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Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons | Brooklyn Public Library

Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons | Brooklyn Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons marks a new approach to public library space and services. Located on the first floor of Central Library, this new center consists of public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with technology and resources to facilitate individual and group work, learning, and creativity

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Talking Solutions: Online Deliberation for Informed Community Problem-Solving

Talking Solutions: Online Deliberation for Informed Community Problem-Solving | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In the conversations with regard to reinventing public libraries in the United States as civic hubs, one central theme has been their potential role as trusted conveners and facilitators of informed community problem solving processes. Some libraries are already developing the capacity to fulfill these new roles.

Talking Solutions will work with such libraries to develop and test a widely adaptable, turn-key model for successfully extending their deliberation services online.

We will run a series of rapid prototyping projects in several parts of the country to explore how best practices in online tools, dialogue methods and knowledge management can be readily incorporated as vital elements in the new roles libraries are now taking on.

  
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Already 678 entries for the Knight Challenge: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build modern communities.

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NLB launches mobile app to streamline borrowing process - Channel NewsAsia

NLB launches mobile app to streamline borrowing process - Channel NewsAsia | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The app also allows users to check the availability of book titles, view due dates, renew titles, and access their account information.
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Community-Led Libraries Toolkit

Community-Led Libraries Toolkit | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Useful toolkit from VPL and the Working Together Project Community-Led Libraries Toolkit Vancouver Public Library (VPL) initiated the Working Together Project⊃1; in 2004 to develop methods for libraries to work with low-income communities through a...
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Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You

Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians can pivot, so can you!
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The Floating Libraries of Minnesota and New York - BOOK RIOT

The Floating Libraries of Minnesota and New York - BOOK RIOT | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
You'll need a canoe, kayak, paddle board, or inner tube to check out books from the Floating Library, anchored in the middle of a lake in Minneapolis.
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The Editor at Large > What is the future of library interiors?

The Editor at Large > What is the future of library interiors? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Based on the winners of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Library Interior Design Awards, the answer seems to be incredible, boundary pushing design. 

“With the function of library spaces continually being reshaped and retooled to align with shifting end-user needs and advancing technologies, design in library interiors must evolve quickly and creatively,” said IIDA Executive VP and CEO Cheryl S. Durst. 

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, August 30, 8:16 AM

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Some cutting edge designs from libraries around the world.

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The Audiobookmobile hits the road!

The Audiobookmobile hits the road! | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has created a custom-wrapped “Audiobookmobile” that will travel to book festivals and libraries in five cities from August 30 to September 27, 2014, giving away prizes and downloads with the aim of introducing the audio format to new listeners.

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Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college

Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - The library opening with the first day of classes on Monday at Florida's newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs - but not a single book. A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University's striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. "It's a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books," said Kathryn Miller, the university's director of libraries. Rising along a drab stretch of highway between Tampa and Orlando, Florida Polytechnic envisions building a technology corridor in the image of Silicon Valley.
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Public Placemaking and Books and Creativity | Sustainable Cities Collective

Public Placemaking and Books and Creativity | Sustainable Cities Collective | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
We have seen urban and artistic interventions in our cities for decades. Sometimes, they are perceived as simple vandalism acts or as anecdotal, with interpretations ranging from the appreciation to the (anonymous) artists who alter the public space.
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It’s Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition #NMChz | Tame The Web - Linkis.com

It’s Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition #NMChz | Tame The Web - Linkis.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

he New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.

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The Future Library – A Liquid Network for Ideas | World Future Society

The Future Library – A Liquid Network for Ideas | World Future Society | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Whenever a great idea forms in our head, we look for a place to put it. Is it something useful, that we can turn into a product, add to a document, tell to our friends, include in a presentation, or attach with magnets to the front of our refrigerator?

Ideas, much like parasites, need a host. If we don’t manage to gaff them before we slip into our next stream of consciousness, they will be forever lost. Without a host, these squirming little idea-fish will have a very limited shelf life.

 
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Coffee House Press' writers in the stacks residencies view libraries as places of artistic inspiration

Coffee House Press' writers in the stacks residencies view libraries as places of artistic inspiration | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When word came that poet Éireann Lorsung had been named writer in residence at the Little Free Library on Lake Street, it was hard not to wonder: How will she ever fit? The library — a wooden box a little bigger than a packing crate, with a red-framed glass door — stands on a post outside the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe at the corner of E.Lake Street and 39th Avenue S. in Minneapolis. It holds about a dozen volumes of poetry, there for the taking, or the borrowing. It doesn’t have room for an actual poet.

So where is Lorsung? Ah, over there, just inside the coffee shop, by the front door. Her notebooks and pencils and watercolors and a couple of books of poetry are spread out on the table in front of her.

 
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#2 - Vancouver, WA - Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability

#2 - Vancouver, WA - Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The children's area at the Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, WA, is a sensory treat that draws as many as 12,000 visitors each week. Librarians have reported seeing children hop, run and pull their parents into this magical place.

Opened in July 2011, this approximately $35 million, five-story library features a 12,000-square-foot children's floor, and even getting there is fun. Visitors travel through a 200-foot long, four-story atrium with unique architectural details. Bright colored lights are scattered throughout the flooring of the entire children's area.

One of the many highlights here is the Early Learning Center, which is the largest library-based ELC in the country.

 

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Miami-Dade Considers The Future of Its Libraries

Miami-Dade Considers The Future of Its Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries are no longer just about the books. On Monday afternoon, that was the main point at a Knight Foundation-sponsored discussion about the future of libraries.

Libraries are exploratory labs for potential startups, spaces for interactive education and in some states, home to community gardens. These were among some of the examples at a luncheon in downtown Miami on how libraries across the nation are looking toward the future.

Miami-Dade County is looking for some inspiration at a time when funding is tight, but an overwhelming number of residents say the library system is essential.

 
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CLIR Shares Insights with Higher Ed Officials in White Paper on the “Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services” | LJ INFOdocket

CLIR Shares Insights with Higher Ed Officials in White Paper on the “Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services” | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A new 14 page white paper released online today by the Council on Library and Information Resources. Title The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know 14 pages; PDF.
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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy

Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.
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Fail fast, fail cheap - a new approach to public library innovation

Fail fast, fail cheap - a new approach to public library innovation | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The title to this post is a quote from Corinne Hill, Director of Chattanooga Public Library that I just love. It's the public library version of Google's 'fail fast, fail often' mantra and it ironically reflects the reality of public library funding constraints, while also describing the creative, entrepreneurial energy her library embodies. Her inspirational approach to library innovation is something we can all learn from. We need to get away from fear of failure and move towards embracing new ideas, even if they don’t turn out to be quite the right ideas for us in the long run.

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nickcarman's curator insight, September 4, 8:17 PM

This is the library version of fail fast, fail cheap.

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Florida College Opens A Library Without Books

Florida College Opens A Library Without Books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
At Florida Polytechnic University.
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the Library Vending Machine in china| Impact Lab

the Library Vending Machine in china| Impact Lab | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Library vending machine in China. There seems to be sufficient demand and interest in China for enabling people to check out books 24 hours a day.  The not-so-cheap library vending machines have taken root across both urban and rural areas, each with a very different set of needs and each bearing vastly different reputations for serving their citizens.

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Future Mind-Altering Drugs Could Make Prisoners Think They're In Jail For 1,000 Years

Future Mind-Altering Drugs Could Make Prisoners Think They're In Jail For 1,000 Years | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

 Roache envisions a future where we can use chemicals to manipulate an inmates sense of time. Through these chemicals, a criminal could be made to feel like she or he is spending 1,000 years in jail, even though the person might only be in jail for days or months or a year. Roache is "a philosopher, not a scientist," and she's "not in charge of anyone." While it's her job to contemplate some macabre, controversial ideas, none of the ideas presented here are actually in development. They're just ideas


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Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.
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Doug Mirams's curator insight, August 25, 6:27 PM

We've seen libraries on the beach and floating boat libraries serving in South East Asia, and now a floating library in Minnesota.

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Literary Lots: Literacy and Community Engagement | Library as Incubator Project

Literary Lots: Literacy and Community Engagement | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Literary Lots is a Cleveland-based program that re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. This year’s Literary Lots effort brought together new partners and a fabulous under the sea theme.  Today, Felton Thomas Jr, CPL’s Director, shares his perspective on the importance of partnership and community engagement in literacy programming.

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Friday Video: The Library of the Future, Melanie Florencio - The Travelin' Librarian

Friday Video: The Library of the Future, Melanie Florencio - The Travelin' Librarian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The introduction of a “Maker Space” at the Beaufort, SC public library system marks a transition for libraries where content is no longer simply absorbed, but also created. Originally from the Charleston, SC area, Melanie J. Florencio is a digital …
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What has Amazon beat on all-you-can-read e-books? Your public library

What has Amazon beat on all-you-can-read e-books? Your public library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Tech Review: As e-book subscription services grow their catalogs, the age-old institution trumps all.
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#1 - Charlotte, NC - Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability

#1 - Charlotte, NC - Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

R The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, NC, got the most mention alongside phrases such as "excellent programs and environments for kids." This colorful, 102,000-square-foot facility opened in 2005 to serve area youth of all ages.

Since ImaginOn is a partnership between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklengburg Library, both the programming and the facility itself instill appreciation for drama and literature. When entering the facility, children marvel at the central StoryLab area, an interactive exhibit space featuring a three-story sculpture called the Story Jar. Surrounding the Story Jar is Stage Play, which consists of several installations allowing kids to explore different aspects of theater.

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