Public libraries are becoming a one-stop shop for manufacturing in the digital age. Because libraries are investing in machines like 3-D printers, someday soon everyone with access to a public library could become an inventor or create something.
Did a car part break? Use a 3-D scanner to digitize the part and create an exact replica of it. Need to make a cheap prototype of your invention? You can work with a library specialist to design it. Want to make your own custom jewelry? Use a 3-D printer and sell it on Etsy.
“It is about making knowledge available and initiating the public to make knowledge themselves,” says Jeroen de Boer, co-author of the upcoming book Makerspaces in Libraries. “Makerspaces are the places where knowledge exchange happens in new ways.” Libraries are increasingly inviting places for these areas, which are essentially DIY spaces where people can go to access resources and exchange ideas in order to create and invent things.
With new technology, libraries are not necessarily doing a different job—they are doing the same job, just better.
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In this blog post, Dr. Briony Birdi presents a shortened version of her presentation at the workshop ‘The role of the local public library’, hosted by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 15 July 2015. The original presentation also presented ‘four future scenarios’ of public libraries, adapted from Hernon & Matthews, 2012. The public library: outdated, or what?This short piece focuses in the main on the future of public libraries, as I was requested to do. But before I do so, I’m going to briefly go back to the Victorians – what could be the harm in that? Have a look at the following two comments:‘How…does an idea that was adopted in the Victorian era to enhance access to learning and knowledge remain relevant in an age when many people now have such access within their homes via the world wide web?’ (McMenemy, 2009, p.3).
Scottish artist Katie Paterson has launched a 100-year artwork - Future Library - Framtidsbiblioteket - for the city of Oslo in Norway. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114....
I am in the midst of a profound “Maker awakening”. Yes, that’s what I think I will dub it. I have spent the last couple of months immersed in the research and development of incorporating the maker movement into the library I am currently working at. I have been reading, reading some more, and refining what I think it means to incorporate the concept of makers and maker spaces into our libraries.
At it’s most basic level, Make Zine defined making as “the act of creating something.”
You can find some more definitions in articles like What is the Maker Movement and Why Should You Care:. Which brings up a good point: what exactly does “DIY” mean these days? Traditionally, it’s been related to “how-to” content, including things like “how to change a tire,” but over the past couple of years, it’s been coined much more broadly to describe any activity that uses an element of creative skills to make or design something on your own. Using this definition, DIY can stand for everything from baking a cake, to decorating a bedroom, to creating handmade products like jewelry. Some also use DIY in a more technical context as it relates to making gadgets like robots, printers and other programmable devices hacked together using free software and tools found across the web. Finally, I know people who would even claim that they “made” products such as their custom Nike iD sneakers, even if that meant they personalized the colors and design online and had the production take place elsewhere.
There is a sense of urgency with respect to tomorrow. People and organizations of all sorts are making noises about the direction society should take. However, no one is contesting that society is changing, and changing rapidly. Technological advances seem to play a large role in this. In the public debate, much effort has gone into suggesting how to best harness emerging technologies.
Libraries can help
With their wide network and engaged staff, libraries can help citizens enter the digital society in many ways. These can include providing guidance and counselling, by offering help on request, hosting discussions and presentations, cooperating with local adult education providers and senior citizens’ associations and participating in the public debate.
Libraries are a stockpile of knowledge and local history. With more people accessing information online, how can the library of the future thrive? A partnership between Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Creative Arts hopes to answer that question...
Last year, Central Bedfordshire Council Libraries in partnership with Bedford Creative Arts, won Arts Council England funding to commission eight artists to imagine what a library of the future could be. Following community and library service consultation the result is the Library as Laboratory project and over the coming months the artists will be working across Central Bedfordshire to develop three new art commissions that invite people to work with them to explore the idea of the library of the future.
Dr Alex Byrne, head of the NSW State Library, Sydney. Photo: Janie Barrett
Libraries are changing. The bookshelves are gone, resources are stored off-site and machines retrieve your request. You scan your own books at the checkout, and if you want to "ask a librarian" it's an online form or phone call.
Yet the latest figures from the State Library of New South Wales suggest that libraries are thriving, with 35 million visits in 2013-14 and 45 million loans recorded. Dr Alex Byrne, head librarian and chief executive of the State Library attributes this to innovation: adapting to digital times, providing free Wi-Fi, making services available remotely and hosting a variety of programmes and quirky events.
“The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning” Vatican Library School Lecture. Rome, Italy.
Abstract: As our understanding of learning has changed, so too must librarianship. As we have moved from teaching an act done to people to learning as an act controlled by the individuals, librarianship shifts from passive transmission of information to active facilitation of the learning process.
Digital training base will help soothe pain of cuts to staff and hours as council tries to mitigate against major budget cuts. The picture shows the Google Digital Garage in the Library of Birmingham
Technology giant Google is launching a venture at the Library of Birmingham as plans gather pace to build a new future for the £188 million building.
The Silicon Valley giant has chosen the landmark building as the first UK site for a groundbreaking initiative working with businesses called Google Digital Garages.
Part of the library, which recently saw its hours slashed in council budget cuts, will be given up for a new area offering the digital training for the skills small and medium-sized businesses need to thrive.
Where do you work? A library or a school library media center or a learning commons? What are you called? School Library Media Specialist or Teacher Librarian or “Hey, Library Lady”? Whatever name you’ve adopted or been handed, many school librarians are in the process of redesigning and rebranding their spaces to adapt to the changing needs of their students and teachers, as we always have. It isn’t about what we call it so much as what we start to do differently to make them the best spaces for learning.
On the occasion of their 125th anniversary Edinburgh City Libraries invited a panel of experts to discuss the future of libraries.
Speakers taking part:
John Scally - (National Librarian and Chief Executive)
Philippa Cochrane - (Scottish Book Trust, Reader Development)
Prof. Hazel Hall- (Napier University- Professor of Social Informatics - information sharing in online environments)
Duncan Wright – Senior School Librarian at Stewart’s Melville College.
Chaired by Marion Sinclair - Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland Categorie
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
The whole world keeps on discussing the future of libraries: the discussions and arguments stay pretty much the same. From collections to connections; information literacy (what is relevant?); sharing pleasure of reading; mediating with imaginative text; heart of communities; trusted space. From helping to find to sorting out what is found.
Visit the Central branch of New York City’s Queens Library at 12:55 pm on a Tuesday, and you’ll see about 100 people outside, waiting for the doors to open. At 1 pm they file in: Some settle in the comfy saucer chairs, while others rest in armchairs facing four TVs and open a newspaper. Splashes of blue and green interrupt white walls, and computer areas are separated by category: job information, adult learning center, and “young adult learning.”
The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals to view a free, six-part online course designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring about positive change. The webinars explain, step by step, how to use the “turning outward” approach created by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The approach emphasizes taking steps to better understand communities; changing processes and thinking to make conversations more community-focused; becoming more proactive to community issues; and putting community aspirations first.
Featuring interviews with Harwood Institute founder Rich Harwood and individuals who have utilized the “turning outward” approach, “Sweet Spot of Public Life” (Session 6 of 6) discusses making strategic choices for action and building and sustaining momentum.** To download all the materials referenced in this video, please visit www.ala.org/LTC/resources.
n this presentation, Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant discusses how collaboration with other institutions, innovation in both technologies and services, and empowerment of the communities libraries serve are necessary for libraries to succeed.
Digital media service allows free online streaming of library materials.
A free digital media service gives library cardholders instant access 24/7 to thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, comics and graphic novels, music, movies and television shows.
St. Clair County Library System is partnering with Hoopla Digital, which lets patrons stream or temporarily download content through their smartphones, tablets and computers.
People can download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app directly through the library’s website, stclaircountylibrary.org. Signing up will require entering the patron’s ID number, which is located on the back of the library card, and a four-digit PIN, or personal identification number. People who forgot their PIN are advised to go in person to their local branch to retrieve it, but can get it by phone after answering a series of questions.
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