Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.
The title to this post is a quote from Corinne Hill, Director of Chattanooga Public Library that I just love. It's the public library version of Google's 'fail fast, fail often' mantra and it ironically reflects the reality of public library funding constraints, while also describing the creative, entrepreneurial energy her library embodies. Her inspirational approach to library innovation is something we can all learn from. We need to get away from fear of failure and move towards embracing new ideas, even if they don’t turn out to be quite the right ideas for us in the long run.
Library vending machine in China. There seems to be sufficient demand and interest in China for enabling people to check out books 24 hours a day. The not-so-cheap library vending machines have taken root across both urban and rural areas, each with a very different set of needs and each bearing vastly different reputations for serving their citizens.
Roache envisions a future where we can use chemicals to manipulate an inmates sense of time. Through these chemicals, a criminal could be made to feel like she or he is spending 1,000 years in jail, even though the person might only be in jail for days or months or a year. Roache is "a philosopher, not a scientist," and she's "not in charge of anyone." While it's her job to contemplate some macabre, controversial ideas, none of the ideas presented here are actually in development. They're just ideas
Literary Lots is a Cleveland-based program that re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. This year’s Literary Lots effort brought together new partners and a fabulous under the sea theme. Today, Felton Thomas Jr, CPL’s Director, shares his perspective on the importance of partnership and community engagement in literacy programming.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The introduction of a “Maker Space” at the Beaufort, SC public library system marks a transition for libraries where content is no longer simply absorbed, but also created. Originally from the Charleston, SC area, Melanie J. Florencio is a digital …
R The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, NC, got the most mention alongside phrases such as "excellent programs and environments for kids." This colorful, 102,000-square-foot facility opened in 2005 to serve area youth of all ages.
Since ImaginOn is a partnership between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklengburg Library, both the programming and the facility itself instill appreciation for drama and literature. When entering the facility, children marvel at the central StoryLab area, an interactive exhibit space featuring a three-story sculpture called the Story Jar. Surrounding the Story Jar is Stage Play, which consists of several installations allowing kids to explore different aspects of theater.
What kind of library brings in secret agents and jam bands to get kids excited about learning? Try the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa, OK. The library includes a 420-seat, nautical-themed theater area called Connor's Cove where performers encourage audience members to discover the joy of reading.
"Connor's Cove is hands down the best performance venue for children in the state," says Monty Harper, a children's songwriter. "It's just the right size, large enough to seat a good crowd, but small enough to feel intimate. The design is perfect.
Located in El Paso, TX's downtown area, the El Paso Public Library reaches approximately 5,100 children each week through standard services, online resources and special activities while serving a diverse group that includes new immigrant populations, thanks to its proximity to Mexico.
Residents can participate in weekly activities such as Family Crafts Wednesday and Family Game Fridays, as well as seasonal and themed events like Dia del los Ninos/Dia de los Libros, a yearly literacy festival.
El Paso Public Library offers a Ready to Read program designed to help prepare children to read before beginning school, as well as Young Explorer Learning Centers that include computers preloaded with developmental software. The library's summer reading program typically attracts approximately 15,000 children.
A whimsical entrance featuring oversized books and a story tree beckon kids to come inside the children's area at the Brentwood Library in Brentwood, TN. Children are greeted by a talking owl, which is operated by a motion sensor and adds to the library's playful atmosphere.
The Brentwood Library stays especially busy during the warm weather months with its popular summer reading program. School may not be in session that time of year, but young minds can still stay stimulated here with programs featuring musicians, magicians, puppeteers, live animals and more. In addition, the Brentwood Library offers four preschool story time sessions and one family session, plus an after school program for kids in Kindergarten through second grade that includes reading, games, crafts and snacks.
Based on the winners of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Library Interior Design Awards, the answer seems to be incredible, boundary pushing design.
“With the function of library spaces continually being reshaped and retooled to align with shifting end-user needs and advancing technologies, design in library interiors must evolve quickly and creatively,” said IIDA Executive VP and CEO Cheryl S. Durst.
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has created a custom-wrapped “Audiobookmobile” that will travel to book festivals and libraries in five cities from August 30 to September 27, 2014, giving away prizes and downloads with the aim of introducing the audio format to new listeners.
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - The library opening with the first day of classes on Monday at Florida's newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs - but not a single book. A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University's striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. "It's a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books," said Kathryn Miller, the university's director of libraries. Rising along a drab stretch of highway between Tampa and Orlando, Florida Polytechnic envisions building a technology corridor in the image of Silicon Valley.
We have seen urban and artistic interventions in our cities for decades. Sometimes, they are perceived as simple vandalism acts or as anecdotal, with interpretations ranging from the appreciation to the (anonymous) artists who alter the public space.
he New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.
Whenever a great idea forms in our head, we look for a place to put it. Is it something useful, that we can turn into a product, add to a document, tell to our friends, include in a presentation, or attach with magnets to the front of our refrigerator?
Ideas, much like parasites, need a host. If we don’t manage to gaff them before we slip into our next stream of consciousness, they will be forever lost. Without a host, these squirming little idea-fish will have a very limited shelf life.
When word came that poet Éireann Lorsung had been named writer in residence at the Little Free Library on Lake Street, it was hard not to wonder: How will she ever fit? The library — a wooden box a little bigger than a packing crate, with a red-framed glass door — stands on a post outside the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe at the corner of E.Lake Street and 39th Avenue S. in Minneapolis. It holds about a dozen volumes of poetry, there for the taking, or the borrowing. It doesn’t have room for an actual poet.
So where is Lorsung? Ah, over there, just inside the coffee shop, by the front door. Her notebooks and pencils and watercolors and a couple of books of poetry are spread out on the table in front of her.
The children's area at the Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, WA, is a sensory treat that draws as many as 12,000 visitors each week. Librarians have reported seeing children hop, run and pull their parents into this magical place.
Opened in July 2011, this approximately $35 million, five-story library features a 12,000-square-foot children's floor, and even getting there is fun. Visitors travel through a 200-foot long, four-story atrium with unique architectural details. Bright colored lights are scattered throughout the flooring of the entire children's area.
One of the many highlights here is the Early Learning Center, which is the largest library-based ELC in the country.
If your child suddenly disappears in Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, IA, chances are they've camped out in the Book Nook. Created almost entirely out of hundreds of children's books, the nook is cozy, colorful and the perfect place to curl up with a good read. The library's Children's Room also features art that changes seasonally as well as multicolored walls.
In 2011, Iowa City Public Library made its summer reading program shine even brighter by bringing in local celebrity Dan Wardell, who hosts Iowa Public Television's Kids Clubhouse. Visiting the library as part of his Summer Reading Road Trip, Wardell hosted two story time events.
If you see tweens roaming the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, WY, after it's closed don't be alarmed. The after-hours program, where preteens are given full access to the library, is just one of many programs designed to get kids involved and engaged in reading.
Bike racks outside the library fill up pretty quick. An average of 3,500 children visit here each week. With so many kids coming in, the Library Café started offering items like smoothies, half sandwiches and snack packs. Colored carpet tiles lead to the second floor, which is entirely dedicated to children. The space includes story time areas, computer stations, an area for board games, an oversized chess board that features pieces bigger than some of the kids, and other learning experiences. Children ages 12 and older can be library volunteers and assist in various activities. The library also has a Teen Advisory Board that makes decisions about programs offered to their peers.