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'The Thingery' aims to bring new kind of library to Vancouver neighbourhoods

'The Thingery' aims to bring new kind of library to Vancouver neighbourhoods | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it

A new pilot project will give Vancouverites the chance to take home everything from hammers to snow shoes, free of charge — as long as they return it within a week.

The Thingery is a new sharing project that set up shop in East Vancouver Saturday for one day to gauge the public's interest in a permanent library that would offer books, tools, sports equipment and more.

Founder Chris Diplock hopes it's here to stay. His long-term vision includes shipping containers nestled within Vancouver neighbourhoods that act as local lending libraries of "things."

Share a juicer, your dog or a room in your home? How the sharing economy took off Vancouver bike share set to roll — at last!
Borrow anything at Toronto's first 'library of things' this summer
"We've got some types of lending libraries currently in Vancouver," Diplock told The Early Edition guest host Stephen Quinn. "The tool library, our book-lending library. But we really wanted to expand what we can share through our lending libraries."


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6 Super Geeky Tech Tips for the New School Year: The Daring Librarian

6 Super Geeky Tech Tips for the New School Year: The Daring Librarian | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it

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Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
Use design thinking (brainstorming, prototyping, testing, building, and reflecting) to co-create your classroom environment with the students who will be learning in it.
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, July 29, 12:07 PM
As is often the case, this article is written by a classroom teacher about her classroom experience but there are some powerful things being said that correlates to librarians and libraries. What if you changed up your orientation and had students help you organize/design the space? What would that look like in a library? How would students accessorize your shelves or the walls or other displays? Design-thinking strategies can be an excellent way to give students a voice in their learning space, help them with teamwork, and get them to think about how they learn. How can YOU use design-thinking in your library?
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5 Strange Ways Social Media Is Changing This Year - Social Media Week

5 Strange Ways Social Media Is Changing This Year - Social Media Week | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
If you can get ahead of your competition by embracing these changes and adjusting your strategies accordingly, you’ll reap the rewards in new followers and engagements.

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Changing the Conversation About Librarians | Mark Ray | TEDxElCajonSalon

Mark Ray is changing the conversation from "shh..." to "How can I help your with technology?" Mark has helped to overhaul libraries in Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state. For more information on this TED talk go to www.TEDElCajon.com.

Mark Ray is Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Named a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has helped develop and lead 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, we was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year.

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Being a librarian now means also being at least a part-time social worker — Timeline

Being a librarian now means also being at least a part-time social worker — Timeline | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
In a city known for innovation, tolerance, and liberal social policies, homelessness has proven to be an intractable problem. Two out of three of San Francisco’s homeless residents are not living in shelters but on the street, according to federal statistics. That trend, says Hall, has manifested itself inside the library. “There certainly weren’t as many homeless patrons when I began,” Hall said. “But there also weren’t the housing shortages and the income disparities and the issues with injectable drugs. The city really has changed a lot.”
And so has being a librarian at the Main Branch. To thrive here, Hall said, one must come to terms with the fact that it is not a sleepy suburban branch nor a cloistered university research library. “We make it very clear to our applicants that this isn’t always a quiet, peaceful place,” Hall said. “People who work here must embrace that urban reality.”

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Trudy Raymakers's curator insight, July 3, 10:59 AM
People who work in the library must embrace the new (urban) reality. It means that part of the time you are a social worker.
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5 Library Trends to Watch in 2016

5 Library Trends to Watch in 2016 | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
What's in store for libraries in 2016? Get a read on the top 5 library trends for 2016. You may be surprised where things are heading!

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Borrowing a tune: Vancouver Library launches musical instrument lending program

Borrowing a tune: Vancouver Library launches musical instrument lending program | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it

Dozens of musical instruments, including  guitars, ukuleles, banjos, keyboards, xylophones and drums, will be available free to anyone with a library card as the Vancouver Public Library launches an innovative new lending program. The launch, fittingly, will be a musical event jam packed with talent.


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How Libraries Are Curating Current Events, Becoming Community Debate Hubs

How Libraries Are Curating Current Events, Becoming Community Debate Hubs | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it

his piece is part of a special series on Libraries + Media. 

When the Pew Research Center tracks where Americans get their news, we hear about Reddit, Twitter and Facebook, television, newspapers and radio. Libraries don’t make the list. You might not expect them to.

“I believe we have a responsibility to be partisan on the side of democracy, human rights, social inclusion, and social justice.” —Mark Hudson


But there’s another side to this story. Pew studies also report that Americans do head to libraries, online and in person, to read news and research topics of interest. People do value the services of reference librarians. And they do trust libraries to help them decide what information is trustworthy.

Libraries are now turning that trust into an opportunity: Around the world, they’re experimenting with more direct participation in the issues that affect their communities. Library teams are selecting topics of local importance, compiling resource guides that keep up with evolving issues, and inviting public discussion and debate.

Librarians are curating current events.

Hot Topics In America
At California’s Alameda County Library, guides to current events feature the “news you are talking about.” Feeds from local and international news sources dovetail with guides to newsworthy subjects such as privacy, elections and guns and violence. While research guides are old news for libraries, these modernized versions are created with content management tools like LibGuides that let librarians organize selected sources and incorporate live news feeds, reader polls and other interactive features.



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What Will Libraries Be Like in 2100?

What Will Libraries Be Like in 2100? | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it

Nobody can know—but perhaps we can talk about what libraries should be in that imaginable future.

For instance, how many libraries will there be? I can think of two good answers, both of which I hope are correct—and one very bad answer, which I hope is entirely incorrect.

The first correct answer is simple. There will be a library: one library, globally comprehensive and globally accessible.

That vision means we think of libraries as collections, which is one thing they are. The old model depended on physical collections of material widely and strategically distributed in locations where communities or institutions could create, sustain, and support them. If consulting the Encyclopedia Britannica was a good thing, then every library worth its salt had to buy a set periodically and figure out what to do with the old edition it replaced.

Librarians are the Jedi knights of our culture’s future and deserve to be respected for that.


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The Social Workers Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library

The Social Workers Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
A social worker connects at-risk library patrons with resources and a chance to give back.

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The Library Card

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This article appears in the March print edition alongside the cover story, “Can America Put Itself Back Together?”—a summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. 

As we traveled around the U.S. reporting on the revival of towns and cities, we always made the local library an early stop. We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.

The traditional impression of libraries as places for quiet reading, research, and borrowing books—and of librarians as schoolmarmish shush-ers—is outdated, as they have metamorphosed into bustling civic centers. For instance, Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon, now cooperates with dozens of organizations, from AARP (which helps people with their taxes) to Goodwill (which teaches résumé writing). A social worker trains staff to guide conversations about one of the most frequent questions people trustingly bring into the library: Can you help me figure out how to meet my housing costs? 

There are three areas where libraries function as vibrant centers of America’s towns: technology, education, and community. 


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Open Educational Resources - A Catalyst for Innovation - OECD

Open Educational Resources - A Catalyst for Innovation -  OECD | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it

oecd report lse staff and students can download the full text via OECD Ilibrary

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/open-educational-resources_9789264247543-en;jsessionid=1wwpgnn1ps5d8.x-oecd-live-02

 


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This Is The Coolest Thing to Ever Happen to the N.Y.C. Subway

This Is The Coolest Thing to Ever Happen to the N.Y.C. Subway | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
The plights of bored and weary MTA commuters have finally been answered. The New York subway system is forming an alliance with Penguin House in order to offer free wireless access to all sorts of literature—via eBook.

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Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
Rethink classroom and campus spaces, recycle and upcycle materials, tap student ingenuity, attract charitable donors -- and remake and revitalize your school without breaking the bank.
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 10, 3:22 PM
So often when I talk to librarians about updating their spaces the first barrier that enters the conversation is MONEY. With a little creative thinking, a DIY attitude, and some ingenuity, you can redesign your library space using the ideas in this article.So, go ahead and channel MacGyver and reimagine YOUR library!
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Are You a Future Ready Librarian? | Knowledge Quest

Are You a Future Ready Librarian? | Knowledge Quest | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
by Joanna Gerakios Has the saying “future ready” been bounced around in your professional circles recently? Does this term have special meaning for us as school librarians? As I initially began hearing “future ready” used in professional conversations, it seemed... Read More ›

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Using Space To Influence Thinking -

Using Space To Influence Thinking - | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
#learningspaces #learning #thinking #education #innovation @TeachThought https://t.co/20AVlRmrqL
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, July 20, 4:15 PM
If you're thinking about how the design and configuration of your library influences learning, this is the article you want to read. No, it's not talking about libraries specifically but it is talking about how the space follows function. There is a messy area for lab work, a thinking area for research, and a performance area for presenting information to classmates and facilitators (teachers). There is so much more to the article than that so take a look and see how it applies to what YOU want to do with your library space and how YOU can create learning zones that impact student learning!
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What do modern libraries loan? Human books

What do modern libraries loan? Human books | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
There are still epic tales of migration, inspiring stories of people overcoming hardship, and chronicles of religious or racial persecution.
But in some places, there aren't any books -- instead, it's humans that are on loan.
"A Human Library is just like a real library but instead of paperbacks and hard covers, we have real people on our bookshelves," said Ronni Abergel, cofounder of the Human Library Organization.
"You can borrow the bipolar or the Muslim or the transgender or the homeless, and in this way you get a chance to talk to this person and you may just realize what you have in common."
Literary origins
Abergel cofounded the Human Library 16 years ago in Copenhagen, on the back of a one-off event designed to prevent physical violence.
A group of 50 human volunteers posed as titles for people to borrow over four days -- readers could ask the volunteers anything they liked about their life and experiences.

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The School Library as Change Agent

The School Library as Change Agent | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
The library offers a unique opportunity for learners to shape their own experience and engage in a “learning expeditions”. Read David Jakes exploration of the great potential for libraries as change agents!
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Lourense Das's curator insight, June 29, 9:57 AM
Leadership. Empathy. Agency. Empowerment are the keywords in this post by David Jakes on school libraries. Worth reading!
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Holographic storytelling - JWT Intelligence

Holographic storytelling - JWT Intelligence | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
Interactive 3D technologies bring holographic storytelling to the experiences of Holocaust survivors.

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Adopt, Adapt and Improve: Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines School Libraries

Adopt, Adapt and Improve: Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines School Libraries | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
Tennessee's Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is blazing trails in innovative library and media center design to bring true 21st Century literacy to 83,000 students in more than 150 schools.   Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is blazing trails in innovative library and media center design

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Information is Our Game - Librarians Being Awesome

Librarians Being Awesome Video Wins National Awards

 A promotional video created by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries has won two national awards. 

 Librarians Being Awesome won the award for Best Performance at the Association of Research Libraries Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada, on April 26. UT’s entry was selected for the top performance award out of 57 films submitted by 36 universities. Librarians Being Awesome also was recognized by the Library Leadership and Management Association as an excellent example of electronic advocacy materials. The UT Libraries will be presented with a PR Xchange Award at the American Library Association’s annual conference in June. Librarians Being Awesome is just what it sounds like—but in this instance the librarians were captured on film giving their best athletic performances. The video was the capstone to the Libraries’ “Information Is Our Game” sports-themed marketing campaign. The campaign began with trading cards (like baseball cards) for each librarian. One side of each trading card pictures a librarian on the baseball field, the tennis court—even the Vols’ locker room. The verso is the librarian’s curriculum vitae. The trading cards were followed by several whimsical videos depicting librarians pitted against top-notch athletes. The good humored librarians lost every contest. But, of course, the videos were really touting the librarians’ prowess as information professionals. The entire marketing campaign was meant to convey a simple message: there is a designated librarian with subject expertise in your field of study. Some of UT’s librarians are in fact accomplished athletes, so the capstone video features athletically gifted library faculty and staff just being awesome. The video even features clips of the dean of libraries juggling and an associate dean twirling a baton. The award-winning video has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and as a “bumper” (a brief ad that runs before the main feature) on the UT campus’ free movie streaming channel. -- Martha E. Rudolph Information Specialist Marketing & Communication University of Tennessee Libraries

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Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success

Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
In order to help learners make the most of MOOCs, librarians at Chicago Public Library partnered with Peer 2 Peer University to make online learning social in

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Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families

Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
When she realized an entire community of 75 kids younger than five weren't having their basic needs met, one determined children's librarian worked a minor miracle in the form of a program called Play, Grow, and Learn.
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Tasia Thompson's curator insight, March 9, 10:51 AM
I love how these librarians "connected the dots" and put together a program that not only provided literacy benefits for these young children, but helped their parents access services that made their lives/health better. THIS is what public libraries are all about! I would love to see more school-public library partnerships to create a continuum of services for all families in our communities.
Patrick Provencher's curator insight, March 15, 7:04 AM
I love how these librarians "connected the dots" and put together a program that not only provided literacy benefits for these young children, but helped their parents access services that made their lives/health better. THIS is what public libraries are all about! I would love to see more school-public library partnerships to create a continuum of services for all families in our communities.
Cissie Bannister Burley's curator insight, March 19, 12:05 PM
I love how these librarians "connected the dots" and put together a program that not only provided literacy benefits for these young children, but helped their parents access services that made their lives/health better. THIS is what public libraries are all about! I would love to see more school-public library partnerships to create a continuum of services for all families in our communities.
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Twelve Critical Skills for the Future | Futurist Thomas Frey

Twelve Critical Skills for the Future | Futurist Thomas Frey | 21st Century Libraries | Scoop.it
In the early 1990s, psychologist Robin Dunbar studied the social connections within groups of monkeys and apes. He theorized that the maximum size of their overall social group was limited by the size of their neocortex. Based on our neocortex size, Dunbar calculated that humans should be able to maintain relationships of no more than roughly 150 people at a Continue Reading

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