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I work at a public library. Visiting libraries is the most popular activity in the UK (spread these resources far and wide!) Tiny New Zealand libraries tell a fascinating story - Travel. Backpacking trip inspired BBC documentary on Kiwi smalltown treasures.

Tiny New Zealand libraries tell a fascinating story - Travel

The beautiful librarians are dead: academic librarians and the crisis in public libraries : gwallter. An adapted version of a talk given to Welsh academic librarians at the WHELF Gregynog Colloquium on 15 June 2015.

The beautiful librarians are dead: academic librarians and the crisis in public libraries : gwallter

The city of Kingston upon Hull is famous for its poets, among them Andrew Marvell in the seventeenth century, and Douglas Dunn and Philip Larkin in the twentieth. Hull’s best known contemporary poet is Sean O’Brien. His latest volume of poems is called The beautiful librarians (2015). Its title poem takes as its theme, strangely enough, beautiful librarians. The opening stanza reads: Welcome to the world's most luxurious libraries. The most spectacular libraries in the world Closer to home, Dunne also curated a library for the Mayfair jeweller Jessica McCormack’s atelier, choosing titles that reflected her love of vintage jewellery and equestrianism.

Welcome to the world's most luxurious libraries

“I already had an existing collection of jewellery books that I wanted to expand,” she explains. “Nick brought me books which I wouldn’t have considered reading or choosing myself but I now adore. It was a bit like working with a fashion stylist, in terms of making me try new things, which was invaluable, considering the time constraints I was under at the time.”

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see. Libraries lead the way to digital citizenship.

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

They should be the first places where most advanced technologies are implemented. Today, libraries are not only about lending books. They are creative spaces, not only for individuals, but also teams. I Freaking Love Libraries. 16 Incredible Library Bars In London. 10 Quirky Mobile Libraries and Bookstores. Books change our lives, expand our horizons, and make us better persons, but it’s not just the authors we have to thank, but also those who facilitate our access to them and instill in us the joy of reading.

10 Quirky Mobile Libraries and Bookstores

That’s why we’ve rounded up a list with some of the most ingenious nomadic bookshops and libraries from across the globe. Il Bibliomotocarro, Italy Much more than just a mobile library, Il Bibliomotocarro is a charming Italian story about books, children, and friendship that would have never been possible without retired Italian teacher Antonio La Cava and his noble purpose of spreading the love of reading to the little ones.

Text is Beautiful. About. Founded in 1989, OPM is an independent, employee-owned research organisation and consultancy.

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We work with leaders, policymakers, regulators, commissioners and providers – as well as service users and communities – to ensure that services are designed and implemented efficiently, effectively and in the public interest. We do this through. Untitled. Design Thinking for Libraries. 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.) 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. Fifty years ago, Eugene Garfield published the Science Citation Index (SCI), the first systematic effort to track citations in the scientific literature.

To mark the anniversary, Nature asked Thomson Reuters, which now owns the SCI, to list the 100 most highly cited papers of all time. (See the full list at Web of Science Top 100.xls or the interactive graphic, below.) Biological techniques. 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. The sculpture installation offers a space for private reflection whilst accommodating a wide variety of community uses. 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.

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. In fairness, the whole “librarians love books” thing isn’t entirely misguided. 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. 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. 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.

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. (Though if you do find barriers to access, you should tell OA Button about it!) General. Musings about librarianship: 8 surprising things I learnt about Google Scholar.

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. 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 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. When it not longer becomes politically and/or socially costly to censor or destroy cultural material it become dystopia,it becomes analgious to Nazi Germany,Communist USSR or even today's China or North Korea. 15 Curious Things Found In Library Books. Installation Of The Week: Luzinterruptus Fills Melbourne Streets With 10,000 Unwanted Books.

All images via Luzinterruptus. 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. 25 Most Popular Apps Used By Librarians. Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped - Emily Badger. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the ubiquity of McDonald's, this stat may make your day: There are more public libraries (about 17,000) in America than outposts of the burger mega-chain (about 14,000). The same is true of Starbucks (about 11,000 coffee shops nationally). 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.

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Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library? : Krulwich Wonders... Special Libraries stuff. Library news.