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14 entries from May 2015

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#BEA15 @BookExpoAmerica NYC
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Book Expo America 2015

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29 May '15
Beautiful New York day.
#BEA15 Book Expo America kicks it again!‎

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The Whitney Protects Collection From Climate Change

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28 May '15
You just can't beat elegant, simple, common sense design. And it comes out beautiful, ...just because that's the result of good design. 

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Weaver Library, Providence R.I., Book Club Services above and beyond!


28 May '15‎ on Twitter @weaverlibrary
Nice marketing idea.
Good strategy for feedback and staying in touch with survey below in their site.

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Reasons for Public Libraries | Voices for the Library

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Excellent and extensive piece on why we have and need libraries.
There's a world of info in here to meet any skeptic questioner with facts supported with research.

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Bill Nye explains why scientific illiteracy drives him crazy

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Wish I could believe this intelligent, daring and brilliant man was talking to more people than those already in the Choir!

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A Brief History of the Dust Jacket

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This is so cool!
Who knew ? 
Well, The Bodleian does.



From @RoyKenagy on Twitter, 24/05/15

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Libraries That Matter - PPS article

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Adapt or die.
And libraries are not anywhere near death. 
Hope at every turn, show stoppers and 'big name architecture' notwithstanding.

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From Twitter feed night of Saturday, 23 May'15

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Privacy Matters - short short

From The Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand on YouTube:  

Published on May 3, 2015.

Information is changing the way we live.

Every day brings new demands from government and business for access to your information.

Privacy DOES MATTER.

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Create a new perception of our profession.

Got your attention?

This summary article (Wiley.com) written by Lluis Anglada, Director of the Department of Libraries, Information and Documentation of the Consortium of University Services of Catalonia (CSUC), of his paper, Are Libraries Sustainable In World Of Free, Networked, Digital Information? gives us the straight goods about the future of libraries and a formula (yes, a mathematical formula!) to help us find our way into our future as viable libraries.

Screenshot AmstrdmPLAre Libraries Sustainable In World Of Free, Networked, Digital Information? and available open access here  talks "...about the sustainability of libraries in a world where information is increasingly digital, networked, and free, based on a speech he gave at the 22nd Bobcatsss conference in Barcelona, January 21-24 2014."

He proposes that "the same stages and library events have taken place in all countries and in all library types, but not at the same time. Therefore, the different phases that libraries passed through to become automated are similar in each country, but they occurred in different years (Anglada , 2006)." And "a division of the recent history of libraries  (can be organised) into three major phases over the past 50 years."

Mechanization, a period characterized by the construction of new buildings and mechanization of processes; Automation, in which networks of libraries were created, OPAC was introduced and union catalogues were created; and Digitization, in which electronic journals and books appeared and documents stored in libraries have been digitized (Buckland, 1992)

Here is a portion of his discourse on the third phase:

"During the Digitization phase, however, despite librarians’ ability to adapt (both in terms of their Perceptions of librariesown roles and how the library space is used), the speed of change has been so great that dysfunctions (defined as the difference between expectations and realities) have continued to increase. For example, duplication in catalogs as a result of one book being catalogued more than once; the ‘Googlization’ of information, while library catalogues – once so innovative – have failed to keep up with; and the failure of libraries to sufficiently adapt their services to meet users’ changing expectations. As a result, applying the formula to the Digitized library shows a clear downward trend in terms of its sustainability."

It continues:

"Basically, libraries are suffering from the fact that the public perception of them remains attached to the printed book, which – with the advent of the Internet and digitization of information – is no longer valued as much as it was. Among other things, this has led to the steady decline in library budgets – both in real terms and as a proportion of the overall university budget. Some classic library services are also experiencing significant declines – loan transactions, reference inquiries, and displacement of the starting point for literature searches from the library catalogue to and A&I service or the internet, for example."

and concludes:

"We need to establish a new stereotype of ‘library’ in people’s minds, one that is not based on physical elements – buildings and books – but on the role of providing support and assistance in the difficult process of using information and transforming it into knowledge.

The creation of this new perception must be performed by the current generation of young librarians – “those who are inheriting renovated libraries but also a mental image that is associated with becoming less powerful for society. This is the challenge and responsibility for young librarians: to create a new perception of our profession.”

 

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Librarians in pop culture @InterLibNet

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Hepburn as the Librarian who competes with one of the earliest concepts of computer search in "Desk Set' with Tracy

@InterLibNet. http://interlibnet.org/2015/05/10/librarians-in-pop-culture-a-roundup/

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Library Advocates head for Washington DC tomorrow #NLLD

Washington DC is a beautiful place to be at the beginning of May.

Screenshot_NLLD15Especially if you appreciate how important libraries are in your life in America.

It is so easy for your Legislators to 'get on board' with the idea of The Library; to tell you that 'of course' they will 'support your library'. But are they? Do they support legislation to actually fund your libraries? Do you see proof of their words in their actions?

Come to Washington. Join the American Library Association. Show your legislators how important your library is in your life.

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Join your library supporters at ALA National Library Legislative Day #NLLD

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