Two library service prototyping spaces, in two very different places, have a remarkable amount in common. Nate Hill runs and operates the 4th Floor in Chattanooga, a large public library loft space operating as a flexible community makerspace and event space. Jeff Goldenson co-ran and operated Labrary, a 37-day design experiment occupying a vacant storefront in Cambridge.
Which brings us to the transformation of library leadership: In the traditional library, hierarchical organization and management reign. In the transformed library, managers now serve as team leaders and technical knowledge is ...
If you’re an academic librarian, you’re probably already awash, at least peripherally, in news about MOOCs—massive open online courses have been touted as the next big thing in higher ed since they burst on the scene about a year ago. If you’re a public librarian, on the other hand, you may not even have heard of them. Yet MOOCs are bringing unprecedented challenges and opportunities to both kinds of libraries already, and they’re only going to grow.
Celebration Featured First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Impact of Boston Museum."Boston Children’s Museum is truly a gem with a dedicated staff who have created a world of exploration, fantasy and creativity for children of all ages. I congratulate them on this national recognition,” said U.S. Representative Mike Capuano (Mass.).
The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That! http://t.co/vSUG6TXdZe By @jenniferlagarde
"...here some of my favorite APPs to help spark student creativity. If you're lucky to have access to mobile devices in your library, these would make some great additions to your APP collection. And if you don't have such access, they are worth exploring anyway - to consider what they provide students with the opportunity to do and then to think about how you can provide students with those same opportunities with or without a gadget."
- Felt Board
- Draw Quest
- Art Set
- Sock Puppets
- Comic Life
- Art Studio
"As librarians, we have an opportunity and an obligation to create spaces and instruction that cultivate our students' creativity. Our spaces, our flexibility and our skills make the library the perfect place to turn kids loose: to give them the chance to imagine, explore, create and share. Along the way, they'll make mistakes and plenty of messes, but that's how we all learn. We may not all have access to the APPs I've shared in this post, but we've all got access to something far more important: kids. All of whom are eager and ready to get started!"
At a seed library, patrons can check out seeds for free. They then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds, and "return" those seeds so the library can lend them out to others. In April 2013, New Dream hosted a webinar about how to start a seed lending program at your public library. Topics include funding models, obtaining starter seeds, patron orientation, and more. The webinar features speakers from seed libraries around the country.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Webinar. links and additional resources for the seed library
QR codes are useful IF your library clients know what to do with them, if your staff know how to generate them and if you need to connect your physical and online spaces for some reason. (They also create pretty nifty storytelling pyjamas and quite informative carpets).
Drama students from the schools had the chance to use an impressive new digital archive produced through a partnership between Ulster Bank and the Linen Hall Library, supported by Arts and Business. An expert from the library brought the archive to the school and provided a workshop for the pupils, including an interactive talk about the history and content of the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive, and a demonstration of the online resource. Containing ‘treasures’ dating back to the 1700s, the archive includes some of the North’s most prized theatre materials.Tyrone News, Tyrone sport - Local Newspaper The Ulster Herald
T he encyclopedia defines a library as “an organized collection of information resources made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing.” The word library comes from the Latin word “libber” for book.
Since late 2011, when the Fayetteville Public Library received widespread media attention for its hackerspace, 3D printers slowly began appearing in libraries around the world, particularly in the United States.
In the past, Madison Public Library wasn't the place to craft a blueprint or build a miniature rocket. If there were any handmade books on the premises, they were probably in a display case, behind a layer of glass.