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Mobile Tech in Libraries…11.29.11

A slideshow presentation by Alyssa Kroski which describes types of mobile technologies which patrons can use to interact with libraries.

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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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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? 
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The Future of Libraries as Discussed in Webcast by American Libraries #ALLive

The Future of Libraries as Discussed in Webcast by American Libraries #ALLive | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
"The Future of Libraries" was the topic in yesterday’s free webcast by American Libraries Live on which I had the honor of speaking. Other panelists included Marshall Breeding and BohYun Kim (Flori...
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Thanks to @silviakspiva for this link.

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Google Book Scans and Library Catalogs

Google Book Scans and Library Catalogs | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
As librarians, we've long championed fair-use causes, and last week's US District Court ruling in favor of Google's book scanning project drew great interest from librarians. I think it's exciting,...
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Ryan Hess suggests libraries need to update their cataloguing habits to better meet customer needs.

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The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
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Wikipedia is trying to face up to its internal challenges.

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The future of libraries

The future of libraries | Future Trends in 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.
"You have no ...
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This excellent article tries to predict the future of libraries by looking at current cutting edge library initiatives around the world.

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TheDartmouth.com: Digital game helps tag College photo archives

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How a library outsourced the tagging of its picture collection via gamification.

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Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas : NPR

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas : NPR | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library.
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The bookless public library experiment... I can't help but notice that it seems dependent on one vendor's software.

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The global rise of the super library

The global rise of the super library | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Seattle Central, Kanazawa Umimirai, Spijkenisse and Birmingham super-libraries explored (Crack open the Borges. Five non-imaginary libraries to ignite flights of fancy.) As the £189m Library of Birmingham opens its doors, it joins a new breed of international "super library". Architecture, design and technology are changing the way the library functions as a space. They have evolved to reflect modern attitudes to books, and how people consume the written word. With The Culture Show architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff, BBC Arts explores five of the world's most impressive public libraries.


Via Karen du Toit, KrisPaterson
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A brief review of super libraries around the world in the wake of the opening of the library of Birmingham.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 6, 2013 5:01 AM
5 Super Libraries!
KrisPaterson's curator insight, September 7, 2013 10:24 PM

Some beautiful and inspiring spaces to read, meet and connect. What great books will be written inside these spaces, I wonder?

wildswans's curator insight, September 17, 2013 7:34 PM

Absolutely love the "book hill". What fasinates me is how relationships between the outside space and inside space is interpreted. A book opens up a whole new world - therefore the inside is bigger than the ouside. And perhaps, interior physical spaces should also create that kind of expansive feeling, which draws people in.

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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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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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Should librarians learn to code? | Next Libraries

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Timely advice on whether or not librarians ought to learn how to code.  It includes suggestions about which languages you should learn too.

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | Future Trends in 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


Via Trudy Raymakers
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Professional librarians need to be prepared for continuing change in their work environment.

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Juliana Loh's curator insight, November 22, 2013 8:05 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, 9:14 AM

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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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Future Trends in 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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This is not a future trend, but a call to arms, and a kick-arse speech!

Thanks to @dialogCRM for this gem.

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Juliana Loh's curator insight, October 22, 2013 11:50 PM

It all goes back to the same adage: "If you can dream it, you can do it"... but first you must READ about it. And for that, we need libraries

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 23, 2013 5:46 AM

An interesting article on reading and libraries. Article raises issues on how libraries encourage development reading culture. It also discusses the value of reading.

Christian Murray's curator insight, November 18, 2013 4:08 AM

Imagination is everything - A. Einstein. 360 is  big imagination looking for its  growth spurt!

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Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group

Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

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.


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Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, September 27, 2013 2:16 PM

yes ''collaborating more actively'' and definitely ''information curation'' because more and more ''volume nd variety of informtion expands'' 

Галина Егорова's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:10 PM
5 НАВЫКОВ, НЕОБХОДИМЫХ ДЛЯ БИБЛИОТЕКАРЕЙ СЕГОДНЯ И ЗАВТРА
Connie Wise's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:43 PM

Librarians who adopt these skills will revitalize their careers, increase the visibility and viability of their profession, and become valued as the important information management professionals they are.

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It's not all about the books

It's not all about the books | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
THIS week Birmingham opened its impressive new library with an impassioned speech by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for campaigning for...
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Library director Brian Gambles talks about moving from a transactional approach to a transformational one; i.e. not just issuing books, but performing research, help set up a business etc. This is something that all public libraries need to do.

 

The article discusses how more mega-libraries like these are being built while branch libraries are being shut in the UK. Will people be prepared to commute across town to visit when their local branch closes?

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Biblioteksdebat: The development of ‘open library’ in Denmark #wlic2013

Biblioteksdebat: The development of ‘open library’ in Denmark #wlic2013 | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

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An interesting article about libraries in Denmark. The card that all Danes have to access the health system can also be used in libraries around the country.

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nickcarman's comment, September 8, 2013 9:50 PM
This is an interesting article. I particularly like how library cards in Denmarks can also be used to access health services.
wildswans's comment, September 17, 2013 7:17 PM
Indeed. We had a conversation with the the Danish librarian and what's amazing is the level of trust - trust in the people which enabled them to expand their service hours beyond staff working hours.
nickcarman's comment, September 17, 2013 7:21 PM
I think that is just good management. From my experience, a good manager treats his or her staff like adults and trusts them to get on with the job. This isn't always the case unfortunately!