Tag Archive for 'social cohesion'

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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Library Stat of the Week #26: Countries with more public and community librarians tend to have higher levels of social cohesion

Eric Klinenberg’s book, Palaces for the People, has popularised the idea of libraries as key parts of the ‘social infrastructure’ of the communities they serve. This role matters, because social infrastructure supports the development of social capital – strong connections between people, often associated with trust – commonly seen as […]

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Libraries at the Heart of Better Cities

World Cities Day 2019 focuses on the fact that to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, it will be necessary to succeed in cities, where more than half of the world’s population lives. Cities, in concentrating people, can also concentrate both opportunities and problems. They can be places where new […]

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