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Shacks Serve As Makeshift Schools, Libraries For Migrants In Calais

At the bookshop, a Sudanese man returns a copy of Ernest Hemingway short stories, thumbs through volumes of Harry Potter and departs with a Sherlock Holmes collection. Beside a wall map of Europe, men from Afghanistan and Eritrea debate distinctions between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland — and which might offer the best opportunity for refugee status and employment.

Rowan Farrell, an English photographer who helps run the library, including its laptops with English-language software lessons, says the library promotes "a calming atmosphere in a very chaotic place." 

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FSU professor: Libraries must think more like entrepreneurs

"We need to start looking at our readers as customers -- customers of information," he said, adding that libraries should develop ways to collect information about what users enjoy and what they like to do. "What can we do to contribute to learning success?"

Thus libraries should focus on being both information and community hubs, he said.

"Let's think of ourselves as an information provider," said Greenwood, who writes "To Your Success," a weekly column in the Sentinel & Enterprise.

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Most libraries close the book on coffee shops

When Dakota County asked people in Eagan what they wanted in a remodeled library, the No. 1 item on the wish list had nothing to do with books. It was lattes, cappuccinos and muffins.

Today, though, after two agonizing stabs at fulfilling those dreams, the coffee shop space sits empty.

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Will libraries outlive books? A future tense event recap.

Predicting what libraries will be like in a century is difficult in part because it inevitably devolves into speculation about what people will be like in a century. Indeed, the panelists jointly hinted that the real task of libraries—now and later—is to help us forge our own futures. There is, in any case, no single future for libraries. They are, Figueroa observed, adaptive institutions, powerful precisely because they are never tied to a single trajectory.

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Bedbugs found in Delaware library books

A few bedbugs have been snuggling into the pages of Delaware's library books.

Six to eight months ago, librarians at downtown Wilmington's main branch started noticing the bugs in books that were returned to the library, said the director of the city's library system, Larry Manuel. The bugs went away after the returns counter was treated, but they returned in the past week. It has been, "one here, one there – we're not talking about hundreds," Manuel said.

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Furs, Mounts, and Skulls at ARLIS, continued

Following an initial story and slideshow in the Alaska Dispatch News, the Furs, Mounts, and Skulls Collection at ARLIS continued to attract media attention. NPR's morning edition interviewed ARLIS Librarian Celia Rozen.

30 Years of NEH Preservation Grants | LYRASIS NOW

The year was 1985, Marty McFly and Professor Brown made history by going Back to the Future. Little did we know we were about to make history as we were just embarking on a new program, Preservation Field Services. Now here we are, 30 years later, thanking the National Endowment for the Humanities who has allowed us to continue serving and aiding the preservation of collections across the country.

It all began in January 1985, when the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), granted LYRASIS $168,401 to establish Preservation Field Services. The mission of Preservation Field Services was to strengthen local institutions’ ability to preserve their collections. This was done through consulting, training and providing resources of information pertaining to collection care and preservation.

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'Fair Use in the US Economy' (2010)

PDF of a report from 2010:

This report employs the latest data available to answer a very important
question: what contribution is made to our economy by industries that
depend on the limitations to copyright protection when engaged in
commerce? As this report shows, such industries make a huge contribution.
In an era of highly competitive markets for information goods and
services, changes to the boundaries of copyright protection will alter
the economic landscape. Broader regulation of economic activity by
copyright might encourage additional creativity, but it will deter certain
types of technology innovation, and may undermine competition and
free expression. Our information policy must therefore balance the
incentives that IP regulation creates against the disincentives that
result. For 300 years, copyright law has recognized this fragile balance.

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The Home Library Problem

In March of 2006 my wife Mary and I owned about 3,500 books. We both have eclectic interests, voracious appetites for knowledge, and a great love of used bookstores. The problem was that we had no idea what books we had or where any of them were. We lost books all the time, cursed late into the night digging through piles for that one book we knew must be there, and even bought books only to find that we already owned them. There were books on random shelves, books on the floor, we were tripping over books when we walked up and down the stairs. In short, we had a mess.

We needed to get organized

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What libraries should look like in the future

Libraries now need to offer more than books to stay relevant. Inspired by Scandinavian models, they are turning into lively meeting points and cultural hot spots. Makerspaces reflect the values of the sharing economy.

From What libraries should look like in the future | Books | DW.COM | 04.11.2015

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