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Space Invaders: Gaming Spaces and Library Innovation

Space Invaders: Gaming Spaces and Library Innovation | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In recent years, libraries have begun focusing on the creation of new spaces to meet changing user needs. While youth culture has formed strong ties to video games and gaming culture; the creation ...
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Our Favorite Things: Musical Libraries | Library as Incubator Project

Our Favorite Things: Musical Libraries | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries collect music, libraries host music, librarians moonlight as musicians and offer patrons spaces to create their own mixes . . . Which is to say, the “silent library” trope is so outdated. Here are some of our favorite musical libraries!

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Alexina's curator insight, December 27, 2013 10:23 AM

This is cool.  Go innovative librarians!

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A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library

A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A school library in St. Louis, Missouri, boasts something unique: It’s the only known library whose design is based on Multiple Intelligences theory—a groundbreaking concept of intellect conceived by psychologist Howard Gardner.

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Good News for Public Libraries | American Libraries Magazine

Good News for Public Libraries | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This graphic highlights results from the Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, released December 2013.
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Two Canadian cities have world's best public libraries, survey finds

Two Canadian cities have world's best public libraries, survey finds | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal , have the world’s best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers .
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New Document: Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Publishes ‘Best Practices in Literacy Promotion’ | LJ INFOdocket

New Document: Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Publishes ‘Best Practices in Literacy Promotion’ | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Best Practices,” written by Maralita L. “Micki” Freeny, a librarian with more than 40 years of experience, identifies eight practices commonly employed by the semifinalists:

Facilitating access to printCultivating diverse partnershipsLeveraging of community resourcesAssuring cultural relevanceUsing technologyDeveloping writing skillsReading aloud and storytellingFostering early intervention and family engagement

The report (PDF ) is available via Read.gov 

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Want free e-books, Internet, movies and music downloads?

Want free e-books, Internet, movies and music downloads? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hillsborough County libraries still loan books, but they also do much, much more.
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The Library Designed Like a Bookstore

The Library Designed Like a Bookstore | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When the city of Almere, The Netherlands commissioned Concrete Architectural Associates to design their new public library, they asked for a library that was less like a library and more like a bookstore.

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Promoting Multiple Literacies (Principles of New Librarianship)

Promoting Multiple Literacies (Principles of New Librarianship) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In my last post, I outlined 5 principles that I believe new librarianship encompasses. Today, I'm going to delve into the first principle a little further: promoting multiple literacies. 

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Libraries: Are They Still Relevant in the Digital Age? - Business 2 Community

Libraries: Are They Still Relevant in the Digital Age? - Business 2 Community | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

With the increasing use of digital media, computers and mobile devices, you might think that libraries are not as relevant and vital as they once were. However, if you think that, you would be wrong.

Take a look at this infographic, and you will see that not only are libraries holding their own, they are thriving.  Public and university libraries actually are at the forefront of technology in some ways, and they are changing to keep up with the evolving needs of patrons.

 

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L2_S2S's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:34 PM

Despite the fact the data in this infographic is based on US figures, there are some powerful and very relevant messages and parallels to our NZ library environment.

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In Japan, public libraries embrace digital tech with NFCs

In Japan, public libraries embrace digital tech with NFCs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hanno City Library in Japan is integrating its collection with digital tech, using NFCs to help visitors more easily browse the contents of each shelf.
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Your Path to Citizenship Starts at the Los Angeles Public Library | Urban Libraries Council

Your Path to Citizenship Starts at the Los Angeles Public Library | Urban Libraries Council | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Urban Libraries Council. “Your Path to Citizenship Starts at the Los Angeles Public Library” is a joint effort by the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to help more than 700,000 eligible Los Angeles residents start their own personal journey to become citizens.

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Students transform food trucks into mobile libraries

Students transform food trucks into mobile libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

For many of us, food trucks conjure up images of mouth-watering tacos, burgers and fries.But three enterprising Arizona State University students see food trucks and envision e-readers, computers and books, instead.Enter BiblioTrucka, a cost-effective new-age mobile library conceived by the student trio to serve primarily low-income schools and communities lacking basic library resources. The ASU team hatched the idea of converting retired food trucks into libraries on wheels as part of their Changemaking in Education course co-taught by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Teach For America.

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Now boarding: How airport bookstores are reacting to a changing industry

Now boarding: How airport bookstores are reacting to a changing industry | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
With the print industry in decline already, airport bookstores are feeling the effects of e-readers and digital print.
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Richland Library’s director: Connecting the dots among non-profits | Local News | The State

Richland Library’s director: Connecting the dots among non-profits | Local News | The State | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Melanie Huggins is always quick to offer help to patrons at the library, but usually ends up steering them to a librarian.
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Logging into libraries: Programs helps teens develop multimedia skills

Logging into libraries: Programs helps teens develop multimedia skills | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Library district officials are developing a new program to get teenagers into libraries to hang out, mess around and geek out with multimedia technology.
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Edmonton libraries are more than books, they’re community hubs

Edmonton libraries are more than books, they’re community hubs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
When I became the Edmonton Public Library’s 2013 writer-in-residence in January, a little girl asked, “Does that mean you live in the library?” Not quite, I told her.

That libraries aren’t just about books and reading anymore has become a tired truism.

I never saw a librarian shush a talky patron. That too is an old cliché. But I have watched a librarian help a grandmother contact her grandkids on Facebook; organize a community group meeting; and borrow change from the staff coffee jar so that a down-on-his-luck man would have bus fare for a job interview.

One librarian I met at the Lois Hole branch even helped a Nigerian immigrant bring his daughter to Canada because he struggled to understand the paperwork. She thought it was her duty to succeed where customs had failed him.

“There has always been an element of social work to my job,” she told me.

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How Librarians Are Helping People Navigate the New Healthcare System

How Librarians Are Helping People Navigate the New Healthcare System | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Lupie Leyva has answered questions about immigration issues, taught people how to use email, and once even helped a person make an appointment to see a family member who was incarcerated. "I've worked in public libraries for 10 years," she says. None of those things are technically in her job description as senior librarian at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood in East L.A. But Leyva feels that these tasks are part of her role as a community provider of trust—or what she calls confianza. "That is the thing that we as a system provide," she says. "People trust us to try to find the best information we can." 

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San Diego County Public Library Opens 24/7 Library Kiosk, First of Its Kind on West Coast | LJ INFOdocket

San Diego County Public Library Opens 24/7 Library Kiosk, First of Its Kind on West Coast | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The “24/7 Library To Go” is the first of its kind on the West Coast and second in the U.S., according to county officials.

It will store more than 400 books and DVDs, much like a movie box at grocery stores, and be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The kiosk also provides access to the SDCL catalog and allows cardholders to pay late fees.

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New Five Global Retail Trends That Will Shape 2014 – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Five Global Retail Trends That Will Shape 2014 – Stephen's Lighthouse | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Retailers are trying to entertain you to get your business.Retailers are going to stock what people are tweeting about or pinning on Pinterest.Retailers will have to unify their mobile, desktop, and tablet experiences – tracking shoppers as they move from platform to platform across the day.Offline stores are going to starting pinging your phone when you walk in. Retailers are going to offer more customizable products like engraving on gadgets.
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Abram's conclusion: Libraries are also showing these trends.... it's human and engaging for some market niches of users.

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How Brian Bannon put his maker's mark on the Chicago Public Library

How Brian Bannon put his maker's mark on the Chicago Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

If libraries are “spaces for learning,” as Brian Bannon, commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, puts it, what is their purpose when knowledge no longer is stored on bookshelves? Mr.Bannon's partial answer: Host a “maker lab” in the flagship Harold Washington Library Center in the Loop.

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What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

"Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the library as a hub for community-based knowledge creation and discourse."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:12 AM

Great talk about the relevance of libraries!

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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away...
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DIY in the library, for the library | Library as Incubator Project

DIY in the library, for the library | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

You might not know that I am a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies. This semester, one of my group projects was to build a functional DIY book scanner for the SLIS library.

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Maker Day: Thinking in 3D | Urban Libraries Council

Maker Day: Thinking in 3D | Urban Libraries Council | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Urban Libraries Council. The library transformed a storage floor into The 4th Floor, a public laboratory and educational facility focused on information, design, technology, and the applied arts. The 4th Floor hosted Chattanooga’s first 3D printing event which also served as a launch party for The 4th Floor’s free public 3D printing services.

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