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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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Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source

Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs?DesignBuild SourceWhile these spaces are important as community hubs, libraries are taking on a growing role in the world of architecture.


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Climb This Mountain of Books - The Atlantic Cities

Climb This Mountain of Books - The Atlantic Cities | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

The Atlantic CitiesClimb This Mountain of BooksThe Atlantic CitiesThe flashy architecture was conceived as a way to address the community's 10 percent illiteracy rate. < So much to like about this: the library of course, the environmental inclusions, and the light of design.


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The Potential for Libraries to Serve as Community Centers

The Potential for Libraries to Serve as Community Centers | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

"The best part of the session, and a strength of the conference [Beyond Access conference], was that the majority of people participating in the discussion were practitioners. Libraries as community centers was not a point of theory, some were already bringing women together in a physical space to provide a range of services from computer training to family planning information."


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Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System | School Library Journal

Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System | School Library Journal | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

Innovative work in a school library. Definitely worth reading...

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(Re)Defining the Library, Part 1: Why?

(Re)Defining the Library, Part 1: Why? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
With changes in the scholarly communications world, many old questions for the library are unsettled once again, and many news ones arise. In this first part of a two-part post, we'll ask the quest...
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Could the 3D Printer save the public library service?

Could the 3D Printer save the public library service? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

A sceptic discusses the introduction of 3D printers in libraries in the United States and the impact of 3D printing on society in general.

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Libraries Go Direct To Indie Authors, Rather Than Deal With Big Publisher ... - Techdirt

Libraries Go Direct To Indie Authors, Rather Than Deal With Big Publisher ... - Techdirt | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries Go Direct To Indie Authors, Rather Than Deal With Big Publisher ...TechdirtIt is no secret that many people in the Big Six publishing houses do not understand or do not care for the lending of ebooks.

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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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Pop-Up programming…in the library | Library as Incubator Project

Pop-Up programming…in the library | Library as Incubator Project | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Great post from @IArtLibraries on #libraries and pop-up #makerspaces: http://t.co/23cZqFE6...
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Who inherits your iTunes library?

Who inherits your iTunes library? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Many of us will accumulate vast libraries of digital books and music over the course of our lifetimes. But when we die, our collections of words and music may expire with us.
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Back to School: An Evernote Scavenger Hunt [Education Series]

Back to School: An Evernote Scavenger Hunt [Education Series] | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

This is a really cool use of a free mobile app for orienting new library users.

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Turning A Library Into A Maker Space

Turning A Library Into A Maker Space | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The next time someone tells you that libraries have no function because of the growing popularity of e-readers, direct them towards the Westport Library--a Connecticut library that just opened a MakerSpace--a place where people can tinker and...

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Joint Libraries: Models That Work

Joint Libraries: Models That Work | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

A public/community college joint-use library is an especially good combination. The missions and the service populations are similar enough to provide significant overlap and allow for excellent services to all users.

 

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Wow! Library Design: The “Book Mountain” Library Opens Today in the Netherlands | LJ INFOdocket

Wow! Library Design: The “Book Mountain” Library Opens Today in the Netherlands | LJ INFOdocket | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
As UK libraries close/operate in dilapidated buildings, in the Netherlands, spectacular new libraries are being built: http://t.co/KNvYDRS6...

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Creating Communities Through Makerspaces by Buffy Hamilton Atlanta ...

A useful explanation of why Makerspaces are a good fit in public libraries.

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(Re)Defining the Library, Part 2: How?

(Re)Defining the Library, Part 2: How? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
After exploring why the library requires redefinition, this second part of a two-part post offers a new taxonomy for allocating library functions and roles.
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Forget Google, Use Twitter Search Instead

Forget Google, Use Twitter Search Instead | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Searching for information on a particular topic? Instead of using Google, give Twitter search a try. Here's what you need to know.

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Helping Users Help Themselves with Self-Service Technologies | Product Watch

Helping Users Help Themselves with Self-Service Technologies | Product Watch | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

Self service options save staff time & improve overall service.

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A new chapter for Beijing's libraries|Nation and Digest|chinadaily.com.cn

A new chapter for Beijing's libraries|Nation and Digest|chinadaily.com.cn | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Self-service libraries are becoming increasingly popular with Beijing residents, with 50 having sprung up across the city over the past year and 100 more are expected to open in the coming months.
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2012 may be the year of 3D printing...Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing > TEDTalks

"2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create."


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Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery - Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog

Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery - Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

Looks at current trends in library website design.

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The Human Algorithm: Making Information Overload Work | Networking Exchange Blog

The Human Algorithm: Making Information Overload Work | Networking Exchange Blog | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

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This article by Brian Solis is bringing together a couple of themes

 

1.)   How SoLoMo and ambient information are causing information overload not only for individuals but at the enterprise level

 

2.)   Social media monitoring is about measurement, but there is a missing piece - making sense of the information.   Community managers are not doing this.

 

3.)  Business intelligence teams are siloed and not working with the social media team on sense making and application of the social media data.   

 

4.)   Better to invest in a human who can make sense of information than more technology ..

 

The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond the routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning.


One place where the human algorithm can have an immediate impact is in social media listening. In addition to tracking simple data signals such as conversations, sentiment, share of voice, and service inquiries, data can present insights into preferences, trends, areas for innovation or refinement, R&D, co-creation, and more. Even though sophisticated tools can help track data points that can lead to these insights, it still takes a human touch to surface them and in turn advocate findings within the organization. It’s the difference between insights, actionable insights, and executed insights.

 

The truth is that a community or social media manager is not tasked with this type of responsibility. Therefore, insights largely remain undiscovered. It takes a new role that unites the disciplines of business intelligence and social media with the perseverance of a change agent. Without it, all of the insights capable of leading organizations to the next big thing will meet their long time arch nemeses: fear and skepticism.

 

 

A few nonprofits, like DoSomething, have invested in data analysts on stff who job it is to steward data and help staff make sense of it.   How many nonprofits allocate the time for sense-making beyond the routine.   Usually, it is part of someone's job description and not enough time is invested in this important process.

 

 


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Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire's Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth | Threat Level | Wired.com

Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire's Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth | Threat Level | Wired.com | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

Brewster Kahle never had to work again after selling his company to Amazon for a quarter-billion dollars in the dot-com boom. But he then began working on building the world's biggest digital library, earning him a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame.

 

Brewster Kahle is taking the steady-as-she-goes approach to building a library on the internet, gingerly skirting around copyright minefields, and scavenging the easy (copyright free) leftovers.

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The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project

The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

The official launch of the The Labs is two months away, and the team is laying the groundwork for what the project will become. Building a functional infrastructure for a project like this requires developing a set of uniform policies and procedures for each Lab site, as well as researching, ordering and cataloging the necessary equipment. While these processes don’t offer the immediate thrills of watching teens develop their filmmaking or music production skills, they are necessary steps to ensure The Labs are a success.

New cables and equipment!
The selection process for equipment and software is based on several factors. Ideas were gleaned from pre-existing digital learning lab models, such as Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia and the Digital Media Lab at Skokie Public Library. The Labs coordinators also consulted with Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s programming partners Hip Hop On L.O.C.K and Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the CLP – Main Teen Advisory Council. The overall mission of The Labs also has influence over equipment and software purchases; items are assessed for how accessible and easy they will be to use.

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