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The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World

The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World | Changing library land | Scoop.it
What do camels, donkeys, UFOs, boats, phone booths, and tanks have in common? They can all be libraries. Confused? Check out these weird and wonderful libraries...

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:45 AM

All libraries are learning spaces, no matter how unusual they appear to be. Libraries support information literacy and lifelong learning.  They build communities.  They empower individuals.  They protect our right to know.  And what's more, they preserve our nation's cultural heritage.

Ann Vega's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:34 AM

Love the BiblioBurro!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 26, 2013 11:52 AM

I love the Little Free Libraries.  I would love to see them pop up where I live.  I only see one in my area and it is about 40 miles away!

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Promoting your school library - YouTube

This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers. The film gives...

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, February 10, 3:17 PM

Let's video-write our ideas - youtube's last fashion :)

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 25, 11:19 AM

Well-made and very well thought out presentation.  The importance of a trained librarian is very evident here.

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2:50 AM

ALIA Schools promotional film advocating the role of school libraries and teacher librarians.

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Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia?

Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia? | Changing library land | Scoop.it
Being literate used to be about knowing how to read. In the 21st century it also means knowing how to negotiate through the torrent of information coming at you from all directions. Information Fatigue…

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Very interesting ideas.

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SCIS's curator insight, March 26, 7:37 PM

Surely the arguments about Wikipedia are well and truly over?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 27, 1:30 PM

Information fatigue is an interesting way of understanding what is happening. The torrents can overwhelm.

Helen Lynch's curator insight, April 9, 5:16 AM

Today's students practice digital information literacy skills all the time

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Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books

Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books | Changing library land | Scoop.it
Three dozen academic libraries are teaming up with the Springer publishing company to pioneer a way to lend a fast-growing part of library holdings.

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Another example of the importance of collaboration in today's digital age.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, February 19, 10:13 AM

Academic libraries have a long, proud tradition of sharing books and journals through interlibrary loan. But the efforts to extend that practice to e-books, even though libraries are buying more and more content in digital format, have been stymied because licenses do not allow e-book lending, and libraries lack the technology to make it work. Fortunately, a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will soon be tested to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-books.

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New Librarianship MOOC: Partnerships in Creativity, Innovation, and Learning

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The further we move into R. David Lankes’s “New Librarianship Master Class”—a massive open online course (MOOC) under the auspices of the University of Syracuse School of Information Studies— and his book The Atlas of New Librarianship, the more obvious the overlap between librarianship and the entire field of training-teaching-learning becomes—which makes me wonder why I don’t see more interactions and sustainable collaborations between colleagues in the American Library Association (ALA)  and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and others involved in the professions those two associations represent....


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We must always remember that our focus should be about providing service to our clients. They should always be our motivation.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 26, 2013 3:31 AM

New Librarianship is about knowledge and training; everything we do is about helping people develop their own knowledge. As Lankes says, “I think a lot of instruction in libraries should be about things within the community and not about the library itself.”

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What Academic Libraries Can Learn From Howard County Public

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There’s a reason that the Howard County Library System, MD (HCLS) is the Gale/LJ 2013 Library of the Year—an incredible focus on user experience and staff development that enables each worker to invest in the success of the library. It’s a case study for academic librarians who want to take things to the next level of service and community engagement.

 

Academic librarians know well that we also build our knowledge base by studying the successes and failures of other institutions. Call it a study of best practices, if you will. From it, we improve the user experience in our own libraries.

 

What academic librarians should recognize about HCLS and other public libraries is what we actually have in common—and can learn from each other.

 

Read more here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/07/opinion/steven-bell/what-academic-libraries-can-learn-from-howard-county-public-from-the-bell-tower/


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:04 AM

Here's what academic librarians can learn from the library philosophy of great public libraries.

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Are Bookless Libraries A Good Thing?

Are Bookless Libraries A Good Thing? | Changing library land | Scoop.it
Later this year an all-digital library will open in Bexar County, Texas. It will have 100 e-readers available for lending and an e-book collection of over 10,000 titles. Staff will also teach basic computer skills.

 

The arguments against an all-digital library are many: "Many of the libraries that are currently providing e-books to their communities have to purchase them on a subscription basis--one bad fiscal year and their collection is gone."

 

In other words, there's no agreed-upon model for providing e-books to libraries. What arrangements that exist are tentative at best.  Aside from such practicalities, even many so-called "digital natives" may not welcome the future embodied by BiblioTech. A recent Pew survey of Americans under age 30 found that they are still as likely as older Americans to read paper books and that they're more likely than older Americans to spend time in the library, as opposed to going just to get books and DVDs and leave. Younger Americans identified the library as a place to read, to study and spend time with friends. Think about it: does anyone really hang out in their local Apple store?

 

More here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-okelly/post_5264_b_3639551.html


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Focus on People, Not Tools | The User Experience

Focus on People, Not Tools | The User Experience | Changing library land | Scoop.it

Librarianship has lost its focus—our professional concern for people has been eclipsed by a pre­occupation with collections and technology. This is understandable. Historically, libraries have been centered on bringing the world to our members through our collections. This problem of access was important to help solve, meeting a vital societal need. Likewise, our focus on information technologies and the web is natural, too. Throughout the years, these tools have presented some outstanding challenges, though generally they have aided tremendously in our mission to expand access to accumulated cultural knowledge and output. But our fixation on collections and technology is no longer serving us—nor our members.


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:17 AM
Is our collective focus on collections and technologies diverting our attention from learning more about our community of users and meeting their needs?
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Pew Internet: Advocacy Tools for Librarians

Pew Internet: Advocacy Tools for Librarians | Changing library land | Scoop.it
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has produced a series of reports presenting new research on library services, trends in reading habits and patron needs in the digital age. This three-year research program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and informed by an advisory group, focus groups and surveys of library users, non-users, and librarians. The Pew research is rich in data that librarians can use to inform internal planning and support advocacy efforts. The Pew data is nationally representative, however many libraries are seeing examples of how the Pew findings reflect changes and trends in their own libraries. The foundation has developed the following advocacy toolkits (one kit for each report) that include materials librarians can customize and use in their own communities. The tools will help librarians effectively talk about the Pew data to stakeholders and share information about library services. For guidelines and best practices on how to use these tools, please reference the Resource Box below.

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SCIS's curator insight, March 23, 11:22 PM

Advocacy toolkits developed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Advocacy toolkit for teacher librarians and school library media specialists.

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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | Changing library land | Scoop.it
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.

 

Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge.

 

Library leaders are adapting to a paradigm shift by reimagining the library as an engaged community center. The role of librarians is being re-branded to reflect their expertise as content curators and trusted navigators in an ever-expanding ocean of information — in whatever format it may exist.

 

Libraries are abuzz with services that go beyond traditional fare to offer more active programming for patrons, including an after-school program to aid students with homework. In the summer, more meeting rooms for patrons to use for business appointments,  more computer labs where patrons learn tech skills, or enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other services.

 

More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/books/chi-library-future-20131212,0,294523,full.story


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21st Century libraries are more than just collections.  We need to be about 'connections' as well in order to stay relevant and to meet our clients needs.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:59 AM

Here's a glimpse of some of the relatively new services that libraries of the future are offering:

→Digital studios

→Dedicated teen zones

→Conference rooms for community meetings

→Computer and social media classes

→Small business/technology centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shhh…! Silence in the RSA Library – what do you think? : RSA blogs

Shhh…! Silence in the RSA Library – what do you think? : RSA blogs | Changing library land | Scoop.it
All that said, we appreciate that Fellows do not want to be unnecessarily disrupted whilst using the library and we hope that our Fellows are considerate and respectful of other Fellows using the shared space.
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'Silence may be golden' but being 'seen and not heard' belongs in the past. If libraries are to remain relevant and viable then we must support the needs of our clients, and in today's world, that means a place for collaboration, a place to engage with others and a place that supports today's learning habits.

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The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World

The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World | Changing library land | Scoop.it
What do camels, donkeys, UFOs, boats, phone booths, and tanks have in common? They can all be libraries. Confused? Check out these weird and wonderful libraries...

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:45 AM

All libraries are learning spaces, no matter how unusual they appear to be. Libraries support information literacy and lifelong learning.  They build communities.  They empower individuals.  They protect our right to know.  And what's more, they preserve our nation's cultural heritage.

Ann Vega's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:34 AM

Love the BiblioBurro!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 26, 2013 11:52 AM

I love the Little Free Libraries.  I would love to see them pop up where I live.  I only see one in my area and it is about 40 miles away!

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Libraries as Coworking Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning

This project aimed to inform design strategies for smart space technology to enhance libraries as environments for coworking and informal social learning. The focus was on understanding user motivations, behaviour, and activities in the library when there is no programmed agenda.


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:07 PM
More and more libraries are removing bookshelves to make way for infrastructure and interior design elements (e.g. lounge areas, couches, meeting rooms, whiteboards, projectors, video consoles, cafés and food bars) aiming to facilitate social learning, open sharing and collaboration among their users. Is this the future of libraries?
Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 18, 2013 8:32 AM

The environment/space of libraries!

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The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World

The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World | Changing library land | Scoop.it
What do camels, donkeys, UFOs, boats, phone booths, and tanks have in common? They can all be libraries. Confused? Check out these weird and wonderful libraries...

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:45 AM

All libraries are learning spaces, no matter how unusual they appear to be. Libraries support information literacy and lifelong learning.  They build communities.  They empower individuals.  They protect our right to know.  And what's more, they preserve our nation's cultural heritage.

Ann Vega's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:34 AM

Love the BiblioBurro!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 26, 2013 11:52 AM

I love the Little Free Libraries.  I would love to see them pop up where I live.  I only see one in my area and it is about 40 miles away!

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Libraries: A Canvas for Creating Meaningful User Experience

Libraries: A Canvas for Creating Meaningful User Experience | Changing library land | Scoop.it

User experience is an important tool for libraries to employ against a number of competitors like bookstores and at-home Internet access. Libraries have taken this as an opportunity to provide services that are not available elsewhere. The strategy to focus on users and their needs has earned libraries strong support not only from the public but also from the academic community of users in higher education, most especially.

 

This article offers three main tips for fostering user experience or UX in a library environment.  As with product and service design scenarios, UX in libraries is about listening to your community, meeting their needs, and making their desires come true before they even know what they want. Implementing front-line staff suggestions allows staff to take ownership of a patron’s experience and provide interactions that users cannot have elsewhere.

 

Read more here:  http://uxmag.com/articles/libraries-a-canvas-for-creating-meaningful-user-experience


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, May 28, 2013 3:19 PM

Library trends ~ why the interest on user experience (UX)?   Libraries are now transforming themselves from book warehouses to places where people want to come and hang out. Find out more on how libraries can foster UX experience here:  http://uxmag.com/articles/libraries-a-canvas-for-creating-meaningful-user-experience ;