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For the record, thread about Devon County Council (DCC) scrutiny committee held on 26th September, at which #libraries were discussed.
Presenting report from Libraries Unlimited were Libraries Unlimited CEO, Alex Kittow; DCC Commissioner Simon Kitchen; and the councillor whose portfolio includes libraries, Cllr Roger Croad.
1. Last year scrutiny asked that going forward Libraries Unlimited should provide Key Performance Indicator of children's issues, and also provide the number of professional staff employed in Devon Libraries...
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RESOURCES FOR WRITERS: a list of organisations, opportunities & support, which you really ought to have on your writerly radar, and which I wish had been on my own radar earlier in my career. Hope you find them useful. #thread #amwriting #writer
If you're a writer, join @Soc_of_Authors. They're great advocates for writers' rights, & offer PDF guides on working as a writer, specific advice on contracts etc for members & discounts on books! They also offer grants for work in progress & run annual awards.
@Soc_of_Authors Anyone in the arts should be aware of @ace_national (or @CreativeScots / @Arts_Wales_ / @ArtsCouncilNI, depending where you're based). They support writers through fundings opportunities - for individuals & organisations.
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I worked in public libraries a long time. Here’s a short thread about “innovations” and “improvements” that were introduced to “free up staff time for more important duties” or to “give a better service to customers”.
First they built new style front desks. Fewer staff needed to run them. It meant customers had to queue a little longer, but there were more backroom staff. Then they cut the backroom staff. #libraries
Then they introduced new style computer terminals so library users could look up their own books. It meant librarians could be “freed up for more important work”. Users couldn’t find what they needed, but no help because they’d already cut the number of librarians.
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I keep hearing that libraries should work harder to attract EVERYONE in the community. Nice thought, but what if they just carried on being there for the people who actually need them and stop trying to make Jack of all Trades? Fund them, and let library workers do their jobs.
Strong and successful communities are made of many elements that suit different groups at different times. It’s a jigsaw puzzle of our changing needs, not a one-stop-shop that fits all. I don’t use the park anymore, and I’ve never used the football pitches, but they’re important.
To build a strong and cohesive community we need different things at different times of our lives. You might not need the library right now, but others in your community do and the existence of it makes your community better. Protect that.
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1/ Happy Wednesday afternoon @OpenGLAM community! Today we're hoping to talk a little more about the L and the A in #GLAM: #Archives and #Libraries and some of their experiences with #OpenAccess re. Indigenous materials and belongings :)
2/ #Openness & #access are inseparable & access is a core value of librarianship & the archival profession. In both the American Library Association @ALALibrary Core Values & Int'l Federation of Library Associations & Institutions @IFLA Code of Ethics access is @ the forefront.
3/ The ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship state that "all information...should be readily, equally, & equitably accessible to all library users." Likewise IFLA pinpoints Access to Information as the core mission of librarians & other information workers.

ala.org/advocacy/intfr…
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In “A New Copyright Bargain?”, @rgibli says that existing international #copyright laws are based on a number of assumptions that either no longer apply or have been disproven.

Is it time for a reexamination of the system we’ve developed?
One of those assumptions is that #copyright is a way to incentivize cultural production, but history and empirical evidence shows us the optimal copyright term to incentivize production is only 15-25 years.

Long copyright terms can actually discourage creativity.
It's also assumed that #copyright is necessary to encourage ongoing investment in existing works, but again empirical evidence shows the reverse: works in the public domain are more readily available.

Digitization is making it even easier for investment in public domain titles.
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I’ve had an incredible week, working with incredibly talented people around #Oxford, stimulating new ideas for #research, practice and #engagement. This thanks to a #KnowledgeExchange Fellowship funded by @TORCH @UniofOxford. This week… (thread)
I met Bevan:does brilliant work engaging hard to reach teens in special school in the county. Told me his mum (also works there) is a unrecognised legend. We must value people at the coalface of work with young people,even when not qualified social workers/teachers @PopulateCoop
Spoke @LancasterUni about importance of stability for #education of YP in #care @ReesCentre. Really interesting presentations by @MElliott57, @MattJayResearch & @stefdoebler please look up their important work #ECRFriday. Thanks @DrLCusworth and @ChildFamJustice for the invite.
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"What Would Happen if Information Vendors Started Treating Library Users Like Target Treats Its Customers?" Excited for this talk from Dr. Turow @upennlib @AnnenbergPenn
Vendor data profiling:
Algorithms are telling us who is important (in a profit model) and who is not.
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Protest is taking place outside @Essex_CC ahead of special mtg about future of library services in the county. Mtg starts at 10am.

Protesters oppose any library closures & say they want to turn them into community hubs.
The Special Meeting on the future of library services in #Essex has begun @Essex_CC.

We start with 30mins of public Qs, each person has 3mins to ask a Q.
Ros Scott from #Wivenhoe asked a Q about whether the council has done an equality impact assessment of the impact of library closures on women? She says twice as many women use tier 4 libraries (which are set to close) compared to men.
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Here's a thread about the books I read this year!

#reading #books #libraries #readingrainbow
1. "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff. Yes, I hate-read this book in a matter of days. Problematically, Bannon comes across as an articulate, insightful source and not an arch nationalist parasite. Will Wolff's depiction be hagiography in the future?
2. "The Invention of the White Race, Volume 1: Racial Oppression and Social Control" and "The Invention of the White Race, Volume 2: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America" by Theodore Allen. Who knew how important Bacon's Rebellion (1676) was to the history of racism?
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1...#QCHistoryEngages On why I chose an MA in Library Science and History - My love of History was not sparked from a single visit to a museum, but rather continuous interactions with educational institutions.
2...My first memory of such a place was a visit to the @FloridaMuseum in Gainesville. The two exhibits I recall from the trip were displays on #bats and #dinosaurs, two things many 8 year olds enjoy. Still have the bat book from the trip.
3...My parents would always encourage visits to the #library as I had an interest for reading from a young age (not sure how they inspired that from the beginning - gladtheydid). This turned into an opportunity for me to discover new topics such as astronomy and other sciences.
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Arguments that #libraries are beneficial really don't have anything to do with the #consent argument against #taxation, so they are really quite uninteresting, and not at all even an argumentative response to the good professor. That being said, it's important to understand…
#Libraries are terribly underfunded, when they should be a top priority for civic spending. It is not inconsistent to be pro library funding and con taxation, if you argue for a #noncoercive yet still #compulsory financing source, i.e. Just Rent #LVT. Most libraries cannot…
accept donated books, because they simply cannot afford the staff and infrastructure required to preserve and maintain an ever-growing stock of physical texts. #Libraries must therefore concentrate on what items #librarians deem important or popular in their community. …
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Thanks for having absolutely no idea how #libraries work in 2018, @Forbes forbes.com/sites/panosmou…
Do you not understand how unbelievably classist it is to say that everyone has a Netflix account or an Amazon Prime account? I know that people who you report on don't worry about those subscription prices, but for many lower income folks those CAN BE luxuries.
And they might not own a Kindle to take advantage of an ereader. So if they do read, it has to be at a computer. Which, again, not everyone is going to have. Did you know that public #libraries serve *everyone*, including *gasp* THE POOR?
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The closures that @Rachael_Swindon highlights should also been seen in the context of government policy. She is completely right that this is how the Tories are reducing #socialmobility but it is also how they are reducing access to other vital services for the most vulnerable.
It has long been government policy (in common with other countries) that people should access government services online. Other countries recognise that there is a need to keep other options open to protect the most vulnerable. The UK government took a different approach.
The UK government decided to tell people who had difficulty accessing #digital services that they should go to the #library where staff would help them. They then gave no funding for the training of library staff or for their time or for the equipment needed.

#Librariesmatter
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