Like most library students, I learned about the Dewey Decimal System, the Library of Congress, and the father of the American public library, Andrew Carnegie. But I also learned about the necessary transformation of the library in the 21st century. In order to survive, it was hammered into our brains again and again, a library...
Congratulations to the Jiří Mahen Library in Brno, Czech Republic, represented by Libuše Nivnická who have been awarded first place in the 12th IFLA International Marketing Award for 2014., for its innovative partnership program, Library in the Tram – Tram to the Library.
We believe what starts at the library can transform an entire community! Following oursuccessful pilot program, we are thrilled to announce another year of Outside the Box – a partnership between library service non-profit OCLC and Redbox – to provide free, fun entertainment events in local communities across the United States centered around public libraries and their public spaces. This year, up to 20 communities will be selected for Outside the Box, with the local library driving community brainstorming and planning sessions and hosting events.
Like so many of us, you love books — physical, paper books. You get all hot and bothered over a good used bookstore, its shelves crammed tight with ancient volumes, their spines cracked with aging glue.
With libraries shutting their doors up and down the country, could York have found a novel way to safeguard the service? Sarah Freeman reports.
What we are doing is setting up an Industrial and Provident Society, which is a little bit like the John Lewis mutual model,” says Fiona Williams, shadow chief executive of Explore York Libraries and Archives. “In effect it will be a third owned by staff and two thirds owned by the community.
Membership of the new organisation, which will in effect be run like a social enterprise, will be open to anybody over 16 and once signed up they will be entitled to vote on the future running of the service and have the opportunity to join its board as one of two community director"
Makerspaces are all the rage. The word I heard this week was ‘bakerpaces’ and what an awesome idea.
Does your library have:
A cookbook collection?Books on home entertainment?A lunchroom that’s only used at lunch and dinner break time?Or a servery, fridge, or sink connected to your children’s/teen area?A microwave, slow cooker, wok, hotplate, … (cost effective acquisition – borrow, donate, 2nd hand stores or eBay/Kijiji, etc.)?A plug next to a surface suitable for demos?A book truck to display borrowable items from the collection?
Then you have everything you need for a bakerspace.
You could brainstorm ideas forever but:
Cookbook author readingsCooking for one, Couples cooking, Eating healthy,Easy Desserts …Teens and cooking without the stove sessionsTheme cooking partnered with specialized local chefs and restaurants.Hot trends – eating local, vegan or vegetarian food, Gluten free, …Cooking from our club’s cookbook of shared recipesBorrowable non-book items like molds, specialized utensils, seasonal cookie cutters, cake decorating suppliesOooooo . . . 3D printing food and candy (coming soon)
Add your ideas in the comments. Share your ideas and experiences.
Free the cookbooks! Start your BakerSpace.
Posted on: April 2, 2014, 5:58 amCategory: Uncategorized
Let me be clear from the beginning. I like my local library. I have spent a great deal of time there, reading newspapers and journals. I have used my library card to check out books, and movie and music CDs. Lately, however, I use my Starbucks card more than my library [...]
Technology changes that are impacting information flow, content, and communication with opportunities in academic and research libraries. By revealing directions in social, mobile, consumer, messaging, and publishing technology we can predict how technology and libraries are designing the future.I
Julie Robinson is the manager of the Ruiz branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Robinson is heading up a new seed library program that allows patrons to “check out” packets of flower, herb and vegetable seeds and, at the end of the growing season, “return” seeds collected from the plants they grew.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Library (CPL) today launched a new online experience for all library patrons, including a redesigned website, an improved library catalog and greater accessibility and convenience. After several months in beta format to complete testing and allow patrons to become accustomed to new features, the new online platform is now live at www.chipublib.org.
“This new online platform by the Chicago Public Library enhances community interaction and engages patrons and residents across the city through the most modern technology.
Funded by a $1 million grant [includes funding for three years of development] from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the new website will serve as the model public library website.
CPL has partnered with software company BiblioCommons to re-envision the library’s online experience which included the site’s development, research, design, and ongoing enhancements that will be rolled out over th next three years.
The last of a series of Pew Research Center studies examining the changing face of library service in the 21st century was released in March, offering a look at library use that breaks Americans down into nine different groups of library users. The report, “From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers,” caps three years of Pew research on libraries funded by the Gates Foundation, and looks to identify what users—and some non-users—value about library service, and where they may see room for improvement.
We have a very, very cool program to highlight today that is straight from our good friends (and the publisher of our upcoming book, The Artist’s Library) at Coffee House Press. Several months ago, staff at Coffee House, in partnership with individuals and organizations in the Twin Cities, started a program called CHP in the Stacks.
Here’s the program rundown:
As part of its continuing effort to put books into action, Coffee House Press has launched an initiative to place writers and readers in residencies at various area institutional and community libraries.
BookTube may sound like a root vegetable, but it’s actually an incredibly vibrant community of people who vlog (that’s video blog for those of you who are unfamiliar with the lingo) about books on YouTube.
The DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP) is designed to build on the experience of the Europeana Data Model (EDM). It incorporates feedback from the DPLA community and digital hub pilot participants to create a balanced framework that allows us to accommodate existing and emerging data models for library, archive, and museum resources.
DPLA MAP Version 3 is targeted towards exposing contributed metadata via the current version of the DPLA API. We anticipate continuing to evolve this model over time in response to ongoing community input and to extend the functionality provided by the DPLA in its API and its public portal.
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My head is still spinning from Panos Mourdoukoutas’ post at Forbes last week suggesting that there should be a Starbucks in every local library. Granted it appeared in Forbes and they slant corporate but it might just be the most near-sighted, wackiest story I have read in some time.
Of course he starts out proclaiming his love for his local library but before it’s over he says “Simply put, Starbucks and local libraries supplement each other nicely—they are both “third places” with different rules of conduct, catering to different community segments. That’s a good reason to have a Starbucks store in every library.
Why not put a jail in every library for it also has “different rules of conduct, catering to different community segments.” They would compliment each other nicely by providing literacy services and job training to inmates while scaring the pants off the kids so they won’t go astray of the law.
Thankfully, I recently ran across a story at the Korea Joonang Daily that alerted me to some of the awesome features that South Korea is adding to its public libraries