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A Makerspace Takes Over A Local Library

A Makerspace Takes Over A Local Library | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

"Makerspaces just might take over libraries. School of Information Studies professor Dave Lankes seems to think so. In his presentation to New York State librarians earlier this month, he asked the roomful of librarians to imagine libraries as places for people to learn and create, not consume and check out. In another talk he gave in October, he declared, “What will kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon, or Google, but a lack of imagination.”

What’s a Makerspace?
So what’s a makerspace? Also called a hackerspace, a backspace, or a hacklab, it’s any sort of creative space where people gather to make stuff and share ideas about making stuff. These labs, often equipped with tools and materials, allow users to practice a 21st-century sort of DIY. Hackerspaces.org, a wiki connecting makerspaces around the world, defines them as “community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects.” The ideas behind makerspaces—community-driven, open-access, shared resources and tools, knowledge sharing—make them a natural fit for a library community..."


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How Wikipedia Is Cultivating an Army of Fact Checkers to Battle Fake News

How Wikipedia Is Cultivating an Army of Fact Checkers to Battle Fake News | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The online encyclopedia has been fact checking the Internet for more than 15 years. Now it wants to bring its skeptical eye to the masses.
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Wikipedia was combating fake news and alt-facts before they were a thing.
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Singapore May Have Designed the World's Best Bus Stop

Singapore May Have Designed the World's Best Bus Stop | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
An architecture firm and the government collaborated on a bus stop with books, a rooftop garden, and a swing.
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Cutting edge public services.
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Is 3D Printing Dying?

Is 3D Printing Dying? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Inc.'s John Brandon recently wrote about The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3D Printing. Uh, not so fast. 3D Printing is just getting started. For libraries whose adopted mission is to introduce people to emerging technologies, this is a fantastic opportunity to do so. But it has to be done right. Another dead…
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Interesting reflections on 3D printing.
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Autonomous search agents could support researchers

Researchers could soon enlist help from digital assistants to review vast swathes of literature, according to a new report on artificial intelligence. In tests run by academics at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, simulated search agents went head-to-head with humans in a computer search challenge – and won.
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No need to go wading through piles of search engine results. Let a digital assistant do most of the donkey work.
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In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back

In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The rise of algorithms has been relentless, but we need human input in our world of technological innovations
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There is plenty of room for informed librarians to add value to intelligently selected content! :-)
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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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In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Students can learn the basics with a set of knitting needles.
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Teaching kids to code without computers.
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A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures)

A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures) | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

The public library in Thionville is an example of how libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of communities.
The newly opened libraries are no longer the places with rows of beautiful bookshelves. They offer their patrons tons of other media, a space for discussion, and an opportunity to learn new skills.
Take a look at the futuristic public library in Thionville, a city of 40 thousand inhabitants in the Moselle department, in northeastern France.
The building was opened in 2016. It’s called Puzzle – Mediathèque de Thionville and is located at 68 Boulevard Foch.

This space is exploding with creativity and is full of fresh design ideas.

Let’s start with the floor. The grass is almost everywhere, inviting you to rest and spend some time reading, watching, or studying. There are lots of hidden rooms and alleys. Each one may serve as a quiet reading space. And there are reading bubbles and nooks everywhere!

The library was designed by Dominique Coulon and Associates, an architecture agency from Strasbourg. The creators’ ambition was to create the project that would become a new model for media libraries.

The idea is built around the concept of “a third place” – a place where patrons become actors in their own condition.


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How I Detect Fake News

How I Detect Fake News | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
How I traced the falsity of one internet meme, and what that teaches us about how an algorithm might do it I have a brother who is a big Donald Trump fan, and he frequently sends me articles from…
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Here's something to assist in an essential library task: fact finding.
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Wikipedia is fixing one of the Internet’s biggest flaws

Wikipedia is fixing one of the Internet’s biggest flaws | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The Internet has so many cesspools, it's surprising to see what happens behind the scenes at Wikipedia.
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Editing Wikipedia apparently leads people to have more civilised conversations, and more balanced views.
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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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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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