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Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.
Zadie Smith, in the New York Review of Books. (via thebronzemedal)

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Filed under economics libraries third place

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…lately publishers are changing the rules. Some — four of the “big six” — won’t sell ebooks to libraries at all. The two that did, HarperCollins and Random House, unilaterally changed the terms. HarperCollins requires us to “buy” the book again after 26 checkouts.

An open letter about eBooks and Douglas County Libraries | Douglas County Libraries

Only 6 of the Top 25 USA Today Best-selling Books are available for libraries to purchase at any price in eBook format.

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Filed under libraries ebooks the format wars

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libraryadvocates:

queenslibrary:

Most Queens Library are open for public service and outreach services to devastated areas in south Queens have begun. A Queens Library Book Bus will be parked in front of Queens Library at Peninsula at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach today until 4:30 p.m. It will offer free power access for people who want to recharge their cell phones and electronics, as well as assistance and information for those who will be applying for emergency housing, FEMA grants and other assistance.
Queens Library has 52 locations open. We invite the whole community to come in, charge your cell phones and tablets, use our free wi-fi, keep your children busy with children’s programs and materials, and pick up that do-it-yourself book, or some leisure reading to while away the no-cable TV time.
Children’s storytimes will begin within a few days in shelters for families displaced by the storm. Staff are being trained in assisting patrons in applying for FEMA grants. FEMA will not be accepting paper applications. Libraries will dedicate computer terminals specifically for that purpose beginning next week. The library will also be looking for ways to support the educational structure, as schools will be disrupted and families uprooted across south Queens, which is likely to adversely affect academic performance.

libraryadvocates:

queenslibrary:

Most Queens Library are open for public service and outreach services to devastated areas in south Queens have begun. A Queens Library Book Bus will be parked in front of Queens Library at Peninsula at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach today until 4:30 p.m. It will offer free power access for people who want to recharge their cell phones and electronics, as well as assistance and information for those who will be applying for emergency housing, FEMA grants and other assistance.

Queens Library has 52 locations open. We invite the whole community to come in, charge your cell phones and tablets, use our free wi-fi, keep your 
children busy with children’s programs and materials, and pick up that do-it-yourself book, or some leisure reading to while away the no-cable TV time.

Children’s storytimes will begin within a few days in shelters for families displaced by the storm. Staff are being trained in assisting patrons in applying for FEMA grants. FEMA will not be accepting paper applications. Libraries will dedicate computer terminals specifically for that purpose beginning next week. The library will also be looking for ways to support the educational structure, as schools will be disrupted and families uprooted across south Queens, which is likely to adversely affect academic performance.

Filed under libraries disaster relief Sandy Queens

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libraryjournal:

queeryparty:

We had so much fun at Que(e)ry: The Library is Open that we’re coming back for a special Thanksgiving weekend sequel!
We hope you’ll join us at Public Assembly (in the Front Room) on Saturday, November 24, 10pm until close, for our eighth party: Que(e)ry: Graphic Content
As always, we’ll have DJs, queer-lit themed drinks, gogo dancers, and real live queer librarians!
21+; Suggested Donation. All proceeds benefit for the Tom of Finland Foundation.
RSVP on Facebook

Now that’s what I call an event poster.

libraryjournal:

queeryparty:

We had so much fun at Que(e)ry: The Library is Open that we’re coming back for a special Thanksgiving weekend sequel!

We hope you’ll join us at Public Assembly (in the Front Room) on Saturday, November 24, 10pm until close, for our eighth party: Que(e)ry: Graphic Content

As always, we’ll have DJs, queer-lit themed drinks, gogo dancers, and real live queer librarians!

21+; Suggested Donation. All proceeds benefit for the Tom of Finland Foundation.

RSVP on Facebook

Now that’s what I call an event poster.

Filed under libraries GLBTQIA

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I would go further and assert that these cases strengthen the claim that universities and their libraries have a special place in copyright law because they have a special place in society. Courts and even Congress have long acknowledged the essential role of copying in the educational process. That’s why the preamble to the section of the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act that outlines “fair use” specifies “teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research” as examples of “fair uses”—uses that, although they involve the copying of protected material, are considered noninfringing because they enable essential public goods. Universities are not copyright-free zones—far from it. But they do perform special services that often demand flexibility and liberties that enable them to “promote the progress of science and useful arts,” the core mission of copyright as declared by the U.S. Constitution.
Universities Are Vast Copy Machines—and That’s a Good Thing - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education (via infoneer-pulse)

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Filed under libraries academia fair use copyright