Monthly Archives: February 2011

UK Libraries may be run by US private firms

David Cameron maintains his Big Society agenda is not a cover for big spending cuts was undermined by growing evidence that private firms rather than voluntary groups could land many of the new contracts to run public services. The Independent reports that … Continue reading

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Popping up all over the place

Pop-up retailing is gaining traction, often seen as a solution to economic  challenges facing both retailers and landlords.  The idea of a smart retailer grabbing some temporary space to clear excess inventory, or to elevate their brand, or target and … Continue reading

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The Staying Power of Pop-Up Stores

Procter & Gamble and Levi Strauss are using pop-up stores to connect with customers and build their brands in new ways. In late October, Rachel Petersen walked into a store on 57th Street in Manhattan down the block from pricey … Continue reading

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Storefront Solution

A grass-roots library experiment brought temporary service back to Boston’s Chinatown For three months last winter, people walking along Washington Street in Boston’s dense Chinatown had one fewer vacant storefront glowering at them. In its place glowed a little library … Continue reading

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The new volunteerism and the value of libraries

Oxfordshire’s County Council has suggested that communities bid for funding to run libraries – and a range of other services – on a volunteer basis. On  25  January 2011 Oxford’s town hall was packed with over 300 people who gathered to oppose … Continue reading

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