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Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.
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Makes very interesting reading - American public libraries are being used more than ever

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The Internet of Things: what does it mean for libraries? (and not forgetting Linked Data and the Semantic Web!)

The other day, I bought a new electric toothbrush. I looked online at the various types available and found a toothbrush with a bluetooth connection to an app on a smartphone, so I could record how...

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 5:00 AM

Great for library makerspaces as well!

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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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With 10,699 books printed, Windsor library’s self-publishing machine is a hit

With 10,699 books printed, Windsor library’s self-publishing machine is a hit | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Sue Perry likens her role at the Windsor Public Library to that of a midwife. Perry runs the main library’s self-publishing Espresso Book Machine...

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How can libraries and artists work together? | CILIP

How can libraries and artists work together? | CILIP | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

"Do artists use libraries as part of their creative process? And if so, how are they using them? For research? For a quiet place to work and contemplate? For project inspiration? If artists are using libraries in their creative process, are they getting what they need? How can libraries serve artists more effectively?

About the Library as Incubator Project

These are just a few of the questions that prompted the development of the Library as Incubator Project during the 2010-2011 academic year when the project’s co-founders, Laura Damon-Moore, Christina Jones (then Christina Endres) and Erinn Batykefer were graduate students in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 8:33 AM

Great resource for libraries collaborating with artists!

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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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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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