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Designing Libraries - Designing Libraries

Designing Libraries - Designing Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The centre for library design and innovation: a resource for library planning and design, a database of library buildings and a marketplace for services.
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The once and future librarian

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I had the pleasure of participating in a Faculty symposium on the future of academic research libraries hosted at McGill University today. The event was live-streamed, and the video is now available.

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More Info about iBeacon Technology | David Lee King

More Info about iBeacon Technology | David Lee King | innovative 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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MakerBot and UMass Amherst Team for 50-printer Innovation Center in Library

MakerBot and UMass Amherst Team for 50-printer Innovation Center in Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
What began as a few headlines and whispers over the past couple of years is gearing up into a full-fledged movement and hopefully, a subsequent widespread tren

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MakerBot and UMass Amherst Team for 50-printer Innovation Center in Library http://3dprint.com/53386/umass-amherst-makerbot/

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Introducing 3D printers through venues like libraries is simply the beginning of creating maker communities — one by one.

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Movers & Shakers 2015

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Passion. Vision. Mission. These are just a few of the words that characterize the 50 individuals—and one organization—named 2015 Movers & Shakers.
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Library innovation and advocacy teams attend SXSW » MobyLives

Library innovation and advocacy teams attend SXSW » MobyLives | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Librarians with the volunteer group lib*interactive and advocacy organization EveryLibrary traveled to the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas this week to participate in presentations on innovation in libraries. Their slogan? "Not the same old shhh." 

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Zinio for Libraries App Makes Borrowing and Reading Easy

Zinio for Libraries App Makes Borrowing and Reading Easy | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries have been focusing on developing digital collections for a number of years. One of the ways they have been doing this is by removing most of their physical magazines and going with companies like Zinio. In the past, it was rather complicated to browse, borrow and read. The overall process has been simplified, with the advent of the new Zinio for Libraries app for Android.

Zinio currently has 2,600 titles in 12 unique languages representing titles from more than 25 countries. They distribute their content to libraries through Recorded Books, who is their main partner.

 
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Farmington Library Receives $57K Grant For Media Lab, Makerspace

Farmington Library Receives $57K Grant For Media Lab, Makerspace | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Village Green and Library Association recently received a $57,000 grant to finance construction of a new media lab and "makerspace" in the Farmington Public Library.
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Adam Rogers | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Adam Rogers | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
vitals CURRENT POSITION Emerging Technology Services Librarian, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh - DEGREE MS, Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010 - FOLLOW @adrogersam; adamrogers.info - Photo by...
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Keith Webster's Blog

Keith Webster's Blog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Reflections on the future of university and research libraries. Focus on
libraries and data services, bibliometrics, scholarly communication,
publishing, open access, information literacy, learning spaces and
technology enhanced learning.
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Rethink the library: Next gen becomes resource for tech, entrepreneurs

Rethink the library: Next gen becomes resource for tech, entrepreneurs | innovative 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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Apps for Librarians & Educators - Nicole Hennig, Udemy

Apps for Librarians & Educators - Nicole Hennig, Udemy | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Become an expert in the best mobile apps for education and content creation

 

Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities

As librarians and educators, we are passionate about learning and access to information for all. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for “consumption,” the best mobile apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation.

Got iPads, but no time to discover the best apps?

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the number of apps available and not sure where to start with finding the best ones, you’re not alone!

Many librarians have told me that they feel

excited about having new iPads, but not sure of the best apps to recommend and use.overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps available.unsure where to start with finding and evaluating the best educational apps.worried about the digital divide and the loss of access to information for all.

You might have new iPads in your library or school, but what are the best learning experiences you can create with them? You know that just throwing technology at a problem is NOT the way to go.

When you become “app-literate,” you serve your community by becoming their go-to expert on mobile apps.


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Hoopla: Netflix for libraries?

Hoopla: Netflix for libraries? | innovative 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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Designing Libraries - Wakefield's dementia-friendly library

Designing Libraries - Wakefield's dementia-friendly library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
FG Library has completed the refurbishment of Sandal Library in Wakefield, West Yorks, believed to be the first fully dementia-friendly library in the UK.
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3D Systems Presents 100 Libraries & Museums Participating in MakerLab Club with New Cube 3D Printers

3D Systems Presents 100 Libraries & Museums Participating in MakerLab Club with New Cube 3D Printers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
It’s been quite some time since libraries had a program introducing free use of progressive new technology in their buildings—harkening back to the advent
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Pulitzer-Winning Author Tells Gloversville Library Thanks for the Memories - New York Times

Pulitzer-Winning Author Tells Gloversville Library Thanks for the Memories - New York Times | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In recent decades, the town in upstate New York has tried three times to raise funds to modernize its library. Now it has turned to its most famous son, Richard Russo.
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Lauren Comito | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators

Lauren Comito | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Lauren Comito has a regular patron at New York’s Queens Library who is one of the most cheerful and positive people she’s ever met. Homeless and unemployed, the woman is also one of the neediest. Comito had trouble locating the help the woman required. “I realized that if I was having a hard time finding services as a librarian, people who don’t have my training must have an even harder time,” says Comito, the job and business academy manager at the library.
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Weapon of Mass Instruction Is A Drivable Library |Interesting Engineering

Weapon of Mass Instruction Is A Drivable Library |Interesting Engineering | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
7UP joined the artist from Buenos Aires to create a "Weapon of Mass Instruction" -an amazing tank-like mobile library that runs the streets of Argentina.
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Funding boost aims to turn libraries into startup incubators (Wired UK)

Funding boost aims to turn libraries into startup incubators (Wired UK) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries might conventionally be seen as non-happening places, but a £650,000 funding boost is set to add a further two UK libraries to the ten already taking part in a scheme aiming to disrupt conventional libraries
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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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Future Library – Framtidsbiblioteket – Katie Paterson

Future Library – Framtidsbiblioteket – Katie Paterson | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A forest in Norway is growing. In 100 years from now it will become an anthology of books.
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Library of the Future – Keith Webster’s New Blog | Tame The Web

Library of the Future – Keith Webster’s New Blog | Tame The Web | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

olks – Don’t miss this new blog by Carnegie Mellon University Dean of Libraries Keith Webster:

http://www.libraryofthefuture.org

Keith is one of the academic library leaders I look to for insights and ideas related to higher ed and library service. Look for his articles and presentations – you won’t be disappointed. For example:

 
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The Tilburg Public Library Knowledgecloud

The Tilburg Public Library Knowledgecloud | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In a society suffering from civic fragmentation and information overload, no longer access to information is the real problem, but how to effectively use that information to create knowledge relevant to individual and communal needs (Lankes, Silverstein and Nicholson, 2007).  Civic engagement entails strong links between online and offline interactions (Smith, 2013). However, finding the right knowledge and engaging contacts for effective local/regional knowledge sharing, participation and collaboration is a challenge.  Public libraries can help society address this challenge, as, from repositories of books, they are rapidly becoming "public sensemakers" and "social innovation catalysts" (De Moor and Van den Assem, 2013).  They are uniquely positioned for this role as  they are trusted and rooted institutions with a mission to serve the common good by promoting education and media literacy for all. 

 
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Public libraries should be browsers' heaven

Public libraries should be browsers' heaven | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
I'm a bibliophile. While that word doesn't roll off the tongue too easily, its definition is simple: A person who collects or has a great love of books.
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Turn Your Public Library Into a Kid Coding Community (EdSurge News)

Two years ago, inspired by the viral Hour of Code video, we decided to learn Ruby on Rails. As two suburban middle school teachers with a liberal arts background, we weren’t quite sure where or how to begin, so we headed to New York City to explore our options.

....... Libraries offer the perfect setting for Hacker Hours since we consider them to be local incubators. We recently piloted a series of free Hacker Hours for teens at the Franklin Square Public Library on Long Island, New York. We organized our meetups over the course of two days in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment and welcomed sixteen students. Pitched to children ages 13-18 in the Franklin Square community, the gathering welcomed anyone who wanted to learn programming basics and build a working web app.

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