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Super-libraries herald a new age in the life of a humble institution

Super-libraries herald a new age in the life of a humble institution | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The rise of super libraries is an example of the growing inequality in the provision of libraries across the country. These inequalities are especially evident in rural areas, where pressures to rationalise library services are often greatest. In efforts to make their expenditure go further, many local councils have begun to centralise under-used services into multi-use hubs.While understandable, the pitfalls of this approach mean that services can become less accessible, particularly for vulnerable and more socially isolated residents.

What is necessary for libraries to prosper/

1. Place the library as the hub of a community

2. Make the most of digital technology and creative media

3. Ensure resilience and sustainability

4. deliver the right skills

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Because the super libraries get so much attention it's tempting to conclude to a new golden age, Tim Vanson writes. But they are just a handful against the disappareance and budgetcuts for the majority. Which could mean that services can become less accessible. Instead of exploring this line Vanson goes to general recommandations for libraries to prosper (also useful but known).

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Libraries Respond to Community Needs in Times of Crisis

Libraries Respond to Community Needs in Times of Crisis | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A patron stopped librarian Melanie Townsend Diggs on Wednesday afternoon with good news: He had used a library computer to apply for some jobs Tuesday morning, and before he even got home that day, he had gotten a call for an interview.
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As Libraries Across the U.S. Embrace Desktop 3D Printing, UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library | Business Wire

As Libraries Across the U.S. Embrace Desktop 3D Printing, UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library | Business Wire | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries throughout the U.S. are implementing new technologies to adapt to the changing habits of the digital age by adding additional services such
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Innovator in Residence : Toronto Public Library

Innovator in Residence : Toronto Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Aspiring and practicing Arduino users are invited to learn from the multi-talented Lindy Wilkins for lectures, workshops, and one-on-one appointments.

Lindy's experience includes owner/digital fabricator of ZAP! Lazer cutting, director of Site 3 CoLaboratory, and Front-End Developer for Crowd Twist.

Lindy is also a teaching assistant at OCAD University where she has taught creative code and electronics to undergraduate students. In 2014, Lindy was Innovator in Communities at the Toronto Public Library. Her role was teaching Arduino, web development and code in Toronto's Community centers.
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How Librarians Are Rockin' the Makerspace Movement

How Librarians Are Rockin' the Makerspace Movement | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Turn your library into a creative workshop with tips from six media specialists.

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I've read a lot about makerspaces and they seem great in theory but we still need to get over some of the simple problems like how to maintain equipment and save it form damage and vandalism.

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ZBW MediaTalk | Die #emtacl15 in Trondheim: Spielerischer Umgang mit neuen Technologien in Bibliotheken

ZBW MediaTalk | Die #emtacl15 in Trondheim: Spielerischer Umgang mit neuen Technologien in Bibliotheken | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Die emtacl15 “emerging technologies in academic libraries” fand vom 20.-22. April 2015 zum dritten Mal im norwegischen Trondheim statt. Ihr Motto könnte auch lauten:„Freut euch an der neuen Technik und gestaltet die Zukunft mit Freude an Veränderung.“ Die Konferenz wird in unregelmäßigen Abständen von der renommierten Technischen Universität von Trondheim (NTNU), die unter anderem die Nobelpreisträger für Medizin 2014 hervorbrachte, organisiert.

 

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Phillips Academy Head Argues Libraries More Important Than Ever In Digital Age

Phillips Academy Head Argues Libraries More Important Than Ever In Digital Age | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Palfrey says it's time to re-invest in libraries, and to pursue a new strategy that will allow them to shape, rather than just react, to the digital revolution.
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Nicole Pagowsky: WAAL 2015 Opening Keynote: Transforming our image through a compass of critical librarianship

 Librarians have been lamenting our stereotypes for over 100 years, but has anything changed? Critical librarianship--the process of incorporating social justice through theory and practice into professional philosophies and day-to-day work--pushes us past a simple dismissal of stereotypes, and toward a consideration of what implications these tropes have on our diversity, status, pay, and ability to collaboratively carry out our work with faculty as partners.

This keynote address will examine how implementing critical librarianship through our library instructional pedagogy, scholarship, and other ongoing work can add greater value to the profession, and help transform the perception of librarians to campus, as well as our own perception of ourselves.

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Libraries of the Future [VISUALIZATION] | LibraryScienceList.com

Libraries of the Future [VISUALIZATION] | LibraryScienceList.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Adapted from PewInternet.com.

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Vancouver library unveils digital lab - 24 Hours Vancouver

Vancouver library unveils digital lab - 24 Hours Vancouver | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Vancouver Public Library’s central branch is ready to open its digital lab on May 5 — one of the only places in the city offering a free space for anyone looking to use a green screen or a recording studio.

Via Ken Haigh
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This library lets you borrow a sledge hammer

This library lets you borrow a sledge hammer | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Somerville Tool Library is where the real sharing economy is happening

he shelves at most libraries hold books, periodicals, and audiovisual media*. Anew library near Boston, on the other hand, lets you check out everything from a hex key set, cordless drill, multimeter or jig saw to a tape measure, air compressor, soldering iron or even a hedge trimmer.

The idea, says founder Dina Gjertsen, is to encourage collective ownership of resources, an issue she started considering seriously after she abruptly found herself unemployed last spring. She took a week to think about her next professional move while she took on a few tasks around the house. In particular, she wanted to build some raised beds at the end of the driveway—but realized that to do it properly, she’d need a chop saw.

 
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When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need public libraries?

When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need public libraries? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need libraries? Book review of "BiblioTech" by John Palfrey. 

Palfrey, the former head of the Harvard Law School Library and the founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America, wants a library revolution, one that remakes the institution’s technology, goals and training. Libraries are in peril, he writes, facing budget cuts and a growing perception that technology has rendered them less necessary. All that’s at stake, Palfrey argues, is America’s experiment in self-government. “If we do not have libraries, if we lose the notion of free access to most information, the world of the haves and the have-nots will grow further and further apart. Our economy will suffer, and our democracy will be put at unnecessary risk.”

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I didn,t read the book myself; the critic in this case isn't very friendly. An article would have been enough; the author repeats himself and doesn't offer much information on how to get to the dream of a digital, networked, mocile and cloud-based library.

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The Library of the Future Is Here

The Library of the Future Is Here | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."

The library as a warehouse of information is an outdated concept. The library of the 21st century is a community workshop, a hub filled with the tools of the knowledge economy.

"If we can't shine in this environment, in this economy, shame on us," says Corinne Hill, the director of library system in Chattanooga, Tennessee—a system that has thoroughly migrated into the current era.

The library of the 21st century still has books, but it also has 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and spaces for conducting business meetings. It offers computer coding classes. It has advanced video- and audio-production software. All things that might and individual may find too expensive but can still benefit from using.

 
Via HR Trend Institute, Jappreet Sethi, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs. 

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Learning to Code | American Libraries Magazine

Learning to Code | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Interest among librarians in learning to code is huge and growing. Lately, numerous library conferences have featured programming tutorials or hackathons. Short workshops are wonderful for introducing fundamental concepts and creating positive experiences around code, but participants don’t necessarily know what to do next.

 
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Human Library : Toronto Public Library

Human Library : Toronto Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Meet with a person with an interesting story to tell and discover what it's like to walk in their shoes. "Check out" a person the same way you would a book and talk one-on-one with athletes, organizers, journalists, and others involved with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games.

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Hackathons @ the Library

Hackathons @ the Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

“Hackathons” are popular events amongst students, professionals, and techies alike. Indeed, hacker culture is far from new. By definition from Technopedia, a hackathon is “a gathering where programmers collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of time. Hackathons are at least a few days—or over a weekend—and generally no longer than a week.”

 

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School launches 'Go Fund Me' to save librarian's job

School launches 'Go Fund Me' to save librarian's job | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Goodyear elementary among 63 schools statewide that will lose charter funding
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Essay calls on librarians to seek more involvement from their campuses in developing future of the library | InsideHigherEd

Essay calls on librarians to seek more involvement from their campuses in developing future of the library | InsideHigherEd | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The library is only as effective as its ability to understand and support the emerging info
needs of its campus http://t.co/SrTMe2uwYB
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Examples of libraries using social media for marketing - Phil Bradley - YouTube

In this eighth in a series of ten videos designed to complement each chapter his new book, Social Media for Creative Libraries, Phil Bradley provides examples of how libraries have used social media for marketing. The video includes examples from Orkney Library, Manchester Libraries, Essex Libraries, Dublin City Public Libraries, The British Library, Los Angeles Public Library and New York Public Libraries. Find out more and browse a free sample chapter of the book at www.facetpublishing.co.uk.

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Opening Keynote, #WAAL2015 Conference (Pagowsky)

Transforming our image through a compass of critical librarianship - opening keynote for the annual Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries Conference (2015), nicole Pagowsky.

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Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow

Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
They're the latest addition to so-called "maker spaces" showing up in a number of libraries. But as libraries work to redefine their purpose in the digital age, it also raises questions about misuse.
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8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun

8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
I encourage you to check out your local library and see what they're up to. I think you'll be impressed -- and more than a little surprised -- by what they're doing....
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Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Library future depends on technologies. We've collected a couple of great concepts that could be used in the near future:

1. Library bookmark and guide

2. Book delivery drone

3. Digital interface for print books

4. Library utensils

5. Mobile library center

6. Print on demand machines

7. Access to library via commonly used app.

 

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Room to Grow | Office Hours

Room to Grow | Office Hours | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A FEW YEARS AGO at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, CA, I had dinner with librarians from three large universities. The conversation turned to something they had in common: they were all moving print book collections at their respective institutions off-site to make room for student spaces. Back then, this was a big deal, and these administrators met with opposition and angst from their constituents.
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California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says "We Need to Focus More of California’s Innovation and Creativity on Our Public Libraries"

California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says "We Need to Focus More of California’s Innovation and Creativity on Our Public Libraries" | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
California State Librarian Greg Lucas Says "We Need to Focus More of California’s Innovation and Creativity on Our Public Libraries"
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