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Would More People Use the Public Library If It Had a Water Slide?

“In 2010, Poland’s National Library performed a survey to determine the reading habits of the Polish citizenry. The results were not buoying: 56 percent of Poles had not read a book in the past year, either in hard or electronic form. Just as bad was that 46 percent had not attempted to digest anything longer than three pages in the previous month – and this included students and university graduates. But who’s to blame here: The willfully non-literate masses for not trekking to the public library? Or is it the library’s fault for not attracting these individuals, what with its classically stodgy, hermetic-cage-for-learning design?” (via The Atlantic Cities)

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National Library of Poland will add 1.3 million more records to WorldCat

“The National Library of Poland (Biblioteka Narodowa) and OCLC have signed an agreement to add 1.3 million Polish library records to WorldCat. Once the records from the National Library of Poland have been added to WorldCat, they will be discoverable on the web through popular search and partner sites, and through WorldCat.org. ‘Biblioteka Narodowa is looking forward to the great worldwide visibility that WorldCat can offer,’ commented Tomasz Makowski, director general of the National Library of Poland. ‘And of course we’re very happy with the efficiencies we can achieve by using WorldCat for copy cataloguing.”

via Research Information

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