With more people doing their reading on electronic devices these days, the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is keeping up with the times. “One of our big projects is, we’re going to be lending Kindles,” said Library Director Jenifer May, speaking about the popular e-book reader from Amazon. “We’ve got them ready. They already have books on them.” Twelve Kindles will be available in the reference library. Each will have about 15 books on it, organized by genre. “We have a m...
Literary Lots is back! Last year, we showcased the first year of this Cleveland-based program, which re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. Today, we get the scoop on what went into designing this year’s lot from staff artist, Julia Kuo.
Garden City Library getting new amenities The Idaho Statesman Treasure Valley residents with library cards from a number of local libraries, including Ada Community, Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Meridian and Nampa, may check out items from the Garden...
Hamilton Wilson of Wilson Architects described a new design focus needed for contemporary education architecture, one that re-engaged students to participate in flexible learning environments through built form.
In 2014 we have seen a number of completed library buildings by Australian architects that endeavour to connect students back to the learning community that the library has traditionally inspired.
Here are nine Australian library projects that were featured in the 2014 Australian Institute of Architecture Awards.
See our top nine list of new Australian libraries for 2014.
The New York Public Library offers free access to computers and wireless internet, so visitors can take advantage of the over 630 free courses that Coursera offers!
Additionally, starting this summer the New York Public Library will offer in-person weekly discussions for a select group of Coursera courses. These weekly discussion groups will have approximately 20 participants and are intended to complement Coursera’s online curriculum. There will be one discussion group meeting per week for the duration of each course. Each discussion group will be approximately 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Program Assistants with an expertise in the subject matter. The aim of the discussion groups is to provide a space to further explore the online material with fellow New Yorkers taking the course.
The article analyzes the major changes of the display systems of bibliographic data occurred over the past 20 years. The catalogue is examined as a communication tool in relation with the new technologies that allow its understanding and use. The online catalogs accessible offsite, outside the library, have changed with the evolution of technology and of the Web. They stay beside and together with other kind of contents attainable through the library, while libraries are testing the centralization of access. New actors and cataloguing tradition are experiencing new communication systems, the librarianship is choosing if stay outside or inside this process.
The Public Library Reimagined (7/8) -- There is an important community/cultural aspect of libraries that continues even in the digital era. It is a shared learning experience, bringing together people of all types to a common collaborative space. An important design aspect for the future is to encourage this type of networked, collaborative learning.
The Public Library Reimagined (5/8) -- Public libraries have begun to rent out Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing people who lack online access to enjoy the benefits of the Internet within their own home. This type of community support that utilizes emerging technologies is an exciting new venture, and indicates what future programs may hold. For smaller libraries that lack the means to begin such a program, the use of E-rate funds will be an essential tool to subsidize costs.
The Public Library Reimagined (3/8) -- Public libraries are enjoying a rise in attendance of offered programs, largely because they are continually experimenting with new services. It is true that people are reading more and traditional programs are also enjoying a bump in usership, but as the world of information changes libraries are becoming venues to facilitate learning through experience. People are excited to see the future of learning and production, and programs that allow users to experiment with 3-D printers, data visualization, and other advanced manufacturin
The Edmonton Public Library is hitting the streets to bring exciting library programs and the latest technology to Edmontonians.
The first in a series of four literacy vans, epl2go will visit new neighbourhoods and underserved communities in Edmonton, creating a pop up library space for learning, discovering and creating.
“We don’t want location or transportation to be a barrier for any Edmontonian when it comes to using the library,” said Linda Cook, CEO of EPL. “This is a library on wheels for citizens without easy access to our buildings or website. pl2go features a full suite of services, including puppet shows and family storytimes, as well as digital fun with iPads, robotics, gaming and more. The van will appear everywhere from schools, parks and senior centres to hospitals, community leagues and more. There is even an opportunity to suggest an event or organization for epl2go to visit.
The maker movement is alive and well in Vermont, and like the rest of the nation, public libraries are an important player in providing opportunities to engage in these hands-on creation programs," said State Librarian Martha Reid of the Vermont Department of Libraries. "I love the ways that maker programs can foster intergenerational learning, introduce novices and experts alike to technology and STEM, and promote teamwork and collective problem-solving.
The Williston workshop is part of the "Vermont Makers and Libraries: Sparking a Culture of Innovation" project, a collaborative between the Vermont Department of Libraries, Vermont Makers, the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Vermont Library Association and CMF Innovations.
The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is now making access to the library’s digital resources even easier! Beginning Thursday, July 24, a number of Digital Libraries will be available at community places for library card holders to download and access millions of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and music titles using a QR code reader (free to download at iTunes Store and Android Market).
The Digital Library “wallpaper” will be affixed to surfaces inside senior centers, the YMCA, Haven for Hope and other locations, for cardholders to easily access SAPL’s entire digital collection.
SAPL is partnering with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, YMCA, Haven for Hope, Department of Human Services and Convention and Sports Facilities Department to place the libraries.
New online is an article from the always interesting New Scientist. The article written by Aviva Rutkin is titled, “Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries” and includes comments from a number of well-known librarians including:
Sue Considine, Fayetteville Free Library (New York)Corinne Hill, Chattanooga Public LibraryBrian Bannon, Chicago Public LibraryTod Delgrove, University of Nevada, RenoBarbara Stripling, Former President, ALA
Little Free Libraries in Marcus Garvey Park. The libraries will be filled with books for early readers through young adults.
Activities will include reading to children on the lawn, arts and crafts, a community book drive, writing workshop, an exhibition of children’s quilts by the Pelham Fritz Quilting and Crafts Circle, poetry readings by Harvey Pacht, and meet the artists, Ron Islar and Andrew John Dyck, who designed and painted the libraries.
The Public Library Reimagined (8/8) -- The panelists answer questions from the audience on such topics as the funding challenges of a large-city public library system, the issue of homelessness in and around libraries, the location and legacy of the Obama presidential library, and patron-driven acquisition programs.
The Public Library Reimagined (6/8) -- As libraries as institutions evolve, librarians must begin to accept new roles. They are now facilitators of connected knowledge and learning -- an integral part of the network platform that has been created between libraries, the community, and other connected communities.
There are also design challenges to creating the modern public library. Libraries are not merely a building full of books -- they now must have the ability to accommodate a plethora of different activities and programs, and have the flexibility to adjust to future programs. In accommodating these different programs, both inside and outside, libraries become an extension of the community.