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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.

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Makerspace coming to Brantford Library - Brantford Expositor

Makerspace coming to Brantford Library - Brantford Expositor | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Makerspace coming to Brantford Library
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There is a renaissance taking place in public libraries.

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Community is Key to Successful Library Maker Spaces | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift

Community is Key to Successful Library Maker Spaces | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
The most important resource for creating a successful library maker space—whether in a school or public library—is one’s own community, according to librarians Justin Hoenke, Amy Koester, and Michelle Cooper.

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LIVE Today the world's largest Online Virtual Conference Library 2.013

LIVE Today the world's largest Online Virtual Conference Library 2.013 | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

Today is the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference. There are great keynote speakers and over 100 presentations set to take place over the next couple of days. Join us online and spread the word.

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Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:04 PM

This is a must...

Mapenzi Mudimba's curator insight, October 19, 2013 1:53 PM

Should the library be a receiver of web design templates or the creator of such. And can the library manage the servers used for hosting and distributing knowledge through the web?

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:59 AM

Online Virtual Conference Library 2.013

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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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Excellent!

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Hoopla Powers Local Libraries to Lend You Video, Music and Audiobooks for Free

Hoopla Powers Local Libraries to Lend You Video, Music and Audiobooks for Free | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
You are probably already familiar with digital lending services like Netflix, but are you wondering what all the hoopla is about?

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Limited to US at present, hopefully service will be offered worldwide if its successful

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The Harwood Institute and ALA Launch Program to Help Libraries Tackle Community Issues

The Harwood Institute and ALA Launch Program to Help Libraries Tackle Community Issues | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, in collaboration with the American Library Association, is launching a year-long program to help libraries nationwide increase their role as centers for public innovation and change.Library leaders will learn new approaches to expand their libraries’ roles; strengthen libraries as gathering places for diverse groups of people to work collaboratively to identify and tackle challenges in their communities; and help library leaders discover how best to harness funding and other resources to better serve the public.

 


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Technology innovation center THINKspot opens at Mesa library branch

Technology innovation center THINKspot opens at Mesa library branch | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

The south side of the Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N. Power Road, once had two community rooms separated by a divider.

The area has been renovated and technology added for a collaborative work space for library patrons, students from Mesa Public Schools and local business people, city officials said.
It’s called THINKspot.


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A variation on Maker Spaces

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ArchitectureChicago PLUS: Designing Chicago's Library of the Future - Part One: Two Very Different Ideas for a Central Library, in Chicago and Seattle

ArchitectureChicago PLUS: Designing Chicago's Library of the Future - Part One: Two Very Different Ideas for a Central Library, in Chicago and Seattle | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

In our digital age, where more and more knowledge is “in the cloud” and local governments veer towards bankruptcy, what does the future hold for the neighborhood library?



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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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:

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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

Internet Librarian: Lee Rainie Keynote | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
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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Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » Digital Public Library of America Announces Million-Dollar Grant to Train Public Librarians in Digital Technologies

Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » Digital Public Library of America Announces Million-Dollar Grant to Train Public Librarians in Digital Technologies | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

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Investment in learning | Scandinavian Library Quarterly

Investment in learning | Scandinavian Library Quarterly | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

 

 

The learning center in the Malmö City Library is a unique resource, freely available to all visitors. Here, you can sit down at one of the center’s 30 computers – Mac or PC – equipped with a range of different software programmes. You can get help fixing your resumé, scan and edit pictures, or just print out a text.

“People come here from around the world, with questions and needs from around the world,” says Stefan Wahlstedt, project manager for the Malmö Lärcentrum. The center focuses on free learning, without obligation or judgement, and is open to all. It is a collaboration between Utbildningsförvaltningen (the Malmö educational administration) and the City Library, and has been run in project form since 2010.

What is unique about the center is that the library has employed three pedagogues, who work alongside the 20 or so librarians. The key is an open attitude.

“For learning to feel inspirational and meaningful, the individual must feel he or she is part of the learning environment. We’re therefore working actively to get our visitors to feel like they are coproducers in our operations,” Wahlstedt emphasizes.

- See more at: http://slq.nu/?article=volume-46-no-3-2013-4#sthash.mYkJdmXT.dpuf

 


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Jisc RSC > Libraries have impact: Raising the profile

Jisc RSC > Libraries have impact: Raising the profile | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

Tuesday, 5 November 10:00 - 16:00
National Railway Museum York

 

The Jisc Regional Support Centres (Northern, North West and Yorkshire & Humber) are proud to present this year’s annual Learning Resources Conference 2013, with keynote speaker Leo Appleton, Associate Director of Library Services, Liverpool John Moores University. 


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Anthony Beal's curator insight, October 2, 2013 5:13 AM

Bookings are now open nationwide

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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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Surprise! It's the Golden Age of Libraries

Surprise! It's the Golden Age of Libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
As more and more millennials are enrolled in virtual higher education opportunities not tied to university campuses, the public library is a central site of learning and innovation.In part, the defunding of public libraries is easy because libraries are no longer about collections; they are about connections. They are centers of activity, and not necessarily centers of visible production. Michael Ridley, writer at Beyond-Literacy and a University of Ghelph (Canada) librarian on sabbatical, says: "The public library was often viewed as the 'university of the people.' This is still a good metaphor; it is one that needs to be put on steroids. Public libraries are now centers for social workers, entrepreneurial incubators, literacy classes, maker spaces, puppet shows, and hacker labs as well as places for books, magazines, and videos."

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Trudy Raymakers's curator insight, October 12, 2013 2:15 PM

This is the golden age of libraries, center of the community, university of the people, If we are up to the challenge of funding them.

Annemarijs's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:38 AM

Bibliotheken zouden zich meer moeten vernieuwen. In deze netwerk- en participatiesamenleving gaat het bij (openbare) bibliotheken niet langer om beheer van brede collecties informatiedragers maar  om 'connections'  / verbanden / verbindingen. Het zijn centra waar van alles gebeurt: multifunctioneel en knooppunten.

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A Tale of Two Libraries | Reinventing Libraries

A Tale of Two Libraries | Reinventing Libraries | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
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The power of collaboration!  - I Like it

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Useful resources for Library inductions/ orientations

Useful resources for Library inductions/ orientations | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it
Useful Resources for Training and Student Inductions.  Recommended Information/ literacy skills tutorials  East Midlands Research Support Group Online tutorial designed for early career researchers...

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Some very interesting websites for helping everyine to research, evaluate information, links to copyright info etc.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, October 11, 2013 12:47 PM

I like the variations listed here - from several corners of the globe.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:01 PM

Really great collection of links to resources and tutorials on information literacy, offered by a variety of universities, libraries etc. across the globe.

Nicholas Bowskill's curator insight, October 28, 2014 8:00 PM

Resource collection put together by East Midlands Research Support Group in UK to help retain and induct early career researchers.