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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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21st Century Libraries Look Like: True Innovation

21st Century Libraries Look Like: True Innovation | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

In February of this year I posted 21st Century Libraries and Librarians Look Like: Innovation with a list of eight links to new and innovative ideas "that to me typify what the 21st Century Library looks like-what it does-what it symbolizes- how it performs- how it benefits its community- how it remains relevant-and most of all, how it is different in the 21st century.

1. Colorado: a librarian in the home

2. Florida: Lost in the stacks

3. Montana: early literacy/wildlife "trunks"

4. New Jersey: historic walk

5. Oregon: Naked Came the Rogue


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What does 3D printing have to do with libraries?

What does 3D printing have to do with libraries? | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
My administrator asked me this question. "What does 3D printing have to  do with libraries?" Of course my response at the time wasn't completely articulated how I wanted. After reflection, this is ...

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Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association

Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

A new report from an independent firm of economists has found that Australia’s public libraries deliver benefits that are worth nearly three times the cost of running them – a fact that will come as no surprise to Australia’s 10 million registered library users.If you put $100 into gold last year, it would be worth around $110 today. Compare that with the $290 return on every $100 invested in Australian public libraries.


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Partnership with Madison Public Library keeps WYOU on the air : Ct

Partnership with Madison Public Library keeps WYOU on the air : Ct | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
The community-access cable TV station will work with the library's media lab on how best to collaborate on the production and broadcast of programming.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:43 AM

Public/Academic Librarians, do you have a community television/radio station in your area? Become a partner with them like Madison Central Library and WYOU.

“We’re looking to create content. They have expertise and had problems being housed. This seemed like nice win-win,” said Trent Miller, director of events for the library.

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Libraries and librarians are more relevant than ever in the digital age | Impact Lab

Libraries and librarians are more relevant than ever in the digital age | Impact Lab | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

 The need for libraries, and librarians has been placed under scrutiny due to the advent of the internet. Everything in print is now available online.  So do we really need physical libraries and librarians anymore?  Of course we do…now, more than ever before.


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:00 AM

Librarians and the Digital Age

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Amy Eshleman on Libraries As the Original Maker Spaces | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Amy Eshleman on Libraries As the Original Maker Spaces | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

This post is part of a series of conversations with thought leaders on digital media and learning, then and now. In conversation with journalist Heather Chaplin, leaders reflect on how the field of digital media and learning (DML) has changed over time, and where it’s headed. Amy Eshleman is the program leader for education at the Urban Libraries Council. Before that she was assistant commissioner for strategic planning and partnerships at the Chicago Public Library, where she led the creation and expansion of YOUmedia. - Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.


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You'll Need a PhD To Make Sense Of The Pricing Schemes Publishers Impose On Libraries

You'll Need a PhD To Make Sense Of The Pricing Schemes Publishers Impose On Libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Much has been written about publishers’ early reluctance to license or sell any e-books to libraries. That  is mostly past.

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age.

Physical To Virtual Libraries – Creating a balance between physical facilities with the increasing demand for digital materials

Individual To Community Libraries – Accommodating the needs of individuals in concert with community engagement

Collection To Creation Libraries – Transforming libraries into facilities for media creation, not just consumption

Portal To Archive Libraries – Balancing the needs for physical and digital archives


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Juliana Loh's curator insight, November 22, 2013 11:05 PM

great article on the future of libraries...And yes... there will still be physical books :D

Eva I. Fischer's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:14 PM

As I librarian I love these kind of articles... however I do want to say that realistically we are not essential and irreplaceable, rather we STRIVE to remain essential, irreplaceable and relevant!

And we're doing a good job! So let's all keep up the good work!

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I love these shelves. Want them at home so much!
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Collaborative Curation and Personalization The Future of Museums: A Study Report

Collaborative Curation and Personalization  The Future of Museums: A Study Report | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

This report highlights a number of key trends that will have a significant impact on the user experience and design of future collections and museums.


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Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:04 PM

This is right up my alley. Looking forward to reading about trends and impacts.

Erica Bilder's curator insight, November 15, 2013 7:11 AM

I have nothing to add to Robin Good's terrific insights:

 Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Picture these scenarios:
 

The Victoria & Albert Museum, its collections depleted by massive repatriation, becomes a travel & tourism guide and international affairs ambassador in an increasingly globalized community
 The Freud Museum, in the spirit of its namesake, becomes a provider of mental retreat and therapy (I wonder if the docents will be licensed psychoanalysis?)

These, according to the 40-page report “Museums in a Digital Age” from Arups, may actually be some of the likely new profiles of prestigious museums 25 years from now.  

 

The report projects that:

 

"...future museums will see personalised content, new levels of sustainability and a visitor experience extended beyond present expectations of time and space."

 

A rising desire among audiences to shape their own cultural experiences (“Collaborative Curation”)
 The opportunity for museum to become “curators of experiences” that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional exhibits or programs, or beyond the walls of the museum itself.

 

Source: http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.it/2013/11/museums-in-future-view-from-across-pond.html ;

 The idea of "collaborative curation" of museum collections by the actual users-visitors, is particularly fascinating.  "Just as current consumer trends shift towards collaborative consumption, in the future, museums may employ new patterns of collaborative curation,allowing for individually curated experiences and giving the public greater control over both content and experience.
Increased visitor participation will allow people themselves to reinvent the museum experience, enabling content that can adapt to the preferences of users in real-time." 

 

My comment: If you are a curator and are interested in exploring and understanding what the future of large collections and museums may look like and which forces are going to be driving such changes, this is a good report to read.

 

Insightful. Inspiring 8/10



Original Report: Museums in the Digital Age: 
http://www.arup.com/Publications/Museums_in_the_Digital_Age.aspx ;

 

PDF: http://www.arup.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Publications/Research_and_whitepapers/2013_Arup_FRI_MuseumsintheDigitalAge_final_web.ashx 

 

Amanda Gregorio's curator insight, October 10, 2014 4:36 PM

Interesting notion

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Austerity measures make libraries vital as more needy people use them

Austerity measures make libraries vital as more needy people use them | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Sam Darian: As the cuts take their toll of services, rising numbers of people are coming into libraries for all kinds of help

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Although  I agree in part with the author, I think that he/she paints a particularly black picture.  Certainly the role of the library assistant is changing, but is that by necessity , a" Bad thing"?  Here, in Devon, we are providing training for staff and working very closely with external organisations to provide a comprehensive service to our users.  Books are still here for people who want them, but, there are a whole range of other services too.

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Queens Library Will Begin Lending Google Nexus 7 Tablets To Cardholders Later This Month; 5,000 Tablets Set To Circulate

Queens Library Will Begin Lending Google Nexus 7 Tablets To Cardholders Later This Month; 5,000 Tablets Set To Circulate | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
One large donation of technology!
From the Queens (NY) Library:
Queens Library will begin lending library customers Google tablets on their library cards beginning November 20.

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Internet Librarian: Lee Rainie Keynote

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Lee Rainie discusses the Project’s new research about those who use the library and those who do not: who they are, what their information needs are, what kinds of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs of their patrons.

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Share your story: Library offers book-making project - Post-Bulletin

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Share your story: Library offers book-making project
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Louise Moe, right, Head of Reference Services at the Rochester Public Library, describes a new space being created to serve children and young adults.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:07 PM

Personal memoir program combined with bookmaking in new Rochester (MN) Public Library makerspace. Sessions included paper making, screen printing, then finally book binding.

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Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association

Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

A new report from an independent firm of economists has found that Australia’s public libraries deliver benefits that are worth nearly three times the cost of running them – a fact that will come as no surprise to Australia’s 10 million registered library users.If you put $100 into gold last year, it would be worth around $110 today. Compare that with the $290 return on every $100 invested in Australian public libraries.


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The future of libraries – keeping the service alive

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Join us Thursday 28 November to discuss how councils can reinvent library services in the 21st century
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Libraries: the original co-working space - LeMasney Consulting

Libraries: the original co-working space - LeMasney Consulting | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

I have recently had some discussions with people considering co-working spaces and thought immediately of how many times I’ve used the library for this purpose. Thanks to Janie Hermann for the idea to make a quick graphic on it. Libraries have community, technology infrastructure, comfort, services, facilities and amenities. If you have a cafe there, extra points. 

 


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Tweeting at the Library

Short preso on using social media to engage patrons, & why & how to start tweeting with a library-specific account. I tweet for the Journalism Library at Columbia University, primarily to share resources, search tips, and answer reference questions.

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Buildings for books: the complete story of the library | University of Cambridge

Buildings for books: the complete story of the library | University of Cambridge | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
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Fabulous book.. on my christmas list :)

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The corporate Web site is dead, long live the new corporate Web site - GeekWire

The corporate Web site is dead, long live the new corporate Web site - GeekWire | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Daniel Sonesson's curator insight, November 19, 2013 2:49 PM

Storytelling is here to evolve! Coca Cola shows what storytelling is about with their new corporate website. Every brand is a story, entirely. Well done.

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Resources for the Everyday Designer at Brooklyn Public Library’s Information Commons | Library as Incubator Project

Resources for the Everyday Designer at Brooklyn Public Library’s Information Commons | Library as Incubator Project | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

DIY Design Assistance is one of the new programs that we’ve been conducting in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). It’s a weekly drop-in workshop where people can ask questions about Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design programs. Brooklyn is home to a much-vaunted “creative community”—a concept I find a bit simplistic, though it’s true that there are thriving local industries related to art and design. The Info Commons makes available computer workstations with professional-grade software for people who are freelance designers or want to build their skills for a possible career in arts and technology. But, as with my own example, many of us need to be “designers” at one point or another in everyday life.


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Library Terms That Users Understand [eScholarship]

Library Terms That Users Understand [eScholarship] | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
This document is intended to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices.

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This is a useful document for any library designing an online service for its users.  Reminds us to use plain english that is easy to use and understand.

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The future of libraries

The future of libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
This is the first in our Future Of series, where we analyze and dissect one facet of life that's been impacted by digital technology. Today, we look at libraries.
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A well considered discussion around the future of libraries.. still considered vital by Google.  Article contains this quote, which i found interesting

“Some might have imagined that the Internet would make libraries superfluous or irrelevant,” says Dionisis Kolokotsas, Public Policy & Government Relations Manager, Greece. “But the reality looks like quite the opposite – the Internet can help libraries become a center for new digital learning and a point of reference for local communities.”

Yes, indeedy 

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Embedded Librarianship: A Collaboration That Improves Student Learning Outcomes | Charlotte Law Library News

Embedded Librarianship: A Collaboration That Improves Student Learning Outcomes | Charlotte Law Library News | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:27 PM

[Embedded librarianship] involves focusing on the needs of one or more specific groups, building relationships with these groups, developing a deep understanding of their work, and providing information services that are highly customized and targeted to their greatest needs. In effect, it involves shifting the basis of library services from the traditional, transactional, question-and-answer model of reference services to one in which there is high trust, close collaboration, and shared responsibility for outcomes. (p. 9)

Lourense Das's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:07 AM

'Embedded Librarianship' - old wine in a new cask? School/teacher librarians are embedded librarians, already for decades. The problem is that they don't "sell it" like this. That is what we need to learn from articles like this.

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Recent | Make It @ Your Library

Recent | Make It @ Your Library | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

This site is brought to you in collaboration with Instructables and the American Library Association, and it is our hope that through this site, libraries of all stripes and sizes will be able to experiment with maker projects. 


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John Shank's curator insight, October 30, 2013 11:32 AM

This is one of the most wonderful things about libraries they can encompass so much. It may be time to start a "Design it! @ your library" site too.

Julie Price's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:27 PM

I'm not into craft but for those of you with kids or classes who need ideas, check out this site.