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Secret Libraries of Paris. From majestic medieval towers and chandelier-lined 17th-century reading rooms, to medical collections that will make your skin crawl, Paris boasts some of the world's most impressive bibliothèques.

Secret Libraries of Paris

Some are more hidden than others, so here are secret libraries to seek out for some city solitude. 'Chut! Je lis…' (Shhh, I’m reading.) Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève10, place du Panthéon 75005 Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève reading room (photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia) The top 100 papers. The discovery of high-temperature superconductors, the determination of DNA’s double-helix structure, the first observations that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating — all of these breakthroughs won Nobel prizes and international acclaim.

The top 100 papers

Yet none of the papers that announced them comes anywhere close to ranking among the 100 most highly cited papers of all time. Citations, in which one paper refers to earlier works, are the standard means by which authors acknowledge the source of their methods, ideas and findings, and are often used as a rough measure of a paper’s importance. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I'm going to tell you that libraries are important. I'm going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. Reanimation Library. Katie Paterson, Future Library. VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER by Roni Horn, Stykkishólmur, Iceland. VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER is a long-term project conceived by Roni Horn for a former library in the coastal town of Stykkishólmur in Iceland.

VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER by Roni Horn, Stykkishólmur, Iceland

The building stands on a promontory overlooking the ocean and the town, and houses three related collections - of water, words and weather reports - which reflect Roni Horn’s intimate involvement with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland... Water, Selected is a constellation of 24 glass columns containing water collected from ice from some of the major glaciers around Iceland. The glass columns refract and reflect the light onto a rubber floor embedded with a field of words in Icelandic and English which relate to the weather – inside or outside.

Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation - Ethos. By Kevin Michael Klipfel19 August 2014 One of the first things you learn as a professional librarian is that very few people have any idea what you do.

Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation - Ethos

In fact, enough people who actually want to become librarians are sufficiently in the dark about the nature of the profession that many Information and Library Science graduate programs explicitly require their prospective applicants to state in their applications what interests them about the field other than loving books. 10 vintage library infographics from the 30s and 40s (pictures) Libraries are doing extremely well in using infographics to promote their services to communities, and reading in general.

10 vintage library infographics from the 30s and 40s (pictures)

The infographics shown in this post are not “vintage-style”, like the one we created to analyze love in famous classic novels. They are truly vintage.

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ReMix: ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank. ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank By David A.

ReMix: ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank

Jordan (comment to author) In January of his senior year at Stanford, Mike Munger, Class of ’62, and two co-conspiratorial students from his fraternity, Dave Commons and Pete Richardson, hacked (in a pre-technological sense) Green Library’s card catalogue and thus launched a prank on the Libraries which went partially unnoticed for decades and wasn’t entirely understood until Munger recently sent a full explanation to University Librarian Mike Keller.

Libraries Rock! 17 More Essential Altmetrics Resources (the Library Version) As promised, I have compiled some “required reading” related specifically to altmetrics and their use in libraries.

17 More Essential Altmetrics Resources (the Library Version)

These articles and blog posts actually comprise a majority of the writing out there on altmetrics in libraries–there’s surprisingly little that librarians have written to date on how our profession might use altmetrics to enhance our work. Ironically enough (given librarians’ own OA advocacy), some of the articles linked below have been published in toll access library science journals. Apologies in advance for any paywalls you may encounter. Musings about librarianship: 8 surprising things I learnt about Google Scholar. Google Scholar is increasingly becoming a subject that an academic librarian cannot afford to be ignorant about.

Musings about librarianship: 8 surprising things I learnt about Google Scholar

Of course, researchers including librarians have taken note of this and there is intense interest in details about Google Scholar. I noticed for example in April.... Recently, I've been fortunate to be able to encounter and study Google Scholar from different angles at work including. Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries. Photo by Flickr user Ryan Keene, used under a Creative Commons license Many readers took heart in the news last week that museums in the U.S. outnumber McDonald's and Starbucks restaurants — combined.

Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries

But like so many other quantifiable preferences that Americans have, there's a political dimension to the affinity for museums. Just last week, a Pew Research Center survey found that liberals are much more attached to their museums than conservatives are: 73 percent of "consistently liberal" Americans say that being near museums and theaters is an important factor in choosing where to live. Only 23 percent of consistently conservative Americans say the same. Considering that divide, I thought it might be useful to map museums and libraries against an institution that conservatives might be more fond of: gun stores.

Evolution of libraries highlights values of books. Libraries are in transformation. From a library open around the clock to one specialized in travel books, new types of libraries are opening up across Korea. The Forest of Wisdom library, which will open in Paju, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), on June 19, and the Hyundai Card Travel Library in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul, are leading the library's evolution.

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The Oberlin Group Statement on Ebooks & Libraries. The Oberlin Group has endorsed the following statement dated March 2014: On Ebooks & LibrariesA Statement by the Oberlin Group of Liberal Arts College Libraries Colleges and universities, democracies, and civil societies thrive only when information moves readily between institutions and peoples. No institution is self-sufficient, and none can fulfill its members’ needs in isolation. The same is true for academic libraries. The libraries that governments will burn in the future - Waterfox.

Well he better move the thing away from the coast or global warming will make his argument mute. I get where he's coming from,make it politically and socially costly to censor or control the contents.That might work if today's political climate and what is or is not socially acceptable and worthy of protection and preservation remain reasonably constant. But who can say what will be worthy,acceptable or even cared about a century from now.That said if you look at this as a concept where the contents vary with the times we should hope it holds true even a century or more from now.If it doesn't then that means the government,the country,and what is or is not acceptable or resistible will have changed dramatically and probably for the worse. 15 Curious Things Found In Library Books. Installation Of The Week: Luzinterruptus Fills Melbourne Streets With 10,000 Unwanted Books. All images via Luzinterruptus Last month we wrote about the Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus and their latest urban installation that used light to illuminate environmental issues at the Gewerbemuseum in Switzerland (read more about the ‘Oh, Plastiksack!’

Installation here). Well Luzinterruptus is at it again, recently releasing images of their massive, traffic-stopping installation in Melbourne, Australia, commissioned as a part of the Light in Winter festival. The theme of this year’s festival was “reading,” so this past June the team traveled to Melbourne to recreate Literature vs Traffic, a piece they previously had installed in New York City. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection. University libraries: 10 global portraits. America: New York University library Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says dean of library Carol Mandel Read Carol's interview UK: University of Manchester library.

25 Most Popular Apps Used By Librarians. Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped - Emily Badger. Dewey Decimal System Meme. Interesting Search Engines. Open Letters: An Open Letter to the Look That Slowly Forms On Your Face When I Tell You I Am a Librarian. Libraries of the Future [VISUALIZATION] A book of my cartoons will be out in late April. 25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries. The second best time: IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BOOKS! - A short note on libraries. (4) Twitter / Search - #LoveLibraries... Anatomy of a Librarian.

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Favorite library quotes. I work at a public library. Art Libraries. (eternally under construction) Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism. Libraries Are Obsolete: An Oxford-Style Debate. List of unusual units of measurement. Memes - how they are used by libraries and librarians. The Three Questions – From the ACPL! Library Professional Organisations. MLIS studies. Library Cataloguing. Library design. Library software. Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library? : Krulwich Wonders...

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