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Log In. Photo “IT IS A SPECTATOR SPORT to look at someone else’s books, if not an act of voyeurism or armchair psychology,” wrote Henry Petroski in “The Book on the Bookshelf.”

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Yet when the books don’t belong to an individual, but rather to a hotel or a bar, it is not armchair psychology — it is an invitation to a chance encounter. 7 surprises about libraries in our surveys. The Pew Research Center’s studies about libraries and where they fit in the lives of their communities and patrons have uncovered some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

As librarians around the world are gathered in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research, our typology of public library engagement and the quiz we just released that people can take to see where they compare with our national survey findings: What kind of library user are you? Each time we ask about library use, we find that those ages 65 and older are less likely to have visited a library in the past 12 months than those under that age. Equally as interesting is the fact that younger Americans (those ages 16-29) are just as likely to be library users as those who are older. How to weather the Trump administration: Head to the library. Even now, in this riven country, after this whole entropically hideous year, most Americans still agree on at least one institution.

How to weather the Trump administration: Head to the library

Mercifully, it’s the one that may just save us: the public library. Hear me out. In small towns and large, in red states and blue, libraries poll better across the political spectrum than any public trust this side of the fire department. In districts where millage increases don’t require a two-thirds vote (and frequently where they do, as in California) modest library bonds usually win.

If, as he claims, our new president really wants to invest in infrastructure, then America will need to build more than just roads and bridges. What books mean to rough sleepers – and the library that helps them. A white van pulls up outside St Giles in the Fields, an imposing 18th century church in central London, around the corner from Tottenham Court Road station, for a couple of hours every Saturday afternoon.

What books mean to rough sleepers – and the library that helps them

St Giles is known as ‘The Poets’ Church’ because it has memorials to Andrew Marvell and George Chapman, but this humble van makes the nickname more fitting. It’s a library. To be homeless is to have no fixed address, which means you can’t borrow books from a public library — but it doesn’t mean you’ve no desire to read. The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries - The Local. The Stockholm archipelago book boat.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries - The Local

Photo: Roger Hill. Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places. At the beginning of October a boat set off from Strandvägen in Stockholm, but unlike the many tourist excursions departing the quays, this one goes on its travels only twice a year, and it is full of books. In Sweden – I discovered on a recent visit to the country's capital city – books take to the water. Signage by Design: A Design-Thinking Approach to Library User Experience. This paper was refereed by Weave's peer reviewers.

Signage by Design: A Design-Thinking Approach to Library User Experience

Abstract Signage is a powerful visual tool for communication and a crucial component of the library user experience. Signage can welcome, guide, instruct, and delight users, helping them navigate the complex information world of any library. In practice, however, signage can be problematic, revealing tensions between various stakeholders, and contributing to visual noise through information overload; this often leads to signage blindness, library anxiety, and confusion. 10 Golden Rules To Take Your Library’s Twitter Account to the Next Level. Ned Potter If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re already aware how important Twitter is to libraries. 32 percent of Internet users are on the platform, but more importantly, they’re our type of Internet users!

10 Golden Rules To Take Your Library’s Twitter Account to the Next Level

Share, inspire, connect: Library related Twitter hashtags. Twitter is an outstanding tool for gaining inspiration with whatever turns you on and engaging with people of similar interests.

Share, inspire, connect: Library related Twitter hashtags

For me Twitter has been a major boost for my professional life in terms of insights, inspiration, debates and network with the global library community. I slowly started using Twitter in 2012 when I was on the TICER Summer School in Tillburg and it took me a while to crack the code and come to a place where I got the full potential of this great tool. A part of it was related to the size of the network; where do you even start to build your professional learning network on Twitter? Well, a good place to start is via hashtags that binds various topics and discussions together.

Dewey Pictograms. Reproducible images portraying collections within the Dewey Decimal Classification System, enabling people with disabilities, low literacy skills, etc., to better locate materials in the library's collection; these can be mounted on bookstacks or special mounts in the collection.

Dewey Pictograms

Many thanks to OCLC (all copyright rights in the Dewey Decimal Classification System are owned by OCLC; Dewey, Dewey Decimal Classification, DDC, OCLC and WebDewey are registered trademarks of OCLC) and to Oakland (CA) Public Library for making these images freely available. The resource is a result of a collaboration between the Oakland Public Library and the East Bay Learning Disabilities Association (EastBayl da.org), supported by the California State Library. The 88 images were created by Shelby Designs & Illustrates (Oakland, CA) and the work was supported in part by the U.S. Introduction Pictograms for the Dewey Decimal System People with learning disabilities make up 17 to 20% of the general population. Libraries matter: 18 fantastic library infographics.

Library infographics presented below clearly show that being a librarian today is not about surviving any longer.

Libraries matter: 18 fantastic library infographics

It’s great that such infographics are created. Infographics are a fantastic way to draw attention of online users, and give facts not only in a more digestible, but also highly entertaining way. Street Library Australia. Free Decimal Correspondence – Everybody's Libraries. Good resources for library website design. I recently spoke to a local library co-op about designing user-centered library websites. In this post I thought I’d share the list of resources I compiled as part of that presentation. Below are some sites, blogs, books, articles, and tools that I have found useful in my own web design projects. Love letters to libraries: Robin Ince, Meg Rosoff and other famous names check in. In 1971 Marguerite Hart, a children’s librarian in the city of Troy, Michigan, asked public figures to write to local children about why their new library was important.

She wrote wide and dreamed big, sending requests all over the world to artists, writers, politicians – even pontiffs – and what came back was a veritable who’s-who in history: Dr Seuss, Pope Paul VI, Neil Armstrong, Kingsley Amis and Isaac Asimov responded, to name but a few of the 97. 45 years later and half a world away, the letters were noticed by the Arts Council England this year, who contacted the Troy Public Library about doing something similar to mark National Libraries Day in the UK. “They were thrilled to bits” according to Brian Ashley, director of libraries at ACE, which immediately contacted writers and personalities for their library memories.

“They may look different now to then, and there may be different numbers of them going forward, but the idea and importance of libraries remains the same.” 6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have. Active Learning Spaces In the book Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success, the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students.

While this research (and this book) are not specifically focused on school libraries, we are the ideal place in our schools to encompass all six types of learning spaces in one location. We are the learning hubs of our schools after all. :) You might find that many of these spaces will overlap in your library, or that their purpose might shift depending on the day. Not all praise privately run public libraries. By Shinya Machida / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterPublic libraries, great sources of knowledge, are undergoing radical change.

As the outsourcing of library management continues, interested parties are debating how to balance such concerns as making public libraries more convenient and effectively selecting and arranging books. Outsourcing continues. Walking Paper – A library design consultancy and blog by Aaron Schmidt. A new story for Libraries and Wikipedia: #1Lib1Ref (with images, tweets) · WikiLibrary. How Evidence Informed Practice Changed My Life… Or at least how I think about Twitter. By Christine Neilson Information Specialist, St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto, Ontario And now for something completely different. Well, not COMPLETELY different. I was inspired by the C-EBLIP Fall Symposium – all those library professionals talking about their research, what inspires them, the highs, the lows – and decided that even though I couldn’t attend in person, I have the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts with everyone right here.

I give you, How Evidence Informed Practice changed my life… Or at least how I think about Twitter. 5 Ways to Become a ‘Full Stack’ Librarian. Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics. The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref. Challenging Conventional Wisdom. Oh! Let us never, never doubt What nobody is sure about. Hilaire Belloc, “The Microbe” in More Beasts for Worse Children (1912) Sometimes, what everybody knows turns out to be a little shaky once you track down the source material.

Ten Types of Tech Tools That Every Teacher (and Librarian) Needs. Technology integration can be a daunting task, especially with the myriad of tools out there to choose from. The Cloud Catalog: One Catalog to Serve Them All. As a whole, public libraries are the single largest supplier of books in the U.S. An A-Maze-ing Library Experience.

Sometimes you get a big idea. Why Americans love their public libraries. The Rise and Fall of Text on the Web. In the summer of 2014, I became interested in studying if it was more than my mere impression that websites were beginning to present less text to end-users. Awful Library Books. 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. 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 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. Welcome to the world's most luxurious libraries. Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see. I Freaking Love Libraries. 16 Incredible Library Bars In London. 10 Quirky Mobile Libraries and Bookstores. Text is Beautiful. About. Untitled. Design Thinking for Libraries. Secret Libraries of Paris. The top 100 papers. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming.

Reanimation Library. Katie Paterson, Future Library. VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER by Roni Horn, Stykkishólmur, Iceland. Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation - Ethos. 10 vintage library infographics from the 30s and 40s (pictures)

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ReMix: ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank. Libraries Rock! 17 More Essential Altmetrics Resources (the Library Version) Musings about librarianship: 8 surprising things I learnt about Google Scholar. Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries. Evolution of libraries highlights values of books. Collection Management. The Oberlin Group Statement on Ebooks & Libraries. The libraries that governments will burn in the future - Waterfox. 15 Curious Things Found In Library Books. Installation Of The Week: Luzinterruptus Fills Melbourne Streets With 10,000 Unwanted Books.

University libraries: 10 global portraits. 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...

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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.

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