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Library Infographics: 1930’s style June 10, 2013 – Posted in: graphic design, infographics, Libraries

Nowadays, the visualization of data is all the rage. It seems each new study or piece of research is turned into an image. I’m not so sure this was as common in the 1930’s and 40’s when these visual aids were printed. The series of 28 posters were produced under the supervision of noted librarian Ruby Ethel Cundiff for the Library School Course in Teaching the Use of the Library at the George Peabody College…

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Occupy-style Library Rises in Istanbul June 4, 2013 – Posted in: Libraries, public libraries

Taksim Gezi Park is the Zuccotti Park of Istanbul. It has quickly become the nerve center for the protesters. In true Occupy-fashion a library has come together in less than a week to serve the faithful. Fingers crossed they don’t meet the same end. Images via Onedio and Hurriyet Previously on Book Patrol: The Life and Death of the Great American People’s Library Bookish signs of the OWS movement The Needs of the Occupy Wall Street…

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The coolest little free library yet? May 30, 2013 – Posted in: books in design, Library Architecture

Check out what just popped up in the nolita neighborhood of New York City. A Little Free Library courtesy of a partnership between the Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival. No, it’s not on loan from the Science Fiction Museum, nor is it lifted from an Isaac Asimov novel or a Buckminster Fuller sketchbook. Designed by Venezuelan architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente the Little Free Library “creates an ‘inhabitable’ environment, where users can immerse themselves…

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Where in the World is Roberto Murillo Martin Gomez? May 28, 2013 – Posted in: bookmobiles, Libraries, Reading / Literacy

He’s at the beach, around the military,  in the classroom, hey and there he is with former President Bill Clinton, he’s at the hotel, and the bus stop, and there he is on the bridge….Roberto Murillo Martin Gomez seems to be everywhere in his hometown of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.“Libri, libri freschi, libri belli!” (Books! Fresh books! Beautiful books!) is his call and as you can see he pushes his Literary Cart with purpose.La Carreta Literaria…

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Library Catering on Wheels May 24, 2013 – Posted in: mobile libraries, public libraries

The Seattle Public Library has unleashed Books on Bikes, a full service library on wheels.The pilot program will bring library services to popular community events via bike this summer. The book bikes will also cater their load to the event they are attending. Think LGBT material for the Gay Pride Parade or kids books for a pop-up storytime at a neighborhood park or books on music and folk culture for the FolkLife Festival. A total…

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