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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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QR codes, NFC and mobile tagging for libraries - a big flop? | SwetsBlog

QR codes, NFC and mobile tagging for libraries - a big flop? | SwetsBlog | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
QR codes and near-field communication (NFC) seem to offer endless possibilities for libraries. Read why this is not the case!

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Libraries Lead the 3D Printing Revolution | TechSoup for Libraries

Libraries Lead the 3D Printing Revolution | TechSoup for Libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews

Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.

A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:


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Karen du Toit's comment, February 28, 4:05 AM
Changing the name to incorporate all the new functions /spaces/services the "library" offers! To get past the stereotypical idea of a "library" with only books and a quiet place of study!
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Rebranding Removes the Term Library
LibrarianLand's curator insight, March 1, 6:37 PM

This is really b.s. The term library and it associations are still very important and vital to the institution in most of its forms. "Digital Idea Space" or "Ideal Village"  or "You can make it happen here!" or what ever the heck you want to rebrand it does not convey the wonderful history and values that make libraries great and sound trendy and hollow.

 

I agree that libraries need to be marketed better and often times differently but just as importantly they need to hire and retain the best and brightest who will actively provide and support the creation of new knowledge. A trendy new name that obliterates a very powerful concept in many folks' minds, LIBRARY, does not do the history or values of the idea justice. Perhaps a hybrid name that involves both is OK, like "Library Resource Center" or "Digital Learning Library" or even a name that does not include the word but clearly markets the traditional values of intellectual freedom, equity, learning, and yes, still preserving and collecting traditional things like books.

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Your Library Wants You to Make Some Noise!

Your Library Wants You to Make Some Noise! | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
“Does anyone go to libraries anymore?” A mayor, the president of a major foundation, a corporate executive, and several newspaper reporters have asked me that question.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 26, 6:39 AM

Advocacy for the public library!

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Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today's Complex World

Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today's Complex World | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
About the Book | Why Free? | Download | Participate | Videos | Reviews | Tell Us How You Use It Now FREE to Download and Distribute Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question the...

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Download this free ebook if you are involved with community engagement with libraries.  

"Lankes argues that, to thrive, communities need libraries that go beyond bricks and mortar, and beyond books and literature. We need to expect more out of our libraries. They should be places of learning and advocates for our communities in terms of privacy, intellectual property, and economic development.

Expect More is a rallying call to communities to raise the bar, and their expectations, for great libraries."

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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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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.

 

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Losing Britain's libraries: The places where we discover books are imperiled like never before

Losing Britain's libraries: The places where we discover books are imperiled like never before | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Last week The Bookseller published the following words on its cover. “The public library network could reach a tipping point before the end of the year where we have lost a level of service that we will never be able to get back .

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Interesting document from Tinder Foundation ( used to be UKonline)

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, March 11, 10:31 AM

The cost of digital inclusion and exclusion - but could we have a 100% digitally literate country by 2020? Government, Commerical, voluntary and community sectors would all need to work together to make this happen. 

 

*hyperlink originally shared on JISC INFO-LITERACYlist*

Fliss Clooney's curator insight, March 11, 10:52 AM

Interesting document, from Tinder ( used to be UKonline)

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Why Content Marketing Principals Are Similar To The Library

Why Content Marketing Principals Are Similar To The Library | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
The role of producing content is much more than having a voice, it’s about creating a place. Here's the link between content marketing and the library.

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Social Media for Staff Legal Checklist (18 February 2014) > Jisc Legal > View Detail

Social Media for Staff Legal Checklist (18 February 2014) > Jisc Legal > View Detail | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Stockholm’s Tio Tretton Library Gives Tweens a Space of Their Own

Stockholm’s Tio Tretton Library Gives Tweens a Space of Their Own | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
At a tween-only library in Stockholm, the only patrons allowed are children between 10 and 13—a group that often feels too old for children’s sections but not yet ready for full-on YA experiences.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, February 26, 3:39 AM

A GREAT place!!

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@Anu Ojaranta You're welcome! :-)