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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

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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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U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness | Library Stuff

U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness | Library Stuff | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Futuristic Library Design Encouraging Social Interaction in Edmonton,Canada

Futuristic Library Design Encouraging Social Interaction in Edmonton,Canada | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
The design collaboration between Hughes Condon Marler and Dub Architects led to the development of Jasper Place Branch Library, a project recently complete

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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!

by Robert Darnton

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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Rainbow Bridges EFL Materials's curator insight, April 30, 11:51 PM

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

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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, 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, 5:02 AM

Continuing relevance of public libraries!

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How your library can help you resist the surveillance state

How your library can help you resist the surveillance state | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
The library is one of the few institutions that has the potential to organize communities to access and produce information responsibly and safely.

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nickcarman's curator insight, July 15, 10:44 PM

A useful quote from the article: "The library is one of the few institutions that has the potential to organize communities to access and produce information responsibly and safely. Libraries connect people with resources, facilitate inquiry and popular education, and are accessible and highly trusted. For the growing movement fighting for an alternative to a culture of surveillance, they are an excellent place to start."

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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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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 24, 12:14 PM

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.

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, May 27, 2:08 AM

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.