development goals: supporting entrepreneurs in Vietnam, providing vital health information in Nepal and Kenya, or helping their citizens to be engaged, informed, and involved.  Wherever they are, libraries drive development.

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Found in the Archives

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"To Capture a Great Dream Before it Dies"
Historians often speculate what Franklin Delano Roosevelt would have done after his Presidency if he had not died while still in office. Would he write his memoirs? Would he run the United Nations? 

 

Guess what?  In this letter, he confesses he would like to be a librarian!

 

To FDR, making our history accessible to the American people is like capturing “a great dream before it dies.” This is a mission that all of us who have the privilege of working at his Library try to achieve every single day through our archives, museum exhibitions, and education and public programs.

 

Check out what's more to find at the FDR Library here: http://fdrlibrary.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians

Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This lecture, of T. Scott Plutchak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reflects on future roles,  the potential dawning of a “great age of librarians,” if librarians make the conceptual shift of focusing on their own skills and activities rather than on their libraries.

 

The discussion centers on why physical libraries are becoming less relevant to the communities that they serve in the digital age.  "Librarians, however, are more necessary than ever in helping members of their communities navigate the increasingly complex information space. To meet their social responsibilities requires that librarians seek new roles and recognize that their most important activities will take place outside of the physical library."

 

It concludes: "A great age of librarians is possible, but not guaranteed. We are at the very beginning of the development of a digital culture that parallels the print culture that has been dominant for five hundred years. Innovative and creative librarians have the potential to shape the development of that culture in ways that will truly serve the needs of their communities."

 

Read the full text here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257492/

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Infographic: Anatomy of a Librarian

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Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-based Exercises for ...

Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-based Exercises for ... | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Updated for today's ever-expanding world of electronic information, Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students, Second Edition is the best single resource for fundamental information ...

 

Covering the basics of planning, collecting, and evaluating, the exercises in this book address one of more of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  The book promotes conceptual and applied skills via active learning, problem-based learning, and resource-based learning.  The exercises are ready for use by reference and instruction librarians at colleges and community colleges, as well as others responsible for teaching students how to conduct research.  These 50 lessons can be used as a full semester course or as a single focused seminar or workshop, and show how to engage with electronic and print information resources alike.

 

For more info: http://bookvisa.com/humanities/3752/

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OA Librarian: Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

OA Librarian: Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Announced today (Feb 29) is the Directory of Open Access Books or DOAB,  a new service for Open Access monographs.  DOAB will provide a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an Open Access business model, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository. The beta version of the service will contain publications of a selected number of academic publishers. The beta version will be made public early spring 2012.

 

DOAB will be launched by the OAPEN Foundation (Open Access Publishing in European Networks, www.oapen.org).

 

Read more details of the press release here: http://project.oapen.org/index.php/news

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The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World - Flavorwire

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World - Flavorwire | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why:

bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not.

 

We can’t overestimate the importance of bookstores — they’re community centers, places to browse and discover, and monuments to literature all at once — so we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, from Belgium to Japan to Slovakia:  http://flavorwire.com/254434/the-20-most-beautiful-bookstores-in-the-world?all=1

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Setting Up a School Library: A Resource Guide | American Library Association

Setting Up a School Library: A Resource Guide | American Library Association | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"How do I set up a library?" is a question the American Library Association receives from people in a wide range of situations. In some cases, the need is to organize a large personal or office collection; in others it is to set up a library where there is, at the beginning, only the desire to have library service where there is none, such as in a village where a Peace Corps volunteer is working.

 

Establishing a new library, or developing an existing collection of books and other materials into a library, involves several functions: creating the oversight or governance structure, defining the mission and purpose of the organization, securing funding, planning, developing a collection, securing or building an appropriate space, equipping the space, and marketing services. In all cases, planning for the collection should come first.

 

For information resources on starting a school library,  go to : http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet16b

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Use Pinterest to Promote Your Programs And Services

Use Pinterest to Promote Your Programs And Services | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Have you been invited to “check out my stuff on Pinterest” yet? It’s a social media tool based on recommendations and works like a virtual pinboard. You can aggregate a ton of visuals to tell your story and users browse your pinboard. (Just today I was saying that libraries need to redefine the word “browsing ”.) Lots of libraries are exploring how to use Pinterest to promote their work.

 

Mashable is a great source of information on Pinterest to get you going, including this beginner’s guide and list of top brands using e. Pinterest is growing at a rate that’s outpacing Google+….I think because it is so visually rich and a lot more fun than Google+.

 

This post provides a snapshot of how a Library is using this hot new social media tool to highlight and promote its collection.

 

You can also view my own pinboards here (just click on each board to view): http://pinterest.com/famverzosa/

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LISNing - An international information student support network of daring proportions

LISNing - An international information student support network of daring proportions | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This network was created to support distance students around the world, irrespective of the institution they study at or the particular focus of their studies (i.e. library, archives, record management, or information technology).


A network for sharing information and professional experience between library and information students, academics, and professionals.

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Vennesla Library and Culture House by Helen & Hard

Vennesla Library and Culture House by Helen & Hard | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The new library in Vennesla comprises a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas, and links an existing community house and learning center together.

 

The whole library consists of 27 ribs made of prefabricated glue-laminated timber elements and CNC-cut plywood boards. These ribs inform the geometry of the roof, as well as the undulating orientation of the generous open space, with personal study zones nestled along the perimeter.

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Beautiful-Libraries.com

Beautiful-Libraries.com | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

There is something indescribably appealing about rooms filled with books, walls lined with well-organized shelves. Check out this blog on the most beautiful libraries in the world.  This site provides inspirational photos and information about libraries around the world, from modest personal collections to the longest-established academic facilities and most ornate royal libraries.  It includes rare photos of destroyed libraries,  libraries of history and myth, libraries in film,  libraries in art, unusual home libraries, and celebrity home libraries.

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What Patrons Teach Us—and Publishers Should Learn — The Digital Shift

What Patrons Teach Us—and Publishers Should Learn — The Digital Shift | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

A new report from Library Journal indicates that it is vital for libraries to connect with digital patrons, especially ebook readers, and satisfying their expectations has a meaningful upside for both the library users and the publishing community.

 

For more information on LJ’s Patron Profiles reports, visit  http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/

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