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How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community

How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Tool libraries, which have been around since at least the 1970s, offer communities a way to share resources that would otherwise spend the vast majority of the time sitting in drawers and garages.

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Not exactly digital, but maybe something to think about with Maker spaces etc.  Personally I like this idea a lot.

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Alexina's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:51 PM

Libraries continue to adjust their lending collections to the needs of their communities. The posting provides links to a free webinar about this topic and other resources. There is quite a lot to think about in starting a tool lending library at the public library.

 

In 2012 there was a Library Journal article about lending cake pans: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/06/library-services/let-them-lend-cake-pans/  

 

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Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Library future depends on technologies. We've collected a couple of great concepts that could be used in the near future.

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nickcarman's curator insight, May 5, 11:19 PM

Some ideas for future library technologies. Some you will have heard of, others are new.

Ashok Kumar's curator insight, May 10, 10:09 AM

new innovative technologies

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Sunsetting: What Libraries Can Learn from Tech Companies

Sunsetting: What Libraries Can Learn from Tech Companies | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries exist to provide amazing services and resources to our users.  We are so committed to this vision that we continue to offer these services even after users don't need them. 

 

“The easiest way to know that a product should be killed or sold off is when it no longer fits the company’s distinctive competence and market strategy. Regardless of the costs, a product that doesn’t make sense in the context of the rest of your products just confuses your customers.”


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, April 12, 2:51 PM

Absolutely worth reading, this is something I am trying to teach my students! 

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New York City Putting Libraries In Homeless Shelters To Make Sure That Homeless Children Have Access To Books

New York City Putting Libraries In Homeless Shelters To Make Sure That Homeless Children Have Access To Books | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
It’s a well established fact that reading is good for kids, but lots of kids don’t have consistent access to books outside of school. That’s why it’s fantastic that New York City will soon be adding thousands of books to homeless shelters to help benefit children and families. All kids deserve

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, April 6, 7:30 PM

With twenty shelter libraries, NYC estimates it will benefit more than four thousand of the estimated twenty-five thousand children who sleep with their families every night in the city's homeless shelters.

Nancy Schott-Mensh's curator insight, April 9, 12:58 PM

Putting children's libraries in NYC homeless shelters will help the approximately 25,000 children who sleep in NYC shelters every night and their families!

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Design Thinking for Libraries

Design Thinking for Libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Design Thinking for Libraries is an approach to improving your library through creativeproblem solving.

This toolkit guides you through Design Thinking so you can start coming up with solutions to everyday challenges within the library. Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about starting with people — the users that visit your library. At IDEO, we’ve been using similar methods to envision new products, services, spaces, and experiences that bring them to life. We created this toolkit specifically for the library setting, and we’re looking forward to seeing how you might create impact by seeing your work through a fresh perspective: the design thinking lens!

 
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Designers Draw up the Library of the Future

Designers Draw up the Library of the Future | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
The library of the future could include affordable housing upstairs, retail downstairs, and a 24-hour community lounge in the lobby.

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Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge

Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

Data connectivity is intrinsic to most of our daily lives. The place which exists in almost every community large or small, rural or urban, is the public library.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:01 PM
Data connectivity and the public library = synonymous!
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Karen du Toit's insight:Data connectivity and the public library = synonymous!
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Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
The Little Free Library movement brings book sharing back to basics… and your neighborhood, helping create community and grow generosity, while sharing books and hope for a better world.
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The opposite of the digital advances for public libraries..but full of value for small communities

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Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You

Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians can pivot, so can you!

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How tech is changing reading at libraries

How tech is changing reading at libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
A conversation with Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association.

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The British Library Meets Burning Man - Digital scholarship blog

The British Library Meets Burning Man - Digital scholarship blog | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Posted on behalf of David Normal (edited by Sophie McIvor and Mahendra Mahey) The British Library meets Burning Man… In December 2013 the British Library uploaded over a million images from our 19th century digitised books onto Flickr Commons, with the invitation for anyone to remix, re-use and re-purpose the...

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Libraries are Development

Libraries are Development | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Around the globe, libraries are a force to be reckoned with. A recent webinar highlighted cutting-edge libraries in developing and transitioning countries that are empowering their communities to achieve local goals. Presenters Bill Cartwright, President and CEO of Riecken Community Libraries, and Ugne Lipeikaite, Impact Manager at EIFL-PLIP (Public Library Innovation Programme) led webinar participants on a worldwide tour of libraries that are creating huge impacts with modest resources. Community development can be understood to mean many things, but the United Nations recognizes it as

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, July 30, 2014 8:25 AM

This post summaries the July 16th webinar on "Libraries are Development" by surveying different library projects around the world and their impact on their communities. 

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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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Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust

Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

"The Carnegie UK Trust publication Speaking Volumes: the impact of public libraries on wellbeing shows the wide range of ways in which public libraries can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Speaking Volumes demonstrates in a clear graphical way how libraries are relevant to four main policy areas: social, economic, cultural and education policy – all of which have an impact on wellbeing.

The leaflet is based on hundreds of examples of practice throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as published evidence of impact. Databases of some of these examples show how public libraries support learning, promote economic wellbeing, act as cultural centres and contribute to the creation of strong and healthy communities."

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 17, 2014 5:02 AM

Continuing relevance of public libraries!

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8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun

8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
I encourage you to check out your local library and see what they're up to. I think you'll be impressed -- and more than a little surprised -- by what they're doing....

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dpavilion architects: amin shipping container library

dpavilion architects: amin shipping container library | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
eight shipping containers find a new home as the several reading rooms in a new public library offering free books to the community.

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James Pallot's curator insight, March 11, 7:00 AM

Houses,shops, office spaces, and now, even public libraries are being taken over by the popularity and usefulness of shipping containers. Have you ever visited one? Try it and you’ll definitely enjoy your reading more that you used to.

Stevie Chamley's curator insight, March 11, 10:49 AM

People only know it to be used for cargo shipping. But nowadays, more and more industries are eyeing shipping containers to be used in their businesses. And the latest to join are the public libraries. Cozy, convenient, but cheap. 

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Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists

Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

Today’s students may be skilled at texting and social media, but many are unable to perform online research and distinguish accurate information on the web, according to a new study."
 


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 18, 11:17 AM

Wait, the results are "surprising, considering that the students are, after all, digital natives." ?? When are we going to retire this cliche? Being able to evaluate multiple sources of information or to research beyond Google are not innate skills. We fail students EVERY TIME we call them digital natives. It's lazy, and it annoys me. They also live surrounded by print, but we don't call them reading natives.


OK, climbing off the soapbox, because at the very end of this article, school librarians are mentioned as being potential leaders in instruction. At least we agree on something! This is what most of my colleagues and I do every day in the library. Digital literacy education should be embedded in every lesson we teach, as part of the critical thinking skills we know students need. 

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Libraries Reinvent themselves in the Digital Age

Libraries Reinvent themselves in the Digital Age | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
When people think of libraries they normally envision old ladies with cats eye glasses shushing everyone. The only sounds that are audible is the rhythmic

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The world's most stylish libraries

The world's most stylish libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Design libraries

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20 mesmerising modern libraries from around the world

20 mesmerising modern libraries from around the world | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
A list of most tremendous examples showing how modern libraries are shaping the way we learn and enjoy reading in the digital age.

 

As you will see from these amazing photos (http://ebookfriendly.com/2013/04/11/modern-libraries ;), libraries around the world are heading into the future, creating for their patrons a more dynamic, multi-level environment for learning and pleasure.


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, April 30, 2013 9:12 AM

mesmerizing libraries

wildswans's curator insight, May 4, 2013 12:18 AM

Sometimes physical space can also act as a metaphor for our minds. When space creates a sense of wonderment, our imagination follows.

Adele Greene's curator insight, May 29, 2014 5:04 AM

I would enjoy studying on a summers day!

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Ever wondered how long it takes to read The Great Gatsby (2.62 hours) compared to Atlas Shrugged (31.22 hours)? If so, you'll like this infographic by Personal Creations. It's similar to an infogra...

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Four of the UK's most innovative libraries

Four of the UK's most innovative libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
From robot building to cooking lessons, public libraries are creatively staving off the threat of closure (Four of the UK's most innovative libraries http://t.co/4h0lHd9m5a)...

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Particularly proud of our Fab Lab in Exeter Library!  

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Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college

Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - The library opening with the first day of classes on Monday at Florida's newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs - but not a single book. A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University's striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. "It's a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books," said Kathryn Miller, the university's director of libraries. Rising along a drab stretch of highway between Tampa and Orlando, Florida Polytechnic envisions building a technology corridor in the image of Silicon Valley.

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How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.
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Would love to visit and see how the public are reacting to this great community space

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Public Libraries Will Survive Despite Amazon's Kindle Unlimited

Public Libraries Will Survive Despite Amazon's Kindle Unlimited | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Can I tell you why I’m so excited about Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service? Because, aside from all my publications with academic presses and journals, I am an independent publisher. My book, Expect...

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Public Library teams up with Mozilla to help spread Web literacy

Public Library teams up with Mozilla to help spread Web literacy | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
With maker party season well underway, Mozilla and The Public Library are hoping to encourage the spread of Web literacy.

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