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Miami Ad School Student Project: A Simple Solution to help New York’s Empty Libraries Now that the internet is available almost anywhere, people are able to do…
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Library Emoji | Office Hours

Library Emoji | Office Hours | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
We spend a lot of time talking about new and emerging literacies in our field. Conceptualizing how information is created, shared, and understood becomes especially intriguing when we add a new language to the mix, a language that many citizens globally understand. Consider this: 92 percent of all people online use emoji as a means to convey information and emotion. A recent piece in Wired by Clive Thompson, “The Emoji Is the Birth of a New Type of Language (  No Joke),” exploring this phenomenon got me thinking about what it might mean for communication, sharing, and interaction with others and with libraries.
Thompson shares some striking research insights by way of linguist Tyler Schnoebelen, chief data scientist for Idibon: people often use the skull emoji when they talk about their problems with their phones, Instagram posts include emoji nearly 50 percent of the time, and emoji have quelled the use of “netspeak.” Remember netspeak? I used to teach that lingo in public Internet classes in the 1990s. Today, LOL has yielded to any number of smiling ideograms as a means to convey laughter or happiness.
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Robotic librarians hit the books

Robotic librarians hit the books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
If some reckless reader has put a book back in the wrong spot, it's a daunting task for librarians to search the entire building for it. Researchers are now designing robots that can navigate through libraries at night, scanning spines and shelves to report back on missing or out-of-place books.​​
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Top 5 skills for future proofing a librarian’s employment opportunities

Top 5 skills for future proofing a librarian’s employment opportunities | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
But, please note, I do not have any kind of personal professional development plan of the type that Alisa and Sam have shared this #blogjune. I’m pretty much in awe of this kind of organisation and professionalism… so do have a look at what they have to say about what they are doing to future proof themselves.

Skill 1 – Know your library stuff inside out – from first principles
Really, to continue to be useful in a library you must, must, must have an idea of basic principles of selection, organisation, preservation, provision, access and social life of information. Full Stop.

Not only that, if you have a good grasp of the WHY we do what we do how we do it, then you can critique what we do, improve on it and understand how to extend it into the future.

Reading something like Matthew Battles’ Library an Unquiet History should make sure you have an idea about the WHY from which all our HOW flows.

Skill 2 – Turn up, do things you say you will on time, wash, be kind and pleasant, don’t piss off your coworkers, boss or clients
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Chicago Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016

Chicago Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch Chicago Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Designing a library so that the historic South Chinatown meets the burgeoning North Chinatown made for a great opportunity to craft a unique place that would be a prime destination. The two-story Chicago Public Library branch’s pebble-shaped, three-sided design is inspired by feng shui philosophy. It allows for fluid pedestrian movement, landscaping throughout the site, and a view of the building from all sides.


This year, seven libraries received the prestigious 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, which recognizes excellence in architectural library design. The award recipients, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), exemplify how the traditional role of libraries has evolved. The designs of these community spaces differ to reflect the needs of the surrounding residents, which vary according to neighborhood or campus.

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Borrowing a tune: Vancouver Library launches musical instrument lending program

Borrowing a tune: Vancouver Library launches musical instrument lending program | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Dozens of musical instruments, including  guitars, ukuleles, banjos, keyboards, xylophones and drums, will be available free to anyone with a library card as the Vancouver Public Library launches an innovative new lending program. The launch, fittingly, will be a musical event jam packed with talent.

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10 Things You Can Do at the Los Angeles Public Library System - MomsLA

10 Things You Can Do at the Los Angeles Public Library System - MomsLA | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

If you haven’t been into a Los Angeles Public Library lately, you may be surprised at the variety of services and resources available to community members. The Library is no longer just the “place with all the books. So there are:

1. online learning options available through LAPL. Many classes are offered free of charge and include language classes, personal enrichment classes, business-related courses, and more. 

2. Special Exhibitions. Museums aren’t the only places in Los Angeles that have special exhibits. The Central Library houses exhibits that do change periodically. 

3. Involvement Opportunities. Our public libraries are a rich community resource, and they also provide us with many opportunities to get involved and do our part. 

4. Summer Reading Programs. 

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How Libraries -- Yes, Libraries -- Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don't Need

How Libraries -- Yes, Libraries -- Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don't Need | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
How Libraries — Yes, Libraries — Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don’t Need
Libraries are “the original sharing economy.”
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Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky at the New York Public Library | ENOUGH!

Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky at the New York Public Library | ENOUGH! | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he became Greece’s finance minister amidst the country’s financial crisis, creating an image for himself both beloved and reviled. He discusses his complicated role in his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe’s Crisis and America’s Economic Future, and on the LIVE stage alongside renowned academic and theorist Noam Chomsky. YANIS VAROUFAKIS is the former finance minister of Greece. A professor of economic theory at the University of Athens and former member of parliament for Athens’ largest constituency, he is the author of The Global Minotaur, among other books. He lives in Athens. NOAM CHOMSKY is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of countries worldwide. Among his most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Hopes and Prospects, and Masters of Mankind. Haymarket Books recently released twelve of his classic works in new editions. His latest books are What Kind of Creatures Are We? And Who Rules the World?
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Public Library Video Online: Premium | Reference eReviews, May 1, 2016

Public Library Video Online: Premium | Reference eReviews, May 1, 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Alexander Street Press has furthered their goal of bringing high-quality digital collections to users through Public Library Video Online: Premium. Designed for the academic and entertainment interests of patrons of all ages, the resource consists of nearly 43,000 videos from 500 providers such as CBS, PBS, Broadway Theater Archive, and Research Methods.
The platform features video, audio, and documents associated with a variety of disciplines, including science, education, news, theatre, and fashion, with 333 audio tracks and 1,773 pages of documents as of this printing.
At nearly 19,000 hours, users have access to a plethora of footage, from documentaries and raw footage to commercials and feature films. The database includes resources from the late 1890s up through the present day. Film history buffs will especially appreciate the ability to view footage from as early as 1890, beginning with an Edison camera test.
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Has the library outlived its usefulness in the age of Internet? You'd be surprised

Has the library outlived its usefulness in the age of Internet? You'd be surprised | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

U.S. institutions of higher education and U.S. local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain.
In this political climate, academic and public libraries may be in danger. The existence of vast amounts of information – a lot of it free – on the Internet might suggest that the library has outlived its usefulness.
But has it? The numbers tell a very different story.
In spite of the findings of a survey in which Americans say they are using public libraries less, the usage numbers reported by libraries indicate the opposite.

Some upward trends

In the last two decades, the total number of U.S. public libraries slightly increased – inching up from 8,921 in 1994 to 9,082 in 2012 (a gain of 2.14 percent). Over the same period, the data also show that use of public libraries in the U.S went up as well.

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Scribble: How to Grow Budding Writers

Scribble: How to Grow Budding Writers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Public libraries are providing rich early-learning writing experiences with paper and pencil—along with chunky crayons, water, paintbrushes, and even a dollop of shaving cream.
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Colourful new library enlivens a Montreal neighbourhood

Colourful new library enlivens a Montreal neighbourhood | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre promises to be more than a place to sign out books or see shows. It’s seen as a cornerstone in the borough’s revitalization
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Knight challenge Hyperlocal: Library as Amplifier of Community Voices, Stories, and News

Knight challenge Hyperlocal: Library as Amplifier of Community Voices, Stories, and News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hyperlocal's goal is to enable every library to become a hub for local multimedia publishing efforts, from surfacing local history to empowering local writers to develop skills and share stories—with a national platform for sharing the best of the results. Library Journal and Toledo Lucas County Public Library will partner to co-develop a model program and to support local journalism and other storytelling efforts at the hyperlocal level, with the library acting as the place to access the program guidance, tools, and research support for creators to develop skills and publish in various formats. Local library platforms will feed into a national channel to share with a larger audience.
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The Case for Informed Browsing | Backtalk

The Case for Informed Browsing | Backtalk | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Netflix knows something that libraries haven’t figured out yet: how to create categories that help people browse online in an informed yet serendipitous way.
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Tweet from @erickplumb

Tweet from @erickplumb | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Folks drinking wine and painting at the #library. https://t.co/OijZn1027B
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SAOIM 2016 Day One : Let’s define what we do, so we know what to do next

SAOIM 2016 Day One : Let’s define what we do, so we know what to do next | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The theme I am seeing is that we need to define (or redefine) exactly what we do. What is our core purpose? Do the day to day operations in our libraries support this overall purpose or do we need to stop doing something ?

Phil Bradley made the point that what we do is not about physical books. We need to be careful not to fall for the “attraction of the artefact”. Our physical stock is used to define us in the dictionary, but collection management should not be what we are about. We can change the conversation to talk about building the library community rather than building the library collection. He gave a lovely example of what I have heard someone (who?? not me) refer to as “libraries as engines of hope and kindness”. The respect shown by a prison librarian gave clients a sense of belonging, and that was extended when on release the prison librarian had arranged for use of the local library. Phil  suggested that being a librarian is a position of privilege and power because we can make such an impact on peoples’ lives.
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Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016

Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Biennial AIA/ALA Library Building Awards honor
new and renovated libraries that reflect their communities
By Cesar R. Bustamante Jr.

This year, seven libraries received the prestigious 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, which recognizes excellence in architectural library design. The award recipients, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), exemplify how the traditional role of libraries has evolved. The designs of these community spaces differ to reflect the needs of
the surrounding residents, which vary according to neighborhood or campus.
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What Will Libraries Be Like in 2100?

What Will Libraries Be Like in 2100? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Nobody can know—but perhaps we can talk about what libraries should be in that imaginable future.

For instance, how many libraries will there be? I can think of two good answers, both of which I hope are correct—and one very bad answer, which I hope is entirely incorrect.

The first correct answer is simple. There will be a library: one library, globally comprehensive and globally accessible.

That vision means we think of libraries as collections, which is one thing they are. The old model depended on physical collections of material widely and strategically distributed in locations where communities or institutions could create, sustain, and support them. If consulting the Encyclopedia Britannica was a good thing, then every library worth its salt had to buy a set periodically and figure out what to do with the old edition it replaced.

Librarians are the Jedi knights of our culture’s future and deserve to be respected for that.

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The Librarian’s Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Workshop Series | New Jersey State Library

The Librarian’s Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Workshop Series | New Jersey State Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The New Jersey State Library commissioned the Librarian’s Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Guidebook and Workbook. Thanks to a grant from PSE&G, the New Jersey State Library is pleased to offer 9 training workshops based on this new resource developed for librarians to help their community after a disaster.
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How Libraries Are Curating Current Events, Becoming Community Debate Hubs

How Libraries Are Curating Current Events, Becoming Community Debate Hubs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

his piece is part of a special series on Libraries + Media. 

When the Pew Research Center tracks where Americans get their news, we hear about Reddit, Twitter and Facebook, television, newspapers and radio. Libraries don’t make the list. You might not expect them to.

“I believe we have a responsibility to be partisan on the side of democracy, human rights, social inclusion, and social justice.” —Mark Hudson


But there’s another side to this story. Pew studies also report that Americans do head to libraries, online and in person, to read news and research topics of interest. People do value the services of reference librarians. And they do trust libraries to help them decide what information is trustworthy.

Libraries are now turning that trust into an opportunity: Around the world, they’re experimenting with more direct participation in the issues that affect their communities. Library teams are selecting topics of local importance, compiling resource guides that keep up with evolving issues, and inviting public discussion and debate.

Librarians are curating current events.

Hot Topics In America
At California’s Alameda County Library, guides to current events feature the “news you are talking about.” Feeds from local and international news sources dovetail with guides to newsworthy subjects such as privacy, elections and guns and violence. While research guides are old news for libraries, these modernized versions are created with content management tools like LibGuides that let librarians organize selected sources and incorporate live news feeds, reader polls and other interactive features.


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Libraries ensuring diverse voices can be heard
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The New Librarianship Field Guide Now Available

The New Librarianship Field Guide Now Available | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to make a positive difference in their communities—librarians who recognize that it is no longer enough to stand behind a desk waiting to serve. R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, reminds librarians of their mission: to improve society by facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. In this book, he provides tools, arguments, resources, and ideas for fulfilling this mission. Librarians will be prepared to become radical positive change agents in their communities, and other readers will learn to understand libraries in a new way.
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How libraries can help improve your health (infographic)

How libraries can help improve your health (infographic) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The infographic shows how libraries can go beyond their traditional roles. For instance, they can be very helpful in improving health of community members.

Libraries are not only the place where you can borrow a bestselling novel or a new movie release. You can use them in any way you imagine. To learn things, to play, to meet people, to get help in finding a job, to develop new skills.
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This Public Library Lets Job-Seekers Check Out Ties

This Public Library Lets Job-Seekers Check Out Ties | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
(Photos: Paschalville Branch/Free Library of Philadelphia)One of the roles of the public library in American society is to be the source of a Plan B for your life. Have you lost your job? There are books about writing résumés and computers on which to type and print them. Often, there are free workshops on helpful skills, such as succeeding at job interviews.A couple years ago, one of my patrons needed professional clothes for a job interview. I managed to connect her with a non-profi
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Library Farm

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The LibraryFarm is an organic community garden located on the grounds of the Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero. The mission of the LibraryFarm is to provide a place for our community to grow, share, and learn about food literacy and sustainable gardening. At the LibraryFarm, half of the area is dedicated to the Community Garden; the other half is dedicated to the LibraryFarm Plotters – our individual gardeners. Serving the Upstate New York communities of Brewerton, Cicero, and North Syracuse.

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Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs

Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
To build a citywide network of internet-enabled, low-cost environmental monitoring sensors based at Los Angeles public and school libraries
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