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Library Advocates

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Sep 2
library-lessons:

Escape is waiting.
-via Books Rock My World

library-lessons:

Escape is waiting.

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Aug 20

rosalarian:

cubebreaker:

TurboRoo, a chihuahua born without its front legs, was given a 3D printed cart made by San Diego firm 3dyn so he could train to be a service dog for disabled children.

I think we could all use these pics today. Golly!

The things you can do with a 3D printer! Very cool!

(via chocolateinthelibrary)


bobbycaputo:

Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries

We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. “A locally governed and tax-supported system that dispenses knowledge and information for everyone throughout the country at no cost to its patrons is an astonishing thing,” the photographer writes in the introduction to his book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. “It is a shared commons of our ambitions, our dreams, our memories, our culture, and ourselves.”

But what do these places look like? Over the course of 18 years, Dawson found out. Inspired by “the long history of photographic survey projects,” he traveled thousands of miles and photographed hundreds of public libraries in nearly all 50 states. Looking at the photos, the conclusion is unavoidable: American libraries are as diverse as Americans. They’re large and small, old and new, urban and rural, and in poor and wealthy communities. Architecturally, they represent a range of styles, from the grand main branch of the New York Public Library to the humble trailer that serves as a library in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth. “Because they’re all locally funded, libraries reflect the communities they’re in,” Dawson said in an interview. “The diversity reflects who we are as a people.”

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elalibrary:

I wonder what the world would look like if we started thinking about weapons as things that build people up instead of things that tear them down. We could start with books. Books are weapons against our own ignorance, prejudices, and narrow mindedness. Books never destroy us without building us back up again from new, better material.
Also, Doctor Who’s back on Saturday - the world needs more Doctor Who.

elalibrary:

I wonder what the world would look like if we started thinking about weapons as things that build people up instead of things that tear them down. We could start with books. Books are weapons against our own ignorance, prejudices, and narrow mindedness. Books never destroy us without building us back up again from new, better material.

Also, Doctor Who’s back on Saturday - the world needs more Doctor Who.



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Jul 30

Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8.

The new study will complement findings from the 2013-2014 Digital Inclusion Surveyreleased last week, providing a snapshot of the broadband speed a library patron experiences at the device level (pdf or png). 

Libraries can log on at digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest before August 8 to capture data. Results from the speed test study will be published in September 2014.

Read more on our blog.


Jul 25

mortisia:

William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

(via adrahasis-library)


Jul 17

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