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Libraries have changed but they continue to play a vital and irreplaceable role in education and in our communities

“Good libraries make us great” was our slogan when we published the Good Library Manual, a successor to Berkshire’s 2007 coffee-table title Heart of the Community, better known by its subtitle The Libraries We Love.

Skype and WeChat keep us connected – here’s why you might want to use both

Global connections are the heartbeat of our business. We use the web and social media, and most of our editorial work is done by email. But we couldn’t live without Skype (some might say Berkshire lives on Skype). But with Chinese and China-focused colleagues, we use an app called WeChat. Here’s a survey of what they offer, with a PS about why we still love email.

Third Places are the real-world locations where we find companionship and conversation

Sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term “third place” in his 1989 bestseller The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. He’s a Berkshire editor, colleague, and friend, inspiring our work and making us aware, day by day, of the ways we connect in the real world.