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School library trends

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Have you been keeping up to date with what's new and happening in school libraries and what lies on the horizon?
Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton, School libraries: what's now, what's next, what's yet to come.

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Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors

Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
If the recent webinar Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the Rural Library Director could be summed up in one sentence, it might just be: "Make sure you know your community and that your community knows you."

Jennifer Pearson, Director, Marshall County Memorial Library (TN) and Association for Rural & Small Libraries board member, hit on this point consistently through all ten of those practical tips, and as she shared her own experience as director of a library in a community that she's not from. "The first two questions people asked me: where do you go to church? Who are your people?"

While these questions will vary depending on your location, no matter where you are, she emphasized that passion for your community and library will "make the public library an integrated hub of the community."
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High Tech Shelf Help: Singapore’s Library Robot

High Tech Shelf Help: Singapore’s Library Robot | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Library holdings are only useful if they’re findable. While many libraries focus on the digital aspects of improving search, for print collections at least, even recommending the most relevant titles ultimately falls short if they’re not on the right shelf. Misfiled materials can lead to major controversies, such as the one that recently led to the resignation of former Boston Public Library president Amy Ryan, as well as that staple of library human interest stories, the rare book or manuscript “discovered” in a library or archive.
However, the process of finding out if things have been properly shelved is time-consuming and never ending, as materials are continuously moved even if they don’t circulate outside the building. The task is often handled by support staff, interns, or volunteers, but Singapore’s National Library Board has a new alternative: a library robot

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Op-ed: To stay relevant, libraries must rethink how they connect to communities — NewsWorks

Op-ed: To stay relevant, libraries must rethink how they connect to communities — NewsWorks | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Since the advent of the Internet, libraries no longer have a monopoly on information. Across the country, the changing digital landscape means that libraries need to rethink the role they play within communities.

Historically, libraries have held a critical role in the fabric of civic life, helping to build more informed and engaged communities by connecting people with information, ideas, and each other. According to Pew Research, library usage has been declining over the past three years, primarily driven by technological change. At this critical juncture, when libraries are struggling to remain relevant, they need to embrace more opportunities to carry the field forward.

Staying relevant 

Libraries are even more vital in our new civic information environment. It is not sufficient for them to survive, they need to expand and thrive. This will require developing new muscles — but new ideas are not sufficient. We also need to escape the old ones. In order to do so, they need to focus on capacity building and understanding what it takes to innovate from within. 

The future of libraries will be determined by their ability to stay relevant to the lives of individuals and communities they serve.
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BBC signs partnership with Libraries NI to promote reading - BBC News

BBC signs partnership with Libraries NI to promote reading - BBC News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The BBC has signed a new partnership agreement with Libraries NI.
The agreement aims to support learning and development opportunities across Northern Ireland.
Plans are in place for events which explore connections between libraries, learning, broadcasting and books in autumn this year.
The agreement was signed in Lisburn City Library by Peter Johnston, director of BBC NI and Irene Knox, chief executive of Libraries NI.
Peter Johnston, director of BBC Northern Ireland, said: "We have worked closely with Libraries NI on a range of projects in the past, but this agreement takes our relationship to a new level and will provide real benefits for audiences with a range of ambitious plans which will be getting underway in the coming months."
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Musical Instruments Circulate in Canadian Public Libraries

Musical Instruments Circulate in Canadian Public Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Three days after the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) June 7 launch of its Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, every instrument had been borrowed. Two months later, all remain checked out, with a waitlist as high as 70 for some. None of that has been a surprise to the man behind the service, talent agent Shaw Saltzberg. This year, his idea became reality: two musical lending libraries were launched, with a third opening this fall in a major Canadian city to be announced. In April, patrons began borrowing musical instruments from the Parkdale branch of the Toronto Public Library (TPL), followed by the VPL Central Library. Saltzberg is already thinking about how the program can be expanded to 12 or even 24 public library systems across North America in the future.

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Libraries of the future are going to change in some unexpected ways

Libraries of the future are going to change in some unexpected ways | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

According to David Pescovitz, co-editor at Boing Boing and research director at the Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto-based collective that makes forecasts about our world, it's likely in the coming decades that society's traditional understanding of a library will get completely upended.

In 50 years' time, Pescovitz tells Business Insider, libraries are poised to become all-in-one spaces for learning, consuming, sharing, creating, and experiencing — to the extent that enormous banks of data will allow people to "check out" brand-new realities, whether that's scaling Mt. Everest or living out an afternoon as a dog.

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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

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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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Take Out the Books | The User Experience

Take Out the Books | The User Experience | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Inter-Faith Council (IFC) in Chapel Hill, NC, in fall 2015 opened the doors to its new residential men’s shelter, the Community House. Included in the new building was a room designated as the shelter’s library. Seemingly within minutes of its existence, generous book donations had filled the small space, but the residents didn’t use it. When Stephani Kilpatrick, residential director of IFC, asked if the Chapel Hill Public Library (CHPL) would help turn this space into something more useful, we jumped at the chance.
At CHPL, we believe a library is more than just the place with the books. Our bustling library is nearly always full of people meeting friends, working, relaxing, checking email, escaping the weather, playing games, reading, even getting married!
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Settle Into 10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth

Settle Into 10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
PEOPLE LOVE THEIR libraries. And when their governments put money toward them, they even love to visit them. A 2012 report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services found that when investment in libraries drops, as it has in the US since 2009, usage typically falls with it. But the inverse was also true; the more public funds libraries receive, the more people tend to use them.
Perhaps that’s because a good library is more than a repository for books—it’s a community resource. It may also explain the recent spate of high-design libraries (and bookstores) popping up around the globe. Many of them function not just as singular temples to the written word, but community centers, auditoria, concert halls, and public gardens. All of them are works of art in themselves. Here are ten of note.
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John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, September 12, 2:18 PM
Maar dat wisten wij natuurlijk al heel lang, in ieder geval in 2012 al ;-)
Trudy Raymakers's comment, September 12, 3:06 PM
Niet helemaal waar er heeft in ieder geval in het recente artikel van wired een update plaatsgevonden. De nummer 1 Dokk heeft pas dit jaar prijs gewonnen zoals het artikel vermeldt.
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'The Thingery' aims to bring new kind of library to Vancouver neighbourhoods

'The Thingery' aims to bring new kind of library to Vancouver neighbourhoods | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A new pilot project will give Vancouverites the chance to take home everything from hammers to snow shoes, free of charge — as long as they return it within a week.

The Thingery is a new sharing project that set up shop in East Vancouver Saturday for one day to gauge the public's interest in a permanent library that would offer books, tools, sports equipment and more.

Founder Chris Diplock hopes it's here to stay. His long-term vision includes shipping containers nestled within Vancouver neighbourhoods that act as local lending libraries of "things."

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Borrow anything at Toronto's first 'library of things' this summer
"We've got some types of lending libraries currently in Vancouver," Diplock told The Early Edition guest host Stephen Quinn. "The tool library, our book-lending library. But we really wanted to expand what we can share through our lending libraries."

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This Is The Coolest Thing to Ever Happen to the N.Y.C. Subway

This Is The Coolest Thing to Ever Happen to the N.Y.C. Subway | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The plights of bored and weary MTA commuters have finally been answered. The New York subway system is forming an alliance with Penguin House in order to offer free wireless access to all sorts of literature—via eBook.
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Innovative partnership to connect people to eContent when they have time to read.
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New York Public Library reads up on the cloud

New York Public Library reads up on the cloud | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its nearly 80 websites in the cloud, has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply.
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This is the world's best public library

This is the world's best public library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Bibliophiles and architecture enthusiasts take note: The Dokk1 Library in Aarhus, Denmark has just won the title of best public library in the world. Administered by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Systematic Public Library of the Year award celebrates the library of the future, taking into account, according to IFLA, "digital developments, user demands, local culture, and the desire to accommodate diverse population groups with an open and functional architectural expression."

The library must also be newly-built or otherwise take up a refurbished building that has not previously been used as a library. Designed by Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Dokk1 is Scandinavia’s largest library at 35,000 square meters (or 377,000 square feet) and includes a citizen service center, office space, automated parking for 1,000 cars, and water-facing public squares.
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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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