Public Libraries: A Haven to the Homeless

Mantra Roy
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Published: 28 July 2014
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Public Libraries: A Haven to the Homeless

When skeptics question the need for public libraries in an era when digital books and materials seem to keep patrons away from the physical space of the library, they make a major assumption. They assume that public libraries are only custodians of printed books.

In addition to offering books and related materials both in print and digital formats, libraries provide a community space in which services like story times, computer classes, language development workshops, and career counseling can help community members develop essential skills. Many libraries offer services to help their patrons gain technological literacy, for instance, where parents find... Read more

Libraries are Development

Anna Shelton
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Published: 25 July 2014
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Libraries are Development

Around the globe, libraries are a force to be reckoned with. A recent webinar highlighted cutting-edge libraries in developing and transitioning countries that are empowering their communities to achieve local goals. Presenters Bill Cartwright, President and CEO of Riecken Community Libraries, and Ugne Lipeikaite, Impact Manager at EIFL-PLIP (Public Library Innovation Programme) led webinar participants on a worldwide tour of libraries that are creating huge impacts with modest resources.

Community development can be understood to mean many things, but the United Nations recognizes it as "a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to... Read more

Makers, iPads, and Ketchup: Digital Services for Children

Mantra Roy
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Published: 23 July 2014
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Makers, iPads, and Ketchup: Digital Services for Children

For some time now there has been a growing concern about digital learning for children. Is it good for young learners to engage with reading and literacy development through eBooks on digital devices? What might children be losing when they learn to read by swiping digital screens on different sized devices instead of turning pages of printed books? Long the bastions of literacy, many libraries are feeling compelled to offer digital devices and eBooks for young readers.

An example of an e-library for children's books includes the California-based MagicBlox. MagicBlox recently offered a $38 lifetime access fee as a promotional... Read more

A Year in Photographs: A Visual Essay on The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University

Mantra Roy & Heidi Herr
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Published: 18 July 2014
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A Year in Photographs: A Visual Essay on The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University

We interviewed Heidi Herr, Outreach Coordinator of Special Collections and Librarian for Philosophy in The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, who recently appointed two undergraduate students to create a pictorial archive of The Sheridan Libraries from the students' perspectives. The photo essay is titled A Year in the Life of The Sheridan Libraries.

WJ: What was your objective in designing a photographic essay project on the Sheridan libraries? Why not a written article?

HH: The libraries are both a hub of learning and social activity for our students. Not only do they study and conduct research in our libraries,... Read more

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Our Trip to the 2014 Next Library Conference

Mantra Roy
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Published: 14 July 2014
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Our Trip to the 2014 Next Library Conference

What does the future hold for public libraries? Makerspaces? More digitization? Increased patron engagement? These topics and more were discussed at the recent Next Library conference in Chicago.

The conference was hosted by the Chicago Public Library and the Urban Libraries Council at the Chicago Public Library, in partnership with Denmark's Aarhus Public Libraries, June 20 -25, 2014.

What is the Next Library Conference? The Next Library Conference was created and first hosted in 2009 by Aarhus Public Libraries of Denmark. The conference offers a platform for innovative thinking and networking for engagement and leadership in the realm of... Read more

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