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Check It Out: Libraries Offer More Than Just Books These Days

“Southern California is blessed with an abundance of libraries.From the modest local branch to the grand holdings of the Huntington Library, these bastions of learning offer everything from workout DVDs and knitting lessons to public lectures and often exquisite architecture, art and gardens.Oh, and reading is wholeheartedly encouraged.” (via Daily News)

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Library expected to open in polygamous Utah town in 2016

“After years of efforts, a public library is expected to open soon in Hildale, home to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The planned facility will be part of the Washington County Library System. The system’s director, Joel Tucker, said he plans for the library to be operating in March. “We recognize that it’s an underserved part of Utah,” Tucker said, “and we want to give them the same opportunities that everyone else gets.” (via Salt Lake Tribune)

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Campus Libraries Rethink Focus as Materials Go Digital

Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association, sees a coming transformation of academic libraries thanks to technology. She says they are taking on greater roles in creating teaching materials and scholarship — and preserving tweets as well as books.” (via Chronicle of Higher Education)

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The Future Of Libraries Is Collaborative, Robotic, And Participatory

“To look at the state of many libraries after the recession, facing cuts and closures and fundamental questions about “relevance,” you could be forgiven for being gloomy about their future. But gloomy is not the predominant tone of a terrific new report from Arup, the well-regarded design consultancy. It shows that some libraries, at least, are undergoing a “renaissance,” and that the future could be good for others.” (via Fast Company)

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Will Libraries Outlive Books?: A Future Tense Event Recap

“A prophecy: By the year 2100, libraries will be both highly distributed and deeply connected, sharing a single collection as they work to meet the emerging demands of their individual communities. This was the story that James O’Donnell, university librarian at Arizona State University, told at “Will Libraries Outlive Books?”, a Future Tense event held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12. It was also a story that O’Donnell and his fellow panelists would complicate and challenge over the course of a far-ranging dialog.” (via Slate)

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The Library’s Global Future

“Discussions of the future of libraries are often surprisingly nostalgic endeavors, producing laments for vanished card catalogs or shrinking book stacks rather than visions of what might be. Even at their most hopeful, such conversations sometimes lose track of the pragmatic functions that libraries serve. Imagined as unchanging archives, libraries become mere monuments to our analog past. But envisioning them as purely digital spaces also misses the mark, capturing neither what they can be nor the way their patrons use them.” (via Slate)

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Wisconsin’s Libraries Embrace New Ways To Meet Public’s Needs

“Inside a branch of the Milwaukee Public Library on the city’s upper east side, Rachel Collins is giving a demonstration of how to use one of the facility’s kiosks — one that dispenses neither books nor periodicals, but laptop computers. The branch manager lets a reader scan her library card, and soon after, the machine ejects one of the computers. “(They’re) a little heavier than you would think,” she said.” (via Wisconsin Public Radio)

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Hey Airbnb, take it easy on libraries, they’re leading the charge in tech more than ever

“Last week technology giant Airbnb was heavily scrutinized for a series of advertisements that took a jab at libraries and other taxpayer-funded institutions placed around the company’s home city of San Francisco. Airbnb is valued at close to $25 billion and it has raised nearly $2.3 billion in funding since 2008. The advertisements on billboards and posters around San Francisco were placed in response to Proposition F, an amendment that would tax and regulate Airbnb inside the city of San Francisco by restricting the number of days a private residence can be rented, and requiring renters to file quarterly reports with the city. The advertisements mocked public services allegedly funded in part by the company’s recent $12 million tax bill (though some disputed how far Airbnb’s tax contribution actually went). (via Tech Republic)

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The role of libraries in times of crisis

“Libraries support their communities in many different ways. Whether through times of humanitarian or political crisis, civil unrest or even the personal crises that affect all of us, libraries can be places of comfort, safety, reconciliation and hope.” (via CILIP)

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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus

“Today’s libraries aren’t your grandmother’s library. The role of libraries is changing to meet the new demands of the communities they serve. With the Internet providing unprecedented access to information, libraries are no longer the only nexus between the masses and information. Correspondingly, attendance at libraries across the nation is wavering. Utah has seen 8.5 percent fewer visitors to libraries per year from 2010 to 2014, according to Utah State Library statistical reports.” (via KSL)

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