Libraries

Why infinite libraries are treated skeptically in the annals of science fiction and fantasy

In The Book of Sand, Jorge Luis Borges tells the story of an unexpected visit from a Bible salesman, who has in his collection a most unusual object. “It can’t be, but it is,” the salesman says. “The number of pages in this book is no more or less than infinite. None is the first page, none is the last.” The strange book is so engrossing as to be sinister. This is a theme that comes up repeatedly in Borges’s work. “Paradise is a library, not a garden,” he famously said. But libraries, he warned, can be hellish, too.
From The Human Fear of Total Knowledge - The Atlantic
Topic: 

No silence please – campaigners launch network of autism-friendly libraries

Restricting speech can distress those with autism as much as excessive noise. A new initiative aims to make England’s public libraries more welcoming
From No silence please – campaigners launch network of autism-friendly libraries | Social Care Network | The Guardian
Topic: 

The internet and coffee shops are no replacement for libraries

Author Polly Ho-Yen feels a seeing-red-rage rise up inside each time she hears about library cuts – here’s why and what she’s doing about it
From The internet and coffee shops are no replacement for libraries | Children's books | The Guardian
Topic: 

Which cruise ship library is right for you?

Linda Garrison, who has sailed on about 125 cruises in her 15-plus years as cruise writer for About.com, has also noticed the shrinking space devoted to ship libraries and the increasing number of passengers toting e-readers. And she’s observed something that seems counterintuitive: Oftentimes, the bigger the ship, the smaller the library. “Large cruise ships just have too many things to do, and most of their guests are not on vacation to sit in a quiet space reading a book,” Garrison said. “On the flip side, smaller luxury ships without a lot of onboard activities or entertainment often have larger libraries.”
From Which cruise ship library is right for you? - The Washington Post
Topic: 

Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory

A growing number of care homes are discovering that libraries and reading groups can transform the lives of their residents, including those with dementia. Residents at Mayflower Court can join the reading group which meets every Tuesday morning in the library. Former librarian and resident, Pat Marton, runs the reading group. “Reading is a fantastic way to encourage the group to keep mentally active and engaged,” she says.
From Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory | Norman Miller | Society | The Guardian
Topic: 

There's A Good Reason Canadians Won't Give Up Their Libraries 

Perhaps most importantly, libraries provide their programs and services to those who are often marginalized or can't afford to go elsewhere for enrichment. And it's not just knowledge that libraries give to those in need. A pioneer of the sharing economy, the library lending model is expanding to create greater community access to other useful things through innovative initiatives like toy and tool libraries. We agree with Singh that libraries really are a tremendous equalizing force.
From There's A Good Reason Canadians Won't Give Up Their Libraries | Craig and Marc Kielburger
Topic: 

Why Libraries Have So Many Toys

I'd had it. I called my library branch to ask them why on earth they lumped those dingy virus-hosting toys with all the magnificent books. I half-expected to get a nodding librarian on the other end, lamenting the end of childhood imagination and cursing the downfall of humanity as we know it. Instead, I was told this was "a new trend in libraries," and that in my city, upwards of 14 institutions now have similar "play spaces." In fact, many are now loaning out toys like they do books. Fine. But when I asked why the toys were set out in the open, it was as if I asked for documentation to prove elementary school is actually educational. The librarian went on about the importance of play in early childhood learning.
From Why Libraries Have So Many Toys | POPSUGAR Moms
Topic: 

How Are Libraries Doing Around the World?

The Annual Library Budget Survey, a global study that queries 686 senior librarians about their budget spending predictions for the year, was published last week by the Publishers Communication Group (PCG), a consultancy wing of Ingenta, the self-described “largest supplier of technology and related services for the publishing industry.” The survey found uneven growth expectations for libraries worldwide. For North American libraries, the survey was more cautious than optimistic, with librarians in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico expecting only a 1% increase in budget spending. In other developed or “mature markets,” the report says, growth expectations were negative. In Europe, for example, budgets are expected to fall by 0.1%.
From How Are Libraries Doing Around the World? – Flavorwire
Topic: 

In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

"I've always thought of libraries as places full of tools. Books are tools, scrolls are tools, computers are tools," she says. "This vision of bringing technology to everyone in the community, it just gets people very excited." Taxpayers didn't fund this library. Instead, Heritage Services, a coalition of Omaha philanthropists, donated $7 million to renovate the building — which had been a Borders bookstore — and pay for computers, 3-D printers and the Internet bandwidth. Sue Morris speaks for the donors.
From In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All : All Tech Considered : NPR
Topic: 

Modern Public Libraries Can Help Bridge the Digital Divide

Yet the digital revolution has proved not to be the demise of libraries, but their rebirth — and today, they are more relevant than ever to the people and communities they serve. Many patrons come to us as generations before them did, in search of good books and helpful research materials. Others, like Kim, pass through our doors determined to change the course of their lives. Taken together, their stories signal a bright future for our society’s most democratic institution.
From Modern Public Libraries Can Help Bridge the Digital Divide – Next City
Topic: 

Pages

Subscribe to Libraries