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Watch Session A202: Transformers 4.5: University Digital Branch Library

Watch Session A202: Transformers 4.5: University Digital Branch Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hear about an all-electronic business branch library that has become an integral part of the Notre Dame business school’s educational system.
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Public Library of the Year 2016 - MODEL PROGRAMME FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Public Library of the Year 2016 - MODEL PROGRAMME FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
With its unique and central location in the city, Dokk1 has become a key element in the forward-looking strategy for creating more life by the harbour, which used to be a practically deserted area. It is evident that accessibility has been given high priority, not only in the positioning of the library, but also in the many outdoor areas and staircases that provide access to the building from all sides. This is supported by the shape and facade cladding of the building, which has no back, but has been given a primary facade on every side. In both the interior and the exterior, a classical construction element, the staircase, has been used as both a functional necessity and a place for meeting and resting. The jury also finds great architectural value in the simple and consistent choice of materials throughout the building, which adapts naturally to the harbour environment. Furthermore, the materials are of a high quality without being ostentatious, which makes the building stand out as a place of diversity with room for everybody. As a contrast to the many raw materials used, other elements have elegantly been incorporated to create a special atmosphere for the library's users through scale, materiality and colours, and it is impressive to see how the building's complex programme and the many elements are held together in a relatively simple layout. The library is classified as a low-energy building featuring, among other things, solar panels, LED lighting, recirculation of ventilation air in the parking area and seawater cooling.
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nArchitects Wins Shanghai Competition with Home-Inspired Library

nArchitects Wins Shanghai Competition with Home-Inspired Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
nArchitects’ Library as Home has won first place in the 2016 International Young Architects Design Competition for the 110,000 square meter Shanghai Library East Hall in China. Hosted by the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Government, the competition sought out designs that enhance Shanghai’s distinct cultural influence and promote community life. 

Library as Home reflects these goals in its design as “a large house for all, with a rich variety of environments that Shanghai’s citizens could appropriate as their own.”
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The next wave of AI is rooted in human culture and history

The next wave of AI is rooted in human culture and history | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

AI Understanding humans is essential to the design and experience of a technology. For decades, major corporations have turned to social scientists for insight into human behavior, culture and history. At Intel, Genevieve Bell, a prominent Australian anthropologist with a Ph.D. from Stanford University, has been tracking societal trends across the world to help build technologies that are fine-tuned to the needs of the people who will interact with them.

Bell started working at Intel in 1998. She brought her anthropological research and fieldwork techniques to the world of microprocessors, wearables and artificial intelligence. Over the years, her formal role has evolved from director of user experience at Intel's research lab to VP of corporate strategy. But regardless of the titles, her work has remained firmly focused on studying the patterns and complexities of human behavior across cultures. In her self-proclaimed role as a "full-time anthropologist and part-time futurist," she examines the meaning of "intelligence" within the context of machines, while she continues to trace its cultural impact on humans and their relationships.

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Are You a Future Ready Librarian? | Knowledge Quest

Are You a Future Ready Librarian? | Knowledge Quest | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Has the saying “future ready” been bounced around in your professional circles recently? Does this term have special meaning for us as school librarians? As I initially began hearing “future ready” used in professional conversations, it seemed to be a mashup of two other educational buzz words: “21st-Century Learning” and “College and Career Ready.” Earlier this year, I facilitated a professional development session with the help of three of my colleagues which we titled, “Is Your Library Future Ready?” In the context of our presentation we used the term “future ready” as a lens for envisioning the school library facility. We focused on creating an environment that accommodates multiple and varied activities and groups, provides flexible learning spaces for both collaborative and individualized learning, and supports access to digital content, mobile devices, and online learning platforms. We were on the right track, but at this year’s AASL Affiliate Assembly meeting at ALA Annual Conference, I gained a much deeper understanding of the national “future ready” effort and the essential involvement of school librarians.
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This beautiful outdoor micro-library can pop up anywhere

This beautiful outdoor micro-library can pop up anywhere | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Book Stop.WTA Architecture and Design Studio

Libraries are often monolithic buildings filled with extensive collections.

But a new outdoor micro-library in the Philippines, called the Book Stop, is the exact opposite. Constantly changing books and locations, it seeks to reinvent the traditional library.

By planting the pop-up library outside in different urban parks, its creators, WTA Architecture and Design Studio, hope to make public libraries more relevant for the 21st century. The project was also nominated for a 2016 World Architecture Award.

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Computers in Libraries 2017

Computers in Libraries 2017 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
computers in libraries 2017
upping our game: taking libraries to new heights with technology 

There are many excellent libraries as well as a myriad of innovative and engaging services in the information world these days. What strategies, learning, training, partnering, out-of- the-box thinking and borrowing from other industries will enable all libraries to be excellent in their communities? Whether it’s building creative spaces with learning commons and makerspaces; engaging audiences in different ways with community managers and embedded librarians; advocating for learning and literacy in new and exciting ways; using new technologies to provide engaging services and apps; partnering with museums or chambers of commerce; Computers in Libraries 2017 is all about Upping Our Game: Taking Libraries to New Heights with Technology
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ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code”

ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code” | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.
 
"Libraries today are less about what we have on our shelves and more about what we do for and with people in our schools, campuses and communities,” said ALA President Sari Feldman. “Learning for children and youth today is more flexible, more self-directed, and with greater opportunities to not just use content, but to create and collaborate digitally. Library professionals are committed to facilitating both individual opportunity for all and advancing community progress. This new project with Google sits squarely in our modern public mission."
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NHS partners up with libraries to boost wellbeing

NHS partners up with libraries to boost wellbeing | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

One library in Staffordshire offered free fruit to children for West Midlands health information week. 
“One of my first memories, when I was four, was being taken to join the library in Newcastle upon Tyne,” says Linda Fenwick. Whenever she has moved since, one of the first things she has done is join the local library. “It’s just unthinkable to not have a library,” she says.

When her local library at Barton-under-Needwood needed volunteers, Fenwick stepped forward to help run it. On 25 April it became the first in Staffordshire to be run by volunteers, and one of eight that has an unusual partner: South Staffordshire and Shropshire healthcare NHS foundation trust.

The trust’s decision to add library management to mental health, learning disability and specialist children’s services will be discussed on Wednesday 13 July at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals’ annual conference in Brighton.

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The Purpose-Based Library | American Libraries Magazine

The Purpose-Based Library | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Purpose-Based Library
Finding your path to survival, success, and growth
By John J. Huber and Steven V. Potter | July 20, 2016

This is an excerpt from The Purpose-Based Library: Finding Your Path to Survival, Success, and Growth by John J. Huber and Steven V. Potter (ALA Editions, 2015).
“The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competitors, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose.” —Bill Gates

Bill Gates’s quote should have you, as a member of the library profession, doing backflips. Librarians are specifically trained to gather, manage, and use information. If we take Gates’s words at face value, libraries should be the most competitive organizations on the planet.

Some of you would argue that your library is a nonprofit organization and is not competing with anyone. We beg to differ. Every customer has a choice and chooses whether to go to the library website or Google’s search bar, to either engage the library or order materials from Amazon. Amazon would much rather have its customers buy a book than borrow, and Google would much rather have information seekers search its website than seek out a reference or research librarian. There is no question that libraries compete head-to-head with these for-profit businesses.

Libraries are competing against the most successful businesses this planet has ever seen, and considering this competition, libraries have responded admirably. Embracing self-service technology, adopting one-field, deep-web database search engines, expanding ebook offerings, creating staffless libraries, and streamlining service-delivery chains are a few examples. However, libraries must face the reality that they have an uphill battle competing with these impressive and highly profit-driven companies. Google has for the most part won the “surface web” battle, as the role of the reference librarian has become a shell of itself. Amazon is winning the battle for ebooks, primarily because of its effective user interface, wealth of offerings, and easy-to-use digital delivery platform. Libraries are hanging in there and competing effectively, but for how long? They are surviving, but survival is not enough—success and growth have to be a part of libraries’ survival strategies or they will eventually lose their relevance.

To successfully compete, libraries must embrace the words of Bill Gates. Libraries must gather, use, and manage information in a way that large for-profit companies cannot. So the question is: What competitive advantages do libraries have that these organizations do not? Let us count the ways:

Libraries have more locations across the country than any other organization.
Libraries have a personal presence in every community in the country.
Library staff interact with their customers face-to-face.
Library staff are trained and skilled to gather, archive, and manage information.
Library staff are well educated and motivated to make a difference.
And most important, libraries and their staff have a powerful, game-changing common purpose.
To go beyond survival, to succeed and grow, libraries must embrace and leverage these competitive advantages.

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Horseback Library Serves Indonesia's Remote Readers and More Critical Linking

Horseback Library Serves Indonesia's Remote Readers and More Critical Linking | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
How books get to remote readers in Indonesia and more of today's interesting bookish links in Critical Linking.
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New vision for public libraries in Croatia | EIFL

New vision for public libraries in Croatia | EIFL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In March and May this year, EIFL convened meetings of over 20 leading Croatian public librarians and library advocates to develop a vision for public libraries in the context of Croatia’s national development strategies and priorities.
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The Evolution of a Librarian | Melanie Sibley | TEDxMarcusHighSchool

The ebb and flow of disruptive innovation often changes the way we do our specific jobs and careers. Melanie Sibley touches on the how and why these changes have been necessary in her line of work.

Melanie Sibley is the Library Media Specialist at Liberty Elementary School. She happily devotes her days to students, books, and technology. Outside of school, Ms. Sibley seeks adventure and knowledge through travel, reading, and trivia/games. No matter the activity, she is always learning.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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LITA’s Top Tech Trends | American Libraries Magazine

LITA’s Top Tech Trends | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Information Technology Association (LITA) for its Top Tech Trends predictions. The panelists were Blake Carver, LYRASIS; Lauren Comito, Queens (N.Y.) Library; Laura Costello, Stony Brook (N.Y.) University; Carolyn Coulter, PrairieCat Library Consortium; and Nick Grove, Meridian (Idaho) Library District.

Here are some of the questions:

What is the next top tech trend?

Comito: Teaching underlying concepts, not specific devices.
Costello: Real-time library data: What are patrons’ favorite chairs? Is the library busy now?
Grove: Virtual reality and how it will play out in libraries.
Coulter: Balancing access and privacy.
Carver: Super-fast, super-easy app development; huge, cross-platform software that anyone can design and implement.

What is on the horizon in IT privacy and security?

Carver: Terror. Ransomware, because there is big money behind that. The slow but welcome disappearance of Flash and Java.
Coulter: Every public library I’ve worked in has common logins at all their branches. It will be painful to get rid of these file-shares. We must educate our administrators as well as our patrons.
Grove: Confusing lingo that makes file backup sound horrendously intimidating when it is not. Simpler communications from IT.
Costello: Telling vendors that some of their features put our patrons at risk.

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The Future of Public Libraries: Emerging Trends

The Future of Public Libraries: Emerging Trends | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when libraries existed solely for the purpose of borrowing books or offering a quiet place to study. Much like other educational spaces, public libraries are evolving and changing the traditional view of how a library should look and sound. In fact, many libraries have tossed out what used to be their cardinal rule: silence. This has been traded in for more collaborative learning environments and makerspaces, innovative physical designs and seating arrangements, and the availability of accessible, emerging technologies.

We surveyed the library landscape to show you a sampling of trends and innovations that are popping up in public libraries around the globe
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Public Librarians Launch Libraries4BlackLives

Public Librarians Launch Libraries4BlackLives | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
On July 21, the Movement for Black Lives’ National Day of Action, a team of four public librarians with backgrounds in social justice launched a new initiative, Libraries4BlackLives (L4BL). Jessica Anne Bratt, branch manager at Grand Rapids Public Library, MI; Sarah Lawton, neighborhood library supervisor for Madison Public Library, WI; Amita Lonial, learning experiences manager at Skokie Public Library (SPL), IL; and Amy Sonnie, adult literacy and lifelong learning librarian at Oakland Public Library, CA, joined forces earlier in the summer to create a website that would bring together library-based advocates who want to support the ideals and activism behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Bratt and Lonial are 2016 Library Journal Movers & Shakers; Lawton and Sonnie are self-professed “Shovers & Makers.”)
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Napping in the library a lot more comfortable at BCIT with new sleep pods

Napping in the library a lot more comfortable at BCIT with new sleep pods | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
BCIT has installed two new sleep pods in its Burnaby campus library so students can lie down for a proper sleep if they should need it.

The library's director says the pilot program was driven by student demand.

"We often see students sleeping in the library," said James Rout. "We've also had some research ... that shows a clear need for students to have a safe and secure place to rest."

The technical college launched a nap room inside one of its gyms in January, but Rout says the library is a more central location on campus.
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Sustainable Thinking for Libraries | American Libraries Magazine

Sustainable Thinking for Libraries | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Sustainability in libraries is about more than respecting the environment, according to presenter Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, coordinator for library sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Aldrich and her copresenter Matthew Bollerman of Hauppauge (N.Y.) Public Library, who spoke Saturday at the 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, said libraries can become sustainable by focusing on the triple bottom line, a term borrowed from the accounting world. For libraries, this means finding the overlap between decisions that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. Keeping these ideas about sustainability in mind will help them filter through your organization at all levels so your library is taking a “whole systems approach” to sustainability. If you’re thinking about the big things, the small things will go in the right direction, they said.

“The choices you make as an organization tell a story about you,” said Aldrich.

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Library programs on increase as membership statewide decreases

Library programs on increase as membership statewide decreases | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Connecticut’s libraries are increasing their focus on programs for the public, according to data from the Connecticut State Library.
Statistics representing traditional library mainstays like book-loaning and computer use either have declined or held steady since the mid-2000s, but the number of programs put on by libraries has been on the rise.
While library memberships are down more than 25 percent since the mid-2000s, the number of programs offered by libraries statewide has nearly doubled since 2001.
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Library 2.016 : Libraries of the Future

Library 2.016 : Libraries of the Future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
We're excited to announce the third of three Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: Libraries of the Future, October 6th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacifi…
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Ex Libris Initiatives Blog: Doctor's Orders for Librarians in the New Library Space: Leave Your Desk!

Ex Libris Initiatives Blog: Doctor's Orders for Librarians in the New Library Space: Leave Your Desk! | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Library spaces are changing, and so are the responsibilities of the average librarian. 
Libraries all over the world are re imagining library spaces to enable collaborative work, teaching and learning, and even socializing. The Cambridge University Library’s Protolib project is just one example of how universities are extending library environments to include a wide range of work and study spaces.
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This Library is Basically Every Screenwriter's Dream Place to Write

This Library is Basically Every Screenwriter's Dream Place to Write | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The screenwriter's writing haven has arrived—and it's awesome. 
Imagine the most perfect place to write. Does it include a library full of tens of thousands of scripts, comfy seating, and free Wi-Fi? If so, you should definitely check out the Writers Guild of America Library, which has all of that and more.

Located in Los Angeles, the Billy Wilder Reading Room inside the WGA Library aims to "preserve and promote the craft, history, and voices of screen storytelling," and does so by making a treasure trove of scripts, taped programs, writers' biographies, and books available to those who come through its doors. It has amenities that would impress almost any screenwriter, like free Wi-Fi and quiet, comfortable places to write.

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Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Where's Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.
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NYPL Launches SimplyE App, Integrating Access to Multiple Ebook Vendors

NYPL Launches SimplyE App, Integrating Access to Multiple Ebook Vendors | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library (NYPL) on July 12 announced the launch of SimplyE, a new app for tablets and smartphones that employs a single interface for browsing, borrowing, and reading ebooks from multiple different vendors, as well as public domain ebooks. Enabling patrons to discover and start reading library ebooks with as few as three clicks, this initial version of the app is the fulfillment of a goal set two and a half years ago by the NYPL-led Library Simplified project.
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IFLA -- Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

IFLA -- Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The inclusion of libraries and access to information in national and regional development plans will contribute to meeting the global United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In support of this goal, IFLA has today published a booklet of examples and recommendations for policymakers demonstrating the contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is also a supporting two-page handout.

The booklet includes stories from all types of libraries in from many countries around the world. IFLA thanks all IFLA members and partners that contributed their stories for the booklet. Additional stories will be made available online, and you can re-print the booklet and handout at any time. Print copies will also be mailed to all IFLA members and additional copies can be ordered from IFLA Headquarters.
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Changing the Conversation About Librarians | Mark Ray | TEDxElCajonSalon

Mark Ray is changing the conversation from "shh..." to "How can I help your with technology?" Mark has helped to overhaul libraries in Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state. For more information on this TED talk go to www.TEDElCajon.com.

Mark Ray is Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Named a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has helped develop and lead 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, we was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year.
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