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This Week in Libraries

This Week in Libraries

Whatever Mathers Volunteer in a library - Mobile Subsite Volunteer in a library Why we need volunteers We are looking for volunteers of all ages to help out in a range of different roles. How to apply No one is excluded from volunteering however there is a legal requirement that for some activities with children and/or vulnerable people volunteers may be screened (DBS check). We will contact you after we receive your application to arrange an interview. What can you do? Download the descriptions of the roles we offer: The following role relates to Bourton only Bourton Volunteer Role [130kb] Volunteer Role Stow Visitor Information Centre only Library Volunteer Job Role Stow Visitor Information Centre [91kb] What is it like to volunteer in a library? Read about the experiences of some of our volunteers Find other ways to volunteer Do It - Volunteering made easy Downloads click to expand contents Search Menu loading

Circulating Ideas | the librarian interview podcast LISDIS 2015 | NLPN On 14th November, the first LIS Dissertation conference (LISDIS) took place at the University of Huddersfield. As mentioned, in our previous post by Rosie, the aim of the conference is to provide a platform for recent graduates of LIS courses to share their dissertation research with a wider audience. The day consisted of nine presentations from recent LIS graduates across the day, a display of posters from LIS graduates and a guest presentation from Emma Coonan, editor of the Journal of Information Literacy. Two current MMU LIS students have summarised the day for us below. Christine Tate On Saturday 14th November 2015 I attended LISDIS 2015 at the University of Huddersfield. The morning session was divided into two areas with the first being collections and discovery. Lucy talking about her findings The final session of the morning covered public libraries and the community. Ian discussing the urban community library Uzma Ali Like this: Like Loading...

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Library Patch: Deweying It My Way Isn't that the question?? More and more libraries, both school and public, are ditching Dewey and modeling their nonfiction section after popular bookstores. They are grouping their books by major genre topics like animals, war, sports, etc. It has been creating lots of buzz in the library world over the last few years. Mighty Little Librarian E-Literate Librarian Brief Book Bytes And a search of "Dewey"at the School Library Journal's website will provide article after article on the topic! Well, all of this talk begs one to question their own nonfiction section and whether it is organized for the best use of their patrons. I am thinking that I am going to start a revolution and color-code my books. Just kidding ... So where exactly do I stand on this Dewey Dilemma? Here is a snapshot of my nonfiction section. I know ... pretty tricky to see much of anything happening from this far away. I have labeled the pictures with six different numbers. You might be thinking to yourself ...

Why I'm fighting to get teenagers into libraries | Children's books Across the country, our libraries are under serious threat. Libraries are one of the few places people can still go to ask questions face-to-face about anything from Shakespeare and atoms to how to get help with everything from house issues to mental health. The most vulnerable members of our society need spaces where information is available from people rather than just being ‘out there’ on the internet. Not everyone has a computer or knows how to find what they need. Not everyone has books at home or a well-stocked school library. Public libraries are a lifeline: they provide a gateway to our society’s resources on an equal basis. Anecdotal evidence suggests the group who use public libraries the least are teenagers, despite the creation of specific spaces for them and careful thought given to activities and resources likely to appeal. It’s also a great way to meet people from other schools who have similar interests as well as getting to know other people in your community.

ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign On October 29 American Library Association (ALA) president Sari Feldman launched the Libraries Transform campaign, a three-year national public awareness initiative focusing on the ways public, academic, school, and special libraries and librarians across the nation transform their communities. Events kicked off in Washington, DC, as the Libraries Transform team visited a cross-section of transformative libraries, and will continue with contributions from libraries—and library lovers—everywhere. Libraries Transform’s inaugural day began at 10:00 a.m. with the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology at the Smithsonian Institute, with a tour of the exhibit Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction 1780–1910 led by deputy director Mary Augusta Thomas discussing “How the Smithsonian is transforming materials so that they can transform people.” “Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people,” said Feldman in a statement.

Defending Your Library Degree Those who are interested in this career path, have started on this career path, or are far into this career path already are familiar with some of the top responses to “I’m going to become a librarian.” Unfortunately, many of them feature condescension (such as laughter) , a limited scope of what we do (“you need a degree for that? for checking out books?”) To fight back against the stereotype, focus on the truth of librarianship. Public libraries are community centers. People often talk about how they want to change the world, but working in a public library means you can actually have a dramatic impact on the lives of others. But being radical isn’t limited purely to the realm of public libraries. By being open, and safe spaces, Libraries become the center of campus. So next time someone scoffs or puts down your chosen profession, remember that you are a badass, and smile confidently at them with the knowledge that you are changing the world. Like this: Like Loading...

Gendered Expectations for Leadership in Libraries In BriefDespite significant gains in representation at the administration level, there is still a disparity between the percentage of women in our profession and women as library leaders. Additionally, even when women attain leadership roles, even top positions in libraries, there are still hurdles in the shape of gendered expectations. This article examines the history of gender representation in the field, discusses some recent trends, and then makes some recommendations for creating an environment in which women can succeed and how, more specifically, the profession could become more supportive of women in leadership roles. Introduction The path to the director’s office is convoluted for some and a straight shot for others, and the reasons we want to move up into administrative roles are even more varied. For some, financial considerations are uppermost. Anyone reading this article is probably aware of the disparity in the numbers of men and women in librarianship. What Do We Do Now?