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Publishers and Libraries Clash Over E-Books

By Jenny Shank A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Libraries, Patrons, and E-books, offers a glimpse at the current state of American libraries and finds them eager to lend e-books but struggling to do so, primarily because of budget limits and restrictions publishers place on e-book lending. Of America’s 9,000 … Continue reading Publishers and Libraries Clash Over E-Books →

Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

By Jenny Shank Public libraries are a major hub for Americans to gain access to e-books and other digital resources. But the nation’s recent economic troubles and the transition to digital books are creating major difficulties for these public institutions. Last month, the American Library Association released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, and … Continue reading Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries →

The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts

Arguably, those who believe a public library is simply a repository of print books haven’t been to a public library lately. Here at MindShift, we’ve been covering the ways in which the library is evolving to change the demands of digital technologies and of its patrons: libraries are becoming learning labs, innovation centers, and makerspaces. … Continue reading The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts →

Creating the Library of Tomorrow from the Ground Up

Flickr:Paul Lowry By Laurie Putnam The public library hums. Readers peruse e-books and job seekers attend workshops. Teens organize poetry slams, and students work together on school assignments. Librarians plan programs, help researchers online, and digitize collections of all shapes and sizes. All around the world, today’s libraries are serving their communities in new and … Continue reading Creating the Library of Tomorrow from the Ground Up →

Books and Band Saws: the Future of Libraries

Flickr:Toolstop By Jon Kalish, NPR As information becomes more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create “hackerspaces,” where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise. The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in … Continue reading Books and Band Saws: the Future of Libraries →

Don’t Shush Me! In Some Libraries, It’s OK to be Loud

By Nick Pandolfo Buffy Hamilton, who calls herself “The Unquiet Librarian,” holds the phone receiver away from her ear at Creekview High School library in Canton, Ga., revealing a cacophony of noise in the background. “It sounds like that a lot of the time,” says Hamilton, who welcomes what she calls “the hum of learning”—students … Continue reading Don’t Shush Me! In Some Libraries, It’s OK to be Loud →

The Public Library, Completely Reimagined

You’ll hear a lot of talk about the “death of the public library” these days. It isn’t simply the perpetual budget crises that many face either. It’s the move to digital literature, and the idea that once there are no more print books (or rather if there are no more print books), the library as … Continue reading The Public Library, Completely Reimagined →

Weekly News Roundup

National Geographic has unveiled a new education section of its website, with a great collection of maps, multimedia, teaching activities, and resources Amazon announced this week that it would be launching a Lending Library later this year, a deal that would let Kindle owners check out books from over 11,000 libraries. This brings Kindle to … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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