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Ask A High School Librarian! 

In order to celebrate School Library Month we are reaching out to different school librarians to highlight the work they do! We will be posting our interviews with them through out the month.  My name is Teresa Tartaglione and I am the campus librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus in Manhattan. I …

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Ask a School Librarian! 

In order to celebrate School Library Month we are reaching out to different school librarians to highlight the work they do! We will be posting our interviews with them through out the month.  Please introduce yourself (where do you work, job title) My name is Marla Greenwald. I am the librarian at Cypress Hills Community …

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#Colorourcollections, Mo Willems, & Book Chains 

#Colorourcollections February 6th - 10th is #colorourcollections week! Libraries and Special Collections around the world have digitized parts of their collections for you to color and enjoy. There are 95 different organizations participating this year, including Digital Public Library of America and Biodiversity Heritage Library. A full list of participating organizations can be found here<span style="font-weight: …

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The Future Library Project 

Future Library Tree Rings by Katie Paterson In the Library and Information Science field, so much focus is put on improving and changing libraries now and in the immediate future. But what about imagining what a library might look like in the far future? That's exactly what Scottish artist Katie Paterson is doing by establishing the Future Library, …

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Making Sense of the Election Process: Resources for Teachers 

You know it’s almost November 4th by the volume of political advertisements on TV that school-aged kids like to make fun of (for some very good reasons). The upcoming elections, however, also pose a real opportunity for teaching about voting and encouraging young people to be more active in the political process. For teachers interested …

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Maker Culture & Makerspaces in Libraries 

In recent years, maker culture has emerged as an all-ages movement, marked by a DIY ethic and communal sharing of resources & knowledge. Makerspaces have popped up all over as centers where people come together to share resources, knowledge, and ‘stuff’* in their creative pursuits. This is an intriguing concept to a lot of librarians …

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It’s Happening: Bookless Library Opens at Florida Polytechnic University 

At Florida Polytechnic University’s new library, students can check out over 135,000 licensed ebooks, but not a single physical book is included in the collection.  This is striking for many reasons, but especially from a collection development perspective: when students check out an ebook more than twice, the book is automatically purchased.  Using student data …

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Contributorship: tracking who did what 

Recently I've been hearing some buzz about "contributorship." Especially in the sciences, article author lists can become downright gargantuan in size, so the idea behind contributorship is to move beyond the one-dimensional system of labeling everyone as an author to a more nuanced way of recording who did what in a research project. The issue …

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On net neutrality and intellectual freedom 

The Washington, DC, Court of Appeals ruling on January 14th states that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) does not have the authority to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In the article "Court strikes down net neutrality: FCC blocking, discrimination rules invalidated" from February 15, 2014, Ian Chant explains that this decision …

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Learning at Library School! 

When I tell people I’m getting my Masters degree in Library Science, the reaction is usually, “you need a Masters to be a librarian?” Yes, you do! The art of finding information can be difficult, even complex, depending on the research topic. And there’s much more to being a librarian than just books! This past …

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Public, private spaces. 

Earlier today, I witnessed a woman make a private phonecall from a public restroom on campus. While I washed my hands, she paced the small area of the bathroom floor, earphones in, speaking down into her phone as if she were in conference. It struck me as banal, this scene. People so often use public …

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Library as Exhibition Space 

There are many ideas about what libraries should be in today's world and what libraries should offer patrons. As the needs of libraries evolve with the ever changing landscape of technology and academia, libraries are exploring the different roles they can play. On this blog we recently wrote about the library as a publisher. On …

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Have Libraries Lessened the Importance of Structured Education? 

There was a time when libraries kept their books under lock and key, stored away behind gates, too precious for anyone to touch. Books were only accessible to university professors or, in the case of the Library Company of Philadelphia, benefactors. Books were still so rare that, in order to preserve them, only a limited …

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Libraries that play “hard to find.” 

The Gottesman Library at TC is pretty easy to find, with its prominent location at the end of campus and its five floors of open study space and book shelves. But some libraries are more elusive, almost intentionally hard to find. Today, the New York Times noted that the City Hall Library, located inside New …

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Academic Commons 

Academic Commons is Columbia University's digital repository. On the Academic Commons website you will find the following description, 'Academic Commons is Columbia University's digital repository where faculty, students, and staff of Columbia and its affiliate institutions can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research. Content in Academic Commons is freely available to the …

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A Library for the People 

By Susan Bernofsky Director, Literary Translation at Columbia, Columbia University School of the Arts; Chair, PEN Translation Committee 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 …

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Digital Humanities updates 

It's a busy summer for folks in the digital humanities. Here's a quick overview of some of the developments in the DH community: dh +lib has released a mini-series called Make It New?, a collection of articles that continue the conversation about collaborations and connections between digital humanities and libraries in response to the Journal …

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ALA’s frequently challenged books of the 21st century 

Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with …

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The Digital Public Library of America Launches 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) officially launched yesterday. Serving as a central portal for digital resources, the DPLA aims to bring openly available digital materials from American libraries, archives, and museums  to anyone with an internet connection. Practically all formats of resources discoverable through the DPLA, including manuscripts, photographs, 3D objects, audio, video, and …

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The Reference Interview: Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers 

In my current role as a Library Services Associate, I wished to discuss the Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Information Services Providers by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). In reference services, the success of the transaction is measured not only by the information conveyed, but also by the positive or negative impact of …

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