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Content Creation, Media Labs, and Hackerspaces | David Lee King

Content Creation, Media Labs, and Hackerspaces | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
I've been thinking about content creation and libraries lately. Right now, we collect content - hence our shelves of stuff. Some libraries are changing that focus (or at least adding on to it) by enabling customers to create their own content in a variety of ways … and it’s pretty interesting stuff!

I’ll lump what I’m seeing into three loose categories:

- Digital Media Labs

- Hackerspaces

- Coworking spaces

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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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Engineering ingenuity underlies new Calgary Central Library

Engineering ingenuity underlies new Calgary Central Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When the City of Calgary, Calgary Public Library and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) started talking about building a new central library, they shared a common objective—a strong civic library for Calgary that was connected to the city. They also knew they’d need to take a team approach to designing and building the facility.

“We selected the architect and prime design team by evaluating them to see if they’d fit within a team structure,” says Kate Thompson, vice-president of projects for CMLC. “We did the same when choosing the construction manager, and we chose them all at the same time so we had everyone around the table asking, ‘How do we build over a train?’”

Spanning two blocks in the city’s trendy East Village area, the $245-million library presented a unique challenge to the designers and construction team: it needed to be built over 150 metres of LRT line.

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Budget cuts worldwide but still building very expensive libraries.
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Thinking Big in Big Sky Country | Design Institute Design Challenges | Library by Design, Fall 2016

Thinking Big in Big Sky Country | Design Institute Design Challenges | Library by Design, Fall 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Susan F. Gregory , director of the Bozeman Public Library, MT, welcomed attendees of LJ’s Design Institute (DI) to the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certified building this May. Opened in 2006, the facility is at once both warmly rustic, clearly inspired by its spectacular mountain setting, and right on trend with the best of national library design. It offers open sight lines, a lofty roof with metal accents, lots of glass (balanced by plenty of wood), hands-on tech, and spaces for people inside and out, making it the perfect setting for attendees to plan the right library for their own communities.
THE BIG PICTURE
The crowd in Bozeman’s sun-filled multipurpose room got right down to business, tracking trends in library building, renovating, and retrofitting under the expert guidance of architect sponsors Mindy Sorg, associate, OPN Architects; Jeff Davis, principal, Architectural Nexus; Dennis Humphries, principal, Humphries Poli Architects; ­Kevin Blalock, principal, Blalock and Partners; and Traci Lesneski, principal, MSR.

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“122 Things” you will be able to do in the library of the future that you can’t do today

“122 Things” you will be able to do in the library of the future that you can’t do today | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

It all started with a conversation I had with the National Library of Greece a couple weeks ago. As they shared with me their plans for constructing a massive new National Library, a beautiful facility they hope to open next year, they started asking my thoughts on how to “future proof” their new facility.

As I advised them to operate it more as a laboratory for future libraries, where their mission will be to constantly test out new features, options, and systems, it occurred to me that very few people in the library world have any idea about where this current transition is taking us.

Over the past two decades, information has morphed and shifted into a myriad of different forms, going digital for the most part, with physical books and paper-based sources, as a percentage of the whole, all on the decline.

With digital comes an exponential increase in the number of ways we can access, manipulate, search, parse, combine, manage, and store each of the growing number of elements in the knowledge universe.

As a result, our expectations surrounding libraries and the activities and capabilities we expect from a local neighborhood information center, are also beginning to change.

Stepping through this list of possible activities, we should begin with the understanding that very few libraries, if any, will have all of them.

My intent in creating this list is to help those working with libraries to think about the multidimensional nature of our unfolding digital world. Certainly these changes will affect far more aspects of life than just libraries, but as a society we expect them to be ahead of the curve, helping us understand what we should be paying attention to.

As we add technologies like chatbots, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence to our libraries, activities will begin to coalesce around the strengths of particular communities and their regional differences. And that’s ok. In fact every library will need to operate as a working laboratory, testing new equipment, activities, and approaches to our ever-expanding info-verse to see where users gravitate.

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Game Changers: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Game Changers: A Reading List from Open Book Night | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This list of game changers focuses on anything and everything that made readers think differently about the book they were read or the books they may read in the future.
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US libraries seeking 21st Century model - BBC News

US libraries seeking 21st Century model - BBC News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
How might libraries serve 21st Century needs? It was a question posed by a BBC investigation into the scale of library cuts across the UK. In the following piece, we look to the US for answers.
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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

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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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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A Mackin Educational Resources initiative which has gathered a fully engaged assemblage of professionals who will actively be supporting the role of the librarian as the library and the librarians focus transitions to meet the educational...
Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 31, 2016 2:58 PM
Excellent article by Katrina Schwartz for anyone interested in the Maker Space phenomenon! From space design to getting started to resulting student creations - this one is worth the read!
Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, November 1, 2016 8:25 AM
Great insight into starting a MakerSpace. As someone who began one in middle school and attempting to do so at elementary level, this is spot on.
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Read, browse, yell! The Cairo bookshop with a screaming room

Read, browse, yell! The Cairo bookshop with a screaming room | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Bab Aldonia offers paperbacks, coffee and a soundproofed area where you can shout your lungs out. In a country that takes a dim view of freedom of expression, could this primal-scream bibliotherapy take off?

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"Instagram: Bookface Friday" at Future of Libraries 12.0

Ray DeLara, Adult Services Manager, Burlingame Public Library
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Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries

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In October 2015, MIT Provost Martin A. Schmidt asked Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, to convene and lead an Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries. The Task Force was charged with seeking broad input from the MIT community and from domain experts on how the MIT Libraries ought to evolve to best advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge, and to serve as a leader in the reinvention of research libraries (Appendix 1).
Our Task Force, 30 members strong, included faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff (Appendix 2). We ranged from scholars who rarely enter the physical libraries but rely on library access to journal literature daily to faculty whose research and teaching is centered in print materials. We were united in our belief that access to information is essential to research and teaching, and that the role of the Libraries in providing that access must continue to evolve in support of the Institute’s mission of advancing knowledge, educating students, and serving the world.
As MIT embarks on a Campaign for a Better World, we are reminded of the importance of ensuring that the fruits of research and teaching—at MIT and beyond—are radically more available to all those who might benefit from and contribute to them. A world in which anyone might consume and create new ideas, knowledge, and understandings is one that will lead us to solutions to the world’s great challenges.
For the MIT Libraries, the better world we seek is one in which there is abundant, equitable, meaningful access to knowledge and to the products of the full life cycle of research. Enduring global access to knowledge requires sustainable models for ensuring that past and present knowledge is available long into the future. Moreover, access to knowledge must be fluid, interactive, contextualized, participatory, programmable, and comprehensive in order to fully enable citizens and scholars to integrate across disciplines, timescales, geographies, languages, and cultures.

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LibrarianLand's curator insight, October 28, 2016 9:39 PM
It's great to see an institution like MIT recognizing the importance of libraries, and contributing to conceptualizing how libraries will be part of the future of knowledge creation.
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Proactive Librarianship | Designing the Future

Proactive Librarianship | Designing the Future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
R. David Lankes is director of the School of Library and Information Science and associate dean at the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina, recently moving from his prior role at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. He is the author of The Atlas of New Librarianship (2011) and The New Librarianship Field Guide (MIT; see starred review, LJ 9/15/16). Here he talks about his vision of the future of librarianship.
In your new book, you call librarianship “proactive transformative social engagement.” Why?
RDL: If you take tax dollars, tuition, or institutional overhead, you are affecting the community.
This phrase recognizes that and makes an ethical statement: if you are going to have an impact on communities, it is your duty to make it a positive impact. While this may seem contradictory to objectivity and neutrality, neutrality is in conflict with the profession. Librarians advocate for education, privacy, diversity, and openness. These values seek improvement, not neutrality. If we, as a profession, are going to say that we have value and are worthy of investment, we are saying that we affect society. If we say that libraries are beneficial for information literacy or cultural heritage, we acknowledge that our work has an effect.
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