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50 Apps for Librarians

Richard Le (san rafael public library) and Tom Duffy (San Fransisco public library) share their picks for reference, capture, book, education,utility and discovery.

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6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library -- Campus Technology

6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library -- Campus Technology | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Once the initial dazzle of your new (or remade) library has worn off, just how do you keep up the pace and flavor of innovation? An expert from North Carolina State University offers her take.

By Dian Schaffhauser04/19/17

When the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University opened in 2013, it seemed nary an innovation was left out. The 225,000‐square‐foot building includes multiple display walls running at a resolution six times better than high-def; a whacked out game lab; a wide visualization space; creativity studios; nearly a hundred group study rooms and learning spaces; glass walls and writable surfaces anywhere you might lay an erasable marker; bookBot, a robotic book storage center with capacity for 2 million volumes; reconfigurable seating and tables everywhere (including a reported 60 different types of designer furniture); plus high-performance computing (HPC) and high-speed storage.

It took 98 pages for the university to describe the entirety of the wonders of the Hunt Library in its application for the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (which it handily won)
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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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The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World

The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Please note that this presentation is only half of the full session. The second half included a discussion with Nicole Cooke of the University of Illinois, Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center fo…

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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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Future Ready Librarian

Future Ready Librarian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The 7 Gears of the Future Ready Schools Framework are as follows: 1.Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 

2. Personalized Professional Learning 

3. Robust Infrastructure 

4. Data and Privacy 

5. Community Partnerships 

6. Budget and Resources 

7. Use of Space and Time.

Future Ready Librarians 

Future Ready Librarians is an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their school and district. Two guiding questions are central to Future Ready Librarians. How can librarians and libraries support Future Ready schools? How can librarians and libraries become more Future Ready? Future Ready Librarians will provide resources, strategies and connections for district leaders and librarians to be able to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.

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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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Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville by OMA

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville by OMA | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Books are over,” Rem Koolhaas asserted slyly at the opening of the Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen, France, on January 13. “That’s what everyone kept saying. Happily, on the contrary, books will probably exist forever.

As speculation over the future of books mounted with the dawn of the digital age, Koolhaas’s OMA was involved in the design of a dozen libraries—“one of the oldest typologies,” Koolhaas called it, “a pure hybrid of ancient and modern.” Many of the firm’s library designs went unrealized, including its 1989 competition entry for the Bibliothèque National de France, in Paris, where public spaces were represented as voids carved out of a solid block of information. On the other hand, the Seattle Central Library, completed by OMA in 2004, with its intensely researched organizational system and faceted form, is arguably among the best buildings anywhere in the last 20 years.

As architecture, the library in Caen, in Normandy, hardly lives up to its American sibling. As part of a larger development, it is meant to be a monumental presence where the Orne River meets the Canal de Caen. That area has been undergoing a transformation since 2010, long after port activities were abandoned.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

Via Peter Mellow, Dennis T OConnor
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 28, 1:28 PM

Research to help you see what's coming over the next 5 years.

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The Winners of the Little Free Library Design Competition - Chronicle Books Blog

The Winners of the Little Free Library Design Competition - Chronicle Books Blog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In more than 50,000 neighborhoods in 70 countries all over the world, there are people who who take it upon themselves to build book exchanges in their yards, neighborhoods, and public spaces. Last fall, in partnership with our friends at Little Free Library® and AIASF (American Institute of Architects, San Francisco), we launched a challenge that asked architects to design one of these wee libraries in response to the needs of library stewards.

The stewards’ requests? Things like keeping in mind the height difference between child and adult patrons, motion sensor lighting, balancing form and function, and having a place for a late-night dog-walker to tie up their pup so they could do some perusing.

The response floored us. We received 300 designs from 40 countries, from Tehran to Toronto, Georgia the country to Georgia the state, and many places in between. Some were freestanding structures that you could practically live in, some were designs that affixed to existing infrastructure like parking signs and light poles. All were bound by a love of learning and the role books play in it.

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Dokk1, Libraries - Citizen's driving force for innovationGeneve nov 2…

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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A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures)

A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The public library in Thionville is an example of how libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of communities.
The newly opened libraries are no longer the places with rows of beautiful bookshelves. They offer their patrons tons of other media, a space for discussion, and an opportunity to learn new skills.
Take a look at the futuristic public library in Thionville, a city of 40 thousand inhabitants in the Moselle department, in northeastern France.
The building was opened in 2016. It’s called Puzzle – Mediathèque de Thionville and is located at 68 Boulevard Foch.

This space is exploding with creativity and is full of fresh design ideas.

Let’s start with the floor. The grass is almost everywhere, inviting you to rest and spend some time reading, watching, or studying. There are lots of hidden rooms and alleys. Each one may serve as a quiet reading space. And there are reading bubbles and nooks everywhere!

The library was designed by Dominique Coulon and Associates, an architecture agency from Strasbourg. The creators’ ambition was to create the project that would become a new model for media libraries.

The idea is built around the concept of “a third place” – a place where patrons become actors in their own condition.

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For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor

For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries are frequently forced to deal with people's health problems. That's why some are adding medical professionals to their staff.

BY MATTIE QUINN | JANUARY 9, 2017

A Pima County Public Library nurse checks a patient's circulation in his fingers. (Flickr/Pima County Public Library)
 “I’m always surprised by how many health questions I get,” said Renee Pokorny, branch supervisor at the Philadelphia Free Library.

It's no surprise that she's surprised. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 73 percent of people who visit a public library in America go looking for answers about their health. 

“People tend to be more comfortable asking their librarians something rather than their doctor where they might feel rushed or intimidated,” said Pokorny.

Instead of making the people go to the doctor, though, public libraries in Philadelphia and a small number of other places are bringing health services directly to their patrons.

Last year, a branch of the Philadelphia Free Library was transformed into the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The building has not only a traditional library but also a pediatric and primary care clinic on the top floors.

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A Public Library That's Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices

A Public Library That's Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries are like the Madonnas of the architectural world—changing, evolving, and morphing with the times. Now they're in the midst of a technological reinvention. And as they shed their physical media and go digital, libraries' most significant contribution to a community is often not as a repository of books—but a beacon that draws people together.

Thionville—a city in Northeastern France near the Luxembourg border—opened a new library last year that embodies this shift. Designed by the Strasbourg-based firm Dominique Coulon and Associates, the space is brimming with details designed to foster a sense of community. The architects hope it becomes the city's collective living room; to appeal to the different types of people who might use the library, they filled it with lots of unique moments, like rooms that have distinctive personalities, differing furniture, and plenty of outdoor spaces.
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These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries

These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The take-a-book, leave-a-book movement has gone global. As of last year, Little Free Libraries—those birdhouse-looking book-stops that pop up in people’s front yards—were represented in every U.S. state. Little Free Library has now touched down in more than 70 other countries. These book exchanges are now 50,000 strong and growing.


And at least one person wants to put a stop to them.

“There was something that kind of irked me about the title,” says Jane Schmidt, librarian at Ryerson University in Toronto. “As a librarian, my gut reaction to that was, ‘You know what else is a free library? A regular library.’”

Where many people see a charming yard decoration or a heart-warming civic-minded gesture, Schmidt finds something more nefarious at work. In a recent article for the Journal of Radical Librarianship—this is a real publication, launched in 2014 by the Radical Librarians Collective, now three peer-reviewed volumes in—she and another Canadian library scholar outline the case against Little Free Libraries, diving deep into mapping data, network effects, and recent library history to make their stand.
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The NYC Space/Time Directory: Building the Future of NYC’s Past

The NYC Space/Time Directory: Building the Future of NYC’s Past | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Two years ago, we had a crazy idea: what if we could make the maps of New York City’s past work like the maps of today?
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China Focus: China turns a new page on reading - People's Daily Online

China Focus: China turns a new page on reading - People's Daily Online | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Borrowing books from street-side libraries for free, listening to excerpts of books on a TV show, reading via social media apps, kindling -- the novelties keep popping up and the vast Chinese readership loves them.
BOOK-SHARING SERVICES
Liu Yaqian, 29, works for a multinational company and describes herself as a "bookworm." She has borrowed around a hundred books from libraries in Beijing since 2011.
In March last year, she found a 24-hour automated library near her office that holds about 400 books. "It's as convenient as an ATM! I no longer have to make the trek to the traditional libraries that are often out of the way," she said. In the past year, Liu has borrowed more than a book per week from the 24-hour book dispenser.
The 24-hour library program is an innovation by the Capital Library of China and district libraries under the guidance of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture. They have been seen on the streets of Beijing since 2010. There are 174 street libraries, each about the size of a street-side food stand dotting both downtown Beijing and its outskirts.

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Urban Librarians Unite Conference Proposes Advocacy, Activism

Urban Librarians Unite Conference Proposes Advocacy, Activism | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The theme of the Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) 2017 Conference, held at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library on April 7, was Dangerous Librarianship—an appropriate designation for a librarians challenging the status quo in a year that has already seen a preliminary presidential budget aiming to defund of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Some 186 librarians from the New York metro area and beyond—including attendees from Massachusetts, Arizona, and California—gathered to share and learn about advocacy, social justice, alternative service models, privacy, leadership, and more.
This is the fifth conference hosted by ULU founder and executive director Christian Zabriskie, administrator at Yonkers Public Library System, NY, and ULU board chair Lauren Comito, Job & Business Academy manager at Queens Library, NY (2012 and 2015 LJ Movers & Shakers, respectively). 


As Zabriskie wrote in an April 11 Huffington Post article kicking off National Library Week, “This is not a typical year, this is not typical America.

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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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Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability | Ebook

No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of Ala. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent. With over 35 years of experience managing five different library consortia between them, Horton and Pronevitz are uniquely qualified to show how consortia have been transforming themselves, offering new services and products while growing ever more important to the library community.
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Creating Better Libraries for Today's Complex World

Creating Better Libraries for Today's Complex World R. David Lankes University of South Carolina February 17, 2017
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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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Designing Libraries - Dokk1: Impressions of an impressive library

Designing Libraries - Dokk1: Impressions of an impressive library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Denmark’s Dokk1 is helping to redefine the concept of ‘library’ as an urban, cultural, creative, community space that will serve as a benchmark for the ambition for libraries throughout the world. Alan Clark, an adviser to Designing Libraries, paid a visit. Here are his impressions of an impressive library space.

The location
Standing on a promontory close to the centre of Aarhus, where the river debouches into Aarhus Harbour basin, Dokk1 is at the centre of the Urban Mediaspace project which is redeveloping the waterfront of the city and is ideally placed for its role as a cultural and informational hub for the city and the Central Denmark region. It also has a striking physical presence and is probably already achieving one of its aims of becoming an icon for Aarhus. The architects’ conception of the building connecting with its surroundings and which would be looked at, seen into and looked out from is triumphantly achieved.

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The Makerspace - MODEL PROGRAMME FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

The Makerspace - MODEL PROGRAMME FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The makerspace at Vordingborg Library. Denmark – a young man is absorbed in exercises from the text book to the library’s Arduino kit. Photo: www.mh-foto.nu.


Today, knowledge is easily accessible and highly digital. But interest in the more tangible and analogue form of knowledge, for instance the sort that can be practised in a makerspace, is also growing. In a makerspace, you can create, learn, be motivated and puzzled, and the concept attracts users of all ages and backgrounds in a technology-based community.

The term makerspace is used broadly to indicate a workshop 'where you create'. In a makerspace, you can learn by creating, experimenting with machines, and developing ideas into finished products. The users get to play and engage with the machines on their own. The staff provides help and guidance when needed, but the actual performance is done by the users.
A makerspace can attract people who would not normally frequent a library. At Ballerup Library, for instance, the establishment of a makerspace has led to a significant increase in the number of male visitors, in addition to children, entrepreneurs, artists, senior citizens, technology enthusiasts, schoolchildren etc.

If you consider setting up a makerspace at your library, it is worth considering a number of things, e.g.:
Is the makerspace to be set up in a room of its own, or should it be placed centrally along with other activities?
What machinery, materials and prices do you want to be able to offer?
Who is to man the makerspace, know the machinery and help the users get started?
What activities do you want to hold in the makerspace area?
Do you want a makerspace or, more specifically, a fab lab?
 A fab lab is a special type of makerspace, where the library joins a community, subjecting itself to a specific framework for the content of the workshop. Both solutions have advantages and disadvantages, but the more general makerspace solution provides the widest possible framework for working creatively with the concept and designing it as a real library option.

In Aars Library in Vesthimmerland, Denmark, is the makerspace located in the large library room, which makes it more visible for the users. The makerspace was earlier located in the back of the library behind large bookcases. The staff experiences a big rise in activity, in the makerspace now with its new location, central and visible in the library. A makerspace does not have to take up an entire room, but can be placed in a rather small area.

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Making & creating are integral to learning & essential for libraries in today's society
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How a HK$287 million library can help solve Hong Kong’s storage problems – and preserve precious books

How a HK$287 million library can help solve Hong Kong’s storage problems – and preserve precious books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Fearing that books will be replaced by digital resources, many are starting to collect rare and precious editions – but doing so may require a hi-tech library
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Is the library the new public square?

Is the library the new public square? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Future of the Libraries Task Force seeks feedback on 10 recommendations including global library services and preserving more of MIT’s intellectual work.

Is the library the new public square? That question is a core interest of the MIT Task Force on the Future of Libraries, which is re-imagining what libraries can and should be in a digital era when people still need intellectual communities and gathering places. 
Preliminary findings blow the doors off of traditional concepts of libraries as enclosed spaces with physical objects under tight control. Now, the task force is seeking MIT community and alumni response by Feb. 15 before completing its report this spring.
“The report serves as a set of recommendations for moving the MIT Libraries towards the vision of a research library as an open global platform,” says Chris Bourg, director of MIT Libraries and the task force co-chair. “And it is an invitation to like-minded libraries, publishers, scholars, and others to join us in creating a more open, more productive, and more equitable information future.”
The new concept of libraries embraces a physical place plus services that provide access to materials such as ebooks, interactive scholarly materials, and images on multiple digital devices. Such resources — to be available on new interoperable content platforms — can make teaching and research more productive.

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