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.
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.
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.
In a 2010 interview with The Book Page, Neil Gaiman neatly set out the case for libraries and librarians in the 21st century; the remarks are even more relevant today, as libraries fight for a fair deal from publisher for ebooks, and with...
Because today’s librarians must be experts in dealing with both physical and digital information, we have identified the Top 5 skills every librarian must have, or develop, in order to succeed now and into the future.
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.
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.
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."
The library in 2020 will be a tale of two academic research libraries: one flourishing in the best of times and one languishing in the worst of times.
In this work of fiction, in 2012, our two research libraries were both situated in tier-one research institutions established over 175 years ago, steeped in tradition yet vying for the attention of students who are increasingly opting for an online, global education over a residential university experience. Both libraries are housed in iconic spaces traditionally defined by the depth and scale of their collections. Deep traditions add weight to the challenges of transforming these libraries to meet the needs of 21st-century researchers and learners. Adding to this challenge are the complexities and elusiveness of achieving transformational change.
The library looked ahead to 2020 and then looked back to 2005. How had teaching changed? How had research changed? How had technology, content, publishing, and social platforms changed? How had academic research libraries changed? Were they keeping pace within the broader environment? Within the university?
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