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19th July 2013 Sara Lock

Resources tagged with "libraries"

Raising dementia-awareness through touring to libraries

Human Story Theatre share their findings on the health impacts on audiences, and on performing a health-related play in English libraries, based on two tours of their dementia-focussed production Connie’s Colander in 2018 and 2019.

Published:2019 Type: case-study


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Libraries Connected

Can you tell our readers a bit about what you do?   Libraries Connected is a national charity and an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation. We are also a membership organisation for public library heads of service. We have developed a universal offers framework which advocates for the work of public libraries in terms of:  Reading  Health and wellbeing,  Information and digital  Culture and creativity  These offers attract funding and we co-ordinate national  projects and programmes that are delivered  and developed locally. We also  support workforce development and work in partnership with other national  organisations to support libraries and ensure libraries are represented in  culture, digital, health and reading …

Published:2019 Type: blog


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Changing Cultures – transforming leadership in the arts, museums and libraries

This report was commissioned by Arts Council England to better understand the current landscape of leadership in the sector and to survey the support available for leaders to address these pressing challenges.

By Arts Council EnglandPublished:2019 Type: research


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Among Ideal Friends – creating accessible family theatre experiences with libraries

Among Ideal Friends Executive Summary by The Spark Arts for Children on their work creating accessible family theatre experience with libraries across the East Midlands.

By Clair DonnellyPublished:2018 Type: research


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ACE Survey on Leadership

Help Arts Council England (ACE) understand the landscape of leadership development in the cultural sectors by taking part in this 5 minute survey by King's College London.

By Arts Council EnglandPublished:2018 Type: research


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Marvellous Marketing for Story Selling

The Spark Arts for Children have developed this toolkit for creative ideas to generate interest in your library events. The toolkit has been written by Jayne Williams and Ideal Friends in libraries, neighbourhood centres, community groups with artists, writers, creators and theatre-makers.

By Jayne WilliamsPublished:2018 Type: guide-toolkit


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ASCEL: ImagiNation

Learn how ten library authorities in the East got 11 - 18 year olds reading for pleasure and responding creatively to books.

By ASCELPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Brighton and Hove Libraries Services: Evolving in Conversation

Discover how Brighton and Hove Libraries Services worked with arts organisations to engage 13 - 34 year olds and adult learners in their local community.

By Brighton and Hove Libraries ServicesPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Developing new audiences for libraries

Transported is a Creative People and Places funded programme that aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. This project set out to explore libraries as community hubs that offer opportunities beyond ordinary library use.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Engaging library service users in the arts

Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. In 2013, as part of its Open Book project working with the Lincolnshire County Council Library Service, Transported commissioned Pestiferous to create a site specific piece of theatre that would tour eight libraries in Boston Borough and South Holland. The piece - The Librarians - engaged library services users in the arts whilst drawing in new audiences into the libraries.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Bookbuzz: developing young people's love of reading

This report evaluates the impact of Bookbuzz a project funded by the Booktrust. Launched in 2012, this programme provides a book for Year 7 students soon after their transition from primary to secondary school at a crucial time when formative attitudes towards reading develop.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Bookstart Corner: developing young children's love of reading

This report evaluates the impact of Bookstart Corner a project funded by the Booktrust. This programme was targeted at socially and economically disadvantaged families with children aged 12-30 months. Located in Children's Centres, Bookstart Corner offered intensive support for parents and carers to encourage reading for pleasure with their children to help develop a love of stories, books and rhymes.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Helping schools focus on improving skills in language, reading and writing

Launched in November 2011 the Ant Club has been developed by the Booktrust to provide resources to support the development of children’s language, reading and writing during the early years and infant phases of education in schools.  There are currently 1,192 schools taking part. This report presents the findings from the evaluation of The Ant Club intervention that took place from 2012 to 2013.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Using reading challenges to get children engaged with their local library

In 2012 the Summer Reading Challenge, run by The Reading Agency in partnership with libraries, was called Story Lab and was part of the Olympics’ 2012 Festival. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest children’s reading promotion. Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays. They join the Challenge at their local library, where library staff and volunteers give out themed materials and incentives, and medals and certificates are awarded to those who finish six books. This case study details the 2012 Challenge.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries engaging with children through the Summer's reading challenge

Every year The Reading Agency partners with libraries to create the Summer Reading Challenge, the UK’s biggest children’s reading promotion. Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays. They join the Challenge at their local library, where library staff and volunteers give out themed materials and incentives, and medals and certificates are awarded to those who finish six books. This case study details the 2013 Challenge - Creepy House.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using reading challenges to engage with adults

The Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge takes place every year in libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons and invites participants to choose six reads, review them, and enter prize draws. This article describes how jobseeker Paul Bennett, 55, who went back to college in Warrington to improve his English skills, completed the Six Book Challenge with the hope of winning a prize draw for Rugby League World Cup 2013 tickets.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Prescribing books in a mental health service

The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme was launched in June 2013 and provides self-help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. This case study by The Reading Agency, describes how iCope - Islington Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Service is working in partnership with Islington Libraries to run the scheme in Islington.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Engaging with disadvantaged young people through the Reading Activists programme

The Reading Agency’s innovative Reading Activist programme is funded by Big Lottery in 18 authorities across 4 regions. This case study describes how the St Helen's Reading Activists programme has helped to engage with disadvantaged young people from deprived areas of the town with positive outcomes for the young people involved.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries engaging with young people through the Reading Activists programme

The Reading Agency’s innovative Reading Activist programme is funded by Big Lottery in 18 authorities across 4 regions. This article describes the success of Gateshead Central Library's Reading Activists - a group of 12 young people aged 13-19 who meet regularly to plan and organise events at the Library for young people. This has enabled the young people of Gateshead to shape their own space and service at Gateshead Central Library.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Engaging children with disabilities in libraries

This article by The Reading Agency describes how the Chatterbooks programme uses multi-sensory stories to engage with children with disabilities. Libraries involved in this programme have developed valuable links with local special educational needs schools whilst enabling disabled children and young people to have greater access to services and activities in their local and wider community.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Using film to promote the magic of libraries

Time To Read - a partnership of people working in 22 library authorities in North West England - shares its experience of commissioning a video to promote reading and libraries.

By Jane MathiesonPublished:2014 Type: case-study


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Librarycamp – an unconference for people who want to improve libraries

Librarycamp is a free unconference with the agenda set by attendees on the morning of the event - a Do-It-Yourself conference. In this case study, Sue Lawson of Librarycamp UK talks about how to organise unconferences for people interested in improving libraries, and shares useful tools and resources for anyone in any field interested in bringing the unique benefits of the ‘unconference’ format to their sector.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using innovation to develop library as a ‘concept’ media centre

At DOK, Holland’s 'Library Concept Center' in Delft, exploring new innovation is at the core of what they do. In this article Doklab founder and director Erik Boekesteijn introduces the DOK library and the innovative work at Doklab. DOK can best be described as a media center that combines three unique collections: music and film, literature, and art; and is the most frequently visited public institute in Delft. This is full text about the article

Published:2014 Type: article


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Launching the new Library of Birmingham

It’s not every day that libraries make the front page, but the opening of the new Library of Birmingham was one of the big culture stories of 2013. In this case study, Kate Feld interviews Sara Rowell, Partnerships and Marketing Senior Manager at the Library of Birmingham, about the launch of this spectacular new building and finds out what happens next.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Building partnerships: a toolkit for literature organisations and libraries

Literature organisations and libraries share a commitment to the power of reading and writing to achieve positive social change. It is in this spirit that this toolkit has been devised to help literature organisations and libraries build good partnerships. It has been published as part of a piece of research commissioned by Arts Council South East from New Writing South (NWS) and Writers’Centre Norwich (WCN) called Building Partnerships: A Report on Literature Organisations and Libraries in the South East And East.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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How library services can collaborate to promote community cohesion

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks Londoners and visitors to pick up the same book and read it together. A month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across London. It is the only programme that involves all 33 London library services. This case study describes the processes involved in organising this event.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using social media to market library services

Since 2008 Manchester Library and Information Service has used social media including blogging, sharing photos/videos, tweets and Facebook to promote resources and activities and reach new audiences. Written by Sue Lawson from Manchester Library, with contributions from Linsey Parkinson (Heald), writer and marketing consultant, this case study describes how social media has helped Manchester Libraries to develop its relationships with customers, publishers, authors, librarians, and bloggers from Manchester and beyond.  

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Improving children and young people's engagement with libraries

The Evolve Project is a US-based open collaborative platform that aims to change the way people see libraries. In this case study, Brian Pichman describes how The Evolve Project improved young library users’ engagement with the library’s children’s space by changing its design and putting in new technology and programming that encourages them to learn and interact in different ways.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries as Start-ups

These days, people aren’t just checking out books at the library – increasingly, they’re making things there. Brian Pichman from the US-based The Evolve Project, which aims to change the way people see libraries, discusses the new collaborative and creative uses of libraries being successfully trialed around the world, including maker spaces and fab labs, and argues that libraries should foster a “start-up” culture.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Art lending through libraries

Art To Go is an art lending programme in place at an Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) since 1965. It's a great example of one of the many unconventional ways libraries can enrich the lives of the communities they serve. The collection, which has about 400 items, is available to any patron with an ICPL library card, and two items can be borrowed for two months at a time with no charge.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using a library as an arts incubator

Since 2004, the Children’s Writer-in-Residence programme funded by the Associates of the Boston Public Library, has been providing emerging children’s writers with financial support and a quiet space needed to complete one literary piece of work. This programme is a great example of a library serving as an arts incubator. By providing an office and a stipend (internship), the writer is given the opportunity to dedicate time to their writing. The library's collections can also provide a source of inspiration.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Books on bikes: bringing the library to the people

In May 2013, the Seattle Public Library launched its Books on Bikes pilot project as part of the Library’s Innovation Campaign, an internal project to develop innovative ideas. Books on Bikes is an outreach project that aims to bring the library to the people with teams of two Library staff biking to events and introducing people to Seattle’s Library services.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Community cohesion project in libraries

Living Library gives direct access to someone else’s experience, by allowing people to ‘borrow’ a person for a conversation. This might be someone who has significant personal experience or a particular perspective to share. Living Library can be used to confront stereotypes and prejudices, to explore diversity, and to stimulate conversations that otherwise might not happen. ‘Loans’ take the form of a conversation, and can last for a variable period, typically 30-60 minutes. The case studies in this project were designed to explore a community development model of Living Library within public libraries in England. Local Living Library places an emphasis on local ownership of the events, relationship-building, and the discovery …

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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What do the public want from libraries? Technical report

This technical report summarises the methodological approach for the 2010 programme of research conducted by Ipsos MORI and Shared Intelligence on behalf of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), This programme examined public attitudes to, and experiences of, public libraries, using a range of methodologies to collate existing data and to resolve gaps where little evidence previously existed. This fuller picture aims to be of value in shaping the public library service more closely to the needs of users and potential users in the years ahead. The main purpose of the research was to understand what users and non-users of public libraries want from the service. Although there were …

Published:2013 Type: research


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What do the public want from libraries? Summary report of quantitative research

This quantitative research fed into the full report 'What do the public want from libraries?' It provides an analysis of the findings from a telephone survey of 1,102 people aged 18+ in England. Key questions asked were around: Frequency of library use Personal definition of library use Motivations for using library services Reasons for not using library services Reasons for satisfaction with library services What would encourage more visits  

Published:2013 Type: research


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What do the public want from libraries? Summary report of qualitative research

This summary of the qualitative, focus group research feeds into the report 'What do the public want from libraries?'. The focus groups concentrated on: Why people use libraries? What  people value in public libraries? Reasons for not using libraries Awareness of library services Views on the value of library services Issues highlighted in the qualitative research included: The challenge in meeting all groups’ needs at once, particularly when libraries offer limited physical space The tension around trying to attract new users without alienating existing users  The importance of the book offer and the strong view that the quality and range of stock needs to be improved The importance of the physical space …

Published:2013 Type: research


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What do the public want from libraries? Practitioner guide

This guide for library practitioners draws on a large scale piece of research into the attitudes and wants of library users and suggests ways forward for library professionals as well as offering a series of case studies. Key recommendations around the user experience include: Pay close attention to stock performance Stock selection is arguably a library’s most important set of choices Ensure an expanded offer (including coffee and training and employment support) ‘Extra’ offers can be used to attract new users, without incurring additional net expenditure and friends packages are an opportunity Use customer insight to make changes Key recommendations around communication include: Build awareness of the full range of services Keep the brand …

Published:2013 Type: research


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What do the public want from libraries?

This research aimed to give an up-to-date picture of public views on libraries, in order to help leaders and practitioners make decisions about the future development of the service. The findings come from focus groups with a cross-section of user and non-user groups and a quantitative survey with a representative sample of 1,102 adults as well as a literature review of previous relevant studies and national surveys. Key findings include: The public see libraries’ core purpose as being about reading, learning (particularly children’s education) and finding information. Some newer services have become well established, for example, computers and children’s activities. People value a good customer experience, and are relatively intolerant of poor service. The key …

Published:2013 Type: research


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Increasing the attractiveness of libraries for socially disadvantaged adults

This report outlines the reasons behind low library usage from those who are socially disadvantaged and suggests some ways forward. This study found that the key barrier to usage is that awareness of libraries is low, particularly among adults with a low level of skills. The other main barriers are a low understanding of what a library is like to visit - many believe they are just about books- and an aversion to taking risks. The report segments potential adult learners and then carries out research with users and non-users around expectations of a library, what they think of their library and what …

Published:2013 Type: research


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What people think about libraries – survey results

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report summarises the results of a survey carried out to discover what people think about libraries. The survey asked respondents five open questions about their use of public libraries, as well as their views on their value, purpose and ideal qualities. These open-ended questions enabled free expression of opinions and ideas. There were 1,433 responses to the survey and a full breakdown of the results is provided in this document.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Understanding what people value about libraries

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report examines what people value most about libraries, and how this can be used to continue to place libraries at the heart of their communities. The report identifies the importance of the library space, including its look, feel and purpose; the value of libraries to children and young people; the role of libraries in collecting and offering a gateway to knowledge and culture; the inclusivity of libraries and their role in social opportunity and equality, and the tension between change and continuity in libraries.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Understanding what young people think about libraries

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report presents the results of two workshops held with young people in the 12-18 age bracket in November 2012. These were designed to take into account their views on the purpose and value of libraries as important current and future users of library services. The third phase of the programme explored public views of the purpose and value of public libraries.

By Dialogue by Design, Office for Public Management, Arts Council EnglandPublished:2013 Type: research


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Envisioning the library of the future

Discover what lies ahead for libraries, and what we can do to help them develop. This major research project commissioned by Arts Council England intends to help set out the value, role and purpose of public libraries with clarity. It points out ways that libraries can respond to change in order to remain at the heart of the community, and gives focus for work in the future. This is the main report covering the first two phases of the project.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Community Engagement in Libraries

This research establishes a baseline for community engagement in Libraries for funders to use for evaluation of the Communities Libraries Programme. It reports on what the programme has achieved including refurbishment or building development projects, it provides case studies of excellence in Bristol, Newcastle, North Yorkshire, Nottingham, Sandwell and Slough and it outlines areas for improvement: Vision and goals - more focus and buy in required Community segmentation  - which is often based on traditional demographics not predictive, behavioural or interest based sectors. Organisational transformation More effective communications Use of social networks focused around libraries Methods and metrics to measure impact.    

Published:2013 Type: research


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Opening up museum and library spaces for learning

A detailed report describing how the MLA Challenge Fund successfully enabled museums, libraries and archives round the UK to open up their spaces free of charge to self-organised groups of learners. Case studies include a poetry group and various heritage, craft and creative arts groups.

Published:2013 Type: research


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What makes people visit a museum, library or archive?

An overview of research into the activities that are most likely to increase attendance and participation in museums, libraries and archives. It tells us about typical non-users and users, and looks at the activities which work best with current non-users and which work with users to increase the frequency of their visits.

Published:2013 Type: research


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How to encourage non-users into libraries

Javier Stanziola presents an analysis of research carried out on library use, including demographics and reasons for use as well as recommendations for the future

Published:2013 Type: research


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How well are libraries engaging with the community?

The final 150-page report evaluating community use of public libraries following Big Lottery funding. Using case studies, the report measures how well the libraries engage with their communities, whether perceptions of library services have changed and how much impact the funding has made on learning and skills development for users, staff and volunteers.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Hidden Treasures: the Collections Trust's UK-wide museum initiative

Collections Trust is an independent organisation that works with museums, libraries and galleries to help them improve the management of their collections. For the past two years, Collections Trust has organised a campaign called Hidden Treasures aimed at engaging the public with museum and gallery collections. This case study outlines the process, objectives and outcomes of the Hidden Treasures campaign, which is a good example of a successful nationwide campaign with multiple stakeholders and challenges.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Engaging young people with public libraries through live events

This case study examines how innovation helped to engage and develop the low library-using 14-25 age group (and other library non-users) with public libraries through a programme of the best new emerging live music supported by associated creative workshops and training opportunities.  The project actively supported the NEET (not in employment, education or training) agenda in a contemporary way, engaging hard-to-reach groups in deprived communities with youth-led volunteering, educational and social opportunities.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Evaluating the impact of libraries’ creative reading work with emergent adult readers

This report, "Confidence All Round", explores the individual and societal outcomes for emergent readers from libraries’ creative reading activity in partnership with the Skills for Life sector. The fit of these outcomes is mapped against the Shared Priorities and the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum to provide evidence of how the approach can help libraries and the Skills for Life sector achieve their objectives. Recommendations are made for enhancing the effectiveness of libraries’ creative reading activity at both a strategic and tactical level.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Participation and engagement in cultural activities

What are the key drivers for participation in with heritage sites? How frequently do people engage with the museums and galleries through participation?  How can libraries deepen relationships with participants?  This analysis of findings across these four important strands of the cultural landscape offers key findings, core data and modelling to help you plan your participation engagement strategies. This document is an analysis of the Taking Part Survey.

Published:2013 Type: research


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