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Working With Librarians to Make Search Human Again | From the Bell Tower

Working With Librarians to Make Search Human Again | From the Bell Tower | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Internet search engines seem to be working well enough. There are plenty of choices. So why would an entrepreneur think people will want yet another one? This one has a twist. Librarians.

Librarians and search engines: It’s been something of a love-hate relationship. In 1997, librarians were early advocates for a then-new search engine called Google. Page rank spoke to us, and we could explain it well. Then Google’s success had the public questioning whether libraries mattered anymore. Librarians felt challenged to defend their relevance. We’ve learned to work with and alongside Internet search engines, but still look for our opportunities to point out why librarians are better. Justin Wohlstadter is a technology entrepreneur who thinks librarians and search engines could be a match made in heaven. That’s why he’s doing something we might think is a bit crazy: He’s started a brand new search engine and he wants librarians to help make it work better than anything that’s out there right now—even Google.


I met with Wohlstadter in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference. He is the founder and CEO of Wonder, and his resume is an impressive listing of technology ventures. That may be why he was named to Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30″ in Media. When we talked I discovered that Wohlstadter’s real passion is rooted in his master’s degree research on the future of education. He believes technology can help improve web search, but it can only take us so far. To really enhance knowledge discovery we need to add a human element to the search process. When Wohlstadter shared his ideas, it did strike me as vaguely reminiscent of early Internet attempts by librarians to catalog or index the content and evaluate it—good efforts that eventually fell by the wayside. Wonder is Wohlstadter’s implementation of an old idea applied to an advanced technology landscape: introducing human mediators to the discovery process. But will it work? Are Internet search behaviors now too entrenched to allow for Wonder? I had the opportunity to ask Wohlstadter some questions and share his responses here.

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Gaming & Libraries: A Canadian Perspective

Gaming & Libraries: A Canadian Perspective | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Canadian perspective on games and libraries comes to us from Christine F. Smith, ILN Country Ambassador for Canada. Games have existed as cultural artefacts for much time, and in recent years,e have seen games and gaming join our paperbacks and story times in library programs and services around the world. Gaming can been seen quite noticeably in the Canadian library landscape. From the Greater Victoria Public Library’s video game lending, to the Atlantic Provinces Library Association’s “Games@theLibrary” week and Montreal’s grand 13-day “Montréal joue” festival, Canadian public libraries from coast to coast have integrated games and gaming into their organisations..

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Edmonton Public Library (EPL) continues to write the book on innovation - MasterMaq's Blog

Edmonton Public Library (EPL) continues to write the book on innovation - MasterMaq's Blog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Back in February I had the opportunity to attend a Lunch & Learn event at the Edmonton Public Library. I joined nearly two dozen Edmontonians at the Stanley Milner library downtown to find out more about EPL and what they have been working on. Pilar Martinez, EPL's Deputy CEO and Tina Thomas, Director of Marketing & Fund Development at EPL, led us through a brief presentation about EPL's history and then told us more about two key initiatives they are raising money for. 

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Q and A: Shedding light on the library of the future

Q and A: Shedding light on the library of the future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Lyn Rice of  Rice+Lipka Architects in New York City has been busy giving libraries around the Big Apple a facelift over the past three years. Among the firm's notable projects was the Hamilton Grange Library Teen Center in Harlem, described as the New York Public Library’s “first full-floor dedicated teen space.” Unlike the dark, formal buildings of the past, the modern spaces Rice and his colleagues create are designed to draw not only light, but also people from all walks of life.

As Ottawa moves closer to the renewal of its central library — the topic of a public discussion Tuesday night at city hall — the Citizen spoke with Rice about the evolution of libraries.

 
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6 Buildings That Are Redefining The Library

6 Buildings That Are Redefining The Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The library as a community garden, a public living room, and more innovative ideas from the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.
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Designing Libraries - Wakefield's dementia-friendly library

Designing Libraries - Wakefield's dementia-friendly library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
FG Library has completed the refurbishment of Sandal Library in Wakefield, West Yorks, believed to be the first fully dementia-friendly library in the UK.
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3D Systems Presents 100 Libraries & Museums Participating in MakerLab Club with New Cube 3D Printers

3D Systems Presents 100 Libraries & Museums Participating in MakerLab Club with New Cube 3D Printers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
It’s been quite some time since libraries had a program introducing free use of progressive new technology in their buildings—harkening back to the advent
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Pulitzer-Winning Author Tells Gloversville Library Thanks for the Memories - New York Times

Pulitzer-Winning Author Tells Gloversville Library Thanks for the Memories - New York Times | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In recent decades, the town in upstate New York has tried three times to raise funds to modernize its library. Now it has turned to its most famous son, Richard Russo.
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Lauren Comito | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators

Lauren Comito | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Lauren Comito has a regular patron at New York’s Queens Library who is one of the most cheerful and positive people she’s ever met. Homeless and unemployed, the woman is also one of the neediest. Comito had trouble locating the help the woman required. “I realized that if I was having a hard time finding services as a librarian, people who don’t have my training must have an even harder time,” says Comito, the job and business academy manager at the library.
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Weapon of Mass Instruction Is A Drivable Library |Interesting Engineering

Weapon of Mass Instruction Is A Drivable Library |Interesting Engineering | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
7UP joined the artist from Buenos Aires to create a "Weapon of Mass Instruction" -an amazing tank-like mobile library that runs the streets of Argentina.
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Funding boost aims to turn libraries into startup incubators (Wired UK)

Funding boost aims to turn libraries into startup incubators (Wired UK) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries might conventionally be seen as non-happening places, but a £650,000 funding boost is set to add a further two UK libraries to the ten already taking part in a scheme aiming to disrupt conventional libraries
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The library a public innovation space helsinki 18.3.15

8 statements about the library as a public innovation space for people

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 Avant l'activité humaine était conditionnait par l'architecture  et l'aménagement de l'espace. Aujourd'hui, ce sont les activités qui inspirent l'aménagement.

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Future Library – Framtidsbiblioteket – Katie Paterson

Future Library – Framtidsbiblioteket – Katie Paterson | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A forest in Norway is growing. In 100 years from now it will become an anthology of books.
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The most beautiful new library buildings in America

The most beautiful new library buildings in America | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
These buildings prove the library is not a dead concept.
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Prototyping the Library of the Future - Today | Annemarie Naylor | TEDxBrum - YouTube

With funding for libraries disappearing what is the role of libraries in the future? Annemarie Naylor believes that libraries need to evolve so that they function as trusted and impartial platforms for the production, exchange and consumption of knowledge and know-how in both tangible locations and virtual spaces.

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UMass Amherst Library Opens 3D Printing Innovation Center

UMass Amherst Library Opens 3D Printing Innovation Center | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst on March 26 hosted the grand opening of its new MakerBot Innovation Center.
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How do you design the library of the future? — Medium

How do you design the library of the future? — Medium | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

ARE you sitting comfortably? Here is the Story of the Decline of the Academic Library. Once Upon A Time libraries were the gatekeepers to most of the information students and academics needed. Books had the information and libraries had the books. Then one day the Big Bad Internet came along and made hundreds of millions of books, articles and manuscripts freely available to anyone with access to a computer. The library was no longer the only game in town. Most of today’s students have used computers since a young age and Googling is second nature to them. Why would they go to a library when they could find the answers from the comfort of their own home — or Starbucks?

But like all good stories, there is a twist. Something strange is happening in Oxford. In 2014, the reading rooms of the University’s Bodleian Library were at their busiest since records began. And on 21 March it will open theWeston Library, an £80 million refurbishment of a Grade II listed building in the centre of Oxford. How has the Big Bad Internet not blown the house down?

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Designing Libraries - Designing Libraries

Designing Libraries - Designing Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The centre for library design and innovation: a resource for library planning and design, a database of library buildings and a marketplace for services.
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The once and future librarian

The once and future librarian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

I had the pleasure of participating in a Faculty symposium on the future of academic research libraries hosted at McGill University today. The event was live-streamed, and the video is now available.

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More Info about iBeacon Technology | David Lee King

More Info about iBeacon Technology | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
My last couple of articles have looked into iBeacon technology. Interested in finding out more? This article has a bunch of links for more reading on iBeacons,
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MakerBot and UMass Amherst Team for 50-printer Innovation Center in Library

MakerBot and UMass Amherst Team for 50-printer Innovation Center in Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
What began as a few headlines and whispers over the past couple of years is gearing up into a full-fledged movement and hopefully, a subsequent widespread tren

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Brittney's curator insight, March 24, 2015 4:07 PM

MakerBot and UMass Amherst Team for 50-printer Innovation Center in Library http://3dprint.com/53386/umass-amherst-makerbot/

Raluca Mihaila's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:30 AM

Introducing 3D printers through venues like libraries is simply the beginning of creating maker communities — one by one.

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Movers & Shakers 2015

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Passion. Vision. Mission. These are just a few of the words that characterize the 50 individuals—and one organization—named 2015 Movers & Shakers.
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Library innovation and advocacy teams attend SXSW » MobyLives

Library innovation and advocacy teams attend SXSW » MobyLives | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Librarians with the volunteer group lib*interactive and advocacy organization EveryLibrary traveled to the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas this week to participate in presentations on innovation in libraries. Their slogan? "Not the same old shhh." 

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Zinio for Libraries App Makes Borrowing and Reading Easy

Zinio for Libraries App Makes Borrowing and Reading Easy | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries have been focusing on developing digital collections for a number of years. One of the ways they have been doing this is by removing most of their physical magazines and going with companies like Zinio. In the past, it was rather complicated to browse, borrow and read. The overall process has been simplified, with the advent of the new Zinio for Libraries app for Android.

Zinio currently has 2,600 titles in 12 unique languages representing titles from more than 25 countries. They distribute their content to libraries through Recorded Books, who is their main partner.

 
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Farmington Library Receives $57K Grant For Media Lab, Makerspace

Farmington Library Receives $57K Grant For Media Lab, Makerspace | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Village Green and Library Association recently received a $57,000 grant to finance construction of a new media lab and "makerspace" in the Farmington Public Library.
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