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

Libraries as Coworking Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
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 motiva...

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Toronto Library offers store-quality book printing to customers

Toronto Library offers store-quality book printing to customers | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
If you want to print your own novel, cookbook or dissertation for under $20, you're in luck. The Toronto Reference Library has unveiled a new book printing machine that prints store-quality paperbacks.

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400,000 beautiful digital images join the public domain from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

400,000 beautiful digital images join the public domain from the Metropolitan Museum of Art | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 30, 2:53 PM

Thanks to Susan Bainbridge

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 1, 6:57 PM

What a wonderful resource to have available! To be able to see the creativity of others through time without having to visit is such a privilege.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 5, 12:42 PM

Imágenes Digitales del Metropolitan a Dominio Público.

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5 Tools To Help Create A Paperless Book Club - Edudemic

5 Tools To Help Create A Paperless Book Club - Edudemic | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
This post was co-written by Corey Holmer and Jamie Trow A class set of novels, binders, poster boards, and enough post-it notes to wallpaper a school…. all supplies associated with a traditional middle school book club model. With the addition of iPads, Google Apps, and other educational technology, the age of the “traditional” book club …

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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy. Obviously, depending on the grade level  you teach, your students will have different abilities in each of the four areas, …

 

BUT, as WE are using "Technology", let us ALSO learn about the basics of "Cyber Security", a MUST in a connected technology driven world:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/cyber-security-is-easy-get-the-right-reflexes/

 


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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy...


Michael Millard's curator insight, May 25, 1:56 PM

Klurigt för oss svenskar men ack så clever.

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Yes!!!!

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Web Accessibility Toolkit | Making digital resources usable & accessible in research libraries

"Research libraries have an important opportunity to meet the urgent need to make  information resources accessible to all of their patrons, regardless of ability or disability. In so doing, libraries can fulfill their mission to be content leaders in higher education and enhance information access to their users."


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6 Cities, 6 Photos: What Public Libraries Mean to Communities – Next City

6 Cities, 6 Photos: What Public Libraries Mean to Communities – Next City | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
In his new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, photographer Robert Dawson captures how the lending institution impacts communities.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, May 20, 7:21 AM

Profile of six community libraries, from Robert Dawson's The Public Library: a photograhic essay.

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Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot | LJ INFOdocket

Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot | LJ INFOdocket | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out.

The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were donated by Google Chicago and made the library the first in the nation to have them available for people to take home.

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The robots were invented by a lab at Carnegie Mellon University. They are set up for use with more than a dozen of the most commonly used computer languages. Users hook the robots up to their home computer or laptops and download instructional tutorials from the company’s website.


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nickcarman's curator insight, May 13, 10:57 PM

Lending these little robots would fit neatly into the kind of experimentation and teaching already  done with 3D printers in public libraries.

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Today's Library System: A Modern Social Space

Today's Library System: A Modern Social Space | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Today’s library system offers a new social support forum and is no longer the quietest building in town. Now, it serves as a lively information gateway for all topics in all types of media (books, ...

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, April 25, 6:23 PM

Favourite quote from this article:

"Librarians are now knowledge resource specialists, adjunct social workers, and the GPS to community resources." 

Andrea Contin's curator insight, April 29, 4:59 AM

A particular, interesting question: library in the internet age!

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Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different.

Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different. | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving. Snead’s multifloor stack systems can still be seen in many important libraries built in that era, for instance at Harvard, Columbia, the Vatican,...

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The Future For Public Libraries: Specialized Features Not Starbucks

The Future For Public Libraries: Specialized Features Not Starbucks | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
My head is still spinning from Panos Mourdoukoutas’ post at Forbes last week suggesting that there should be a Starbucks in every local library. Granted it appeared in Forbes and they slant corporate but it might just be the most … Continue reading →
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Doug Mirams's curator insight, March 30, 2:24 PM

In response to Forbes columnist advocating for libraries to include Starbucks in their public buildings, Michael Lieberman profiles South Korean libraries which have expanded their facilities as examples for North American libraries to follow.

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Surrey Libraries App

Surrey Libraries App | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

     

Remote catalogue search

Now you can find a title, reserve, borrow or renew it, straight from your mobile.

 

Barcode scan

Why buy when you can borrow? The app allows you to scan the barcode on any title, anywhere, then search the catalogue to see if you can borrow it.

 

Library information

From events to opening hours to directions, regularly updated service information gives you all the knowledge you need.

 


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ricklibrarian: Technology's Future at Public Libraries: Staying Relevant in the Digital Age: a PLA Program

ricklibrarian: Technology's Future at Public Libraries: Staying Relevant in the Digital Age: a PLA Program | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

Most of the news is good when it comes to technology and libraries, according to the latest report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Contrary to the idea that new technology would displace libraries, Lee Rainieof the Pew Charitable Trust reports that Americans are still in love with their libraries. What's even more remarkable is that people who have taken to new devices like libraries more than people who have not. Most of the tech savvy have not abandoned libraries. Instead, they keep libraries as one of their channels of content.


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Trudy Raymakers's curator insight, March 17, 3:09 AM

Continuous reference to the findings of PewInternet is important for the future - public value argument- of public libraries.

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Turns out the most engaged library users also biggest tech users | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Turns out the most engaged library users also biggest tech users | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
A new study from the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries. The report examines the relationship Americans have with their libraries and technology. Dusty, worn books versus sleek new computers, tablets or smartphones may seem like unlikely companions, but it’s really all about information. Continue reading →

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Ebooks on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018

Ebooks on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018 | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Consumer ebook market set to almost triple over next four years while PwC predicts sales of printed editions will fall

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Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public mis­understanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, May 28, 10:39 AM

James Mitchell is right when he writes "The library I have been talking about does not exist, but I think it will eventually." And, we have started to see glimpses of that model "beyond makerspace" through the public and academic libraries I've tried to highlight here in this Scoop.It and blog. His optimism is infectious -- and shared -- ("When you start to look beyond the normal parameters we place around information and consider how it is actually used throughout our communities, the possibilities are enormous.") "I can't wait."

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A World Digital Library Is Coming True!

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A World Digital Library Is Coming True!<br/><br/> by Robert Darnton | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
In the scramble to gain market share in cyberspace, something is getting lost: the public interest. Libraries and laboratories—crucial nodes of the World Wide Web—are buckling under economic pressure, and the information they diffuse is being diverted away from the public sphere, where it can do most good. Not that information comes free or “wants to be free,” as Internet enthusiasts proclaimed twenty years ago. It comes filtered through expensive technologies and financed by powerful corporations.

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe: Who are you empowering?

In the Library with the Lead Pipe: Who are you empowering? | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

In brief: As librarians we continue to grapple with our role in a world of digital information. The case has been made for an enthusiastic embrace of cutting edge technologies and the development of a ‘startup culture,’ and a role as ‘gap filler’ supporting faster take-up of new technologies. Rather than blindly supporting a market-driven technology industry, librarians should ensure the privacy and autonomy of library users is protected. When considering how we can use technology, librarians must remember our core values, and our mission of empowering an informed and free citizenry.

Murphy’s ‘gap filling’ proposal was pre-empted by David Lankes in 2012, when he wrote:"If libraries continue to be remedial organizations, focused solely on the problems and deficits of our communities the communities themselves will find libraries obsolete"

The main problem with Murphy’s vision of libraries as a ‘gap filler’ is the question of who determines where the gap lies, and who determines how it is to be filled.


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Trudy Raymakers's curator insight, May 23, 4:52 AM

Very interesting read Murphy versus Lankes. Eager adopting and translating versus core values and integrity.

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Social learning at work | CILIP

Social learning at work | CILIP | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, May 20, 6:57 AM

CILIP IL group will be focussing their projects onto information literacy in the workplace this year. This short article highlights the importance of information professionals and librarians in teaching IL skills in schools, libraries and other organisations. 

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Why Libraries Matter

Why Libraries Matter | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.

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datacurator's curator insight, May 27, 12:08 AM

A very interesting slice of the New York library system. I was unaware of the range of services that the library system delivers on.

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600 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices

600 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
This collection features 600 free eBooks, mostly classics, that you can read on your computer, Kindle, iPad or smart phone. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction & poetry.

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Excellent resource list to free e books, online courses and eaudio.

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Free classics! Shakespeare, Aristotle, Dostoyevsky, Sun-Tzu, and more.

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ALA Selects 10 Public Libraries for Community Engagement Training | American Libraries Magazine

ALA Selects 10 Public Libraries for Community Engagement Training | American Libraries Magazine | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, April 23, 9:54 AM

Congratulations to the ten library systems who will be participating in the 18 month long community engagement training. Would love to hear from any system involved in the program and will eagerly await the news coming out of these communities. Good luck

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What 21st-century libraries can learn from this 19th-century institution

What 21st-century libraries can learn from this 19th-century institution | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Like most library students, I learned about the Dewey Decimal System, the Library of Congress, and the father of the American public library, Andrew Carnegie. But I also learned about the necessary transformation of the library in the 21st century. In order to survive, it was hammered into our brains again and again, a library...

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 14, 6:01 AM

Thoughts around the Hull House which rendered a variety of community services, the same as expected from a public library today!

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Paper vs digital reading is an exhausted debate

Paper vs digital reading is an exhausted debate | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Tim Waterstone's claim that ebooks are in decline isn't persuasive – and there are far more urgent matters for readers to discuss

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Books You Might Like! The New York Public Library Launches Recommendations by Bookish in Online Catalog

Books You Might Like! The New York Public Library Launches Recommendations by Bookish in Online Catalog | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
March 24, 2014 – The New York Public Library (NYPL) launched today a state-of-the-art book recommendation tool in its online catalog, BiblioCommons, to help Library users discover new books based on their reading preferences. Powered by Bookish Recommends from New York startup Zola Books, the online program connects people to a broader selection of the library’s vast collection by offering relevant book suggestions.

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The university of the public library

The university of the public library | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
I am a librarian at a small public library in rural Florida. While there is a lot to love about my community, many of my patrons face the ills of rural poverty: outdated infrastructure, inadequate ...

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, March 15, 9:01 AM

Natalie Binder, a rural librarian in Florida notes a trend "In the last few years, several students in my community have earned their university or graduate degrees entirely at the public library."  

Working through her idea, she highlights for those who will have the economic and social benefits of the library as community college model: 

* the community, which will not need to invest in new infrastructures,

* parents and children who can work in the same space and break the cycle of poverty,

* students, who can choose when, where, and with whom they can study

* private and online colleges

*state and federal governments who can stretch their library funding further

She also notes some positive reasons why the library and more specifically university educated librarians are the best environment, 

 

"But access to an educator with a master’s degree is one of the things first-time college students need the most, and it’s one of the reasons this revolution was (and is) possible. It’s not just that libraries provide reliable, affordable access to the Internet. And it’s not even that librarians are highly trained in academic research, information science and information technology. The simple fact that librarians have successfully completed college and graduate school is an invaluable resource to students.”

 

She concludes her post with some ways which public libraries can encourage and promote this trend, including:

*research*continuing to hire MLIS librarians*keep stable funding for libraries so the doors can stay opem*build stronger relationships between public libraries, state/community colleges, MOOCs, and private colleges.*and, create collegiate atmosphere in public libraries ("Things like computer usage time limits and bankers’ hours are an impediment to college students who have jobs.")
An excellent article about an user group which many public libraries have ignored because of dated views about their "mandates" as popular collections; a user group which often takes over our buildings quiet study rooms and private/group spaces.