For the sake of argument, let's all agree that the answer to this question is yes: libraries have a central mission to change the world—to make it a better, more intelligent, more tolerant, more open-minded place, one that is (thanks in part to our professional efforts) increasingly filled with well-informed critical thinkers who will, themselves, take the tools and skills with which the library has provided them and go on to make the world even better. This is what the library exists to do.
When Erica Freudenberger, director of the Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library, set out to make change in her community, she knew she couldn’t do it alone—she would need the community itself to help her. And though her community is small—1,900 people inhabit the village of Red Hook—it has proven itself mighty, making changes that community members have wanted to see for many years.
‘The power of our network’ is the slogan that accompanies the KB Strategic Plan 2015-2018. It is published on the eve of a drastic change, the implementation of the Public Library Provisions System Act (Wsob) on 1 January 2015. Under this act, the KB will play a central role in the field of public libraries too, something it has been doing for years in terms of scholarly information provision. The KB will now be able to fully live up to its title of 'national library'.
The strategic priorities for 2015-2018 are: 1. To realise the national digital library 2. Reinforcing national and international cooperation.
Since the American Library Association (ALA) announced its collaboration with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, in 2012, the organizations have provided a variety of venues for libraries to engage deeply with the question of how they can and should enable change in their communities. At the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Institute will lead a series of four hands-on workshops on Turning Outward To Lead Change in your Community.
Are cultural institutions the environment iBeacon has been waiting for?.
Two large banners greet patrons when they walk into Orlando Public Library.
Amid posters about the library’s family-friendly services and upcoming programming, the banners urge patrons to do something a bit uncharacteristic for a nearly 100-year-old institution: download an iBeacon app.
In November, the library implemented BluuBeam, an Orlando-based service that usesiBeacon technology to send location-triggered information to patrons. Visitors who download the app get an alert about library offers and events. So, for example, if you’re searching the third floor stacks for a Julia Child cookbook, you’ll receive a message about the library’s Cuisine Corner program that features cooking demos by local chefs.
The organisers of the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting have announced that it will receive a further boost with the arrival of FryskLab, Europeâ€™s first mobile library FabLab (fabrication laboratory).
Here are some curated lists that cover the top stories of 2014: Ten Stories That Shaped 2014 (LIS News) http://lisnews.org/ten_stories_that_shaped_2014 The Top 10 Library Stories of 2014 PW takes a look back at some of the library stories that...
THE HAGUE, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- With its national e-book lending platform launched at the beginning of this year, the Dutch Digital Library Program now offers access to 5,500 titles from the top 50 Dutch publishers in 162 public libraries, making the small European country an international forerunner amid the digitalizing trend of libraries.
"We have a couple of quite unique features in our e-lending model, such as the one-copy-multiple-users model, which means that an e-book can never been lent out, but remains available for every additional patron," explained Diederik van Leeuwen, managing director of Stichting Bibliotheek.nl, in an interview with Xinhua.
New York public libraries are aiming to bridge the digital divide New York City public libraries are on the verge of launching a truly awesome program: he New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents.
The program which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value, seeks to bridge a digital divide in the nation's largest city, where studies have found nearly 3 million of the 8 million people lack broadband access.
From the Boston Public Library: The Boston Public Library Foundation received a grant of $488,000 from the Highland Street Foundation to support new and expanded technology programs in the new Teen Central space, opening in late February at the Boston Public Libr...
Forget the past eight years of indecision on replacing the Central Library. The arrival of 2015 has presented the Wichita City Council with a fresh, inspiring opportunity to build a new $30 million downtown learning hub around the future.
Design Thinking for Libraries is an approach to improving your library through creativeproblem solving.
This toolkit guides you through Design Thinking so you can start coming up with solutions to everyday challenges within the library. Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about starting with people — the users that visit your library. At IDEO, we’ve been using similar methods to envision new products, services, spaces, and experiences that bring them to life. We created this toolkit specifically for the library setting, and we’re looking forward to seeing how you might create impact by seeing your work through a fresh perspective: the design thinking lens!
Will 2015 be the year that the public library makes a comeback?
On a Monday morning between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Paris, the line for modern art museum Centre Georges Pompidou winds around the block. But the patrons waiting in the cold aren’t there to catch a glimpse of a Magritte—they’re young locals queueing for access through the museum’s back door to another attraction: Bibliothèque publique d'information, or the public library.
In a digital age that has left book publishers reeling, libraries in the world’s major cities seem poised for a comeback, though it’s one that has very little to do with books. The Independent Library Report—published in December by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport—found that libraries across the nation are re-inventing themselves by increasingly becoming “vibrant and attractive community hubs,” focusing on the “need to create digital literacy—and in an ideal world, digital fluency.”
This is my ninth year blogging. When I started The Ubiquitous Librarian my intention was to explore engagement techniques—new ways of connecting with the community I served. The blog helped document some of these efforts and provided a conversation channel with others doing similar work.
I tend to be all over the map: technology, scholarly communication,marketing, assessment, learning commons, classrooms, hackathons, embedded librarians, and so on. As I’ve moved into library administration my tone and content as changed. And when I eventually switched over to the Chronicle of Higher Education that altered my voice as well.
BRIAN BANNON, COMMISSIONER, CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY:
2015 will be the year of Internet for Chicago, Bannon says. In 2014, Google donated 500 Finch robots to the Chicago Public Library to teach people computer coding. The robots allowed the library to experiment with lending technology to households. Now, library officials are aiming a little higher — WiFi that people can check out as easily as a book.
More big ideas for 2015
“We’re going to continue to look at ways we can lend technology to support our mission of supporting learning and economic advancement and access, and when we look at 2015, [that will be] Internet to Go.”
Makers, makerspaces, maker programs – call ‘em what you will, but 2014 saw a LOT of maker STUFF in libraries! In this Favorite Things post, we’ve put together a set of interesting and innovative maker + library updates.
San Diego Public Library Labs – The purchase of two 3d printers kick-started this awesome public makerspace at SDPL. Public services team member Uyen Tran reflects on the year since the space opened in 2013.
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library – We continue our partnership with Sean and Lucas from MPL, who write and film a series that’s all about the Bubbler, MPL’s maker program suite. Check out the series for lots of neat interviews and features.
The Labs @ CLP – The post series from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s digital makerspace, The Labs @ CLP, is still going strong and there’s a lot of new content from 2014!
Creative Experience at St. Louis Public Library – this post by Andrea Johnson is all about the library’s Creative Experience, a digital makerspace that opened in January 2013.
Conquer Your Fear and Create – LAIP contributor Ryan Claringbole wrote up a fantastic post about the work by Deborah Fields, who works with college students to create wearable technology and e-textiles. Includes project how-to’s!
Mobile Makerspace at Arrowhead Library System (Wisconsin) – LAIP team member Laura wrote up this piece about the new-in-2014 shared maker equipment that she uses on a monthly basis at her library!
Maker Jawn at the Free Library of Philadelphia – check out this three-part series written by Barbara Tait and K-Fai Steele at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Their insight about what maker programming is and can offer is truly inspirational and offers good guidelines for the rest of us.