In the 12th annual Knight News Challenge, organizers asked this question: “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Twenty-two winners answered that challenge, and their names were announced January 30 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.
ALA President Courtney L. Young opened the session, drawing a parallel between the mission of the Knight Foundation and ALA, both of which, she said, believe in the democratizing effect of keeping the public informed and engaged.
This year’s News Challenge received 680 submissions, which were narrowed down to 41 semifinalists. In the end, 22 grant recipients—14 prototypes projects and eight larger projects—will share $3 million to launch their programs.
There’s a powerful intuitive link between libraries and our future.
That’s probably why libraries have been a recurring feature, an anchoring reference point in science fiction that envisions the future. Frequently, in those speculative fictions libraries and librarians, along with the loss of civilization, have found themselves consigned to a forgotten dust heap.
The Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify trends relevant to libraries and librarianship. This trend library is available to help libraries and librarians understand how trends are developing and why they matter. Each trend is updated as new reports and articles are made available. New trends will be added as they are developed.
For the sake of argument, let's all agree that the answer to this question is yes: libraries have a central mission to change the world—to make it a better, more intelligent, more tolerant, more open-minded place, one that is (thanks in part to our professional efforts) increasingly filled with well-informed critical thinkers who will, themselves, take the tools and skills with which the library has provided them and go on to make the world even better. This is what the library exists to do.
When Erica Freudenberger, director of the Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library, set out to make change in her community, she knew she couldn’t do it alone—she would need the community itself to help her. And though her community is small—1,900 people inhabit the village of Red Hook—it has proven itself mighty, making changes that community members have wanted to see for many years.
‘The power of our network’ is the slogan that accompanies the KB Strategic Plan 2015-2018. It is published on the eve of a drastic change, the implementation of the Public Library Provisions System Act (Wsob) on 1 January 2015. Under this act, the KB will play a central role in the field of public libraries too, something it has been doing for years in terms of scholarly information provision. The KB will now be able to fully live up to its title of 'national library'.
The strategic priorities for 2015-2018 are: 1. To realise the national digital library 2. Reinforcing national and international cooperation.
Since the American Library Association (ALA) announced its collaboration with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, in 2012, the organizations have provided a variety of venues for libraries to engage deeply with the question of how they can and should enable change in their communities. At the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Institute will lead a series of four hands-on workshops on Turning Outward To Lead Change in your Community.
Are cultural institutions the environment iBeacon has been waiting for?.
Two large banners greet patrons when they walk into Orlando Public Library.
Amid posters about the library’s family-friendly services and upcoming programming, the banners urge patrons to do something a bit uncharacteristic for a nearly 100-year-old institution: download an iBeacon app.
In November, the library implemented BluuBeam, an Orlando-based service that usesiBeacon technology to send location-triggered information to patrons. Visitors who download the app get an alert about library offers and events. So, for example, if you’re searching the third floor stacks for a Julia Child cookbook, you’ll receive a message about the library’s Cuisine Corner program that features cooking demos by local chefs.
As part of regular worldwide research into the research support service offer in academic institutions across the world in the spring and autumn of each year, I would like to share some of the trends that have been identified in 2014. The scope of this study covers over 80 research institutions, i.e. mainly universities from USA, Canada, Asia and Europe.
You will note that many of today’s research support services are part of an effort to help strengthen the researcher’s skillset.
Example: Connected Learning Social and digital media available via the internet connects students and young people to each other and to a host of formal and informal educators, providing limitless opportunities to seek and acquire new knowledge and skills. Connected learning is learning that is “highly social, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or civic opportunity.” 
How It’s Developing
Connected learning takes advantage of the vast amount of digital and social media available on the internet and the connectedness of today’s culture. It capitalizes on research that has shown that students achieve higher-order learning outcomes when their work is focused on topics that are personally interesting and relevant to them.  Connected learning also creates peer-supported learning environments, allowing students to learn together (and with experts) through interaction, sharing, and providing feedback  In order to succeed in the academic environment, connected learning seeks to provide activities and opportunities that are personally interesting and peer-supported and that connect to academic subjects. Advocates argue that traditional models or learning and activities in school may have been too limiting and may not prove productive in an age of lifelong learning. 
New York public libraries are aiming to bridge the digital divide New York City public libraries are on the verge of launching a truly awesome program: he New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents.
The program which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value, seeks to bridge a digital divide in the nation's largest city, where studies have found nearly 3 million of the 8 million people lack broadband access.
From the Boston Public Library: The Boston Public Library Foundation received a grant of $488,000 from the Highland Street Foundation to support new and expanded technology programs in the new Teen Central space, opening in late February at the Boston Public Libr...
Forget the past eight years of indecision on replacing the Central Library. The arrival of 2015 has presented the Wichita City Council with a fresh, inspiring opportunity to build a new $30 million downtown learning hub around the future.
Design Thinking for Libraries is an approach to improving your library through creativeproblem solving.
This toolkit guides you through Design Thinking so you can start coming up with solutions to everyday challenges within the library. Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about starting with people — the users that visit your library. At IDEO, we’ve been using similar methods to envision new products, services, spaces, and experiences that bring them to life. We created this toolkit specifically for the library setting, and we’re looking forward to seeing how you might create impact by seeing your work through a fresh perspective: the design thinking lens!