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Attention innovative public and community libraries! | EIFL

Attention innovative public and community libraries! | EIFL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Four exciting awards for innovative services in these vital areas: 

1. Economic wellbeing - meet the winners
2. Health - meet the winners
3. Social inclusion - call now closed - winners to be announced soon
4. Open government - call now open! Deadline for applications - 3 March 2013

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Free public libraries are thriving in the digital age

Free public libraries are thriving in the digital age | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Public libraries are thriving in the digital age.

Dr Alex Byrne, head of the NSW State Library, Sydney. Photo: Janie Barrett

Libraries are changing. The bookshelves are gone, resources are stored off-site and machines retrieve your request. You scan your own books at the checkout, and if you want to "ask a librarian" it's an online form or phone call.

Yet the latest figures from the State Library of New South Wales suggest that libraries are thriving, with 35 million visits in 2013-14 and 45 million loans recorded. Dr Alex Byrne, head librarian and chief executive of the State Library attributes this to innovation: adapting to digital times, providing free Wi-Fi, making services available remotely and hosting a variety of programmes and quirky events.                        

 

 

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Five libraries nominated for the award as the world’s best public library

Five libraries nominated for the award as the world’s best public library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Five libraries are competing to win “Systematic – Public Library of the Year Award 2015”. The award was established by the Danish Agency for Culture and was sponsored this year by the IT company Systematic with a US $5,000 donation.
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Books is Not Your Brand | David Lee King

Books is Not Your Brand | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Businesses and organizations have some pretty recognizable stuff. McDonald’s has their hamburger. Nike has their swooshy logo and their “just do it” tagline. 

Google has their search engine. Apple has the iPhone.

These things – products, logos, and taglines – aren’t brands. They are products, consumables, and marketing projects. They are things the company produces.

But what’s a brand? Here are some definitions:

“A brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service, or organization” (from gist brands)“… your brand is a story, a set of emotions and expectations and a stand-in for how we think and feel about what you do” (from Seth Godin)“The perceived emotional corporate image as a whole” (from JUST Creative)

So when I hear someone say that a library’s brand is books, it irks me a bit. Because it’s simply not true. Yes, books are a very recognizable thing that libraries have; a major “product,” if you will. But having a collection of books is just one thing we do out of many.

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CILIP Conference 2015 Day 1 Morning Keynote

CILIP Conference 2015 Day 1 Morning Keynote | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

R. David Lankes
An action plan for world domination through librarianship

We have to stop building barriers between different types of libraries and information professional, even though we recognise that they are all the same. The obligation we have as professional librarians is to bridge … ideas into our environments

First conquer your own demonsControl the narrativeGet invited by being presentNever neutral - add value

It’s not nice to be a librarian … it’s AWESOME to be a librarian … we do important things … throughout history we have done powerful things for human kind … librarians have that power.

 

Demon 1. Competetion, Demon 2. Libraries, Demon 3. Collections, demon 4 Books.

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Library’s new ‘humanoid’ an Australian first

Library’s new ‘humanoid’ an Australian first | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Noosa Library Service is set to become the first Australian public library to recruit a NAO humanoid robot. 

The fully-programmable robot’s mission is to provide fun and practical robotics and computer programming training for adults and young people. It’s part of a new library initiative called Robots for Everyone.

“Coding has been described as a necessary language for the 21st century and a key skill for future economic success in digitally driven communities,” says Library Collections and Services Coordinator Tracey King.

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Female and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs flourishing thanks to new libraries initiative

Female and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs flourishing thanks to new libraries initiative | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
New findings published today by the British Library reveal that a two-year initiative to run business support services in libraries has attracted more than double the national average of women to start up their own businesses, and triple the number of entrepreneurs from black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds.

These figures are taken from nearly 1,700 new businesses created over a two-year period as part of the Enterprising Libraries project.
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WELCOME TO THE NATURAL LIBRARY: The Essential Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities | Children & Nature Network

WELCOME TO THE NATURAL LIBRARY: The Essential Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities | Children & Nature Network | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries exist in every kind of neighborhood; they already serve as community hubs; they’re often supported by Friends groups; they have existing resources (nature books); they’re often more flexible than schools; they’re known for being safe—and they’re a perfect, if unexpected, institution to connect people to nature. As a parent, teacher, community—or, of course, librarian, you can build community support for turning a local and regional library into a Natural Library (or Naturebrary or Nature-Smart Library, as some folks call libraries that maximize natural elements)Here are some suggestions for what parents, conservation groups, librarians and others can do to create nature-smart libraries, drawn from St. Paul and other cities.

The Sun Ray Natural Library Project’s pioneering renovation project, designed with the help of C&NN board member and architect Mohammed Lawal, includes natural elements throughout, including green spaces inside and in an adjacent park......
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Alexandra Lange: Portfolio | David Adjaye's DC Libraries

Alexandra Lange: Portfolio | David Adjaye's DC Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic. As  part of my two-day modern architecture tour of DC last week (images of Philip Johnson’s Kreeger Museum and other landmarks to come) I visited David Adjaye’s two community libraries, both completed in 2012. I

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Tempe residents can exchange water for library fines

Tempe residents can exchange water for library fines | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A case of water can get library fines waived for Tempe residents.
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Pottsville Library Starts Handing Out Lunches For Children - PA home page

Pottsville Library Starts Handing Out Lunches For Children - PA home page | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A program is drawing children into Pottsville Library this summer. It's designed to give free lunches to children, but it's also helping out with attendance at the library.
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Conference Paper: “Every Reader a Library, Every Library its Reader: Designing Responsive Libraries for Our Communities” | LJ INFOdocket

Conference Paper: “Every Reader a Library, Every Library its Reader: Designing Responsive Libraries for Our Communities” | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The following paper will be presented this August at the 2015 IFLA Annual Meeting/World Library Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Title Every Reader a Library, Every Library its Reader: Designing Responsive Libraries for Our Communities Author Lynn Koh National Library Board, Singapore.

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D.H. Hill Makerspace Orientation | NCSU Libraries

D.H. Hill Makerspace Orientation | NCSU Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

This orientation is required for anyone wanting to access the D.H. Hill Makerspace. It will provide a general introduction to the space, best practices and for its use, and importantly, an introduction to potential hazards, protective equipment, and other aspects of safe Makerspace use.

After this orientation, attendees will be given card access to use the Hill Makerspace during open hours.

 
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Top trends in academic libraries

Top trends in academic libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Every other year, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee produces a document on top trends in academic libraries. This year, after numerous discussions and literature reviews, the committee decided upon a unifying theme for current trends: deeper collaboration. The committee found examples of either recent library collaborations or current collaborations within higher education that we believe could benefit from library participation. We focus on the following large categories within higher education: data, device neutral digital services, evolving openness in higher education, student success initiatives, competency-based learning, altmetrics, and digital humanities.


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Issues

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21st Century Library What does it look like? How is it different from yesterday’s library? What does it offer? What role does it fill in the community? Who decides? ????????? 21st Century Librarian...

 

21st Century Librarianship
Is there a role for librarians in the 21st Century? What is it?
How are we different from yesterday’s librarians?
What skills do we need?
What kind of tasks do we do?
What role do we fill in the library?
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10 most extraordinary mobile libraries

10 most extraordinary mobile libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
From donkey-drawn trolleys to huge ships, these contemporary mobile libraries are born out of passion, creativity and determination.
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Libraries and print impairment - how to go from foe to friend | CILIP

Libraries and print impairment - how to go from foe to friend | CILIP | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A dyslexic student once told me: “I never go to the library – it’s full of the enemy:books.”

Rather than a place to nurture curiosity and support learning, the library becomes something to be avoided.

Digital deftness

It need not be like that. In a digital age many libraries are at the forefront of information technology, offering digital as well as physical copies of books.And the key thing about text in digital format is that - in theory - it can be personalised to make it easier for print-impaired learners to digest. 

The image below shows how text in digital format can be adapted, using in-built features or third party apps. It can be recoloured; resized; reflowed, so that sentences wrap to fit on the screen; defined and highlighted; structured for meaning to show how different ideas fit together;‘spoken’ aloudas synthetic speech; or even turned into tactile Braille.

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County to buy three more library kiosks

County to buy three more library kiosks | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The county is buying three new library kiosks to stay open 24/7.The kiosks cost $300,000 apiece and the board unanimously approved the new spending on Tuesday. The machines are from Envisionware, Inc. and require an estimated $17,950 in annual maintenance each. All three devices also will need a combined total of 20 hours of personnel support from a county employee per week. In all, it will cost around $79,050 per year to keep the kiosks running smoothly, county documents show.


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Margaret Atwood puts unseen manuscript in 'Future Library' - BBC News

Margaret Atwood puts unseen manuscript in 'Future Library' - BBC News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Margaret Atwood becomes the first of 100 authors to enter a manuscript into the Future Library, a project collecting works not to be published until 2114.
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How can libraries and artists work together? | CILIP

How can libraries and artists work together? | CILIP | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"Do artists use libraries as part of their creative process? And if so, how are they using them? For research? For a quiet place to work and contemplate? For project inspiration? If artists are using libraries in their creative process, are they getting what they need? How can libraries serve artists more effectively?

About the Library as Incubator Project

These are just a few of the questions that prompted the development of the Library as Incubator Project during the 2010-2011 academic year when the project’s co-founders, Laura Damon-Moore, Christina Jones (then Christina Endres) and Erinn Batykefer were graduate students in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."


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Great resource for libraries collaborating with artists!

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New Research Article: “The Amazing Library Race: Tracking Student Engagement and Learning Comprehension in Library Orientations” | LJ INFOdocket

New Research Article: “The Amazing Library Race: Tracking Student Engagement and Learning Comprehension in Library Orientations” | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Seeking to introduce first-year students to library resources and services in an engaging way, an orientation titled The Amazing Library Race (ALR) was developed and implemented at a university library. Informed by the pedagogy of problem-based learning, the ALR asks students to complete challenges regarding different departments and services. This study assesses this initiative’s success using observational and artifact-based data, addressing the challenging prospect of evaluating the impact of library orientation sessions.
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Panlibus Magazine 36 | Summer 2015

Read the latest edition of Panlibus Magazine from Capita's Libraries business. Visit www.capita.co.uk/libraries to find out more...
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Moving the Wellcome Library to the cloud

Moving the Wellcome Library to the cloud | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, explains why the Library is embarking on an exciting new project to prototype a cloud-based digital library platform.

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California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says Prevent Summer Slide With Library Reading Programs

California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says Prevent Summer Slide With Library Reading Programs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says Prevent Summer Slide With Library Reading Programs
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Makerspace | NCSU Libraries

Makerspace | NCSU Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Circuit making: prototype and create electronics with easy to learn tools.

3-D printing: print psysical things from digital models you design or download.

3 D scanning: make 3D digital models of real world objects.

Laser cutiing: Cut and etch wood and plastics with a powerful laser.

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Technological innovation in two Irish libraries QQML 2015

Presentation from QQML 2015 detailing changes made in the last 5 years in the Libraries of Maynooth University and University of Limerick Hugh Murphy Caleb Derven.

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