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Envisioning the library of the future

Presentation from workshops held across the country in May 2012 for Envisioning the library of the future, our programme of research and debate www.artscouncil.
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8 innovative technologies to implement at the library of the future

8 innovative technologies to implement at the library of the future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Librarians should lead the way in technology use among fellow residents and gain more time for the most important activity: helping patrons. Since the main mission of most libraries is to offer equality of access to information for every citizen, then why not be a trendsetter in digital use and implement innovative technologies?

This article presents a range of relevant and useful innovative technologies to implement at the library. We focus on the technology’s applicability for the library and not on the potential budgetary impacts of said technologies.


1. Library mobile apps 

2. Library bookmark apps 

3. Augmented reality app. 

4. Self-service printing, copying, and scanning solutions 

5. 3D printers 

6. Robots 

7. Book delivery drone 

8. Digital interface for printed books

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Pokémon GO teams up with Philadelphia libraries

Pokémon GO teams up with Philadelphia libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Libraries in Philadelphia along with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have teamed up with Pokémon GO to encourage residents to explore their neighborhoods and their libraries this summer.

There are five participating libraries where users can find and catch Pokémon. The initiative lasts from July10th through August 11th.

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How the best of the future emerged at the remodeled Loussac Library

How the best of the future emerged at the remodeled Loussac Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Renovations and reorganization at Loussac Library include a new main entrance and atrium, a relocated cafe and the circulation desk moving to the ground level. (Young Kim / Alaska Dispatch News)

Seven years ago, we were wondering what libraries were for in the internet age. This week, the Z.J. Loussac Library reopened in Midtown Anchorage, answering that question.

The library remodel won't be finished until the fall, but even with some plywood barriers and unfinished walls remaining, the building responds to one of society's most serious problems. It adds community to our use of information.

Previously, the building seemed dark and clogged. The navigational labyrinth was a metaphor for research as we did it back in 1986, when the library was built, and we dug through physical materials for information.

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What is Inevitable about UTS Library (Pt 1 of 3)

What is Inevitable about UTS Library (Pt 1 of 3) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Last year I read Kevin Kelly’s book The Inevitable and I was struck by the way he described the 12 technological forces that he thinks will shape our future. The forces are named in the image above, but they’re not all that easy to understand. I’ve thought more about them and believe that at UTS Library we are actually making progress in all these areas, not always exactly as he describes, so I’ll outline what some of our initiatives are in the following images and text. For the sake of brevity, the only force I won’t be illustrating is Tracking, but rest assured that we are already doing some of that too and in fact you can see it in some of the examples I am using.

I am concentrating on three major areas: discovery and search; open access; and cultural and artistic stimulation.
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How to design a library that makes kids want to read | Michael Bierut

When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this ofte
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These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries

These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The take-a-book, leave-a-book movement has gone global. As of last year, Little Free Libraries—those birdhouse-looking book-stops that pop up in people’s front yards—were represented in every U.S. state. Little Free Library has now touched down in more than 70 other countries. These book exchanges are now 50,000 strong and growing.


And at least one person wants to put a stop to them.

“There was something that kind of irked me about the title,” says Jane Schmidt, librarian at Ryerson University in Toronto. “As a librarian, my gut reaction to that was, ‘You know what else is a free library? A regular library.’”

Where many people see a charming yard decoration or a heart-warming civic-minded gesture, Schmidt finds something more nefarious at work. In a recent article for the Journal of Radical Librarianship—this is a real publication, launched in 2014 by the Radical Librarians Collective, now three peer-reviewed volumes in—she and another Canadian library scholar outline the case against Little Free Libraries, diving deep into mapping data, network effects, and recent library history to make their stand.
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The NYC Space/Time Directory: Building the Future of NYC’s Past

The NYC Space/Time Directory: Building the Future of NYC’s Past | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Two years ago, we had a crazy idea: what if we could make the maps of New York City’s past work like the maps of today?
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China Focus: China turns a new page on reading - People's Daily Online

China Focus: China turns a new page on reading - People's Daily Online | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Borrowing books from street-side libraries for free, listening to excerpts of books on a TV show, reading via social media apps, kindling -- the novelties keep popping up and the vast Chinese readership loves them.
BOOK-SHARING SERVICES
Liu Yaqian, 29, works for a multinational company and describes herself as a "bookworm." She has borrowed around a hundred books from libraries in Beijing since 2011.
In March last year, she found a 24-hour automated library near her office that holds about 400 books. "It's as convenient as an ATM! I no longer have to make the trek to the traditional libraries that are often out of the way," she said. In the past year, Liu has borrowed more than a book per week from the 24-hour book dispenser.
The 24-hour library program is an innovation by the Capital Library of China and district libraries under the guidance of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture. They have been seen on the streets of Beijing since 2010. There are 174 street libraries, each about the size of a street-side food stand dotting both downtown Beijing and its outskirts.

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Urban Librarians Unite Conference Proposes Advocacy, Activism

Urban Librarians Unite Conference Proposes Advocacy, Activism | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The theme of the Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) 2017 Conference, held at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library on April 7, was Dangerous Librarianship—an appropriate designation for a librarians challenging the status quo in a year that has already seen a preliminary presidential budget aiming to defund of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Some 186 librarians from the New York metro area and beyond—including attendees from Massachusetts, Arizona, and California—gathered to share and learn about advocacy, social justice, alternative service models, privacy, leadership, and more.
This is the fifth conference hosted by ULU founder and executive director Christian Zabriskie, administrator at Yonkers Public Library System, NY, and ULU board chair Lauren Comito, Job & Business Academy manager at Queens Library, NY (2012 and 2015 LJ Movers & Shakers, respectively). 


As Zabriskie wrote in an April 11 Huffington Post article kicking off National Library Week, “This is not a typical year, this is not typical America.

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8 most beautiful new libraries in the world

8 most beautiful new libraries in the world | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
From Boston to Latvia, here are the winners of this year’s Library Building Awards
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Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability | Ebook

No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of Ala. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent. With over 35 years of experience managing five different library consortia between them, Horton and Pronevitz are uniquely qualified to show how consortia have been transforming themselves, offering new services and products while growing ever more important to the library community.
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Creating Better Libraries for Today's Complex World

Creating Better Libraries for Today's Complex World R. David Lankes University of South Carolina February 17, 2017
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Not an Island: Connecting To Community Priorities | Editorial

Not an Island: Connecting To Community Priorities | Editorial | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Editorial By Rebecca T. Miller on February 20, 2017 
We know it’s critical in library work to connect to community priorities—and that extends to all library types, with the community in question shifting accordingly. But just how do we put a finger on the pulse of those needs? A new offering takes a unique and useful approach to answering that question.
Just in time for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in January, a trio of partners—ICMA (International City/County Management Association), the Aspen Institute, and the Public Library Association—released the results of a 2016 national survey of chief administrative officers and local government leaders. The results, which captured 1,927 responses, were supplemented with an analysis by researcher John B. Horrigan, who previously served as research director for the development of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission and is currently a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center. Horrigan’s work, “The Role of Libraries in Advancing Community Goals,” is worth a look. It reflects on the aspects of the ecosystem at work, such as the type of government, relationship to the library, and funding.

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Libraries Out Loud | A Literacy Beyond Words

Here in Kansas City we have some of the best libraries in the country. Continue our 'Libraries Out Loud' series here with Episode 2 on literacy.

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Story time at Kingsbridge library is now a drag ... in a good way

Story time at Kingsbridge library is now a drag ... in a good way | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A sea of paper crowns covered in star stickers, a baby running around wearing a shirt with the word “feminist” on the front, and a drag queen in a sparkly dress set a vibrant scene for Kingsbridge Library’s first ever Drag Queen Story Hour.

The event took place July 13, beginning with an enthusiastic musical rendition of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” before Angel Elektra, a drag queen from Yonkers, sat children and parents down to read a series of books ranging from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle to “It’s Okay To Be Different” by Todd Parr.

Drag Queen Story Hour took the country by storm in 2015 when writer Michelle Tea and literary nonprofit Radar Productions held events in San Francisco where drag queens — male performers acting and dressing as women — read to children in bookstores, libraries and schools. The aim of the event, according to organizers, is to promote children’s imaginations, celebrate diversity, and show them that gender identity is determined on a personal basis.  
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Spokane County Library District chief Nancy Ledeboer to retire; worked to ‘turn libraries outward’

Spokane County Library District chief Nancy Ledeboer to retire; worked to ‘turn libraries outward’ | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Spokane County Library District Executive Director Nancy Ledeboer will retire this September.

“It’s so refreshing to be in a community that supports libraries,” Ledeboer said, recalling her first impression of Spokane.

In 1992, she began working at the Spokane City Library as youth services coordinator and later as assistant director of the library system.

She moved to the King County Library System on the West Side in 1998 as an associate director. She then spent six years overseeing the 24 branches of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, first as the head of public services and eventually as the deputy director. She next moved to Tucson, Arizona, to be executive director of the Pima County Public Library.

“I became a librarian knowing that libraries can change a life by opening up doors and opening up minds,” she said. “But it was really working in Tucson that I came to see how libraries can actually transform communities.”

After an absence of roughly 13 years, she returned to Spokane in 2012 as the executive director of the Spokane County Library District.

When she asked her new library staff to tell her what they were proud of, she said, she received answers like “customer service” and “being good fiscal stewards.”

While she said these are important qualities, she found the library lacking an emphasis on “innovation” and “community.”

Throughout her time as director those two words became her top priorities.

In Tucson, she said, “The library became a transformational experience for the community.” She wanted the same for Spokane County.

Under Ledeboer’s leadership, the Spokane County Library District was chosen as one of 10 library systems in the U.S. to undergo an 18-month-long program called Libraries Transforming Communities, through which the district received a grant from the American Library Association to send five staff members to a series of workshops.

“We started to turn outward and say, ‘What can the library be in the community? What can we do to serve the community?’” she said.


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Privacy is the Future

Privacy is the Future The Library’s Role as Educator, Defender and Enforcer 24 June 2017 ALA Annual 2017
Educate, protect and defend the patron
Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgement of free expression and free access to ideas. When users recognize or fear that their privacy or confidentiality is compromised, true freedom of inquiry no longer exists.

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6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library -- Campus Technology

6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library -- Campus Technology | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Once the initial dazzle of your new (or remade) library has worn off, just how do you keep up the pace and flavor of innovation? An expert from North Carolina State University offers her take.

By Dian Schaffhauser04/19/17

When the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University opened in 2013, it seemed nary an innovation was left out. The 225,000‐square‐foot building includes multiple display walls running at a resolution six times better than high-def; a whacked out game lab; a wide visualization space; creativity studios; nearly a hundred group study rooms and learning spaces; glass walls and writable surfaces anywhere you might lay an erasable marker; bookBot, a robotic book storage center with capacity for 2 million volumes; reconfigurable seating and tables everywhere (including a reported 60 different types of designer furniture); plus high-performance computing (HPC) and high-speed storage.

It took 98 pages for the university to describe the entirety of the wonders of the Hunt Library in its application for the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (which it handily won)
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New White Paper: “Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures”

New White Paper: “Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures” | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures was written by the participants in the Library, Archives and Museum Conference Exchange project, in which 18 librarians, archivists and museum professionals explored cross-sector practices and culture, and potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and continuing education.

This project was part of the grant-funded and OCLC-managed Coalition to Advance Learning.

The cohort was charged to 1) Build stronger cross-sector relationships; 2) Increase understanding of sector cultures; and 3) Identify opportunities for collaborative continuing education or professional development. The white paper summarizes their in-depth efforts in each of these three areas.
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The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World

The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Please note that this presentation is only half of the full session. The second half included a discussion with Nicole Cooke of the University of Illinois, Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center fo…

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Knight’s Move: Investing in Today—and Tomorrow | Editorial

Knight’s Move: Investing in Today—and Tomorrow | Editorial | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

.Libraries have long benefited from major donors that infuse dollars as well as strategic perspective at key junctures. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has stepped into that role with signature energy, most clearly illustrated by the Knight News Challenges, including two focused on libraries. By their very nature these call on libraries to speed new ideas to address big needs, and the robust response from the library arena has surfaced and celebrated a range of creativity.
Now the foundation has stepped up again at a critical moment, offering libraries more support via a new report on library innovation, plus funding to move forward five projects to the tune of nearly $1 million.
“Developing Clarity: Innovating in Library Systems” is based on deep dive conversations with 25 library leaders and others in the field. It explores the ability of libraries to innovate effectively and identifies barriers. It is also a tool to focus dialog around how to make our organizations and our personnel more capable of the work needed to refresh approaches and invent new ones.

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Future Ready Librarian

Future Ready Librarian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The 7 Gears of the Future Ready Schools Framework are as follows: 1.Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 

2. Personalized Professional Learning 

3. Robust Infrastructure 

4. Data and Privacy 

5. Community Partnerships 

6. Budget and Resources 

7. Use of Space and Time.

Future Ready Librarians 

Future Ready Librarians is an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their school and district. Two guiding questions are central to Future Ready Librarians. How can librarians and libraries support Future Ready schools? How can librarians and libraries become more Future Ready? Future Ready Librarians will provide resources, strategies and connections for district leaders and librarians to be able to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.

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Emerging Technology Trends in Libraries for 2017

Emerging Technology Trends in Libraries for 2017 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

On Monday, I gave my emerging technology trends workshop at Computers in Libraries 2017. Great conference as always! Here's a copy of my slides.

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Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville by OMA

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville by OMA | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Books are over,” Rem Koolhaas asserted slyly at the opening of the Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen, France, on January 13. “That’s what everyone kept saying. Happily, on the contrary, books will probably exist forever.

As speculation over the future of books mounted with the dawn of the digital age, Koolhaas’s OMA was involved in the design of a dozen libraries—“one of the oldest typologies,” Koolhaas called it, “a pure hybrid of ancient and modern.” Many of the firm’s library designs went unrealized, including its 1989 competition entry for the Bibliothèque National de France, in Paris, where public spaces were represented as voids carved out of a solid block of information. On the other hand, the Seattle Central Library, completed by OMA in 2004, with its intensely researched organizational system and faceted form, is arguably among the best buildings anywhere in the last 20 years.

As architecture, the library in Caen, in Normandy, hardly lives up to its American sibling. As part of a larger development, it is meant to be a monumental presence where the Orne River meets the Canal de Caen. That area has been undergoing a transformation since 2010, long after port activities were abandoned.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

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NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

Via Peter Mellow, Dennis T OConnor
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 28, 1:28 PM

Research to help you see what's coming over the next 5 years.