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.
The Public Library Reimagined (2/8) -- Libraries are not typical, neighborhood "community centers;" they are grounded in a series of very specific and important services that they provide to the community. They provide free and open access to information for everyone, and make the community stronger. One specific example is libraries that help people with enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. They provide support to people who do not have the digital access or literacy necessary to find the proper care. It is this support and access that make libraries more than a community center, but rather the center of a community.
Under a new $300 million plan, the New York Public Library says it will open spaces in the Schwarzman building for teachers, students and entrepreneurs and will renovate the busy Mid-Manhattan branch across the street.
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 Public Library Reimagined (1/8) -- As the institution continues to evolve, are libraries moving away from being mere repositories for books and increasingly becoming essential community centers? Panelists discuss the role of libraries as anchor institutions and centers of learning, and how they continue to innovate in radical ways after so many years.
Tessie Guillermo relates the important themes of "People, Place, and Platform" in public libraries, and how libraries connect people in a central, important community location, creating both a physical and virtual network that provides the platform basis.
"The Public Library Reimagined" took place on June 29, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado, as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival's Metropolis track. Sommer Mathis (Editor, Atlantic CityLab) moderated a panel with Brian Bannon (Commissioner, Chicago Public Library), Tessie Guillermo (President & CEO, ZeroDivide), and John Palfrey (President, Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School, Phillips Academy).
e want to make libraries the go-to place for financial information in every community. And so far, we’ve been met with tremendous enthusiasm – from other government and nonprofit agencies, by library associations and administrators, and by librarians themselves. That’s why we’ve put together resources and materials for libraries to use in their community.
Libraries are highly trusted in virtually every community and eager to serve more people in their neighborhoods. They’re also unbiased, so they provide a safe place to research financial options, decisions, or solutions to problems.
Coming on the heels of major announcements such as the Internet-to-Go program, the launch of a new website and smartphone apps, and the expansion of digital services and lendable technology, the Chicago Public Library’s 2015-2017 Strategy: Building the Library of the Future outlines the strategic priorities and goals of CPL service to Chicagoans. The strategy will serve as the foundation for the Library’s work plan as CPL continues to enhance its programs, services, and collection.
In the next three years, CPL’s timeless mission will remain unchanged: welcoming and supporting all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning, and striving to serve them well and effectively by providing equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources. But CPL will also respond to the current and evolving needs of patrons by focusing on three key initiatives: nurturing learning, supporting economic advancement and strengthening communities.