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The Corner Libraries

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"It is a small weather-proofed shed, about the size of the commercial news racks that line the sidewalks. The Corner Library, however, looks like a miniature version of a real library, and it is for sharing ideas and information within a local area." 


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Designing Libraries - Dokk1: Impressions of an impressive library

Designing Libraries - Dokk1: Impressions of an impressive library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Denmark’s Dokk1 is helping to redefine the concept of ‘library’ as an urban, cultural, creative, community space that will serve as a benchmark for the ambition for libraries throughout the world. Alan Clark, an adviser to Designing Libraries, paid a visit. Here are his impressions of an impressive library space.

The location
Standing on a promontory close to the centre of Aarhus, where the river debouches into Aarhus Harbour basin, Dokk1 is at the centre of the Urban Mediaspace project which is redeveloping the waterfront of the city and is ideally placed for its role as a cultural and informational hub for the city and the Central Denmark region. It also has a striking physical presence and is probably already achieving one of its aims of becoming an icon for Aarhus. The architects’ conception of the building connecting with its surroundings and which would be looked at, seen into and looked out from is triumphantly achieved.

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The Makerspace - MODEL PROGRAMME FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

The Makerspace - MODEL PROGRAMME FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The makerspace at Vordingborg Library. Denmark – a young man is absorbed in exercises from the text book to the library’s Arduino kit. Photo: www.mh-foto.nu.


Today, knowledge is easily accessible and highly digital. But interest in the more tangible and analogue form of knowledge, for instance the sort that can be practised in a makerspace, is also growing. In a makerspace, you can create, learn, be motivated and puzzled, and the concept attracts users of all ages and backgrounds in a technology-based community.

The term makerspace is used broadly to indicate a workshop 'where you create'. In a makerspace, you can learn by creating, experimenting with machines, and developing ideas into finished products. The users get to play and engage with the machines on their own. The staff provides help and guidance when needed, but the actual performance is done by the users.
A makerspace can attract people who would not normally frequent a library. At Ballerup Library, for instance, the establishment of a makerspace has led to a significant increase in the number of male visitors, in addition to children, entrepreneurs, artists, senior citizens, technology enthusiasts, schoolchildren etc.

If you consider setting up a makerspace at your library, it is worth considering a number of things, e.g.:
Is the makerspace to be set up in a room of its own, or should it be placed centrally along with other activities?
What machinery, materials and prices do you want to be able to offer?
Who is to man the makerspace, know the machinery and help the users get started?
What activities do you want to hold in the makerspace area?
Do you want a makerspace or, more specifically, a fab lab?
 A fab lab is a special type of makerspace, where the library joins a community, subjecting itself to a specific framework for the content of the workshop. Both solutions have advantages and disadvantages, but the more general makerspace solution provides the widest possible framework for working creatively with the concept and designing it as a real library option.

In Aars Library in Vesthimmerland, Denmark, is the makerspace located in the large library room, which makes it more visible for the users. The makerspace was earlier located in the back of the library behind large bookcases. The staff experiences a big rise in activity, in the makerspace now with its new location, central and visible in the library. A makerspace does not have to take up an entire room, but can be placed in a rather small area.

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Making & creating are integral to learning & essential for libraries in today's society
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How a HK$287 million library can help solve Hong Kong’s storage problems – and preserve precious books

How a HK$287 million library can help solve Hong Kong’s storage problems – and preserve precious books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Fearing that books will be replaced by digital resources, many are starting to collect rare and precious editions – but doing so may require a hi-tech library
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Is the library the new public square?

Is the library the new public square? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Future of the Libraries Task Force seeks feedback on 10 recommendations including global library services and preserving more of MIT’s intellectual work.

Is the library the new public square? That question is a core interest of the MIT Task Force on the Future of Libraries, which is re-imagining what libraries can and should be in a digital era when people still need intellectual communities and gathering places. 
Preliminary findings blow the doors off of traditional concepts of libraries as enclosed spaces with physical objects under tight control. Now, the task force is seeking MIT community and alumni response by Feb. 15 before completing its report this spring.
“The report serves as a set of recommendations for moving the MIT Libraries towards the vision of a research library as an open global platform,” says Chris Bourg, director of MIT Libraries and the task force co-chair. “And it is an invitation to like-minded libraries, publishers, scholars, and others to join us in creating a more open, more productive, and more equitable information future.”
The new concept of libraries embraces a physical place plus services that provide access to materials such as ebooks, interactive scholarly materials, and images on multiple digital devices. Such resources — to be available on new interoperable content platforms — can make teaching and research more productive.

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Reinventing Moffitt Library - Brady Teufel

UC Berkeley's Moffitt Library received a makeover this year -- learn about the new ways in which students are connecting with information, technology an
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How libraries became the locus of creative building design in Canada

How libraries became the locus of creative building design in Canada | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre in Hamilton is proof that libraries are the locus of creative building design in Canada

Imagine a slab: a low box clad in limestone and glass. Then place it on the crest of a hill and split it down the middle, one piece pressed down into the earth and the other slanting up to the sky. This is the three-dimensional drama that animates the new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre in Hamilton.

Inside, more twists. Walk in the door, and you can wind your way to the top of the hill: climbing a series of ramps lined with generous windows and slats of Douglas fir, past green roofs and through six levels of a library filled with colour and dashed with sunlight on all sides. At the top, the payoff: long views from the height of the Niagara Escarpment, taking your eye beyond the suburban road to the broad topography that defines this place, the arcing shore of an ancient sea.

The latest in a string of excellent public buildings from its architects, RDHA, the building is fresh proof that libraries are the locus of creative architecture in Canada. Waterdown brings together an elegant metaphor and accessibility with a sense of place – and shows how excellent art can emerge from constraints.

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IFLA signs agreements with 50 countries to work towards getting Libraries included in National Development Plans

IFLA signs agreements with 50 countries to work towards getting Libraries included in National Development Plans | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
IFLA’s capacity-building International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is now fully underway. “50 countries have joined IFLA in this journey, and are already making progress towards promoting and supporting the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, IFLA President Donna Scheeder.
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5 reasons why library analytics is on the rise

5 reasons why library analytics is on the rise | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
5 reasons why library analytics is on the rise Via Aaron Tay http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.ca/2016/11/5-reasons-why-library-analytics-is-on.html#.WESiA_krLIU "It's a new emerging field and books like "Library Analytics and Metrics, using data to drive decisions and services" , following by others are starting to emerge.   Edited by Ben Showers , Facet Publishing" "Trend 1 :Rising interest in big data,…
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MIT task force releases preliminary “Future of Libraries” report

MIT task force releases preliminary “Future of Libraries” report | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

An Institute-wide task force has released a preliminary plan for updating the MIT Libraries. Plan- and summary available in a.o. PDF.

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Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 - Publications - GOV.UK

Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 - Publications - GOV.UK | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries Deliver: Ambition sets out the government’s and Taskforce’s vision for, and commitment to, public libraries in England and provides a focus for joint action.
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The Collective Approach: Reinventing Affordable, Useful, and Fun Professional Development – In the Library with the Lead Pipe

The Collective Approach: Reinventing Affordable, Useful, and Fun Professional Development – In the Library with the Lead Pipe | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In Brief:  In 2014, a small group of librarians at the University of Tennessee set out to redefine the library conference landscape. Frustrated by the high cost and lack of tangible skills and takeaways at professional organization gatherings, they conceived of a low-cost, high-value symposium where academic librarians might learn, create, and collaborate together. The resulting event, The Collective, first took place in February 2015 and is now an annual opportunity for librarians from around the US and the globe to redefine scholarly communication and professional development in a fun and creative platform. The Collective model offers a practical and repeatable blueprint for other librarians or academics looking to further reinvent and revolutionize their continuing education and convocation.

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OTL | OTL

OTL | OTL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way.
Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library.
Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives.
Represents your local community.
Is active versus passive – gets people engaged.
Is extraordinary and unexpected.
Most importantly, is fun.

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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
IFLA: “Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries Contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket http://www.infodocket.com/2016/08/19/new-publication-from-ifla-access-and-opportunity-for-all-how-libraries-contribute-to-the-united-nations-2030-agenda/ "Here’s a new full text publication from IFLA made available online. From the IFLA Web Site: The inclusion of libraries and access to information in national and regional development plans will contribute to meeting the…
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Dokk1, Libraries - Citizen's driving force for innovationGeneve nov 2…

Libraries - Citizen's driving force for innovation Geneve

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Missed it earlier. Presentation Knud Schulz (Geneve) 10 november 2016.
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A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures)

A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The public library in Thionville is an example of how libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of communities.
The newly opened libraries are no longer the places with rows of beautiful bookshelves. They offer their patrons tons of other media, a space for discussion, and an opportunity to learn new skills.
Take a look at the futuristic public library in Thionville, a city of 40 thousand inhabitants in the Moselle department, in northeastern France.
The building was opened in 2016. It’s called Puzzle – Mediathèque de Thionville and is located at 68 Boulevard Foch.

This space is exploding with creativity and is full of fresh design ideas.

Let’s start with the floor. The grass is almost everywhere, inviting you to rest and spend some time reading, watching, or studying. There are lots of hidden rooms and alleys. Each one may serve as a quiet reading space. And there are reading bubbles and nooks everywhere!

The library was designed by Dominique Coulon and Associates, an architecture agency from Strasbourg. The creators’ ambition was to create the project that would become a new model for media libraries.

The idea is built around the concept of “a third place” – a place where patrons become actors in their own condition.

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For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor

For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries are frequently forced to deal with people's health problems. That's why some are adding medical professionals to their staff.

BY MATTIE QUINN | JANUARY 9, 2017

A Pima County Public Library nurse checks a patient's circulation in his fingers. (Flickr/Pima County Public Library)
 “I’m always surprised by how many health questions I get,” said Renee Pokorny, branch supervisor at the Philadelphia Free Library.

It's no surprise that she's surprised. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 73 percent of people who visit a public library in America go looking for answers about their health. 

“People tend to be more comfortable asking their librarians something rather than their doctor where they might feel rushed or intimidated,” said Pokorny.

Instead of making the people go to the doctor, though, public libraries in Philadelphia and a small number of other places are bringing health services directly to their patrons.

Last year, a branch of the Philadelphia Free Library was transformed into the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The building has not only a traditional library but also a pediatric and primary care clinic on the top floors.

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A Public Library That's Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices

A Public Library That's Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries are like the Madonnas of the architectural world—changing, evolving, and morphing with the times. Now they're in the midst of a technological reinvention. And as they shed their physical media and go digital, libraries' most significant contribution to a community is often not as a repository of books—but a beacon that draws people together.

Thionville—a city in Northeastern France near the Luxembourg border—opened a new library last year that embodies this shift. Designed by the Strasbourg-based firm Dominique Coulon and Associates, the space is brimming with details designed to foster a sense of community. The architects hope it becomes the city's collective living room; to appeal to the different types of people who might use the library, they filled it with lots of unique moments, like rooms that have distinctive personalities, differing furniture, and plenty of outdoor spaces.
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College Green / Murray Associates Architects

College Green / Murray Associates Architects | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

From the architect. The original 1923 natural limestone library borders the College Green’s northern edge. Its 1960’s Annex is a monolithic building framed with cast in place concrete columns that faces the science building and parking along the north edge of campus. In early 2011 infrastructure problems rendered the building uninhabitable. The unfortunate event provided an opportunity to revisit its role for the College. 


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Teacher-Librarians

Teacher-Librarians | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Here's a megalist for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I wil
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New York Public Library, Macmillan Launch Publishing Partnership

New York Public Library, Macmillan Launch Publishing Partnership | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The New York Public Library and Macmillan this week announced a new agreement to create and publish a program of print and e-books for adults and children, inspired by the library’s collections. The deal was negotiated by NYPL chief external relations officer Carrie Welch and Macmillan executive v-p Will Schwalbe.
Among the first children's titles will be Coloring in the Lions, a coloring book featuring vintage art from the NYPL archive, and a yet-to-be-titled picture book starring Patience and Fortitude, the stoic lions who stand in front of the Library's main building. Among the first adult titles will be a book by acclaimed and beloved author and illustrator Maira Kalman celebrating libraries, and a book on New York restaurant life, featuring menus from the library's extensive collection of 45,000 eatery menus. Macmillan anticipates that the agreement will result in five to eight books per year in total.

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The changing role of the modern librarian (infographic)

The changing role of the modern librarian (infographic) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Nowadays, librarians not only follow but are ahead of changes forced by the development of the digital world.

McGraw-Hill Education has released an infographic that tries to deal with the common question:

As your mission, collection, and community needs change, what does the future hold for librarians… and how fast is that future coming?

The infographic accompanies the free white paper entitled Librarian of the Future. It presents recent facts and figures about how libraries and librarians can be at the forefront of digital innovation.

Click or tap the image to see it in full resolution.
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How Libraries are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

How Libraries are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
More than a decade ago, the city of Lafayette in the greater San Francisco Bay Area did some soul-searching about the fate of its library. With a population of just a little more than 25,000, the city had outgrown the tiny 1960s building within a decade. The library's structure was falling apart, which was especially problematic in earthquake country. As the conversation about building a new library ramped up, Steve King, a longtime resident and small business economy researcher, wasn't so sure a brick-and-mortar library was even needed — not with the Internet seemingly taking its place. The way he saw it, you could find much of the same information online as you could at the library — anytime, without even leaving the house.

Since then, King has reversed his stance on the subject. He and his wife helped fundraise for a new library. He attends concerts and lectures in the space, and he can often be found coworking there. He likes to settle into a nook overlooking a landscaped area — a "nice, quiet place to surf the web," he says. King is not alone. The new library is packed from morning till night, the crowd turning over by the hour.

The facility is now far more than just a traditional library. When it opened in 2009, the space's name was changed to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, which alludes to a mission that goes far beyond book lending. For starters, the library moved to a busier, more centralized location in Lafayette — it’s within walking distance for schoolchildren and seniors — and, quintupling in size, the center now has ample room for performances (complete with a Steinway grand piano), presentations, meetings, classes, studying, and hanging out. "It was organized around being a community center and learning center rather than a library only," says King, adding that the project has been "hugely successful."
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Chicago to Co-Locate Libraries and Public Housing

Chicago to Co-Locate Libraries and Public Housing | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A new initiative from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls for branches of the Chicago Public Library and public housing to co-habitate in three ambitiously designed buildings: a senior housing building in West Ridge and two mixed-income buildings in Little Italy and Irving Park. Designs for each will be selected after a competition.

"The idea is to mix uses as well as income groups, lessening the isolation of public housing residents," reports the Chicago Tribune. The "'wow' factor" of the architect-designed buildings could also placate those who might otherwise oppose the projects, the city hopes.

The new libraries would replace existing branches and be of normal size, ranging from 10,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet.
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Just Released by New Media Consortium: “Digital Literacy: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief”

Just Released by New Media Consortium: “Digital Literacy: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief” | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
From NMC: The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released Digital Literacy: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief in conjunction with the 2016 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.
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The Reinvention of Libraries | Huffington Post

The Reinvention of Libraries | Huffington Post | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Last month, over 250 libraries around the world celebrated a new initiative called Outside the Lines - as they described it, “to shift perceptions of libraries.”

For too many years it seems, libraries - those stuffy book-laden places-have struggled to remain relevant. This is especially true in the digital age when most information is available at the click of a mouse and if it’s a book you need, Amazon and Kindle can take care of that too.

Yet, the library survives and this latter effort- Outside the Lines- demonstrates, once again, that libraries are an important part of our lives.
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