Libraries, Hackspaces and E-waste: how libraries can be the hub of a young maker revolution

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Every discussion of libraries in the age of austerity always includes at least one blowhard who opines, "What do we need libraries for? We've got the Internet now!"


The problem is that Mr. Blowhard has confused a library with a book depository. Now, those are useful, too, but a library isn't just (or even necessarily) a place where you go to get books for free. Public libraries have always been places where skilled information professionals assisted the general public with the eternal quest to understand the world. Historically, librarians have sat at the coalface between the entire universe of published material and patrons, choosing books with at least a colorable claim to credibility, carefully cataloging and shelving them, and then assisting patrons in understanding how to synthesize the material contained therein.

Students could soon be going mobile at local libraries

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Pima County Libraries are one of only a dozen organizations receiving money to make a leap into the future, by designing a media lab for students.  The Himmel Library, near Speedway and Country Club in midtown will be one of the first.  Officials say they are very excited about this grant and what it is going to bring to the entire library system and the county.

Getting Your Self-Published Book into the Library, Tips from Librarian Marlene Harris

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So, you want to get your self-published book and/or ebook into the library, where lots and lots of new readers can discover you. Me too! That’s why I hunted down librarian Marlene Harris for an interview. First I’ll let her introduce herself:

I am a librarian with more than 15 years experience. I’ve worked in both public and academic libraries all over the United States, from the Chicago Public Library to the University of Alaska Anchorage. I’m currently a consultant, book reviewer and blogger at Reading Reality. I speak to librarians about using the blogosphere to help with collection development, and integrating ebooks into library collections. My take on the best ebook romances for 2011 was posted at Library Journal in December. I currently publish Ebook Review Central every Monday, a service that provides links to reviews and ratings for ebook-only titles from around the blogosphere.

Miami University Libraries Mobile Site

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The university serves approximately 15,000 undergrads and 2,000 graduate students.  A public institution, Miami University is ranked second in undergraduate teaching, tied with Princeton, according to the 2011 edition of US News and World Report. i

The school supports seven libraries on its campus: King Library (the main library), Brill Science Library, Wertz Art and Architecture Library, Amos Music Library, Havighurst Special Collections, University Archives and Western Archives. Together the libraries hold around 4 million books and 1,400 databases, and employ close to 100 staff members

The Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center

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Each year the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), presents three ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries awards, one each to an outstanding university, college, and community college library. The award recognizes the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. It is sponsored by Blackwell's Book Services, which provides a $3,000 gift to each winning library.

Hennepin County Library System

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Located in suburban Minneapolis, the 26 branch Hennepin County (Minnesota) Library System consistently appears on lists of top American libraries, with a use rate of almost double the national average. In addition to providing first-rate traditional library services such as book, DVD, newspaper, magazine, and CD borrowing, they offer services ranging from deposit collections at nursing homes and correctional facilities, to computer classes taught in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong, a Southeast Asian language.  In addition to this, they provide a successful Children’s Readmobile service, bringing books, magazines, and other library materials directly to underserved communities.