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The 35 Most Amazing Libraries In The World

The 35 Most Amazing Libraries In The World
With education as our focus here at The Best Colleges, we obviously love libraries. College libraries, public libraries, private libraries, it doesn’t matter, we think they are all awesome. With that in mind we’ve done hours of research trying to find the most interesting libraries in the world, and come up with these 35 that we thought were especially noteworthy. We’ve tried to balance our list between architecturally interesting libraries and libraries with interesting collections, but most of these libraries are actually fascinating in both respects. We’d love to spend a day in any of these libraries, and we hope you’ll agree. 35. One of the most distinctive libraries on our list, the National Library of Belarus is shaped like a Rhombicuboctahedron (here’s what a rhombicuboctahedron is, just in case you’re not a mathematician.) 34. The University of Coimbra General Library has been in operation since the early 16th century. 33. 32. 31. 30. 29. 28. 27. 26. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 20. 19. Related:  Library design

Canada Water library – review | Art and design | The Observer OMG! It's a library! An absolutely new one, with books in it, too! Not in the London Borough of Southwark, apparently, where they have decided to keep all 12 of their existing libraries, as well as build this new one. And so he has designed a celebratory building. Inside, he has placed a big, wooden spiral stair at the centre, which rises from a constrained ground floor up to a bright, expansive top floor ringed with a gallery. The location is Canada Water, in the old Surrey Commercial Docks, on a big bulge into the Thames that was once so excavated by docks that it was more liquid than land. Creating town centres is not that easy, especially in a place where there has never been such a thing, and especially when this is done in the British way, whereby the private sector is nudged and enticed to achieve the thing officially desired by public bodies, which lack the resources and authority to lead and plan. The quality most obviously lacking, apart from charm or delight, is coherence.

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors “Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers — including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates — “to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time– novels, story collections, plays, or poems.” Of the 544 separate titles selected, each is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any list — so, a book that tops a list at number one receives 10 points, and a book that graces the bottom, at number ten, receives 1 point. In introducing the lists, David Orr offers a litmus test for greatness:

Readers’ Choice: 20 More Beautiful College Libraries From Around the World Recently we shared our picks for the 25 most beautiful college libraries in the world, asking our readers to comment with their own favorites if they hadn’t made the list. And comment you did, dear readers! We therefore feel compelled to offer this follow-up post made up entirely of libraries suggested by you, in your infinite wisdom. We do have a few caveats: many of your suggestions, great libraries as they were, were not college or university libraries, and so were disqualified. Others we couldn’t find photos of. In addition, though many of you commented asking (not always entirely nicely) for more foreign submissions, the overwhelming number of actual suggestions were for American and British universities, so go figure. Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Humboldt University, Berlin [via and via]

Banco de textos para el aula Parece que en los últimos días ha habido una explosión de iniciativas web relacionadas con la enseñanza de la lengua y la literatura y las tic. Creo que es una de las áreas o competencias educativas que más se prestan a trabajarlas mediante la utilización de las herramientas que proporciona la web. En esta ocasión traigo a este blog una iniciativa de un profesor muy inquieto y que ya nos "ha regalado" otros proyectos de enorme interés ( Dicta2.0, gooodrae o generador de fichas para imprimir). Se llama Sergio Abad (@sabad) en twitter. Su última aportación se denomina Banco de textos . "Todos leemos en clase con nuestros alumnos: lecturas del libro de texto, del libro de lecturas, periódicos, revistas, páginas webs, blogs, etc. En el Banco de Textos se ha puesto especial interés en facilitar la lectura de sus textos en distitntos formatos: todos disponen de un modo de lectura a pantalla completa pensada para leer los textos en pantalla (netbooks, tabletas, smartphones, etc.)

The Once and Future Library To some librarians it must seem like a perfect storm: Budgets are being slashed, ebooks suddenly are outselling their print ancestors, electronic movies on demand are slowing over-the-counter DVD lending, and the general public can find answers to their basic reference-oriented questions online. In what history may well mark as an important milestone in how we live and learn, Amazon and the Association of American Publishers reported in spring 2011 that ebook sales had surpassed print for the first time. The former grew by triple-digit percentages from February 2010 to the same month this past year; the latter declined 25% in the same period. Besides librarians, architects are among the people most concerned about how, and how rapidly, such trends play out. Plans made a year ago for library additions or even modest renovations—never mind an entirely new building—are probably out of date. Change may be inevitable, but it will not be uniform. Built-in flexibility What are we looking at?

Analog Books to Die For: 5 Wonderfully Tactile Die-Cut Books by Maria Popova What cutting-edge digital culture has to do with an unmakeable book, lasers, and Sherlock Holmes. For all their wonder and promise, one crucial component of the joy of reading still eludes the publishing platforms of the future: holding a beautifully bound, meticulously designed, thoughtfully crafted tome in your two hands. Every seven years, Stefan Sagmeister takes a year-long sabbatical, during which he does absolutely no commercial work. Jonathan Safran Foer‘s Tree of Codes topped our list of the best art, design and photography books of 2010 — and for good reason. I thought: What if you pushed it to the extreme, and created something not old-fashioned or nostalgic but just beautiful? Our full review here, including remarkable making-of footage. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved and enduring literary characters of all time, to this day culturally relevant and alluring. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter and people say it’s cool.

The 'library of the future' begins to emerge It looks like a boxy robot, or maybe a poor man's ATM. With simple lines and a glowing screen, the Cupertino Library's JobView kiosk beckons to job hunters interested in reviewing, printing, e-mailing and applying for jobs listed in Bay Area newspapers. A resume is not required; instead, a mini-application takes less than four minutes to complete on the touch-screen and is electronically submitted directly to employers. A boon to job seekers, the kiosk is also one of the newest technologies turning the traditional library's role inside out. Gone are the days of dusty shelves, cellophane-protected book covers and librarians who say "shush." Say hello to computer classes and Wii stations, information kiosks and musical performances. As archives of information, libraries have historically served as repositories of books, papers, manuscripts and important documents, but that role is changing, according to futurists, who study and predict cultural, demographic, societal and economic shifts.

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