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Devin Becker | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

Devin Becker | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
There’s a poetry to digital collections for Devin Becker, who considered a PhD in creative writing before discovering Indiana University’s Information and Library Science program. He found that information visualization and digital libraries sated his creativity.
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Innovative Library 21c leads PPLD toward new horizons

Innovative Library 21c leads PPLD toward new horizons | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The library will boast a highly interactive and tech-friendly environment complete with an abundance of conference space and areas for maker space — one clean, one messy — as well as a static 3D scanner/printer, gaming rooms for the kids, a cafe, teen study space, a white-box theatre and, of course, books galore.

The opening of the new library will create 30 to 35 new jobs. The library will facilitate new programs, leverage new partnerships and create more services for its patrons, as well as create public spaces at the other branches. .“We will free up space for public use that has never been public before,” she said.

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Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond - NYTimes.com

Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond - NYTimes.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

BOSTON — An old joke about libraries goes like this: A boy walks into a library and asks for a burger and fries. “Young man!” the startled librarian reprimands. “You are in a library.” So the boy repeats his order, only this time, he whispers.

So much has changed in libraries in recent years that such a scene may not be so far-fetched. Many libraries have become bustling community centers where talking out loud and even eating are perfectly acceptable.

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Plains to Peaks Post » Blog Archive » The Librarian: Rounding to Be Lean

Plains to Peaks Post » Blog Archive » The Librarian: Rounding to Be Lean | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Lean— “A management system that focusses upon value (from the customer/patient’s point of view) and elimination of waste, making it easy to do the right thing by focusing on improving processes.” (Luca Boi, MHA, University of Utah Health Care Value Engineer.)

Developed by Toyota in the 1900s, Lean was first adopted by manufacturers but is now practiced in many sectors of our society including government, education, service organizations, and healthcare. The University of Utah Health Care is integrating Lean throughout the organization. To build skill levels, staff was invited to submit a problem, learn the process and apply Lean to the problem. Four sessions of “The Physician Leader/Health Sciences Leader: Lean Education Program” were run in 2013. Faculty from Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library participated in three of the sessions working on different projects.

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Teen Tech Time at at Brooklyn Public Library’s Information Commons | Library as Incubator Project

Teen Tech Time at at Brooklyn Public Library’s Information Commons | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Supervising Librarian Melissa Morrone, returns the site to share an update on the multifunctional community Info Commons at Brooklyn Public Library.  Read on to learn more about how they’re using the Info Commons resources to connect teens with creative projects that teach technology skills during Teen Tech Time. And don’t miss the other exciting posts in our series on BPL’s Info Commons! ~Erinn

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Digital Innovation Hubs : Using the Library : Toronto Public Library

Digital Innovation Hubs : Using the Library : Toronto Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Library spaces offering free tools and support to make, learn, play, and share using new technology and digital media
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New Milford H.S. Students Explore New Ways Of Learning With Library’s ‘Makerspace’ - CBS New York

New Milford H.S. Students Explore New Ways Of Learning With Library’s ‘Makerspace’ - CBS New York | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

New Milford High School's library is home to a brand new “Makerspace” that includes a 3-D printer.

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Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews

Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.

A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:


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Karen du Toit's comment, February 28, 2014 4:05 AM
Changing the name to incorporate all the new functions /spaces/services the "library" offers! To get past the stereotypical idea of a "library" with only books and a quiet place of study!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:19 AM
Rebranding Removes the Term Library
LibrarianLand's curator insight, March 1, 2014 6:37 PM

This is really b.s. The term library and it associations are still very important and vital to the institution in most of its forms. "Digital Idea Space" or "Ideal Village"  or "You can make it happen here!" or what ever the heck you want to rebrand it does not convey the wonderful history and values that make libraries great and sound trendy and hollow.

 

I agree that libraries need to be marketed better and often times differently but just as importantly they need to hire and retain the best and brightest who will actively provide and support the creation of new knowledge. A trendy new name that obliterates a very powerful concept in many folks' minds, LIBRARY, does not do the history or values of the idea justice. Perhaps a hybrid name that involves both is OK, like "Library Resource Center" or "Digital Learning Library" or even a name that does not include the word but clearly markets the traditional values of intellectual freedom, equity, learning, and yes, still preserving and collecting traditional things like books.

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Interesting Idea! Anti-URL Shortener Promotes Books Through Web Links | LJ INFOdocket

Interesting Idea! Anti-URL Shortener Promotes Books Through Web Links | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Respublica [a bookstore in Russia] wanted to show that books and the longform format still have value, so they came up with the web page ‘URLiterature‘. This enables people to paste any URL, choose the book they want to promote, and share it with their friends. The opposite of a URL shortener service, it lengthens them before they are shared by embedding pages from Respublica’s books in the link, giving others a sneak peek at a range of stories.

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VALA 2014 Joe Murphy on Library Future

VALA 2014 Joe Murphy on Library Future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Joe Murphy Library future is not about setting the agenda or predicting where we will go, its about enabling and managing the changes that will come.  The main aspect that we should encourage is an.

 appetite for curiousity about the future.  While structures and traditions may go, we retain vision and opportunity.  We start from a point of reading and literacy, and add on inspiration.

 

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Social Media Week: Library 3.0 — Introducing the Social Catalog

Social Media Week: Library 3.0 — Introducing the Social Catalog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Traditionally, library catalogs allowed only one-to-one relationship between the library and patrons who wanted to search and find media for research or leisurely reading, listening, and watching. The recent introduction of social features, such as friending, following, and public bookshelves and reading lists, now allow patrons to engage with other readers and librarians, making it a truly social interaction.

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'We built it, and they came'

'We built it, and they came' | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

UI officials praise Main Library Learning Commons during official grand opening

t's not often that college students say the coolest place on campus is the library. But that's what you'll hear at the University of Iowa.
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City expanding library program connecting teens, techology - Chicago Sun-Times

City expanding library program connecting teens, techology - Chicago Sun-Times | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The program will be expanded to six more Chicago Public libraries — with “pop-up” programs at a dozen more — thanks to a $2.5 million expansion unveiled Thursday.
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Jan Holmquist | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

Jan Holmquist | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Jan Holmquist’s nominators describe him as a “global librarian,” and it’s easy to see why. In addition to his current work as head of development for Denmark’s Guldborgsund libraries, Holmquist’s side projects tend to involve collaboration with librarians all over the world. He is engaged with ongoing international projects in Germany and the Read Watch Play Twitter reading group based in Australia. And in 2011 and 2012, he worked with librarians in the United States and the UK on the “Buy India a Library Project” and then built awareness of the program’s efforts with a presentation on crowdfunding for libraries at the Bibliothekartag conference in Hamburg, Germany.
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New Helsinki central library to include sauna after all

New Helsinki central library to include sauna after all | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Helsinki city council has decided that the new library planned for the capital will include a sauna after all. The plan to build a sauna in the new library hit a snag last week when the city’s library director suggested it might be left out—but now the library sauna has been saved by politicians on the city’s culture committee.
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Why Content Marketing Principals Are Similar To The Library

Why Content Marketing Principals Are Similar To The Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The role of producing content is much more than having a voice, it’s about creating a place. Here's the link between content marketing and the library.
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Watch It, Libraries

Watch It, Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

t seems like there’s been a lot of publicity about Netflix recently. About how effective their recommendation engine is … about how they’re leveraging their understanding of consumer tastes not only to distribute other people’s content more effectively, but to create their own original content aimed at specific markets, like House of Cards.

Meanwhile, there are libraries that throw away all their user behavior data every night — in the form of circulation records — in the interests of protecting user privacy. When they do that, they throw away the opportunity to use that data to improve their services. I think that’s a mistake.

  

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Biblio-Maker Spaces: Books as Objects of, and Inspiration for, Art | Wyatt’s World

Biblio-Maker Spaces: Books as Objects of, and Inspiration for, Art | Wyatt’s World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Green screens and deluxe printers seem to get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to libraries and creativity, which is a pity as those tools are a bit late to the game. Books, as both objects and resources, have been offering inspiration for some time now. Here are five titles that make that point.

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Using innovation to develop library as a ‘concept’ media centre | CultureHive

Using innovation to develop library as a ‘concept’ media centre | CultureHive | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Culture Hive. Discover and share the best practice in cultural marketing
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Carving new roles in the library - ANALYSIS - Research Information

Carving new roles in the library - ANALYSIS - Research Information | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

How important are libraries, and how important will they be in the future? These were key questions asked at the Online Information conference held in London in November. Those worried by these questions may be somewhat reassured by some of the answers.

 

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New Report from CLIR: “Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings” | LJ INFOdocket

New Report from CLIR: “Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings” | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.

Participatory design is a relatively recent approach to understanding library user behavior. It is based on techniques used in anthropological and ethnographic observation. The report’s editor, anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster, led several participatory design workshops for CLIR from 2007 to 2013.

The report is based on a series of presentations at the second CLIR Seminar on Participatory Design of Academic Libraries, held at the University of Rochester’s River Campus June 5-7, 2013.

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An Urban Librarian's Manifesto to SXSW Interactive

An Urban Librarian's Manifesto to SXSW Interactive | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Find a librarian at SXSW Interactive -- there are going to be a lot us there. Your perceptions and expectations of the profession will be challenged. There is a good chance that the librarian you meet will be much cooler than you expect....
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Library has testing materials to help in any field

Library has testing materials to help in any field | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Terrebonne Parish Library System staff assists people who need to take tests or need help with improving skills.
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Free David Lankes Book Download: Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World

Free David Lankes Book Download: Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World
http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=4598
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Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity.
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Reaching All Users | Office Hours

Reaching All Users | Office Hours | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, includes this finding: “Some 90 percent of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63 percent saying it would have a ‘major’ impact.” What’s intriguing is that only 29 percent reported that it would have a major impact on the respondent and respondent’s family. In other words, 90 percent of folks do not want the library to close, but many fewer would feel the negative consequences.
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