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More than 90 percent of Americans say public libraries are important to their communities, according to the Pew Research Center — but the way that love translates into actual financial support varies hugely from state to state. Vermont, for instance, brags it has more libraries per capita than any other U.S. state. And some of them are remarkably quaint. In Ludlow, one library is a white clapboard Victorian, slightly frayed, ringed by lilies and sitting by the side of a brook. The Tyson Library in Ludlow, Vt., is required to support itself independently; public libraries in Vermont receive no state funding. For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging
Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature | Just English Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature | Just English The Classics Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W.
The Birthday Party Pledge | Building a New Generation of Readers by elliottzetta Are you ready to take the Birthday Party Pledge? Studies show that children who grow up in a home filled with books do better in school, and teens who read for fun are better prepared to succeed in college. The Birthday Party Pledge | Building a New Generation of Readers
As the world goes digital, libraries adjust their strategies As the world goes digital, libraries adjust their strategies As colleges continue to adjust to a more digital world, libraries have had to keep up as well. Both public and college libraries have struggled with staying relevant in the digital age. Some public libraries across the nation have even started loaning out unusual items like energy meters and seeds for spring planting. But this doesn’t mean the duties of librarians are becoming extinct – they’re just changing. By Goodshot Not only are more books and journal articles being made available on the Web instead of as paper products, the physical space of libraries are changing.
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An evolving typology, The social employee Are you interested in contributing to HLWIKI International?contact: dean.giustini@ubc.ca To browse other articles on a range of HSL topics, see the A-Z index. Last Update HLWIKI Canada HLWIKI Canada
Few professions are as steeped in tradition and esoteric knowledge as librarianship. We have our own dialect packed with specialized jargon that only others in our vocation would understand. To decipher all of this we even have our own dictionary! 6 Terms that Instantly Reveal You as a Librarian 6 Terms that Instantly Reveal You as a Librarian
Future of Libraries Issues | Future of Libraries Issues | During the two day summit last week in Vancouver on the Future of Libraries so many issues emerged, and so many thoughtful responses. I note here some of the issues but guest bloggers will contribute more context and elaboration, even a few answers, over the next few weeks… The future is not what it used to be! City managers and provosts are seeing less expensive options within their jurisdictions, whether preschool programs in community centers or space in cafeterias.
The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age by Frankie Rendon, librarysciencedegree.usc.edu The advent of the Internet has placed the need for libraries, and librarians under scrutiny. Now that everything in print is available online, do we really need physical libraries and librarians anymore?
Right now I'm in a relatively privileged position: As a professor at Columbia University, I have access to one of the best research libraries in the world. And at other times in my life, I have been able to pursue my work in other world-class libraries like those at Harvard and Princeton. And I can tell you that this is a completely different experience from working at an underfunded library with limited resources. Susan Bernofsky: A Library for the People Susan Bernofsky: A Library for the People
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Public Libraries East Ballarat Library (c/o raaen99 / Flickr) In BriefThe early founders of free public libraries intended them to achieve particular outcomes: a place for working people to access the wisdom of the classics, to socialise and to become more informed and educated citizens and avoid spending their time idling, lonely or drunk. There is, however, little incentive for public librarians to undertake the research required to test whether these outcomes are being achieved. In this article I explore the state of public library research in the Australian and international context by highlighting the low participation rates of public librarians in peer-reviewed article and conference paper publication. I then consider the incentives and disincentives within public library management structures that inhibit research by public librarians. What We Talk About When We Talk About Public Libraries
Moving From Data-Driven to Design-Driven Innovation - The Ubiquitous Librarian I was tweeted into a conversation about assessment and I wanted to take a minute to comment. Elliott Shore (ARL) recently called for a radical change in library assessment—with the gist being a move from descriptive to predictive. I’d like to push it further into the realm of innovation-generation. I tried to contribute my part to that conversation at last year’s Library Assessment Conference with a paper Too Much Assessment, Not Enough Innovation. I wasn’t booed off the stage, but I definitely felt avant-garde compared to the mainstream assessment crowd. But of all the papers I’ve written recently that’s my favorite one because I enjoyed digging deeply into places like PARC and Bell Labs.
A Short, Animated Defense of Toronto’s Great Public Libraries If you’ve been with Open Culture since our early days, you might remember I Met the Walrus, a short Oscar-nominated film that recalls the time when John Lennon granted an interview to a 14-year-old Beatles’ fan named Jerry Levitan. The animated film (which we still highly recommend) was the visual creation of Josh Ruskin and James Braithwaite, who have now teamed up to create “Our Public Library,” a short animated film that calls attention to the budget cuts that are undermining Toronto’s great public library system. Toronto’s lawmakers will be making key decisions about the fate of the library soon (something hopefully Mayor Rob Ford won’t be involved with, seeing that he seems prefer the pipe and drink to the book). For information on how to help protect Toronto’s public libraries, please visit the web site Our Public Library.
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ALA 2014 Midwinter Preview: The Librarian’s Guide to Paranoid Behavior Librarians have always been a wee bit paranoid, but for years our distrust pretty much clustered around two obsessions. First, there was the Rodney Dangerfield “we don’t get no respect” issue. This is the nadir of library paranoia, and it assumes many variations. No one understands what we do. The public doesn’t know we have master’s degrees.
For Brian Morin, 11, an extraordinary gateway to "adventure" lurks within an unusual place: the corner of a room in a central Fresno 7-Eleven convenience store. Brian usually stops by five days a week to check out books from a children's library inside, created by store owners Sushil Prakash and Josephine Kiran as an incentive to get children in the neighborhood excited about reading. The catch to lure kids? A free Slurpee or hot chocolate for every book read and summarized in a short book report. The public library is far away, and checking out books at the 7-Eleven is a "double treat," Brian said, because he loves reading and Slurpees. "I hope that it lets other people learn that reading is fun, because a lot of people don't like books," he said. The 7-Eleven library -- creative Fresno owners show they care | Education | FresnoBee
An Open Letter to Library Directors A library director balances the library budget with the needs of the community, and for it is hailed as a hero. There is something wrong with this picture. You're supposed to be doing that! Here's what Jenica Rogers did, working with faculty, administration, and other library staff to reduce dependence on American Chemical Society resources. Given that there was no apparent ACS-based solution to our budget crunch in the face of what we feel is unsustainable pricing, we went to our Chemistry faculty and discussed all of this with them.
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