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New White Paper: “Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures”

New White Paper: “Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures” | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures was written by the participants in the Library, Archives and Museum Conference Exchange project, in which 18 librarians, archivists and museum professionals explored cross-sector practices and culture, and potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and continuing education.

This project was part of the grant-funded and OCLC-managed Coalition to Advance Learning.

The cohort was charged to 1) Build stronger cross-sector relationships; 2) Increase understanding of sector cultures; and 3) Identify opportunities for collaborative continuing education or professional development. The white paper summarizes their in-depth efforts in each of these three areas.
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8 most beautiful new libraries in the world

8 most beautiful new libraries in the world | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
From Boston to Latvia, here are the winners of this year’s Library Building Awards
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Not an Island: Connecting To Community Priorities | Editorial

Not an Island: Connecting To Community Priorities | Editorial | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Editorial By Rebecca T. Miller on February 20, 2017 
We know it’s critical in library work to connect to community priorities—and that extends to all library types, with the community in question shifting accordingly. But just how do we put a finger on the pulse of those needs? A new offering takes a unique and useful approach to answering that question.
Just in time for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in January, a trio of partners—ICMA (International City/County Management Association), the Aspen Institute, and the Public Library Association—released the results of a 2016 national survey of chief administrative officers and local government leaders. The results, which captured 1,927 responses, were supplemented with an analysis by researcher John B. Horrigan, who previously served as research director for the development of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission and is currently a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center. Horrigan’s work, “The Role of Libraries in Advancing Community Goals,” is worth a look. It reflects on the aspects of the ecosystem at work, such as the type of government, relationship to the library, and funding.

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OTL | OTL

OTL | OTL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way.
Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library.
Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives.
Represents your local community.
Is active versus passive – gets people engaged.
Is extraordinary and unexpected.
Most importantly, is fun.

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US libraries seeking 21st Century model - BBC News

US libraries seeking 21st Century model - BBC News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
How might libraries serve 21st Century needs? It was a question posed by a BBC investigation into the scale of library cuts across the UK. In the following piece, we look to the US for answers.
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SAOIM 2016 Day One : Let’s define what we do, so we know what to do next

SAOIM 2016 Day One : Let’s define what we do, so we know what to do next | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The theme I am seeing is that we need to define (or redefine) exactly what we do. What is our core purpose? Do the day to day operations in our libraries support this overall purpose or do we need to stop doing something ?

Phil Bradley made the point that what we do is not about physical books. We need to be careful not to fall for the “attraction of the artefact”. Our physical stock is used to define us in the dictionary, but collection management should not be what we are about. We can change the conversation to talk about building the library community rather than building the library collection. He gave a lovely example of what I have heard someone (who?? not me) refer to as “libraries as engines of hope and kindness”. The respect shown by a prison librarian gave clients a sense of belonging, and that was extended when on release the prison librarian had arranged for use of the local library. Phil  suggested that being a librarian is a position of privilege and power because we can make such an impact on peoples’ lives.
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Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging

Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

This report features insights into ways libraries can provide more meaningful support based on what students, scholars and other library users really do.


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How can libraries and artists work together? | CILIP

How can libraries and artists work together? | CILIP | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"Do artists use libraries as part of their creative process? And if so, how are they using them? For research? For a quiet place to work and contemplate? For project inspiration? If artists are using libraries in their creative process, are they getting what they need? How can libraries serve artists more effectively?

About the Library as Incubator Project

These are just a few of the questions that prompted the development of the Library as Incubator Project during the 2010-2011 academic year when the project’s co-founders, Laura Damon-Moore, Christina Jones (then Christina Endres) and Erinn Batykefer were graduate students in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 2015 8:33 AM

Great resource for libraries collaborating with artists!

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How Libraries Bring People Together, In Ferguson And Beyond

How Libraries Bring People Together, In Ferguson And Beyond | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This year, as we celebrate National Library Week, April 12 - 18, it is important to realize that libraries not only engage, but also transform their communities, especially during times of emergency, when libraries are often the glue that holds communities together.

A dramatic illustration of this was displayed in Ferguson, Missouri during August and November 2014, following the announcement of a Grand Jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

When local schools were closed, the library became an "ad hoc school on the fly" where students were taught by "working and retired teachers" and other volunteers. The library remained open and provided space for teachers to hold classes. Library staff went even further by creating special programming and educational experiences for the students. It also supported its community by hosting the U.S. Small Business Administration so it could provide emergency loans, the office of the U.S. Secretary of State to provide document recovery and preservation services and the Missouri Department of Insurance to help local businesses file for insurance and claims.
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Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews

Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.

A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:


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Karen du Toit's comment, February 28, 2014 4:05 AM
Changing the name to incorporate all the new functions /spaces/services the "library" offers! To get past the stereotypical idea of a "library" with only books and a quiet place of study!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:19 AM
Rebranding Removes the Term Library
LibrarianLand's curator insight, March 1, 2014 6:37 PM

This is really b.s. The term library and it associations are still very important and vital to the institution in most of its forms. "Digital Idea Space" or "Ideal Village"  or "You can make it happen here!" or what ever the heck you want to rebrand it does not convey the wonderful history and values that make libraries great and sound trendy and hollow.

 

I agree that libraries need to be marketed better and often times differently but just as importantly they need to hire and retain the best and brightest who will actively provide and support the creation of new knowledge. A trendy new name that obliterates a very powerful concept in many folks' minds, LIBRARY, does not do the history or values of the idea justice. Perhaps a hybrid name that involves both is OK, like "Library Resource Center" or "Digital Learning Library" or even a name that does not include the word but clearly markets the traditional values of intellectual freedom, equity, learning, and yes, still preserving and collecting traditional things like books.

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Free Web 2.0 Tools for Libraries

Free Technology and Web 2.0Tools for Your Library Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. teresa.welsh@usm.edu Stacy Creel, Ph.D.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:50 AM

Slideshare of free Web 2.0 tools for the library! Great resource!

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Knight’s Move: Investing in Today—and Tomorrow | Editorial

Knight’s Move: Investing in Today—and Tomorrow | Editorial | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

.Libraries have long benefited from major donors that infuse dollars as well as strategic perspective at key junctures. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has stepped into that role with signature energy, most clearly illustrated by the Knight News Challenges, including two focused on libraries. By their very nature these call on libraries to speed new ideas to address big needs, and the robust response from the library arena has surfaced and celebrated a range of creativity.
Now the foundation has stepped up again at a critical moment, offering libraries more support via a new report on library innovation, plus funding to move forward five projects to the tune of nearly $1 million.
“Developing Clarity: Innovating in Library Systems” is based on deep dive conversations with 25 library leaders and others in the field. It explores the ability of libraries to innovate effectively and identifies barriers. It is also a tool to focus dialog around how to make our organizations and our personnel more capable of the work needed to refresh approaches and invent new ones.

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Emerging Technology Trends in Libraries for 2017

Emerging Technology Trends in Libraries for 2017 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

On Monday, I gave my emerging technology trends workshop at Computers in Libraries 2017. Great conference as always! Here's a copy of my slides.

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Libraries - Citizen's driving force for innovation Geneve

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Missed it earlier. Presentation Knud Schulz (Geneve) 10 november 2016.
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The Reinvention of Libraries | Huffington Post

The Reinvention of Libraries | Huffington Post | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Last month, over 250 libraries around the world celebrated a new initiative called Outside the Lines - as they described it, “to shift perceptions of libraries.”

For too many years it seems, libraries - those stuffy book-laden places-have struggled to remain relevant. This is especially true in the digital age when most information is available at the click of a mouse and if it’s a book you need, Amazon and Kindle can take care of that too.

Yet, the library survives and this latter effort- Outside the Lines- demonstrates, once again, that libraries are an important part of our lives.
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IFLA -- Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

IFLA -- Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The inclusion of libraries and access to information in national and regional development plans will contribute to meeting the global United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In support of this goal, IFLA has today published a booklet of examples and recommendations for policymakers demonstrating the contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is also a supporting two-page handout.

The booklet includes stories from all types of libraries in from many countries around the world. IFLA thanks all IFLA members and partners that contributed their stories for the booklet. Additional stories will be made available online, and you can re-print the booklet and handout at any time. Print copies will also be mailed to all IFLA members and additional copies can be ordered from IFLA Headquarters.
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Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs

Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
To build a citywide network of internet-enabled, low-cost environmental monitoring sensors based at Los Angeles public and school libraries
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Libraries Are the Future of Manufacturing in the United States

Libraries Are the Future of Manufacturing in the United States | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Public libraries are becoming a one-stop shop for manufacturing in the digital age. Because libraries are investing in machines like 3-D printers, someday soon everyone with access to a public library could become an inventor or create something.

Did a car part break? Use a 3-D scanner to digitize the part and create an exact replica of it. Need to make a cheap prototype of your invention? You can work with a library specialist to design it. Want to make your own custom jewelry? Use a 3-D printer and sell it on Etsy.

“It is about making knowledge available and initiating the public to make knowledge themselves,” says Jeroen de Boer, co-author of the upcoming book Makerspaces in Libraries. “Makerspaces are the places where knowledge exchange happens in new ways.” Libraries are increasingly inviting places for these areas, which are essentially DIY spaces where people can go to access resources and exchange ideas in order to create and invent things.

With new technology, libraries are not necessarily doing a different job—they are doing the same job, just better.
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Phillips Academy Head Argues Libraries More Important Than Ever In Digital Age

Phillips Academy Head Argues Libraries More Important Than Ever In Digital Age | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Palfrey says it's time to re-invest in libraries, and to pursue a new strategy that will allow them to shape, rather than just react, to the digital revolution.
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Sunsetting: What Libraries Can Learn from Tech Companies

Sunsetting: What Libraries Can Learn from Tech Companies | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries exist to provide amazing services and resources to our users.  We are so committed to this vision that we continue to offer these services even after users don't need them. 

 

“The easiest way to know that a product should be killed or sold off is when it no longer fits the company’s distinctive competence and market strategy. Regardless of the costs, a product that doesn’t make sense in the context of the rest of your products just confuses your customers.”

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, April 12, 2015 2:51 PM

Absolutely worth reading, this is something I am trying to teach my students! 

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What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

"Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the library as a hub for community-based knowledge creation and discourse."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:12 AM

Great talk about the relevance of libraries!