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How The New York Public Library Is Bridging The Digital Divide

How The New York Public Library Is Bridging The Digital Divide | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
 The 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival drew impressive crowds to the picturesque Colorado mountain town in late June, inspiring audiences to “indulge in their curiosity.” In a conversation with The Huffington
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IVI Award - Jury

IVI Award - Jury | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
De jury van de IVI Award is samengesteld op basis van o.a. kennis over en ervaring met de informatiebranche, integratie van online en offline product- en dienstconcepten en de realisatie van vernieuwende ideeën. De jury voor de IVI Award 2015 is als volgt samengesteld:   Bas Savenije (voorzitter) Bas Savenije was algemeen directeur van de …
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Why Birmingham library needs Google and language classes to keep doors open

Why Birmingham library needs Google and language classes to keep doors open | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Here at the city council, we’re wrestling with how to maintain services while taking £850m out of the budget. Our partnerships are essential. 

First, let’s deal with the obvious: this year’s cuts to the Library of Birmingham’s opening hours have been hugely controversial and difficult.

It is an extraordinary, iconic building that’s helped put Birmingham back on the map. No one wanted to undermine that, least of all the politicians whose job it is to champion our city.

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The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning

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“The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning” Vatican Library School Lecture. Rome, Italy.

Abstract: As our understanding of learning has changed, so too must librarianship. As we have moved from teaching an act done to people to learning as an act controlled by the individuals, librarianship shifts from passive transmission of information to active facilitation of the learning process.
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Google offers boost to troubled Library of Birmingham

Google offers boost to troubled Library of Birmingham | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Digital training base will help soothe pain of cuts to staff and hours as council tries to mitigate against major budget cuts. The picture shows the Google Digital Garage in the Library of Birmingham

Technology giant Google is launching a venture at the Library of Birmingham as plans gather pace to build a new future for the £188 million building.

The Silicon Valley giant has chosen the landmark building as the first UK site for a groundbreaking initiative working with businesses called Google Digital Garages.

Part of the library, which recently saw its hours slashed in council budget cuts, will be given up for a new area offering the digital training for the skills small and medium-sized businesses need to thrive.

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You Say “Library”, I Say “Learning Commons”: What’s the Big Diff? | Knowledge Quest

You Say “Library”, I Say “Learning Commons”: What’s the Big Diff? | Knowledge Quest | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Where do you work?  A library or a school library media center or a learning commons? What are you called? School Library Media Specialist or Teacher Librarian or “Hey, Library Lady”?  Whatever name you’ve adopted or been handed, many school librarians are in the process of redesigning and rebranding their spaces to adapt to the changing needs of their students and teachers, as we always have. It isn’t about what we call it so much as what we start to do differently to make them the best spaces for learning.

 

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The future of libraries - YouTube

On the occasion of their 125th anniversary Edinburgh City Libraries invited a panel of experts to discuss the future of libraries.

Speakers taking part:

John Scally - (National Librarian and Chief Executive)

Philippa Cochrane - (Scottish Book Trust, Reader Development)

Prof. Hazel Hall- (Napier University- Professor of Social Informatics - information sharing in online environments)

Duncan Wright – Senior School Librarian at Stewart’s Melville College.

Chaired by Marion Sinclair - Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland
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The whole world keeps on discussing the future of libraries: the discussions and arguments stay pretty much the same. From collections to connections; information literacy (what is relevant?); sharing pleasure of reading; mediating with imaginative text; heart of communities; trusted space. From helping to find to sorting out what is found.

 

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How libraries can compete with Google and Amazon

How libraries can compete with Google and Amazon | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Competing for eyeballs.

Visit the Central branch of New York City’s Queens Library at 12:55 pm on a Tuesday, and you’ll see about 100 people outside, waiting for the doors to open. At 1 pm they file in: Some settle in the comfy saucer chairs, while others rest in armchairs facing four TVs and open a newspaper. Splashes of blue and green interrupt white walls, and computer areas are separated by category: job information, adult learning center, and “young adult learning.”

 

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Turning Outward (Session 6 of 6): Sweet Spot of Public Life - YouTube

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals to view a free, six-part online course designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring about positive change.
The webinars explain, step by step, how to use the “turning outward” approach created by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The approach emphasizes taking steps to better understand communities; changing processes and thinking to make conversations more community-focused; becoming more proactive to community issues; and putting community aspirations first.

Featuring interviews with Harwood Institute founder Rich Harwood and individuals who have utilized the “turning outward” approach, “Sweet Spot of Public Life” (Session 6 of 6) discusses making strategic choices for action and building and sustaining momentum.** To download all the materials referenced in this video, please visit www.ala.org/LTC/resources.

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Callaghan: Make new central library about people, not books

Callaghan: Make new central library about people, not books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Now that the city has set itself on a path towards a new central library, it is important to revisit the purpose of a library in the 21st century.
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On the House: Library lends tools of all types, for all needs | The Columbus ... - Columbus Dispatch

On the House: Library lends tools of all types, for all needs | The Columbus ... - Columbus Dispatch | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Carolyn Alexander swung by a Columbus library recently and, with a swipe of her library card, scanned her item — a 6-foot-long pole saw.
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Roy Tennant's The Library Trifecta: Collaboration, Innovation, and Empowerment keynote video & slides available

Roy Tennant's The Library Trifecta: Collaboration, Innovation, and Empowerment keynote video & slides available | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
n this presentation, Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant discusses how collaboration with other institutions, innovation in both technologies and services, and empowerment of the communities libraries serve are necessary for libraries to succeed. 
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Library launches partnership with digital media service

Library launches partnership with digital media service | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Digital media service allows free online streaming of library materials. 

A free digital media service gives library cardholders instant access 24/7 to thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, comics and graphic novels, music, movies and television shows.

St. Clair County Library System is partnering with Hoopla Digital, which lets patrons stream or temporarily download content through their smartphones, tablets and computers.

People can download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app directly through the library’s website, stclaircountylibrary.org. Signing up will require entering the patron’s ID number, which is located on the back of the library card, and a four-digit PIN, or personal identification number. People who forgot their PIN are advised to go in person to their local branch to retrieve it, but can get it by phone after answering a series of questions.

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Libraries thrive amid changes in digital age | hub.gmnews.com | Hub

Libraries thrive amid changes in digital age | hub.gmnews.com | Hub | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

hose who thought libraries might one day be obsolete have had to think again. No longer just a place to borrow books, libraries have evolved into hubs of activity that serve myriad needs of patrons.

“Because libraries offer so much more than books, many of today’s libraries are seen as the center of their community,” said Kim Rinaldi, director of the Middletown Township Public Library.

A Pew Research Center poll from 2014, “The Next Library and the People Who Will Use It,” reported that 91 percent of respondents said libraries are important to their communities, and 93 percent said having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.

“Libraries are less about what we have and more about what we do for people,” said Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association, 2015-2016.

 
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How a 21st Century Librarian Enhances Student Learning -- THE Journal

How a 21st Century Librarian Enhances Student Learning -- THE Journal | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
An award-winning director of library services shares her best practices for using LiveBinders, makerspaces and a variety of interactive tools to kickstart libraries in her district.
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Libraries Are the Future of Manufacturing in the United States

Libraries Are the Future of Manufacturing in the United States | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Public libraries are becoming a one-stop shop for manufacturing in the digital age. Because libraries are investing in machines like 3-D printers, someday soon everyone with access to a public library could become an inventor or create something.

Did a car part break? Use a 3-D scanner to digitize the part and create an exact replica of it. Need to make a cheap prototype of your invention? You can work with a library specialist to design it. Want to make your own custom jewelry? Use a 3-D printer and sell it on Etsy.

“It is about making knowledge available and initiating the public to make knowledge themselves,” says Jeroen de Boer, co-author of the upcoming book Makerspaces in Libraries. “Makerspaces are the places where knowledge exchange happens in new ways.” Libraries are increasingly inviting places for these areas, which are essentially DIY spaces where people can go to access resources and exchange ideas in order to create and invent things.

With new technology, libraries are not necessarily doing a different job—they are doing the same job, just better.
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Bibliotels : des livres gratuits sur votre lieu de vacances - Linda Fall

Bibliotels : des livres gratuits sur votre lieu de vacances - Linda Fall | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Bibliotels : des livres gratuits sur votre lieu de vacances - Connaissez-vous les Bibliotels et leur festival de lecture StadtLesen ? StadtLesen : Lors d'un passage à Berlin en Allemagne, je suis tombée sur ce concept
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Information School News: The future of public libraries: some thoughts from a library user

Information School News: The future of public libraries: some thoughts from a library user | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In this blog post, Dr. Briony Birdi presents a shortened version of her presentation at the workshop ‘The role of the local public library’, hosted by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 15 July 2015. The original presentation also presented ‘four future scenarios’ of public libraries, adapted from Hernon & Matthews, 2012. The public library: outdated, or what?This short piece focuses in the main on the future of public libraries, as I was requested to do. But before I do so, I’m going to briefly go back to the Victorians – what could be the harm in that? Have a look at the following two comments:‘How…does an idea that was adopted in the Victorian era to enhance access to learning and knowledge remain relevant in an age when many people now have such access within their homes via the world wide web?’ (McMenemy, 2009, p.3).
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Future Library, Katie Paterson - YouTube

Scottish artist Katie Paterson has launched a 100-year artwork - Future Library - Framtidsbiblioteket - for the city of Oslo in Norway. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114....

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5 Truths about Making and Makerspaces in Our Libraries — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

5 Truths about Making and Makerspaces in Our Libraries — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

I am in the midst of a profound “Maker awakening”. Yes, that’s what I think I will dub it. I have spent the last couple of months immersed in the research and development of incorporating the maker movement into the library I am currently working at. I have been reading, reading some more, and refining what I think it means to incorporate the concept of makers and maker spaces into our libraries.

At it’s most basic level, Make Zine defined making as  “the act of creating something.”

You can find some more definitions in articles like What is the Maker Movement and Why Should You Care:. Which brings up a good point: what exactly does “DIY” mean these days? Traditionally, it’s been related to “how-to” content, including things like “how to change a tire,” but over the past couple of years, it’s been coined much more broadly to describe any activity that uses an element of creative skills to make or design something on your own. Using this definition, DIY can stand for everything from baking a cake, to decorating a bedroom, to creating handmade products like jewelry. Some also use DIY in a more technical context as it relates to making gadgets like robots, printers and other programmable devices hacked together using free software and tools found across the web. Finally, I know people who would even claim that they “made” products such as their custom Nike iD sneakers, even if that meant they personalized the colors and design online and had the production take place elsewhere.

 

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In search of the future | Scandinavian Library Quarterly

In search of the future | Scandinavian Library Quarterly | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

There is a sense of urgency with respect to tomorrow. People and organizations of all sorts are making noises about the direction society should take. However, no one is contesting that society is changing, and changing rapidly. Technological advances seem to play a large role in this. In the public debate, much effort has gone into suggesting how to best harness emerging technologies. 

Libraries can help

With their wide network and engaged staff, libraries can help citizens enter the digital society in many ways. These can include providing guidance and counselling, by offering help on request, hosting discussions and presentations, cooperating with local adult education providers and senior citizens’ associations and participating in the public debate.

 


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The Important Role of the Librarian in 21st Century Education

The Important Role of the Librarian in 21st Century Education | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
THEJournal sat down with Susan Gauthier, the director of library services overseeing 87 schools to discuss the role of the librarian in enhancing student learning in the 21st century.
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Joining forces with artists to imagine libraries of the future

Joining forces with artists to imagine libraries of the future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

 Libraries are a stockpile of knowledge and local history. With more people accessing information online, how can the library of the future thrive? A partnership between Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Creative Arts hopes to answer that question...

Last year, Central Bedfordshire Council Libraries in partnership with Bedford Creative Arts, won Arts Council England funding to commission eight artists to imagine what a library of the future could be. Following community and library service consultation the result is the Library as Laboratory project and over the coming months the artists will be working across Central Bedfordshire to develop three new art commissions that invite people to work with them to explore the idea of the library of the future.

 

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