Tag Archive for 'community'

The 10-Minute International Librarian #56: Think how you foster community

Meaningful access to information is not necessarily a solo activity. While the stereotype of libraries may be of users consulting collections on their own, it is clearer and clearer that the possibilities libraries offer for people to access information together represent a unique strength. Through opportunities for learning, creativity, exchange […]

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Towards Safe Housing in Supportive Communities: The Contribution of Libraries

Today marks World Habitat Day, created in 1985 in order to draw attention to the importance of safe and adequate housing, located in a place that enables residents to access public green and open spaces, employment opportunities, health-care services, schools, childcare centres and other social facilities. This is a key […]

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Sustainability, Authenticity, Awareness, Access: Cultural Heritage and Beyond

The activities surrounding this year’s European Day of Conservation-Restoration seek to highlight key themes in the preservation of cultural heritage: sustainability, authenticity, awareness, and access. These are not only important in preservation, but also resonate with the core tenets of an informed and participatory society. This blog will touch on […]

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Culture, Community and (Social) Capital: The Role of Libraries

The work of Eric Klinenberg on the role of libraries as social infrastructure has received a lot of attention in the library world. Based on his research among residents of New York, he heard countless stories of people whose lives had been changed – improved – through the time they […]

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Attack of the Zombie Library Clichés

Libraries and librarians are the subject of a rich set of clichés. Simply searching for ‘librarian stereotype’ on Google offers plenty of choice, and ‘Librarians in popular culture’ has its own Wikipedia page. Not all of these are negative by any means. The focus on detail, the quiet, the books […]

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