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Why Americans love their public libraries. Indisputable fact — Americans love their public libraries.

Why Americans love their public libraries

Evidence to support this statement abounds. A 2013 report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project noted that in the previous decade “every other major institution (government, churches, banks, corporations) has fallen in public esteem except libraries, the military, and first responders.”

The study also found that 91 percent of those surveyed over sixteen years old said libraries are “very” or “somewhat” important to their communities, and 98 percent identified their public library experience as “very” or “mostly positive.” Another Pew study found 94 percent of parents believe libraries are important for their children; 84 percent said because libraries develop a love of reading and books. 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.

The Rise and Fall of Text on the Web

Websites such as were gaining enormous popularity and using a communicative style that had more in common with children’s books (large graphics and short segments of text) than with the traditional newspaper column. I wondered if I could measure this change in any systematic way? 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!) I'm always struck by just how many people use libraries in the UK.

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

Away from the bustle of big city life, some of New Zealand's - and possibly the world's - tiniest libraries sit quietly awaiting visitors. Usually no bigger than a bedroom or small garage, these libraries are cared for by a devoted few. App users tap here to see all the images Next week, the stories behind these smalltown treasures will be shared globally in BBC World Service documentary The Search for Tiny Libraries in New Zealand.

The inspiration came from Julie Shapiro, one of two presenters, who backpacked around New Zealand nearly 20 years ago. 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.” The library at the jeweller Jessica McCormack's Mayfair atelier.

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. They are economic incubators and learning hubs. 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. Since early 2000s, he travels the small villages of Basilicata with its cute library on three wheels to promote reading for pleasure among the local children.

The Book Barge, UK Street Books, Portland, USA Created especially for people who live outside, Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library in Portland. Text is Beautiful. About. Founded in 1989, OPM is an independent, employee-owned research organisation and consultancy.


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. 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.

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.) 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. A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. Reanimation Library. Katie Paterson, Future Library. VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER by Roni Horn, Stykkishólmur, Iceland. Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation - Ethos. By Kevin Michael Klipfel19 August 2014. 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) 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. Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries. Photo by Flickr user Ryan Keene, used under a Creative Commons license. Evolution of libraries highlights values of books.

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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. 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!’ University libraries: 10 global portraits. 25 Most Popular Apps Used By Librarians. Thank you for all your great feedback! We updated our list to include even more great apps! 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. Dear 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.

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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... Special Libraries stuff. Library news.