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Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
A sprawling abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas has been transformed into the nation's largest public library, with self-check-out kiosks and an art gallery.
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What will libraries of the future look like? This channel aims to compile articles addressing this question.
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Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Stock Ebooks

Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Stock Ebooks | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
A pilot program operating in Massachusetts has library officials excited about the prospect of expanding access to ebooks and digital content for the state’s library patrons.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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Not a future trend, but a current one.  Exploring new licensing models with publishers.

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Four Lessons Libraries Can Learn From Amazon | Digital Book World

Four Lessons Libraries Can Learn From Amazon | Digital Book World | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
It is hard for my view of the world not to be informed by the two years I spent working in senior management at Amazon. I am not a librarian, but I have spent

Via Trudy Raymakers
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Mitchell Davis makes useful observations about ebook purchase models for public libraries.

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UpClose: Designing 21st-Century Libraries | Library by Design

UpClose: Designing 21st-Century Libraries | Library by Design | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Public libraries are busier and more popular with patrons than ever. Today’s library is a place for social interaction as well as quiet reading. It is a community cultural center, not simply a repository for books. It is a welcoming building with a design focus on transparency, not a series of isolated spaces. These changing operations directly affect the layout and organization of library buildings. So, libraries today must be designed to accommodate more simplified administrative operations and new staff functions.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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Current and emerging trends in library design.

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Future Proof | Library by Design - Library Journal

Future Proof | Library by Design - Library Journal | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
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What does the traditional library mission of promoting literacy mean in the 21st century?

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Dangers of internet culture to humans, and alternatives

Dangers of internet culture to humans, and alternatives | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
I am increasingly not liking what the use of the internet does to our society, and to us. I actually find that maybe my techie friends are more likely to share these concerns than my friends at lar...
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I quote the author of this excellent and insightful blog entry: "Libraries can play a role as non-advertising-focused civil society institutions providing internet services and infrastructure to citizens." 

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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.

Via John Shank
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Library customers prefer simplicity. They either don't the time or the inclination to master the ins and outs of various databases.  I can see the appeal of a simple search interface.

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Dick Vestdijk's curator insight, April 25, 5:01 AM

Un-biasing queries for information and subsequent results, is indeed the goal of any librarian in public education. Whatever EBSCO, Ex Libris et al state, searching relevant information is by and large un-automatable. Keyword is curation - an ongoing activity to keep curated academic content useful. ""unlike almost anything that libraries have done before," the rollout of one-stop search tools is "really intentionally trying to change the way people do research," says Michael Levine-Clark"

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from the article: "Ms. Morse belongs to a group, the Open Discovery Initiative, which unites various players to promote transparency and best practices for discovery tools. In the emerging conversations around this topic, one buzz phrase is "content neutrality." The idea resembles "net neutrality," the notion that network operators shouldn’t block or favor certain content. Proponents of content neutrality argue that discovery providers should have equal access to the information needed to surface content in the search tools’ results. That information includes things like the full text of journal articles and the "metadata" that describe the articles, such as the author, subject, journal title and publication date."

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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. | Future Trends in 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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This article looks at the past and the future of libraries and speculates on the shape of things to come.

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The problem with too much information – Dougald Hine – Aeon

The problem with too much information – Dougald Hine – Aeon | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The internet promised to feed our minds with information. What have we learned? That our minds need more than that
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Helping people find meaning in raw information is of growing importance to the library profession.  Finding stuff isn't hard; finding good stuff is harder.  Putting it into a meaningful context is the icing on the cake.

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How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem

How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
We have a reading problem in the United States.  It’s not that people aren’t reading: in fact the Pew Research Center reports that 76% of adults have read a book in the past year.  Even kids are reading – and some studies suggest that millennials are more likely to read [...]

Via Trudy Raymakers
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This article describes how some libraries in the 'States have dramatically increased book circulation by reorganizing their collections and physical spaces.  They have taken lessons from retail, in particular from bookstores to deliver a very different experience for library patrons.

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Thank you Trudy, you beat me to this one! :-)
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This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously

This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Last seen eating chicken at the intersection of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Likes books and people. Loves the institution that brings books and people together.  

Via Trudy Raymakers
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On the surface this article appears farcical, but read a few paragraphs in and you will find a serious look at the problems New York Public Library faces in balancing public access and research needs, as well as paper books vs ebooks.

 

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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 | Future Trends in 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, 12:39 AM

A GREAT place!!

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@Anu Ojaranta You're welcome! :-)
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The Library of the Future Is Here

The Library of the Future Is Here | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."
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Out with the tomes, and in with the 3d printers and sewing machines..

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Rubbish, Tech, Makerspace, Hackerspace: Maker culture has arrived in Danish libraries.

Rubbish, Tech, Makerspace, Hackerspace: Maker culture has arrived in Danish libraries. | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Euro pallets packed to the rim with used go-cart tires, defunct computer components, washing machine drums and ancient electric domestic ...
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This is a makerspace which is not so much about 3D printers, but re-use of materials which would otherwise be thrown away. Thanks @ellenforsyth for this article.

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Tammy Morley's curator insight, February 12, 8:31 PM

Start them young and they will be lifelong learners!

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Future of the library and information science profession

ALIA has set out to investigate the big questions about the future of libraries: How will libraries remain relevant for users? What changes will institutions and individuals in the sector experience? Will ‘library and information professional’ continue to be a necessary and desirable occupation?
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This report was recently released by ALIA (Australian Library & Information Association).

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Augmented Reality’s Next Frontier Is Real-World Search | Opinion | WIRED

Augmented Reality’s Next Frontier Is Real-World Search | Opinion | WIRED | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
What if you need to know the details of “that thing you’re looking at,” but don’t know its name? That's where augmented reality must come in.

Via Miguel Mimoso Correia
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How could this be made use of in libraries?  How could we accommodate customers with this technology?

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Interview with Ben Vershbow and David Riordan of NYPL Labs | Library as Incubator Project

Interview with Ben Vershbow and David Riordan of NYPL Labs | Library as Incubator Project | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
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Creative projects that make use of the NYPL's digitized collections.

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Ebooks on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018

Ebooks on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018 | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Consumer ebook market set to almost triple over next four years while PwC predicts sales of printed editions will fall
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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 | Future Trends in 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.


Via Trudy Raymakers
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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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Novel spaces: the future of UK public libraries | Quadrapheme

Novel spaces: the future of UK public libraries | Quadrapheme | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
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This article is misnamed.  It is about libraries globally and what will become of the people who staff them:

 

" The idea of professional librarianship will fade and in its place will emerge the idea of professional informational and cultural curation. And this will embrace a variety of new skills."

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Ashok Kumar's curator insight, April 30, 9:14 PM

"A good local library is not just about borrowing books or storing physical artefacts.  A good public library is a showroom for culture and learning. It’s a place that celebrates creativity, encourages exploration and discovery, helps people to work productively, and provides community engagement and empowerment."

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20 modern libraries from around the world

20 modern libraries from around the world | Future Trends in 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.
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Here are some handsome modern libraries from around the world...

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Why should librarians learn python?

Andromeda Yelton

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Andromeda concisely explains why library staff should spend some time getting to grips with coding, even if they don't intend to become a programmer.

 

The short answer is to be a better informed library professional, which can only help your work and career.

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Library Usage Soars as Libraries Get Madly Innovative

The notion of libraries as centers for communities is hardly new, but the surge in visitors that they are experiencing would make anyone proud and excited.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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A fantastic article that shows how libraries are reaping the benefits of finding new ways to add value.

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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 | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
QR codes and near-field communication (NFC) seem to offer endless possibilities for libraries. Read why this is not the case!

Via Ashok Kumar
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Rethinking the library - Focus

Rethinking the library - Focus | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Skillful service design comes to life in Finnish libraries.

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Tammy Morley's curator insight, March 3, 9:16 PM

Love Scandinavian design in general and this doesn't disappoint.

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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 | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

rarWith 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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Coverage of libraries in the press seems to have turned a corner in the last year or so.  Instead of being irrelevant and being in danger of going extinct we are back in vogue.

 

I think this is partly because the public library's core mission has always been relevant, but also because we have been anxious to adapt to our customer's changing needs.  Finding new customers and new ways of adding value seemed like a good way to retain funding, and this has not gone unnoticed.  Good news!

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 12, 11:17 PM
Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct?