e want to make libraries the go-to place for financial information in every community. And so far, we’ve been met with tremendous enthusiasm – from other government and nonprofit agencies, by library associations and administrators, and by librarians themselves. That’s why we’ve put together resources and materials for libraries to use in their community.
Libraries are highly trusted in virtually every community and eager to serve more people in their neighborhoods. They’re also unbiased, so they provide a safe place to research financial options, decisions, or solutions to problems.
Coming on the heels of major announcements such as the Internet-to-Go program, the launch of a new website and smartphone apps, and the expansion of digital services and lendable technology, the Chicago Public Library’s 2015-2017 Strategy: Building the Library of the Future outlines the strategic priorities and goals of CPL service to Chicagoans. The strategy will serve as the foundation for the Library’s work plan as CPL continues to enhance its programs, services, and collection.
In the next three years, CPL’s timeless mission will remain unchanged: welcoming and supporting all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning, and striving to serve them well and effectively by providing equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources. But CPL will also respond to the current and evolving needs of patrons by focusing on three key initiatives: nurturing learning, supporting economic advancement and strengthening communities.
The quote Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community is from R David Lankes a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. If you don’t already subscribe his blog, Virtual Dave, covers many thought-provoking topics. His latest post and clip Innovation in the Country is a timely reminder to consider the needs and aspirations of your community as we grapple with what constitutes ‘maker spaces’.
Public libraries are busier and more popular with patrons than ever. Today’s library is a place for social interaction as well as quiet reading. It is a community cultural center, not simply a repository for books. It is a welcoming building with a design focus on transparency, not a series of isolated spaces. These changing operations directly affect the layout and organization of library buildings. So, libraries today must be designed to accommodate more simplified administrative operations and new staff functions.
Involving communities, taking care of your users and Library strategies & cultural entrepreneurship in tough times. This and much more in this week's episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation!
The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has intensively studied the changing world of public libraries for the last three years. The first stage of our research explored the growing role of ebooks, including their impact on Americans’ reading habits and library habits. Our second stage examined the full universe of library services, as well as what library services Americans most value and what they might want from libraries in the future.
In March, we released a report from our third and final stage of research—the fruits of a representative national survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older. It explores public libraries’ roles in people’s lives and in broader American culture—how libraries are perceived, how they are valued, and how people rely on them. The provision of digital content is certainly a key element of the services that make libraries useful. Using the data from our previous report on how people value libraries in their communities, our analysis divides Americans into nine groups that reflect different patterns of public library engagement along a general spectrum of high (30% of the population), medium (39% of the population), low (17% of the population), and nonengagement (14% of the population).
When 30-year-old book lover Shunsuke Mori decided to open a 'library bar' in Tokyo, he took a leap of faith to solicit funds over the Internet. Through the process of “crowdfunding,” Mori aimed to collect funds from people interested in contributing to his unique project: a library that stays open until midnight for salarymen who want to relax and unwind after work.
Hoping to collect an initial ¥100,000 through the crowdfunding platform Campfire, Mori was surprised after attracting more than 10 times his goal within just 48 hours of launching his appeal.
For 101 years, Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has galvanized its ever-growing city. From its beginnings above a meat and liquor store in 1913 to its current configuration as a massive, team-driven enterprise, EPL has served as a pioneering gathering place, connecting people and expanding minds. In the process, it changed the parameters of what it means to be a public library and transformed itself. Having the spirit and creativity to do that meant taking risks, innovating, and embracing change. It made EPL a model for all public libraries and the winner of the 2014 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.
WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Library will introduce its new Innovation Station as it hosts its 119th annual Friends of the Library meeting.
The Innovation Station fits in with the library’s quest to be a “gateway to discovery.” The station is designed to allow patrons to interact with one another to gather information and inspiration.
It will be a place to learn new skills, from quilting to robotics and much more. Many libraries have implemented similar spaces, which provide materials and tools for projects and a good place for people to use the resources to explore, learn, improve, and think creatively, all while working together and teaching one another.
The Innovation Station was established with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in mind. The Shoff Foundation funded its construction.
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public misunderstanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.
Under a new $300 million plan, the New York Public Library says it will open spaces in the Schwarzman building for teachers, students and entrepreneurs and will renovate the busy Mid-Manhattan branch across the street.
If you want to print your own novel, cookbook or dissertation for under $20, you're in luck. The Toronto Reference Library has unveiled a new book printing machine that prints store-quality paperbacks.
In this paper, we discuss the major elements of that renewal as pertaining to our Library. First, we are a research library. A 21st century research institution still requires the multifaceted services of a research library. We also discuss the space of the Library itself. A library has never been merely a container for books. The physical space of the renewed Library will be the interdisciplinary platform for innovative scholarship and learning, as services expand. Finally, we discuss the role of the Library as an integrated network of resources, focusing on the important and unique collaborative services provided by Library faculty and staff. The renewed Georgia Tech Library will be the research library that Georgia Tech needs to both support and define what a 21st century research institution should be.
Libraries are often thought of as dusty old places where you can smell the books in the air, but the Makerbrarians table at this weekend’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire might change this perception.From DIY book-scanners to drones and mini-computers, makers are shaking up people’s ideas of what a library can be.
The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire brings together makers from across the city to share what their creations with the public. The festival breeds innovation and creativity, and has a very community-based ethos.
Scott Leslie, one of the co-sponsors of the B.C. Libraries Cooperative table, was excited for his team to get involved, because he believes that the principles behind both libraries and Maker Faires are similar.
“Libraries are fundamentally about access and education and empowering people to educate themselves, and that’s very much the energy behind a lot of the maker movement,” Leslie told theGeorgia Straight by phone. “You know, informal education, so people teaching themselves, teaching each other. It seems like a really good fit.”
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