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Tinkers, Printers & Makers: Makerspaces in the Library

Tinkers, Printers & Makers: Makerspaces in the Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Compass Live - Recorded on October 30, 2013 Interested in creating a Makerspace in your library? This program will discuss what a Makerspace is, how libraries of all types create and share Makerspaces with library customers and the community and feedback from users. Libraries are a much needed and often used third space, which are ideal for community Makerspaces to collaborate and encourage creativity among all users. There will be gadgets, hands-on demos and group discussion on the nuts & bolts necessary for Makerspace in the library as well as what products should be found in successful Makerspaces. Gordon Wyant will share how his library successfully wrote a grant for a 3D printer, and Michael Sauers will demo a range of new gadgets including a Raspberry Pi and LibraryBox...

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Resources for the Everyday Designer at Brooklyn Public Library’s Information Commons | Library as Incubator Project

Resources for the Everyday Designer at Brooklyn Public Library’s Information Commons | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

DIY Design Assistance is one of the new programs that we’ve been conducting in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). It’s a weekly drop-in workshop where people can ask questions about Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design programs. Brooklyn is home to a much-vaunted “creative community”—a concept I find a bit simplistic, though it’s true that there are thriving local industries related to art and design. The Info Commons makes available computer workstations with professional-grade software for people who are freelance designers or want to build their skills for a possible career in arts and technology. But, as with my own example, many of us need to be “designers” at one point or another in everyday life.

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Year in Architecture 2013: Transformational Libraries

Year in Architecture 2013: Transformational Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Transformational Libraries include the Polk Wisdom Branch Library, Dallas; the Ladd Library, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA; the Duvall Library, King County Library System, WA; East Rancho Dominguez Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library,...
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Chart: Which social sites drive the most traffic to books?

Chart: Which social sites drive the most traffic to books? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Here’s some publisher data on what drives traffic to books . . . Hmmm . . . libraries could use this!
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"Reading Net" Allows Kids to Learn While Floating in Mid-Air

"Reading Net" Allows Kids to Learn While Floating in Mid-Air | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
With this fun design, no longer will parents have to distinguish between play time and reading time. The Reading Net, by creative studio Playoffice, is a live…
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Start-Up Librarian | American Libraries Magazine

Start-Up Librarian | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Today’s librarian is a combination of traditional skills and advanced technological know-how. The things we learned in library school (bibliographic control, readers’ advisory, and outreach) are hot commodities in high-tech environments. Many new librarians have an aptitude for new technologies that make us the people who can bridge the gap between producers and consumers. There’s a catch, though; you probably won’t see any postings for these kinds of jobs because they may not even exist yet. You might have to create them yourself.

 

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Collaborative Curation and Personalization The Future of Museums: A Study Report

Collaborative Curation and Personalization  The Future of Museums: A Study Report | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

This report highlights a number of key trends that will have a significant impact on the user experience and design of future collections and museums.


Via Robin Good
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Jennifer Moss's curator insight, November 8, 2013 3:47 PM

This is like the 'Horizon Report' for museums. 

Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:04 PM

This is right up my alley. Looking forward to reading about trends and impacts.

Erica Bilder's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:11 AM

I have nothing to add to Robin Good's terrific insights:

 Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Picture these scenarios:
 

The Victoria & Albert Museum, its collections depleted by massive repatriation, becomes a travel & tourism guide and international affairs ambassador in an increasingly globalized community
 The Freud Museum, in the spirit of its namesake, becomes a provider of mental retreat and therapy (I wonder if the docents will be licensed psychoanalysis?)

These, according to the 40-page report “Museums in a Digital Age” from Arups, may actually be some of the likely new profiles of prestigious museums 25 years from now.  

 

The report projects that:

 

"...future museums will see personalised content, new levels of sustainability and a visitor experience extended beyond present expectations of time and space."

 

A rising desire among audiences to shape their own cultural experiences (“Collaborative Curation”)
 The opportunity for museum to become “curators of experiences” that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional exhibits or programs, or beyond the walls of the museum itself.

 

Source: http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.it/2013/11/museums-in-future-view-from-across-pond.html ;

 The idea of "collaborative curation" of museum collections by the actual users-visitors, is particularly fascinating.  "Just as current consumer trends shift towards collaborative consumption, in the future, museums may employ new patterns of collaborative curation,allowing for individually curated experiences and giving the public greater control over both content and experience.
Increased visitor participation will allow people themselves to reinvent the museum experience, enabling content that can adapt to the preferences of users in real-time." 

 

My comment: If you are a curator and are interested in exploring and understanding what the future of large collections and museums may look like and which forces are going to be driving such changes, this is a good report to read.

 

Insightful. Inspiring 8/10



Original Report: Museums in the Digital Age: 
http://www.arup.com/Publications/Museums_in_the_Digital_Age.aspx ;

 

PDF: http://www.arup.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Publications/Research_and_whitepapers/2013_Arup_FRI_MuseumsintheDigitalAge_final_web.ashx 

 

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Queens Library Will Begin Lending Google Nexus 7 Tablets To Cardholders Later This Month; 5,000 Tablets Set To Circulate

Queens Library Will Begin Lending Google Nexus 7 Tablets To Cardholders Later This Month; 5,000 Tablets Set To Circulate | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
One large donation of technology!
From the Queens (NY) Library:
Queens Library will begin lending library customers Google tablets on their library cards beginning November 20.
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Internet Librarian 2013 – Holistic UX: Applying Lessons From the Web Everywhere

Internet Librarian 2013 – Holistic UX: Applying Lessons From the Web Everywhere | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Internet Librarian 2013 – Holistic UX: Applying Lessons From the Web Everywhere (Aaron Schmidt0. Websites are an important touch point for your users, but they are just one of many touchpoints of the .many touchpoints of the overall user experience with the library. Most library tasks require interaction with multiple touchpoints.  

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Josh Hanagrne from IL 2013 Closing Keynote

IL 2013 Closing Keynote by Steve Nathans-Kelly on Livestream - Livestream.com
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Internet Librarian: Lee Rainie Keynote

Internet Librarian: Lee Rainie Keynote | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Lee Rainie discusses the Project’s new research about those who use the library and those who do not: who they are, what their information needs are, what kinds of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs of their patrons.
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23 Mobile Things - My slides from #ili2013

23 Mobile Things - My slides from #ili2013 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

I was proud to present at this years Internet Librarian International in London, England about 23 Mobile Things. I had Michael Stephens and Mylee Joseph join me via video and had an absolutely wonderful time at this conference..

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Same Budget, New Branches | Library By Design

Same Budget, New Branches | Library By Design | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Can your library afford new branches or even operate existing facilities? Many libraries still struggle to meet increasing demand with flat or falling budgets and outmoded facilities.
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Presented here is the idea of sustainable planning. A possible alternative for masterplans that look great but aren't robust, don't mention costs and don't go deep enough into the changed role of 21th century libraries.

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Linkubator Sunday Roundup | November 10 – 16

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | November 10 – 16 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hello again!  After quite a long, unexpected hiatus, our weekly Sunday Linkubator is back!  If you’d like to see what was up the last few weeks (since October 20th), I’ll be working on retroactive Linkubator posts soon.
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Year in Architecture 2013: Something for Everyone [8 Photo Galleries]

Year in Architecture 2013: Something for Everyone [8 Photo Galleries] | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This year’s listing of library building projects completed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, expands on the concept of all-purpose spaces to suit a variety of patrons and needs.
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Your Next Great Read

Your Next Great Read | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Like many librarians, Tulsa City-County Library faced a disconnect when it came to providing face-to-face readers’ advisory service. We didn’t always get the opportunity to do so.
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Librarians in the Digital Age | Visual.ly

Librarians in the Digital Age | Visual.ly | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The rising popularity of digitized archives, web-based content creation and electronic media has shifted the way communities use libraries in the 21st
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Video: Recorded Streams of Keynote Presentations from LITA Forum 2013 Now Available Online | LJ INFOdocket

Video: Recorded Streams of Keynote Presentations from LITA Forum 2013 Now Available Online | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

archived streams of the three keynote presentations are  available on Ustream and also embedded in this post.

“Making Maker Libraries” Speaker: Travis Good, Make Magazine .“The 4th Floor Project and Library Transformation” Speaker: Nate Tyler, Chattanooga Public Library and “The Digital Public Library of America: A Community Effort” Speaker: Emily Gore, Digital Public Library of America

 

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Norwegian designer tapped to design new Calgary Central Library in East Village - Calgary Sun

Norwegian designer tapped to design new Calgary Central Library in East Village - Calgary Sun | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Norwegian designer tapped to design new Calgary Central Library in East Village
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The James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the North Carolina State University definitely stands out on the landscape.
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Museums finding preservation partners in local libraries

Museums finding preservation partners in local libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Margate Historical Society President Frank Tiemann used to be worried about the fate of the city's artifacts. Tiemann, 77, has been the president of the Historic Society since he helped create it in 1998.
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Community Engagement: Tools & Tips | David Lee King

Community Engagement: Tools & Tips | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Community Engagement Tools & Tips from David King Rudy Leon and I gave a pre conference workshop at Internet Librarian 2014 on Community Engagement.
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Watch Session A202: Transformers 4.5: University Digital Branch Library

Watch Session A202: Transformers 4.5: University Digital Branch Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hear about an all-electronic business branch library that has become an integral part of the Notre Dame business school’s educational system.
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The New Library Patron

Library patrons and non-patrons: Who they are, what their information needs are, what kind of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs
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ILI Mobile 23 Things Research

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Community Creativity | American Libraries Magazine

Community Creativity | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In every town, there are probably community members who have written novels, poetry, and other works whose writing has never seen the light of day. There are probably others who have the creative potential to write the great American novel, but are daunted by the idea of getting it published. Those works, both written and potential, represent much of the creative voice of the community.

Through education, tools, and actual publishing and distribution mechanisms, public libraries are helping to make it easier for patrons to publish their work, whether they are doing so just for themselves, to make their work freely accessible to all, or to sell their work. Today, libraries of any type can help give their patrons a voice and make their creative work accessible to the world.

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