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Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Library future depends on technologies. We've collected a couple of great concepts that could be used in the near future:

1. Library bookmark and guide

2. Book delivery drone

3. Digital interface for print books

4. Library utensils

5. Mobile library center

6. Print on demand machines

7. Access to library via commonly used app.

 

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Room to Grow | Office Hours

Room to Grow | Office Hours | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A FEW YEARS AGO at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, CA, I had dinner with librarians from three large universities. The conversation turned to something they had in common: they were all moving print book collections at their respective institutions off-site to make room for student spaces. Back then, this was a big deal, and these administrators met with opposition and angst from their constituents.
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California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says "We Need to Focus More of California’s Innovation and Creativity on Our Public Libraries"

California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says "We Need to Focus More of California’s Innovation and Creativity on Our Public Libraries" | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says "We Need to Focus More of California’s Innovation and Creativity on Our Public Libraries"
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How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology.
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Alberta Library Conference 2015

Alberta Library Conference 2015 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
#NETWORK!The ALC 2015 conference theme is #network. The word network has many meanings for libraries. If we add a hashtag (#) we can take this year’s theme to a different level. With a hashtag a word or phrase becomes searchable on social media, and if used by enough people can “trend” and attract more people to the discussion. What are your strategies for building networks in your library and community groups? What role do libraries play in creating and facilitating community conversations? What are the important social trends that are impacting and shaping the service you design and provide? The #network theme also encompasses the personal networks we form. How does personal networking help improve your library and your life? For example, what kind of networking takes place at this conference and how does it benefit our libraries?  
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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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Free Video: Libraries in the Internet Age

Free Video: Libraries in the Internet Age | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
We love libraries and librarians. We want them to succeed and we made this video to help the public understand how libraries have changed in the Internet Age. 
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Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning

Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

April is School Library Month, and this year’s theme is “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends.” No tag line could be truer. Librarians are lifelong learners by nature. Whether it is the newest educational theory, the latest research methods, or the newest educational technology push, librarians love to learn and share new things.

When considering a new educational technology initiative, such as purchasing Chromebooks, going BYOD, or choosing educational software, districts often consider many things, including cost, return on investment, effectiveness, and necessary professional development. 


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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 10, 9:50 PM

Quiet revolutionaries if I ever saw one.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 12, 3:10 PM

Yeah Teacher librarians leading the way!

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Storytelling for Kids, Teens, and Even Adults

Storytelling for Kids, Teens, and Even Adults | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In December 2014, the New Jersey State Library predicted “5 Public Library Marketing Trends to Expect in 2015.” One is “visual storytelling.” We’ve seen the rise of this in social media and online news.
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Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015 | American Libraries Magazine

Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015 | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Trends in culture, community, and education point to increased potential for expanding the role of libraries of all types I used to think being trendy was a bad thing—a sign of someone who lacks individuality or perhaps is fickle. But in a world of rapid change where people are more and more aware of the latest technology, news, and innovation, being trendy—or at least knowing what’s trendy—is almost essential.

In 2013, the American Library Association (ALA) an­nounced the formation of a Center for the Future of Libraries. The project, initially supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), focuses much of its work on identifying emerging trends relevant to the libraries, the librarians, and the communi­ties they serve.

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The Case For Libraries | CCC's Beyond the Book

The Case For Libraries | CCC's Beyond the Book | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Publishers bemoan the dwindling of retail space, but they could just be looking in the wrong place for shelves to display their titles. An abundant supply of shelfspace exists in the 16,000 public library branches in America, according to David Vinjamuri who teaches branding and social media at New York University and writes the Brand Truth column online for Forbes. In a recent Publishers Weekly column, Vinjamuri urged publishers to take up libraries as partners. The essay has started an important conversation, says Andrew Albanese, PW senior writer.

 
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Working With Librarians to Make Search Human Again | From the Bell Tower

Working With Librarians to Make Search Human Again | From the Bell Tower | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Internet search engines seem to be working well enough. There are plenty of choices. So why would an entrepreneur think people will want yet another one? This one has a twist. Librarians.

Librarians and search engines: It’s been something of a love-hate relationship. In 1997, librarians were early advocates for a then-new search engine called Google. Page rank spoke to us, and we could explain it well. Then Google’s success had the public questioning whether libraries mattered anymore. Librarians felt challenged to defend their relevance. We’ve learned to work with and alongside Internet search engines, but still look for our opportunities to point out why librarians are better. Justin Wohlstadter is a technology entrepreneur who thinks librarians and search engines could be a match made in heaven. That’s why he’s doing something we might think is a bit crazy: He’s started a brand new search engine and he wants librarians to help make it work better than anything that’s out there right now—even Google.


I met with Wohlstadter in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference. He is the founder and CEO of Wonder, and his resume is an impressive listing of technology ventures. That may be why he was named to Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30″ in Media. When we talked I discovered that Wohlstadter’s real passion is rooted in his master’s degree research on the future of education. He believes technology can help improve web search, but it can only take us so far. To really enhance knowledge discovery we need to add a human element to the search process. When Wohlstadter shared his ideas, it did strike me as vaguely reminiscent of early Internet attempts by librarians to catalog or index the content and evaluate it—good efforts that eventually fell by the wayside. Wonder is Wohlstadter’s implementation of an old idea applied to an advanced technology landscape: introducing human mediators to the discovery process. But will it work? Are Internet search behaviors now too entrenched to allow for Wonder? I had the opportunity to ask Wohlstadter some questions and share his responses here.

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Gaming & Libraries: A Canadian Perspective

Gaming & Libraries: A Canadian Perspective | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Canadian perspective on games and libraries comes to us from Christine F. Smith, ILN Country Ambassador for Canada. Games have existed as cultural artefacts for much time, and in recent years,e have seen games and gaming join our paperbacks and story times in library programs and services around the world. Gaming can been seen quite noticeably in the Canadian library landscape. From the Greater Victoria Public Library’s video game lending, to the Atlantic Provinces Library Association’s “Games@theLibrary” week and Montreal’s grand 13-day “Montréal joue” festival, Canadian public libraries from coast to coast have integrated games and gaming into their organisations..

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When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need public libraries?

When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need public libraries? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need libraries? Book review of "BiblioTech" by John Palfrey. 

Palfrey, the former head of the Harvard Law School Library and the founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America, wants a library revolution, one that remakes the institution’s technology, goals and training. Libraries are in peril, he writes, facing budget cuts and a growing perception that technology has rendered them less necessary. All that’s at stake, Palfrey argues, is America’s experiment in self-government. “If we do not have libraries, if we lose the notion of free access to most information, the world of the haves and the have-nots will grow further and further apart. Our economy will suffer, and our democracy will be put at unnecessary risk.”

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I didn,t read the book myself; the critic in this case isn't very friendly. An article would have been enough; the author repeats himself and doesn't offer much information on how to get to the dream of a digital, networked, mocile and cloud-based library.

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The Library of the Future Is Here

The Library of the Future Is Here | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."

The library as a warehouse of information is an outdated concept. The library of the 21st century is a community workshop, a hub filled with the tools of the knowledge economy.

"If we can't shine in this environment, in this economy, shame on us," says Corinne Hill, the director of library system in Chattanooga, Tennessee—a system that has thoroughly migrated into the current era.

The library of the 21st century still has books, but it also has 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and spaces for conducting business meetings. It offers computer coding classes. It has advanced video- and audio-production software. All things that might and individual may find too expensive but can still benefit from using.

 
Via HR Trend Institute, Jappreet Sethi, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Riaz Ahmad Baboojee's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:40 AM

i like and love libraries

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Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs. 

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Intro - MODEL PROGRAMME FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

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

The Model Programme aims, among other things, to offer inspiration for new solutions and new design measures based on the libraries' own practice and context. Therefore, the Model Programme will present a number of cases featuring libraries in Denmark, as well as international libraries, which each offers exciting new interpretations of the public library's spaces and functions.

 

Among others

Cases from Denmark: Aalborg Main Library, Rentemestervej Library, (Copenhagen), Ørestad Library (Copenhagen), Hjørring Library

Cases from Sweden: Garaget in Malmö, Malmö City Library

Cases from Finland: Library 10 (Helsinki), Entressen Library (Espoo), Meetingpoint (Helsinki), Myllypuro Media Library (Helsinki)

Cases from Great Britain: Birmingham Library

Cases from The Netherlands: Bibliotheek de Tweede Verdieping, (Nieuwegein), Boekenberg Bibliotheek (Spijkenisse), De Nieuwe Bibliotheek (Almere), Dok Library Concept Centre (Delft), Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam.

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Work Like a Patron Day @ Brock University Library | Open Shelf

Work Like a Patron Day @ Brock University Library | Open Shelf | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Logging into our computers seems to take forever. First, finding somewhere to sit, then settling in with your winter coat, bag, laptop and coffee takes ages! Never mind waiting in line for the elevator. It’s not that our services are slow or under-par, it’s just that we library staff don’t typically see the big picture.

Once you factor in all the steps it takes to go from entering the library to working productively, you quickly realize that the library isn’t always as convenient as we like to think it is.  It also explains why students sometimes leave their belongings while they use the washroom or grab a drink. If they didn’t, they’d have to start all over again!
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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, 2:51 PM

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

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Report: The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries

Report: The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries Full report Daniel Fujiwara Ricky Lawton Susana Mourato March 2015 http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/Health_and_wellbeing_benefits_of_public_libraries_full_report.pdf"Executive Summary 1. Background and objectives of the study In 2014, Arts Council England commissioned SImetrica to conduct a study to value the health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries. Libraries have an important role in 

society as providers of a range of services from book-lending and computer access to children’s activities, training courses and meeting space. But understanding the value of libraries is a complex issue due to the wide-ranging services that libraries provide and the inherently non-market nature of these services (most are free at the point of use). This study looks at the value of the health and wellbeing benefits of library engagement measured through economic value, using methods that are consistent with the HM Treasury Green Book guidance. There are two key research aims of the study. 1. The value of engagement in library services in terms of the impact on people’s overall quality of life.2. The value to society of the health benefits of library services.
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Information Literacy Weblog: Report on types of #MOOC support offered by libraries

Information Literacy Weblog: Report on types of #MOOC support offered by libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The edX Library Collaboration has published a report resulting from a project in which librarians etc. at 39 higher education institutions were interviewed about how they were supporting MOOCs. The institutions were mostly in North America, but with some from Australia, China and Europe, and they were almost all using either edX or Coursera (with one using the Futurelearn MOOC platform). 
They identified that libraries were supporting MOOCs by: Copyright Clearance; Open content promotion; Licensing resources; Instructional support; Production support; in some cases with a general support model (e.g. a librarian assigned to each MOOC). 

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Trending Now | American Libraries Magazine

Trending Now | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A library of trends that matter to libraries

By Miguel Figueroa | February 26, 2015

 

The Center for the Future of Libraries’ trend library ( ala.org/transforminglibraries/future/trends) brings together and organizes information from across industries to pres­ent succinct information on trends, including how they are developing, why they matter for libraries, and links to the resources that can further explain their significance.

We’ve selected five trends from the collection to high­light. Visit the trend library to learn more about each and to see the expanding collection of trend information.

Anonymity, fast casual, collective impact, robots, resilience
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3 Libraries Pushing the Academic Library Boundaries

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From book-fetching robots to virtual reality machines, here are three libraries show the possibilities of the academic library space.

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On Campus : Maya Lin Will Design a 'Library of the Future' for Smith College

On Campus : Maya Lin Will Design a 'Library of the Future' for Smith College | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Neilson Library at Smith College—Photo via Friends of Smith College Libraries/Facebook Maya Lin, the American artist and designer who shot to fame with her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., has been tapped to lead the redesign of the Neilson Library at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Unlike some other university projects by big name designers—say, the Zaha Hadid's work at the Vienna University of Economics and Business or Snøhetta's upcoming robo-library at Temple University—this won't be an opportunity to work on a clean slate. Rather, Lin will have to figure how to undo the damage of three awkward additions that have been tacked onto the century-old structure over the years. As Lin tellsThe New York Times, "It's become a bit of a gorilla."

 
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The most beautiful new library buildings in America

The most beautiful new library buildings in America | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
These buildings prove the library is not a dead concept.
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