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Tomorrow's Tool Library on Steroids

Tomorrow's Tool Library on Steroids | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The pace of change (and of devices) is outpacing the consumer's ability to purchase the latest and greatest. Couple that with asset-light trends toward sharing commodities and you can see a niche f...
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M Ryan Hess suggests that most consumers can't keep up with the rapid improvements in smartphones and computers, let alone the cloud tools that come with them & reckons libraries ought to rent out devices, provide up to date software and give advice via 'geeksquads'.

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Future Trends in Libraries
What will libraries of the future look like? This channel aims to compile articles addressing this question.
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The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair

The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The books will live highly organized lives underneath Bryant Park.
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This article provides a picture of  how NYPL is trying to balance the needs of researchers with the need to make intelligent use of space in the library.
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Virtual Realty is Getting Real in the Library

Virtual Realty is Getting Real in the Library | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
My library just received three Samsung S7 devices with Gear VR goggles. We put them to work right away. The first thought I had was: Wow, this will change everything. My second thought was: Wow, I can't wait for Apple to make a VR device! The Samsung Gear VR experience is grainy and fraught with…
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Virtual reality is having its "Hello World!" moment...
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The Rise of Pirate Libraries

The Rise of Pirate Libraries | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter. All around the world, shad
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These libraries are sort of like Pirate Bay, but a bit stealthier, and with an academic focus.
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Always innovative Toronto Public Library lets us check out humans as well as books

Always innovative Toronto Public Library lets us check out humans as well as books | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Even as it's entered the digital age, the Toronto Public Library has kept real live people at the heart of its enterprises, keeping the world's biggest library system busy and an crucial part of everyday Toronto life.
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Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Library future depends on technologies. We've collected a couple of great concepts that could be used in the near future.
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Some ideas for future library technologies. Some you will have heard of, others are new.

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Ashok Kumar's curator insight, May 10, 2015 10:09 AM

new innovative technologies

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Rethink the library: Next gen becomes resource for tech, entrepreneurs

Rethink the library: Next gen becomes resource for tech, entrepreneurs | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

At some Colorado libraries, there are no overdue fines, no Dewey Decimal System and absolutely no shushing!

A revolution is underway. And leading the charge is Anythink, the rebooted seven-branch Adams County system, which has a smattering of digital studios, 3-D printers, photography labs and a cafe. Anythink has gone from one of the state's worst-funded library systems to a national leader within a decade.

On Monday, Anythink's innovation team was in Austin, Texas, at South by Southwest Interactive to inspire the tech community into collaborating with libraries. Joining a group of spirited librarians known as lib*interactive, the Anythink team hit the streets equipped with temporary tattoos, colorful chalk and a snappy slogan: "Not the same old shhh."


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More Info about iBeacon Technology | David Lee King

More Info about iBeacon Technology | David Lee King | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
My last couple of articles have looked into iBeacon technology. Interested in finding out more? This article has a bunch of links for more reading on iBeacons,
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Bring yourself up to date on iBeacon tech with these articles written & curated by David Lee King

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iBeacon Technology | David Lee King

iBeacon Technology | David Lee King | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Have you heard about iBeacons? It’s possible this new technology will change many things about how we interact with our world. I’m still learning and
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Technology that libraries should be looking into.

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New York City libraries are doing something incredible

New York City libraries are doing something incredible | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

New York public libraries are aiming to bridge the digital divide
New York City public libraries are on the verge of launching a truly awesome program: he New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents.

The program which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value, seeks to bridge a digital divide in the nation's largest city, where studies have found nearly 3 million of the 8 million people lack broadband access.


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Your Job Has Been Robot-sourced

Your Job Has Been Robot-sourced | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
"People are racing against the machine, and many of them are losing that race...Instead of racing against the machine, we need to learn to race with the machine." - Erik Brynjolfsson, Innovation Re...
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Future librarians beware. You have been warned...
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Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries

Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

"all libraries (really librarians in all contexts) serve a community, be that a community of citizens, students, faculty, lawyers or what have you. There is more that binds librarians together than separates them. That said, I have heard of a special set of concerns surrounding public libraries recently and it got me thinking. The conclusions I’ve come to, I believe, relate to libraries and librarians in just about every setting. But let me start with public libraries.

The two big concerns I’ve heard about are “what happens when public libraries are the last civic service agency standing,” and “as libraries expand services to include everything from tax help to maker spaces, how am I supposed to know it all?!” These two concerns are related.


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Aspen Libraries Report


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Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

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A Snapshot of a 21st-Century Librarian

A Snapshot of a 21st-Century Librarian | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
As the way people access information changes, librarians like Theresa Quill are exploring ways to make their jobs newly relevant.
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Omnity debuts a new kind of search engine for heavy-duty researchers

Omnity debuts a new kind of search engine for heavy-duty researchers | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Omnity isn’t taking on Google directly, and that’s probably a good thing. But the company is debuting a new kind of search engine today that it is targeted at researchers, such as academics, scientists, financial experts, inventors, medical professionals, lawyers, and journalists.
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This search engine finds links (expected and unexpected) between topics and documents that could be quite useful to researchers.
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What is missing from the kids’ internet?

What is missing from the kids’ internet? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Media that kids and adults enjoy together is the smart way to prepare children for online danger
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Where do libraries fit in this picture? How can we help parents deliver this education?

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How Libraries Can Survive In The Digital Age

How Libraries Can Survive In The Digital Age | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The rampant evolution of technology is causing libraries to have an identity crisis. To stay relevant, they're rethinking their role in society.
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The library a public innovation space helsinki 18.3.15

8 statements about the library as a public innovation space for people


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 Avant l'activité humaine était conditionnait par l'architecture  et l'aménagement de l'espace. Aujourd'hui, ce sont les activités qui inspirent l'aménagement.

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The new libraries of Singapore

The new libraries of Singapore | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
A photo essay on the new libraries of Singapore provides an opportunity to see how libraries are retaining their relevance in the digital information age.

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Hoopla: Netflix for libraries?

Hoopla: Netflix for libraries? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

"More iTunes-y than Netflix or Spotify, Hoopla is a cloud-based digital media platform that enables users to instantly borrow entertainment and educational material off the website or through the Hoopla app on a tablet or smartphone” (Enis).

As far as librarians go, I’m pretty tech-savvy. Even then, I admit, I’m not that tech-savy. So it was only a few weeks ago that I discovered (thanks to my librarian friend) you don’t have to have an e-reader to read e-books or borrow CD’s to stream music and audio through your library! Mind. Blown.


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Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job — The Message — Medium

Never trust a corporation to do a library's job - The Message - Medium
As Google abandons its past, Internet archivists step in to save our collective memory.
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This is a big shout-out to the Internet Archive. Google is no longer interested in making the past accessible online but the Internet Archive has stayed on task.

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Digital Library Trends for 2015

Digital Library Trends for 2015 | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

“ Libraries in all over the world are undergoing a digital resonance as major publishers have firmly committed themselves to the concept of making e-Books”


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General OneFile - Document

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This article provides a useful overview of the mobile device ecosystem & its uses for librarians, although it is slanted towards academic libraries. The most useful feature is all the references the author supplies.

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Tomorrow, Visualized | Library by Design

Tomorrow, Visualized | Library by Design | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
As I got ready to tour the James B. Hunt Jr. ­Library at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, last spring, as part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) meeting held nearby, the buzz about the newly unveiled building had reached such a level that I expected to find it, however cool, overhyped. It wasn’t. It was exactly the right amount of hyped. “Every corner of the Hunt Library is designed to be memorable and stunning,” the library’s vision claims. Grandiose as that might sound, those corners deliver.

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An attempt to build the library of the future with the tech of today.

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Creators not consumers: visualising the radical alternative for libraries

Creators not consumers: visualising the radical alternative for libraries | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The following post was written in collaboration with Andrew Preater. We are often presented with two choices within librarianship: a forward-thinking approach and a supposedly old-fashioned approac...
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Breaking down the barriers and incorporating users into the library service itself in a model of co-creation of service and co-production of knowledge.

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