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Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close

“Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed.Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed, leading to fears over the future of the profession.Children’s author Alan Gibbons said the public library service faced the “greatest crisis in its history”.The government said it funded the roll-out of wi-fi to help libraries adapt.” (via BBC News)

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Book lover found himself locked in library

“The classic “Twilight Zone” episode “Time Enough At Last” features a henpecked bank teller played by Burgess Meredith, described by narrator Rod Serling as “a bookish little man whose passion is the printed page.”Frustrated that his wife and his boss won’t give him time to read, Henry Bemis spends his lunch breaks in the bank vault with books and newspapers. That’s where he is when a nuclear attack destroys the city.” (via The Morning Call)

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Steven Holl-Designed Hunters Point Library Rises On The Long Island City Waterfront

“Literacy is the cornerstone of modern society, and libraries stand as the foundations of thriving communities. While Long Island City’s rebirth manifests itself through its skyrocketing skyline, its most significant public building steadily rises at the waterfront. The Steven Holl-designed Hunters Point Library will join the iconic gantries and the Pepsi-Cola Sign to form the borough’s new public face, while becoming a new focal point for the rapidly growing community.” (via New York YIMBY)

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Grab a Book From This Floating Library on Echo Park Lake

“Visitors to Echo Park Lake know that the space is perfect for soaking in the sun, gazing at beautiful water lilies and — if you’re feeling especially adventurous on any given day — renting a pedal boat to spend some time on the water. The little vessels serve as temporary escapes, offering a chance to navigate something besides jam-packed highways and busy city streets.Hoping to lure even more Angelenos onto the water, artist Sarah Peters will use Echo Park Lake as the space for a project that got its start in Minnesota. Working with local arts organization Machine Project, Peters brings us “The Floating Library,” a creative undertaking that’s exactly what it sounds like.” (via L.A. Weekly)

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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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