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Disruptive technologies: Mobile library apps — International Librarians Network

Mobile computing and communication services are spreading rapidly. Statistics show that there are nearly 461 billion mobile users globally. Information and communication technologies play a key role in enabling citizens to participate in the life of their community to improve conditions for others, thereby shaping their community’s future (Cegarra-Navarro et al., 2014; Linders, 2012). Libraries…

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Disruptive Technologies: Digital collections and the library space — International Librarians Network

As we move towards digital content, the traditional design of the physical library space needs rethinking. The 2005 Council on Library and Information Resources report on ‘Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space’ concludes that, “while the information critical to scholarship and the public good is becoming more accessible than ever in the twenty-first century,…

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“What if?” The talks of TED@UPS — TED Blog

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and powerfully as blood flowed through our veins? Wanis Kabbaj speaks at TED@UPS, September 15, 2016, in Atlanta. Photo: Jason Hales / TED At the foundation of every significant transformation is a question: “What if?” These two words unlock the imagination and invite us to explore…

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Banned books week and intellectual freedom — International Librarians Network

Generally speaking, libraries and librarians are for intellectual freedom and access to information, and against censorship. Over the years we’ve touched on censorship a number of times here on the ILN blog, but it’s Banned Books Week in the USA at the moment so it’s timely to raise it again. Statements on intellectual freedom are…

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Exploring our curiosity at TEDNYC: What Drives Us — TED Blog

TED’s Science Curator David Biello hosts TEDNYC: What Drives Us, a night of talks in our New York City offices. (Photo: Ryan Lash / TED) We’re creatures of curiosity. Our impulse to explore and investigate has led us to incredible discoveries about the world around us and about ourselves. Despite our amazing advances, questions still abound:…

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Now Available | The Hip Hop LibGuide — Blackness Personified

The Hip Hop LibGuide is a scholarly comprehensive online resource for Hip Hop Information Literacy and the artform in general. The libguide has been developed to engage novice, intermediate, and skilled learners that are interested in learning more about the culture, social issues, and artistic components of Hip-Hop. Download the libguide; share the resource with […]

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Detroit: New Financial Plan Permits Uncertified Teachers, Detroit Citizens React Angrily — Diane Ravitch’s blog

State officials in Michigan approved a new emergency plan to rescue Detroit public schools from its crushing debt, most of which was accumulated since the state took control of the district. The Detroit Free Press reports: Michigan’s Emergency Loan Board on Monday approved measures to implement a $617-million financial rescue and restructuring plan for Detroit’s […]

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