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A temple of learning: New £188m library is sparkling cornerstone of Birmingham’s rebirth

A temple of learning: New £188m library is sparkling cornerstone of Birmingham’s rebirth | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The protective hoardings have come down and the gleaming Library of Birmingham, a £188m monolith which stands in the city’s Centenary Square, has formed an indelible new impression on the city’s skyline.

At the press viewing before next Tuesday’s public opening, its glimmering gold tint sparkled in the summer sun. Inside, its series of interlocking halls appeared to herald what a library for the 21st century could look like.

At a time when library campaigners have predicted 400 closures in the next three years, Birmingham will unveil the largest public library in Europe next week, which aims to spearhead a “learning-led regeneration” of the city.

Brian Gambles, director of the library, said the institution would be at the forefront of the “second act of Birmingham’s renaissance”
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The Top 10 Library Stories of 2014

The Top 10 Library Stories of 2014 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
PW takes a look back at some of the library stories that captivated the publishing world in 2014, and what they portend for 2015
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Designers Draw up the Library of the Future

Designers Draw up the Library of the Future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The library of the future could include affordable housing upstairs, retail downstairs, and a 24-hour community lounge in the lobby.
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Creating the Future of Ebooks | Peer to Peer Review

Creating the Future of Ebooks | Peer to Peer Review | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In my last two columns I explored what I called the “mess of ebooks” and explained what I want from library ebooks. In this column I want to discuss a possible future that could be good for libraries and for publishers. Right now everything is in flux. Publishers are understandably wary of selling Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free ebooks to libraries, and the patron driven acquisition (PDA) model some libraries want might not be sustainable for publishers. Libraries are struggling to buy book

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Omaha's 1st digital library planned at 72nd, Dodge on ex-Borders site

Omaha's 1st digital library planned at 72nd, Dodge on ex-Borders site | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The new library, housed in the former Borders bookstore, will include individual computer stations with access to library databases around the world,innovation labs and production areas featuring 3-D printers. 
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Emerging Technology Trends for 2015

Emerging technology trends for 2015. Lots of really cool stuff here! I presented this at the Internet Librarian 2014 conference.
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3D Printers, Makerspaces and Crisis Responders: Building the Libraries of Tomorrow :: How We Get To Next

3D Printers, Makerspaces and Crisis Responders: Building the Libraries of Tomorrow :: How We Get To Next | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
With people increasingly reading on ever-more-mobile devices, can libraries reboot to stay relevant and popular?
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A new chapter: British architects unveil state-of-the-art Arctic library

A new chapter: British architects unveil state-of-the-art Arctic library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
An architecture firm has achieved the improbable – completed a building on time and within budget. Oliver Wainwright finds out more
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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new.
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Library Marketing and the Terminology Problem

Library Marketing and the Terminology Problem | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When I first started writing and talking about marketing libraries, I was
very keen to see libraries adopt the strategies and idioms of business.
Libraries were being threatened by massive corporations like Google,
Wikipedia and Amazon, whose function or output was for a lot of people a perfectly acceptable replacement for what libraries offered. So we needed to fight back, and market ourselves aggressively - just because we weren't chasing profits didn't mean we shouldn't be chasing customers.

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What to Read if You Love Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" Video - BOOK RIOT

What to Read if You Love Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" Video - BOOK RIOT | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In love with Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" video? Here are five books that include femme fatales, huge mansions, and tons of drama.
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Hampshire College • Library Learning + Community • Joan Lippincott - YouTube

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 3:30pm-5:00pm MAIN LECTURE HALL HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE Sponsored by the Harold F. Johnson Library Libraries can enable curricular innovation by providing content, services and technologies that serve the entire institution. In addition, libraries continue to serve as a cultural hub of the institution, reflecting the college’s culture, celebrating creativity and art, and welcoming all to interact in a marketplace of ideas.

Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. At CNI, Joan has provided leadership for programs in teaching and learning, assessment, learning spaces, and collaboration among professional groups...

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Creators not consumers: visualising the radical alternative for libraries

Creators not consumers: visualising the radical alternative for libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The following post was written in collaboration with Andrew Preater. We are often presented with two choices within librarianship: a forward-thinking approach and a supposedly old-fashioned approach. These are sometimes characterised as progressive and conservative positions respectively. We argue, however, that this is a mis-characterisation and, in fact, the forward-thinking approach could be best described as conservative.

When considering what is progressive and what is conservative we need to consider our context. We exist in an environment that increasingly focuses on market fundamentalism as the default approach, and assumes markets as the most efficient path to provide solutions, drive progress, and ensure the most equitable outcome for all. Indeed, market fundamentalists argue that where there is a fault, it is due to a failure to make our economic system truly market-oriented. We see this for example in the way the cause of the current economic crisis is presented as rooted in public spending, rather than the failure of free market economics.

For us, this raises a question: what is progressive? Slotting in comfortably with the market consensus, the status quo, or embarking on a path that is visionary and alternative? Surely if we are to ponder what constitutes forward-thinking, we would want to consider alternatives that are original, distinct, and even radical?

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Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries

Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"all libraries (really librarians in all contexts) serve a community, be that a community of citizens, students, faculty, lawyers or what have you. There is more that binds librarians together than separates them. That said, I have heard of a special set of concerns surrounding public libraries recently and it got me thinking. The conclusions I’ve come to, I believe, relate to libraries and librarians in just about every setting. But let me start with public libraries.

The two big concerns I’ve heard about are “what happens when public libraries are the last civic service agency standing,” and “as libraries expand services to include everything from tax help to maker spaces, how am I supposed to know it all?!” These two concerns are related.

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GLAM and the Free World - Cory Doctorow - MWF2014 - YouTube

"GLAM and the Free World," Cory Doctorow's keynote speech at Museums and the Web Florence 2014.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians (L.A. Teachers Too!)

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians (L.A. Teachers Too!) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"When your budget is low on dollars, you need to become creative when it comes to everything in your school library. Since we have a computer lab in our library-media center, (and lots of wall space...) I have decorated the lab with posters and infographics...There are also many posters which help students format their research paper, search for Google images, and understanding search results...."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 11, 10:04 PM

Finding great infographics takes time. In this post Julie Greller shares 74 infographics that she says will be of interest to librarians and language arts teachers. I think that many teachers whom are in other disciplines will also find valuable resources here.

Greller provides a list of titles (for the infographics) that are hot linked. Click and off you go.

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Vital Community Hubs, Libraries Toil Underfunded

Vital Community Hubs, Libraries Toil Underfunded | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Brooklyn Public Library (photo: gig_nyc via flickr)

NEW YORK—As digital technology began to expand at the turn of the century, it seemed public libraries would go the way of the bookstore. After all, who needs paper books when you can download classics like Dickens'
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Interview with David Lee King about Technology Trends at CILDC

David and I chatted about the technology trends for libraries to consider this year at the Innovative Interfaces booth during the Computers In Libraries conf...
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Libraries Reinvent themselves in the Digital Age

Libraries Reinvent themselves in the Digital Age | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
When people think of libraries they normally envision old ladies with cats eye glasses shushing everyone. The only sounds that are audible is the rhythmic
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Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open

Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
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What do librarians do? | Reading, Writing, Research

What do librarians do? | Reading, Writing, Research | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

it never ceases to amaze me how many newspaper and magazine articles I see almost every month proclaiming that “the library is more than books.”

That’s public libraries. Newspapers and magazines don’t seem to acknowledge academic libraries, special libraries, or school libraries very much.

I don’t see nearly as many articles that acknowledge that librarians do more than sit around reading books all day, but that’s another long-standing misconception.

Library collections have been more than books for more than a century. Every new technology in information or entertainment becomes a new part of library collections.

 
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Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey - The Future of Libraries | DaVinci Institute

Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey - The Future of Libraries | DaVinci Institute | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The role of a library within a community is changing. The way people interact with the library and the services it offers is also changing.
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Niels Frandsen's curator insight, November 23, 1:08 PM

10 trends in headlines:

Trend #1 – Communication systems are continually changing the way people access information
Trend #2 – All technology ends.   All technologies commonly used today will be replaced by something new.
Trend #3 – We haven’t yet reached the ultimate small particle for storage.  But soon.
Trend #4 – Search Technology will become increasingly more complicated
Trend #5 – Time compression is changing the lifestyle of library patrons
Trend #6 – Over time we will be transitioning to a verbal society
Trend #7 – The demand for global information is growing exponentially
Trend #8 – The Stage is being set for a new era of Global Systems
Trend #9 – We are transitioning from a product-based economy to an experience based economy
Trend #10 – Libraries will transition from a center of information to a center of culture

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Taylor & Francis white paper on social media use in libraries

Taylor & Francis white paper on social media use in libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

88% of librarians think that social media will become more important in the future Do you agree? How has social media impacted your library? Do you think it’s a worthwhile investment of time, or an unnecessary distraction? To investigate exactly how libraries are 

using social media today and gain some insight into what the future might hold, Taylor & Francis have released a new white paper which uncovers some interesting discoveries.

While such a high proportion of librarians view social media as becoming an increasingly prevalent form of communication, only a small number are formally managing their output – with only 25% of librarians scheduling posts in advance.

Social media has the potential to facilitate closer relationships between libraries and their patrons, but the way social media tools are selected and used in libraries is ever changing as digital and social climates continue to evolve.

Looking for inspiration on how to develop your library’s social media presence further? Take a look at the new white paper to see how your library’s social media accounts compare to those of the 600 librarians who took part in our research worldwide.

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Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation: The Dutch Tilburg Regional Case

Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation: The Dutch Tilburg Regional Case | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
On October 21st, I gave a guest lecture at Rutgers University, USA, having been invited by the Communication Department, the MCIS Program, and the Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation and Design...
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Featuring: ProjectArt in NYC Libraries | Library as Incubator Project

Featuring: ProjectArt in NYC Libraries | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Recently we were able to connect with an awesome nonprofit organization called ProjectArt. Based in New York City, ProjectArt partners with NYC branch libraries to bring high-quality arts education programs to youth across the city. With their focus on innovation and cost-effectiveness, ProjectArt is one of those “dream partners” libraries everywhere wish for! We encourage you to explore their website and learn more about their efforts. ~ Laura

 

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