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Publishing at the Public Library: Become a Community Publishing Portal | GPLS Events

Publishing at the Public Library: Become a Community Publishing Portal | GPLS Events | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Public libraries have always been in a unique position to help local writers connect with readers in their communities. The advent of self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to enhance that connection and reinforce their place at the center of community cultural life.

Last year Los Gatos (Calif.) Library began a partnership with e-book self-publishing company Smashwords to offer a three-part series of e-book self-publishing seminars. This partnership has grown to include a co-branded publishing portal managed by Smashwords. Linked from the library website, the portal enables local authors to publish and distribute e-books at no cost and allows them to "Publish to the Library" if the library chooses to purchase their work. Find out how Los Gatos Library developed this partnership and how your library can easily do the same

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Ask questions about the next Knight News Challenge on Libraries

Ask questions about the next Knight News Challenge on Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Ask questions about the next Knight News Challenge on Libraries
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New Life for Libraries

New Life for Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Ted Reinstein reports on how libraries are adapting to the digital age; re-engineering the campus library at Olin College
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Culture Convener | Best Small Library in America 2016

Culture Convener | Best Small Library in America 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Once quaint, the Albert Wisner Public Library galvanized support for a new library that narrows the digital divide and powers a roster of nonstop programs
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'The library of things' now lends a lot more than just books

'The library of things' now lends a lot more than just books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The true sharing economy can be found in the public library. 

The importance of libraries to national literacy was underlined again today with the news that five children's authors – Julia Donaldson, Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson and the collective who write under the pen name Adam Blade – are among the Top 10 most borrowed authors in UK libraries, according to figures from the latest annual data released today byPublic Lending Right.

The survey, released on the eve of National Libraries Day, covers 2014-15 and shows again the dominance of thriller writer James Patterson, who topped the chart for the most borrowed author for the ninth year running, and crime writers such as Lee Child. It was also the first year that payments were made for audio books. Here are 10 things we learned from the findings:


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Gamification and libraries: Tools and examples

Gamification and libraries: Tools and examples | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Gamification can be a tool for libraries to engage and motivate the public to use the library – but like all other tools it is not a quick fix and must be used wisely.
In this article I share some tools and practical examples of how they have been used in libraries.
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Library Innovation Strategy - Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Library Innovation Strategy - Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When it comes to change, library innovation does not seem to have advanced much over time, at least judged by all the things that have stayed the same. From the Dewey Decimal System to the book checkout process and the musty smell of library aisles, even in the digital age, not much has changed about traditional libraries over the years.

However, imagine a different type of library where you check out humans – just as you check out books – and listen to these humans share their unique, personal stories. Imagine being able to interact with the stories as you listen to them. It is as if you are seeing and experiencing the world through these peoples’ eyes, from their own perspective.

The “Human Library” is a real library innovation strategy created in Denmark in 2000. Library guests can choose which volunteer they check out based on titles the human books assign themselves. Example titles include everything from “Olympic Athlete,” to “Fat Woman,” to “A Questioning Christian, to “Iraq War Veteran,” to “Homeless Man.” Visitors sit down with their books for approximately 30 minutes to listen to these “interactive books” share their personal stories and experiences.

 
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Under construction: Edmonton's first public tool library

Under construction: Edmonton's first public tool library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The public library is a place where you can borrow books, music, videos and more. But what about a library for tools? A couple of Edmontonians are looking to start one.
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Pop-Up Cubic Libraries : The Mobile Library Project

Pop-Up Cubic Libraries : The Mobile Library Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Mobile Library Project - ‘The Mobile Library Project’ is an educational initiative that aims to make reading more accessible in Seoul. 

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Great initiative!

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Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging

Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

This report features insights into ways libraries can provide more meaningful support based on what students, scholars and other library users really do.


Via heather dawson, Carlos Fosca
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As Books Disappear, Libraries Are Still Transforming the World

As Books Disappear, Libraries Are Still Transforming the World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. On Thursday, Nov. 12, Future Tense will host
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Australian Libraries are helping youth report cyber bulling

Australian Libraries are helping youth report cyber bulling | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries in Australia are training their staff to assist youth in reporting cyber bullying. The actual submission process is being done by a pilot website that was launched last week.

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How Can We Support Library Innovation? | MediaShift

How Can We Support Library Innovation? | MediaShift | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

If you had a few million dollars to invest in libraries, how would you invest it? That’s exactly what the News Challenge team at the Knight Foundation has been thinking about. 

Last year the Knight Foundation ran a library grant initiative that pulled in hundreds of entries, an energetic discussion, and creative thinking from around the world. In 2016 they’ll do it again, and for starters, they’ve been inviting ideas on how to shape the challenge question participants will address.

There are so many ways to go with this. Since you asked, Knight friends, here’s what I’m thinking.

Given that (1) the foundation’s core mission is to “promote informed and engaged communities” and (2) libraries are built on community knowledge, I offer two related grant-shaping questions:

How might we leverage libraries as platforms for learning?


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One #library platform for #learning, sharing & connecting many #library places since you ask how might we invest in library innovation 

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Story Pod lending library - YouTube

Town near Toronto, Canada, is home to a new community-supported lending library with a compelling design. Newmarket's Story Pod is an unstaffed kiosk that's opened up like a book during the day to allow visitors to borrow and donate books and sit on the benches inside to read.

At night, the Story Pod is illuminated by LED lights that are powered by concealed solar ... The Story Pod is located in a newly completed civic square The interior of the Story Pod is made of marine-grade okoume plywood with solid edging and ... Visitors to the Story Pod can peruse the selection of books inside
Funded by HollisWealth and designed by Atelier Kastelic Buffey (AKB), the pod is aimed at being aesthetically pleasing, functional, ecologically sound, economical and easy to build for a construction team of volunteers. The exterior of the 8 x 8 x 10-ft (2.4 x 2.4 x 3-m) unit is made of marine grade MDF with wooden slats, while the interior is made of marine-grade okoume plywood with solid edging and clear sealed with a satin finish.

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Maker kit program turns libraries into places for content creation, not just consumption

Maker kit program turns libraries into places for content creation, not just consumption | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Above: Maker kits being delivered to Illinois State Library. Victoria Rakowski is a public librarian and co-founder of Make it @ Your Library . Founded in 2012 as part of an Institute for Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant, and our original intent was to help get all libraries up to speed on the concept of makerspaces in the library–or, rather, DIY culture and content creation in the library, versus content consumption. While libraries bring a great deal of technology to their communities, there was no denying the gap in access that exists all over our home state of Illinois: Many rural libraries just aren’t on the same financial playing field as suburban Chicago libraries. We originally began with the simple intention of helping libraries, no matter their budget and ability, bring makerspaces and DIY concepts into their communities. Our mission morphed a bit when we were awarded a Knight Prototype Fund grant in January 2015.

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Dubai set to open huge book-shaped library in 2017

Dubai set to open huge book-shaped library in 2017 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
New educational facility expected to hold at least 1 million books; will also feature a cinema and stage
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Librarians, the Gathering: Designing and Publicizing a Personal Librarian Program | Peer to Peer Review

Librarians, the Gathering: Designing and Publicizing a Personal Librarian Program | Peer to Peer Review | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Beginning in December 2013, librarians at Alfred University, NY, began discussing the possibility of creating a Personal Librarian Program, inspired by the work of librarians at places like Drexel University and Yale University’s Medical Library. We have always encouraged students to seek out a librarian for research assistance; now we wanted to add a human touch, providing a name and face for students encountering the intimidating task of using a college library for the first time. The librarian trading card programs of other libraries--such as Penn State and the University of Rochester--gave us the idea of creating unique cards and personas for each librarian. We decided to take the trading card idea, give it a fantasy roleplaying spin, and use these new “Magic: the Gathering”-esque cards to help connect students to their librarians and publicize the program. With this, “Librarians, the Gathering” was born.
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Quand les bibliothèques se réinventent

Quand les bibliothèques se réinventent | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Avec la concurrence de l’Internet, la fréquentation des bibliothèques est en baisse. Face à la désaffection, il faut réinventer les bibliothèques, pour mieux satisfaire le public et la collectivité.
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Future of the Library - Arts at MIT

Future of the Library - Arts at MIT | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
David Adjaye will be joined by Chris Bourg, Ginnie Cooper, Jeffrey Schnapp and Nader Tehrani, moderated by Ana Miljački, to discuss the changing role of libraries as spaces for collections, research, technology and public engagement. David Adjaye will discuss his innovative … Continued
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A New Vision for Public Libraries

A New Vision for Public Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)In mid-August 2014, Scott Bonner performed an ordinary yet remarkable act: Bonner opened the doors of the public library and invited members of the community to come inside.
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NYPL Public Domain Release 2016 - Visualization

NYPL Public Domain Release 2016 - Visualization | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
On January 6th, 2016, The New York Public Library made over 187K digital items in the public domain available for high resolution download. This is one of a number of demonstration projects illustrating creative reuse of public domain materials.
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Imagination-Stimulating Libraries : children's library

Imagination-Stimulating Libraries : children's library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

children's library - The school environment is often not the focus for design initiatives beyond the basics, but the Children’s Library of Thomas’s London Day School has been given an update to make it look and feel as creative as possible. Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, the Children's Library of Thomas's London Day School incorporates a floor that's inspired by the world map, colorfully oversized seating solutions and much more to encourage creativity and interaction.

As affluent parents opt for private education over public, many are looking for the absolute best facilities to place their children in the care of. As such, the Children's Library of Thomas's London Day School is designed to indeed stimulate children's minds, but also satisfy design-conscious parents as well..

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Hopefully these design considerations will be accepted by public institutions and not just restricted to "affluent parents" and private schools.

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This Korean University Library Uses a Two-Storey Slide to Attract Students to Study

This Korean University Library Uses a Two-Storey Slide to Attract Students to Study | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A mandatory architectural addition for any self-respecting university.
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Libraries and the American Dream | Annie Norman | TEDxWilmington - YouTube

Annie Norman speaks at a 2015 TEDx event in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Annie Norman has worked at the Delaware Division of Libraries since 1985, and has been State Librarian & Director since 2002. Annie received her Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University, and is the recipient of the Audrey K. Doberstein Award for Leadership for her dissertation entitled, Librarians’ Leadership for Lifelong Learning. Under her leadership, the statewide Delaware Library Catalog was established and the Delaware Division of Libraries received the Delaware Quality Award of Merit and the Delaware Library Association Institutional Award in recognition of performance excellence principles and practices.  ...

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7 surprising things libraries loan other than books

7 surprising things libraries loan other than books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries are branching out a bit further than the printed word these days. While books are still their bread and butter, some public libraries have decided to be a bit more creative in what they offer. Here's a list of some of the most surprising things we found Canadian libraries are loaning. Check them out below!

 

1. Fishing tackle

2. DOGS

3. power tools

4. clothing

5. wifi hotspots

6. Bicycles

7. seeds




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Elementary Library Makerspace Resources

Elementary Library Makerspace Resources | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Collaborative Resources created with Mrs. J in the Library Elementary Librarians to Follow Twitter  Blog Library or School District Andy Plemmons Barrow Media Center David Saunders The Greenwich Co...
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