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The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose. […]
Pre-Internet, a library could be object oriented -- all about books. But the confluence of digitization and a prolonged recession has triggered an evolution that puts a focus on people, not things. Doing so has a ripple effect that invigorates a community.


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LET'S REINVENT THE BOOKSHOP

LET'S REINVENT THE BOOKSHOP | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

Via wildswans
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Insert "library" instead of bookshop & I think there's worthwhile things to take away from this article.

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This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy?

This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

The Lexicon is costing €36.6m to build. In an interesting move, the 6,520m2 building – which will be the central library for the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – will be called the Dlr Lexicon, which reflects the fact that it offers more than a library.

It’s also intended to be a cultural centre, with a café (the tenant is yet to be decided on), a gallery, a small auditorium space, crafts spaces, a local history library, 100 parking spaces and a children’s library.

It’s hoped that this mix of facilities will attract more than 50,000 people to Dun Laoghaire every year.

Rather than being detached from the rest of the town, it is supposed to draw people into the centre of Dun Laoghaire, offering them a space to explore and enjoy before making their way into the town.

 


Via Trudy Raymakers
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Public libraries have to prove they are delivering value to their customers to justify the money spent on them.  There is nothing different about this library to any other library in the world.  Staff & management will need to be on their game.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, July 21, 5:23 AM

Planned library includes a Scandinavian-inspired "taster" area, "unobtrusive and relaxed", described by thejournal.ie
where  "people sitting around reading newspapers, flicking through a recommended paperback, or popping in for 10 minutes respite on a busy day".

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This Swede takes credit for 2.7 million Wikipedia entries. So why are purists complaining?

This Swede takes credit for 2.7 million Wikipedia entries. So why are purists complaining? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
 A 53-year-old Swede can take credit for 2.7 million articles on Wikipedia, but some "purists" complain about his method.
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Sverker Johansson uses a bot to create articles for Wikipedia.  He creates article stubs & then lets others flesh them out.  It looks like curation on steroids to me.

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How your library can help you resist the surveillance state

How your library can help you resist the surveillance state | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The library is one of the few institutions that has the potential to organize communities to access and produce information responsibly and safely.
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A useful quote from the article: "The library is one of the few institutions that has the potential to organize communities to access and produce information responsibly and safely. Libraries connect people with resources, facilitate inquiry and popular education, and are accessible and highly trusted. For the growing movement fighting for an alternative to a culture of surveillance, they are an excellent place to start."

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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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Why UX in libraries is a thing now

UX (or User Experience) incorporating usability studies, ethnographic research, and service design, is now being actively embraced by librarians. This presenta…
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Not really a future trend, but I think it is a really good idea to understand the tribes that use your library.

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The Five Laws of Library Science: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat

The Five Laws of Library Science: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

"USC Online has created an infographic called, “The Five Laws of Library Science,” which explores five principles which can help guide the practices of librarians.

According to the graphic, almost 2.5 million public library books were circulated between more than 1.5 million people in 2011. The graphic also points out that there is more than 120,000 libraries in the U.S."


Via Miguel Mimoso Correia, Karen du Toit
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 17, 2:04 AM

Five important principles - good reminder!

Ashok Kumar's curator insight, July 20, 11:01 PM

Relevance of Dr SR Ranganathan Today.

 

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Futuristic Library Design Encouraging Social Interaction in Edmonton,Canada

Futuristic Library Design Encouraging Social Interaction in Edmonton,Canada | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The design collaboration between Hughes Condon Marler and Dub Architects led to the development of Jasper Place Branch Library, a project recently complete
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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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Future Proof | Library by Design
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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"

Sharrock's curator insight, April 29, 7:23 AM

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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nickcarman's comment, March 16, 3:43 PM
Thank you Trudy, you beat me to this one! :-)