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This isn’t your childhood library. The Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is beautiful. The main floor looks more like a sleek Apple showroom than a stuffy library. And instead of a Genius Bar, there’s an Ask Me alcove, where you can get help on everything from laptops to flash drives. Color-coded walls, stairs and elevators help you find not just books and research papers, but also media rooms, video game collections and even a 3-D printing lab to create plastic models. The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech
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Sounds in the silence of Brisbane Square Library from musician Dan Acfield. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen Source: The Australian DOWN a quiet street, the sound of jazz can be heard. City libraries turn up the volume with live performance programs City libraries turn up the volume with live performance programs
The first library I ever remember visiting was the library in Red Bluff, California. I was five at the time, and living with my aunt while my mother was recovering from surgery. I remember the children’s area of the library, and in my recollection of the place today, the rows of books went all the way up to the ceiling. I remember specifically, although not by name, a picture book a pulled down from the rows, about children leaping for the moon. It was explained to me that I could take the book home — and not just that book, but any book I wanted in the entire library. A Personal History of Libraries A Personal History of Libraries
Crowds still flock to public libraries - WaltonTribune.com: Stephen Milligan I didn’t expect a big crowd at the Walnut Grove Public Library. One of the many tasks we undertake at The Tribune is the occasional ribbon cutting, dedication and similar events. They’re relatively simple events, as we arrive, camera in hand, and take a picture of a dozen or so people smiling cheerfully as they slice open a ribbon with comically large scissors. Quick, in-and-out events with minimal fuss, they’re the bread and butter of community news. kAm$@[ H96? x 5C6H FA E@ E96 =:3C2CJ %9FCD52J 6G6? Crowds still flock to public libraries - WaltonTribune.com: Stephen Milligan
Librarians as Booksellers
By Joanna Cabot Joe Konrath put up a neat little Q&A with two librarians from the Harris County Public Library who are bypassing the usual OverDrive-based library system and setting up their own internal check-out, seeking to buy books directly from publishers and manage them internally. The librarians talk about issues such as accessibility, public experience, collection decisions and library benefits. It’s a great read; well worth checking out for those who are interested in learning more about the challenges libraries are facing in managing their digital collections. But what most caught my attention was this bit, near the end: Konrath and Crouch on Libraries Konrath and Crouch on Libraries
New Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries http://ivn.us/2012/08/08/nine-reasons-to-save-public-libraries/ “Here are some reasons why our libraries are still the place where we as a nation will achieve our destiny: The house of the 99%: The foundation of democracy is an educated electorate. When the economy is down, it is all the more vital that we the people have access to information, education, news… and now in modern times the internet, computers, and other sources of media tools as well. New Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries
The e-book lending wars: When authors attack The e-book lending wars: When authors attack We’ve written before about how complicated the process of lending an e-book is, and how much of this is a result of conflicting DRM locks and platforms, as well as a reluctance on the part of publishers to allow their books to be loaned. But authors can also be a roadblock when it comes to lending, and we’ve just had a classic example of how that can happen with the brouhaha over LendInk, a service that allowed readers to connect with others in order to share e-books. The site has effectively been put out of business by a virtual lynch mob of authors claiming it breached their rights, even though what it was doing was perfectly legal.
Digital age takes libraries off the shelf Ryan Stokes ... new technology can enable more people to enjoy collections. Photo: Tamara Dean In 2012, it is possible to interview the incoming chairman of the National Library of Australia about his new role with no mention of the word "books". I realise this as, in vain, I scour my notebook pages headed "Ryan Stokes" for the two simple shorthand strokes denoting those familiar bound paper objects which, after all, still comprise more than half the library's collection of 6.24 million items. Digital age takes libraries off the shelf
Dear FCC and ALA: Do You Really Not Get It? Dear FCC and ALA: Do You Really Not Get It? So I get up this morning to find this story in my inbox courtesy of Bobbi Newman, a fellow member of the ALA/OITP Digital Task Force. My initial reaction to the content of the article isn’t fit to print here, but I have a few thoughts I’d like to share: This is the year 2012. Digital literacy should be an essential literacy integrated into inquiry and content area study in grades K-12 by school librarians as well as classroom teachers.
Over 70 library systems from the United States and Canada — including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago — today issued a joint statement demanding vastly improved ebook services for library users in North America. The statement, dubbed the ReadersFirst Initiative, outlines four principles the libraries want e-content providers — the middlemen between publishers and libraries — to follow in order to lift content restrictions and also make the borrowing experience less cumbersome. “Libraries have a responsibility to fight for the public and ensure that users have the same open, easy and free access to ebooks that they have come to rely on with physical books,” the statement reads. “They face two major challenges. The first is that, unlike print books, publishers are not required to sell e-books to libraries – and many do not. This is a complex and evolving issue. Top Libraries in U.S. and Canada Issue Statement Demanding Better Ebook Services Top Libraries in U.S. and Canada Issue Statement Demanding Better Ebook Services
Christian Zabriskie: Confronting The Biggest Threat To The Public Library There is something ineffably sad about abandoned books. They sit, discarded, a story that will never be shared, pages that will never be turned. People are drawn to them, they are protective of them.
There is a quote by John Milton engraved over the entrance to the main reading room at the New York Public Library's stunning Beaux-Arts building on Fifth Avenue: "A good Booke is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalm'd and treasur'd up on purpose to a life beyond life." But now, 101 years after the library was first dedicated, up to 3m of those precious books are to be removed from the central library and shipped to two off-site storage facilities, prompting a chorus of complaints from authors and scholars who say that the institution is threatening its own claim to be "one of the world's pre-eminent public resources for the study of human thought". Researchers will still be able to access the books, but only after a wait of up to 24 hours. New York Public Library's plan to take books off shelves worries scholars | World news
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Or get out at least until there is a better system? I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – “We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!” Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business?
Silence is not so golden in the modern library ''Using information, learning and reading are not just solitary activities'' … Alex Byrne at the Warilla library. Photo: Sylvia Liber WHILE you've been busy Googling, there's been a revolution in libraries, and it's noisy. The State Librarian of NSW, Alex Byrne, says librarians no longer expect or want libraries to be places of quiet solitude.
Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey - The Future of Libraries The Future of Libraries Beginning the Great Transformation In 1519 Leonardo da Vinci died and left behind one of the world’s largest collections of art comprised of well over 5,000 drawings, sketches, and paintings, the vast majority of which the general public would not become aware of until over 400 years later. The largest portion of this collection was left in the hands of Francesco Melzi, a trusted assistant and favorite student of Leonardo. Sixty years later when Melzi died in 1579 the collection began a lengthy, and often destructive, journey. In 1630 a sculptor at the court of the King of Spain by the name of Pompeo Leoni began a very sloppy process of rearranging the collections, sorting the artistic drawings from the technical ones with scientific notations.
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