Monday, March 30, 2015

Photographer documents İstanbul’s little-known treasures: libraries

Many of İstanbul's best libraries are in central locations we pass by each day, yet we often pay too little attention. 

Seeing this fact, photographer Ümit Oğuz Göksel embarked on a quest
to document İstanbul's libraries, and the results of his endeavor will
go on display on Monday at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall's foyer.

Göksel's collection “Fotoğraflarla İstanbul Kütüphaneleri”
(İstanbul's Libraries in Photographs) features snapshots from 12
libraries of the city, ranging from those built during the Ottoman era
to the most modern examples that are housed in universities.

The exhibition will run for seven days, throughout this week's 51st National Library
Week in Turkey, alongside a host of events put together by the İstanbul
branch of the Turkish Librarians Association (TKD). The March 30-April 5
program is held under the main theme “Intercultural Dialogue and
Libraries” in Turkey, while the İstanbul leg of activities will be held
under the theme “Libraries of the Future, the Future of Libraries.”

Göksel's project initially started as an ordinary commission: The
İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality asked him to take photographs of 12
libraries in the city for the 2015 Library Week. His job would be done
once he gave the municipal officials the photos they've requested. But
it turned out to be a much more detailed expedition: To take the photos,
Göksel started regularly visiting the 12 libraries, several days a week
for five months, and even made friends with veteran librarians,
establishing close ties with people who live among books.

And when his friends and relatives asked him such skeptical questions
as “Do libraries like these really exist in Turkey?” upon seeing
Göksel's photos, he decided to take matters in his own hands. Read more....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

 A master's in librarianship could enhance your shelf life | Education | The Guardian

A master’s librarianship course will arm you with a number of
transferable skills. Photograph: West Coast Surfer/Getty Images/Fuse

If you think that people in Britain want to achieve fame and fortune
by treading the boards or having a number-one hit single then think
again. A recent survey from YouGov found that 54% of people would like to be librarians.

Of course, part of the attraction is spending time with all the books
your heart could possibly desire – but there’s a lot more to it than

Biddy Casselden, who completed her own master’s in librarianship and
information management at Northumbria University, and has since both
taught on and led the programme, says it is important for career
progression. “Most of my students are working, usually in a library
environment, but are stuck at a certain level because they don’t have a
professional qualification,” she says. “This is their route for career
advancement.”

Friday, March 13, 2015

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy | What's on | The British Library - The British Library

Foundation of democracy or rallying cry for modern rights? One of the world’s most famous documents, Magna Carta has inspired some of today’s fundamental liberties. Yet it started as a practical solution to a political crisis 800 years ago.

Since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political agreement to an
international symbol of freedom. Uncover the story of how its power has
been used – and abused – from its genesis through to today’s popular
culture, in the largest exhibition ever staged about this world-famous

Explore centuries of dramatic history, from King John, medieval
battles, revolution, wars, empire and the struggle for the right to
vote, right up to today’s satirical commentaries.

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mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a
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To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition - book now! - See more at:
mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a
once-in-a-lifetime exhibition - book now! - See more at:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

So You Want to be a Prison Librarian? : An Interview with a Corrections Librarian | INALJ

So You Want to be a Prison Librarian? : An Interview with a Corrections Librarian
by Josh Rimmer, Senior Editor

* special note the author had permission from the interviewee to publish this as long as she remained anonymous

I was writing my last article about librarianship and service, one of
my inspirations came from research I was conducting on prison
librarianship. How many times do you see a posting for a corrections
librarian position on INDEED, or other big job boards? I’ll be honest,
I’ve notice quite a few; however, it seems that discussions about the
line of work and its issues are not given enough of a spotlight.

I was able to locate materials for immediate consumption, e.g., an old ALA column from a prison librarian and a neat NPR piece, but I didn’t feel as if I had an “understanding” of the work. Mintern, a corrections librarian who runs the blog, So You Want to be a Prison Librarian
was kind enough to grant me an interview. We’ll call the interviewee
Mintern, and here she talks about her background, why she chose prison
librarianship and provides INALJ readers insight and perspective on the
profession.