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Is your local library a bestseller? — Mass. circulation rates tell an interesting tale

“In terms of circulation, some Massachusetts libraries are bestsellers. For others, it’s a totally different story. Data from the state Board of Library Commissioners show that certain communities see their library materials checked out far more frequently than others — in some cases, a startling 100 times more. The following map suggests that some of the busiest libraries in the state are on Cape Cod and the islands, in a cluster of affluent suburbs west of Boston, and in a few smaller communities in western Massachusetts.” (via The Boston Globe)

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SURVEY SHOWS FEWER AMERICANS ARE VISITING LIBRARIES

“Fewer Americans are visiting libraries – which means they’re missing out on the changes at such institutions, according to results of a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday at the Public Library Association’s annual conference in Denver.Pew has been asking American adults whether they visited a library in the past year. The first time, in 2012, 53 percent said yes. That has dropped steadily, to 44 percent last year.” (via The Associated Press)

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The reinvention of libraries, from public spaces to living rooms

“A decade ago, when print sales began to dwindle, and countless bookstores closed their doors, no one could have predicted that real, hard-copy books were going to make a return – with a vengeance. Today, not only are book sales rising (industry organization BookNet reports that print copies accounted for 80 per cent of total book sales in Canada last year), but public libraries are becoming increasingly cool places to hang out.” (via The Globe and Mail)

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Adapt or die: The evolution of Louisville’s public libraries

“For decades, libraries were simply repositories for books — a place where knowledge was stored by ink and paper, and if you wanted to learn about a subject you had to scour the stacks of books to find exactly what you were looking for.Today, the Internet is that place (or at least some of it is), where people go to learn about almost anything. The human experience, and nearly everything we have learned in our centuries of existence, has been digitized and is easily accessed by the smartphone in your pocket.Yet we still have libraries, quite a few actually, so how are they surviving in this digital age? They evolved. (via LEO Weekly)

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Deb Fallows on The Local Library

“As we traveled around the U.S. reporting on the revival of towns and cities, we always made the local library an early stop. We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.The traditional impression of libraries as places for quiet reading, research, and borrowing books—and of librarians as schoolmarmish shush-ers—is outdated, as they have metamorphosed into bustling civic centers. For instance, Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon, now cooperates with dozens of organizations, from AARP (which helps people with their taxes) to Goodwill (which teaches résumé writing). A social worker trains staff to guide conversations about one of the most frequent questions people trustingly bring into the library: Can you help me figure out how to meet my housing costs?” (via The Atlantic)

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