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Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association

Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A new report from an independent firm of economists has found that Australia’s public libraries deliver benefits that are worth nearly three times the cost of running them – a fact that will come as no surprise to Australia’s 10 million registered library users.If you put $100 into gold last year, it would be worth around $110 today. Compare that with the $290 return on every $100 invested in Australian public libraries.

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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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The new role of public libraries (infographic)

The new role of public libraries (infographic) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Public libraries are more important than ever before. They are not only about lending books. They are places where users can improve…
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Public Libraries Reinventing to Attract Teens: What Does This Mean for Black Teens?

Public Libraries Reinventing to Attract Teens: What Does This Mean for Black Teens? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

You mention the words “public library” to most teens and they cringe at the thought of going. After spending long hours of structured time in the classroom, it is understandable that some teens do not want to go to a traditional gatekeeping public library and sit in complete silence. However, those times are changing for many libraries. The Institute of Museum and Library Services totally gets that teens want to learn, but they want to feel carefree and have fun doing it. So, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has been giving some public libraries grants to reinvent and develop programs to get teens engaged and having fun doing it.

As of today, these community libraries in various states have already started their big plans. Nashville Public Library received $1.2 million in a grant to make the necessary changes. The plan for these libraries have been to create an area where teens can be loud, hangout, play games, do homework, participate in activities and other programs.

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What do modern libraries loan? Human books

What do modern libraries loan? Human books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
There are still epic tales of migration, inspiring stories of people overcoming hardship, and chronicles of religious or racial persecution.
But in some places, there aren't any books -- instead, it's humans that are on loan.
"A Human Library is just like a real library but instead of paperbacks and hard covers, we have real people on our bookshelves," said Ronni Abergel, cofounder of the Human Library Organization.
"You can borrow the bipolar or the Muslim or the transgender or the homeless, and in this way you get a chance to talk to this person and you may just realize what you have in common."
Literary origins
Abergel cofounded the Human Library 16 years ago in Copenhagen, on the back of a one-off event designed to prevent physical violence.
A group of 50 human volunteers posed as titles for people to borrow over four days -- readers could ask the volunteers anything they liked about their life and experiences.
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The Case for Informed Browsing | Backtalk

The Case for Informed Browsing | Backtalk | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Netflix knows something that libraries haven’t figured out yet: how to create categories that help people browse online in an informed yet serendipitous way.
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Tweet from @erickplumb

Tweet from @erickplumb | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Folks drinking wine and painting at the #library. https://t.co/OijZn1027B
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SAOIM 2016 Day One : Let’s define what we do, so we know what to do next

SAOIM 2016 Day One : Let’s define what we do, so we know what to do next | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The theme I am seeing is that we need to define (or redefine) exactly what we do. What is our core purpose? Do the day to day operations in our libraries support this overall purpose or do we need to stop doing something ?

Phil Bradley made the point that what we do is not about physical books. We need to be careful not to fall for the “attraction of the artefact”. Our physical stock is used to define us in the dictionary, but collection management should not be what we are about. We can change the conversation to talk about building the library community rather than building the library collection. He gave a lovely example of what I have heard someone (who?? not me) refer to as “libraries as engines of hope and kindness”. The respect shown by a prison librarian gave clients a sense of belonging, and that was extended when on release the prison librarian had arranged for use of the local library. Phil  suggested that being a librarian is a position of privilege and power because we can make such an impact on peoples’ lives.
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Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016

Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Biennial AIA/ALA Library Building Awards honor
new and renovated libraries that reflect their communities
By Cesar R. Bustamante Jr.

This year, seven libraries received the prestigious 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, which recognizes excellence in architectural library design. The award recipients, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), exemplify how the traditional role of libraries has evolved. The designs of these community spaces differ to reflect the needs of
the surrounding residents, which vary according to neighborhood or campus.
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What Will Libraries Be Like in 2100?

What Will Libraries Be Like in 2100? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Nobody can know—but perhaps we can talk about what libraries should be in that imaginable future.

For instance, how many libraries will there be? I can think of two good answers, both of which I hope are correct—and one very bad answer, which I hope is entirely incorrect.

The first correct answer is simple. There will be a library: one library, globally comprehensive and globally accessible.

That vision means we think of libraries as collections, which is one thing they are. The old model depended on physical collections of material widely and strategically distributed in locations where communities or institutions could create, sustain, and support them. If consulting the Encyclopedia Britannica was a good thing, then every library worth its salt had to buy a set periodically and figure out what to do with the old edition it replaced.

Librarians are the Jedi knights of our culture’s future and deserve to be respected for that.

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The Librarian’s Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Workshop Series | New Jersey State Library

The Librarian’s Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Workshop Series | New Jersey State Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The New Jersey State Library commissioned the Librarian’s Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Guidebook and Workbook. Thanks to a grant from PSE&G, the New Jersey State Library is pleased to offer 9 training workshops based on this new resource developed for librarians to help their community after a disaster.
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How Libraries Are Curating Current Events, Becoming Community Debate Hubs

How Libraries Are Curating Current Events, Becoming Community Debate Hubs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

his piece is part of a special series on Libraries + Media. 

When the Pew Research Center tracks where Americans get their news, we hear about Reddit, Twitter and Facebook, television, newspapers and radio. Libraries don’t make the list. You might not expect them to.

“I believe we have a responsibility to be partisan on the side of democracy, human rights, social inclusion, and social justice.” —Mark Hudson


But there’s another side to this story. Pew studies also report that Americans do head to libraries, online and in person, to read news and research topics of interest. People do value the services of reference librarians. And they do trust libraries to help them decide what information is trustworthy.

Libraries are now turning that trust into an opportunity: Around the world, they’re experimenting with more direct participation in the issues that affect their communities. Library teams are selecting topics of local importance, compiling resource guides that keep up with evolving issues, and inviting public discussion and debate.

Librarians are curating current events.

Hot Topics In America
At California’s Alameda County Library, guides to current events feature the “news you are talking about.” Feeds from local and international news sources dovetail with guides to newsworthy subjects such as privacy, elections and guns and violence. While research guides are old news for libraries, these modernized versions are created with content management tools like LibGuides that let librarians organize selected sources and incorporate live news feeds, reader polls and other interactive features.


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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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Community Central | Library by Design, Spring 2016

Community Central | Library by Design, Spring 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
When the recession hit pause on the plans Kansas’s Wichita Public Library (WPL) had to replace its aging central building, library leaders used the opportunity to tap into community feedback. As a result, the replacement will offer features and services tailored to patrons’ needs and will support the city as it moves into the future by fostering civic growth and engagement.
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Being a librarian now means also being at least a part-time social worker — Timeline

Being a librarian now means also being at least a part-time social worker — Timeline | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In a city known for innovation, tolerance, and liberal social policies, homelessness has proven to be an intractable problem. Two out of three of San Francisco’s homeless residents are not living in shelters but on the street, according to federal statistics. That trend, says Hall, has manifested itself inside the library. “There certainly weren’t as many homeless patrons when I began,” Hall said. “But there also weren’t the housing shortages and the income disparities and the issues with injectable drugs. The city really has changed a lot.”
And so has being a librarian at the Main Branch. To thrive here, Hall said, one must come to terms with the fact that it is not a sleepy suburban branch nor a cloistered university research library. “We make it very clear to our applicants that this isn’t always a quiet, peaceful place,” Hall said. “People who work here must embrace that urban reality.”
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People who work in the library must embrace the new (urban) reality. It means that part of the time you are a social worker.
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Library Emoji | Office Hours

Library Emoji | Office Hours | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
We spend a lot of time talking about new and emerging literacies in our field. Conceptualizing how information is created, shared, and understood becomes especially intriguing when we add a new language to the mix, a language that many citizens globally understand. Consider this: 92 percent of all people online use emoji as a means to convey information and emotion. A recent piece in Wired by Clive Thompson, “The Emoji Is the Birth of a New Type of Language (  No Joke),” exploring this phenomenon got me thinking about what it might mean for communication, sharing, and interaction with others and with libraries.
Thompson shares some striking research insights by way of linguist Tyler Schnoebelen, chief data scientist for Idibon: people often use the skull emoji when they talk about their problems with their phones, Instagram posts include emoji nearly 50 percent of the time, and emoji have quelled the use of “netspeak.” Remember netspeak? I used to teach that lingo in public Internet classes in the 1990s. Today, LOL has yielded to any number of smiling ideograms as a means to convey laughter or happiness.
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Robotic librarians hit the books

Robotic librarians hit the books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
If some reckless reader has put a book back in the wrong spot, it's a daunting task for librarians to search the entire building for it. Researchers are now designing robots that can navigate through libraries at night, scanning spines and shelves to report back on missing or out-of-place books.​​
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Top 5 skills for future proofing a librarian’s employment opportunities

Top 5 skills for future proofing a librarian’s employment opportunities | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
But, please note, I do not have any kind of personal professional development plan of the type that Alisa and Sam have shared this #blogjune. I’m pretty much in awe of this kind of organisation and professionalism… so do have a look at what they have to say about what they are doing to future proof themselves.

Skill 1 – Know your library stuff inside out – from first principles
Really, to continue to be useful in a library you must, must, must have an idea of basic principles of selection, organisation, preservation, provision, access and social life of information. Full Stop.

Not only that, if you have a good grasp of the WHY we do what we do how we do it, then you can critique what we do, improve on it and understand how to extend it into the future.

Reading something like Matthew Battles’ Library an Unquiet History should make sure you have an idea about the WHY from which all our HOW flows.

Skill 2 – Turn up, do things you say you will on time, wash, be kind and pleasant, don’t piss off your coworkers, boss or clients
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Chicago Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016

Chicago Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch Chicago Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Designing a library so that the historic South Chinatown meets the burgeoning North Chinatown made for a great opportunity to craft a unique place that would be a prime destination. The two-story Chicago Public Library branch’s pebble-shaped, three-sided design is inspired by feng shui philosophy. It allows for fluid pedestrian movement, landscaping throughout the site, and a view of the building from all sides.


This year, seven libraries received the prestigious 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, which recognizes excellence in architectural library design. The award recipients, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), exemplify how the traditional role of libraries has evolved. The designs of these community spaces differ to reflect the needs of the surrounding residents, which vary according to neighborhood or campus.

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Borrowing a tune: Vancouver Library launches musical instrument lending program

Borrowing a tune: Vancouver Library launches musical instrument lending program | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Dozens of musical instruments, including  guitars, ukuleles, banjos, keyboards, xylophones and drums, will be available free to anyone with a library card as the Vancouver Public Library launches an innovative new lending program. The launch, fittingly, will be a musical event jam packed with talent.

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10 Things You Can Do at the Los Angeles Public Library System - MomsLA

10 Things You Can Do at the Los Angeles Public Library System - MomsLA | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

If you haven’t been into a Los Angeles Public Library lately, you may be surprised at the variety of services and resources available to community members. The Library is no longer just the “place with all the books. So there are:

1. online learning options available through LAPL. Many classes are offered free of charge and include language classes, personal enrichment classes, business-related courses, and more. 

2. Special Exhibitions. Museums aren’t the only places in Los Angeles that have special exhibits. The Central Library houses exhibits that do change periodically. 

3. Involvement Opportunities. Our public libraries are a rich community resource, and they also provide us with many opportunities to get involved and do our part. 

4. Summer Reading Programs. 

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How Libraries -- Yes, Libraries -- Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don't Need

How Libraries -- Yes, Libraries -- Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don't Need | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
How Libraries — Yes, Libraries — Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don’t Need
Libraries are “the original sharing economy.”
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