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IFLA: “Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries Contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

IFLA: “Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries Contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
IFLA: “Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries Contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket http://www.infodocket.com/2016/08/19/new-publication-from-ifla-access-and-opportunity-for-all-how-libraries-contribute-to-the-united-nations-2030-agenda/ "Here’s a new full text publication from IFLA made available online. From the IFLA Web Site: The inclusion of libraries and access to information in national and regional development plans will contribute to meeting the…
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Engineering ingenuity underlies new Calgary Central Library

Engineering ingenuity underlies new Calgary Central Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When the City of Calgary, Calgary Public Library and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) started talking about building a new central library, they shared a common objective—a strong civic library for Calgary that was connected to the city. They also knew they’d need to take a team approach to designing and building the facility.

“We selected the architect and prime design team by evaluating them to see if they’d fit within a team structure,” says Kate Thompson, vice-president of projects for CMLC. “We did the same when choosing the construction manager, and we chose them all at the same time so we had everyone around the table asking, ‘How do we build over a train?’”

Spanning two blocks in the city’s trendy East Village area, the $245-million library presented a unique challenge to the designers and construction team: it needed to be built over 150 metres of LRT line.

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Budget cuts worldwide but still building very expensive libraries.
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Thinking Big in Big Sky Country | Design Institute Design Challenges | Library by Design, Fall 2016

Thinking Big in Big Sky Country | Design Institute Design Challenges | Library by Design, Fall 2016 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Susan F. Gregory , director of the Bozeman Public Library, MT, welcomed attendees of LJ’s Design Institute (DI) to the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certified building this May. Opened in 2006, the facility is at once both warmly rustic, clearly inspired by its spectacular mountain setting, and right on trend with the best of national library design. It offers open sight lines, a lofty roof with metal accents, lots of glass (balanced by plenty of wood), hands-on tech, and spaces for people inside and out, making it the perfect setting for attendees to plan the right library for their own communities.
THE BIG PICTURE
The crowd in Bozeman’s sun-filled multipurpose room got right down to business, tracking trends in library building, renovating, and retrofitting under the expert guidance of architect sponsors Mindy Sorg, associate, OPN Architects; Jeff Davis, principal, Architectural Nexus; Dennis Humphries, principal, Humphries Poli Architects; ­Kevin Blalock, principal, Blalock and Partners; and Traci Lesneski, principal, MSR.

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“122 Things” you will be able to do in the library of the future that you can’t do today

“122 Things” you will be able to do in the library of the future that you can’t do today | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

It all started with a conversation I had with the National Library of Greece a couple weeks ago. As they shared with me their plans for constructing a massive new National Library, a beautiful facility they hope to open next year, they started asking my thoughts on how to “future proof” their new facility.

As I advised them to operate it more as a laboratory for future libraries, where their mission will be to constantly test out new features, options, and systems, it occurred to me that very few people in the library world have any idea about where this current transition is taking us.

Over the past two decades, information has morphed and shifted into a myriad of different forms, going digital for the most part, with physical books and paper-based sources, as a percentage of the whole, all on the decline.

With digital comes an exponential increase in the number of ways we can access, manipulate, search, parse, combine, manage, and store each of the growing number of elements in the knowledge universe.

As a result, our expectations surrounding libraries and the activities and capabilities we expect from a local neighborhood information center, are also beginning to change.

Stepping through this list of possible activities, we should begin with the understanding that very few libraries, if any, will have all of them.

My intent in creating this list is to help those working with libraries to think about the multidimensional nature of our unfolding digital world. Certainly these changes will affect far more aspects of life than just libraries, but as a society we expect them to be ahead of the curve, helping us understand what we should be paying attention to.

As we add technologies like chatbots, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence to our libraries, activities will begin to coalesce around the strengths of particular communities and their regional differences. And that’s ok. In fact every library will need to operate as a working laboratory, testing new equipment, activities, and approaches to our ever-expanding info-verse to see where users gravitate.

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Game Changers: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Game Changers: A Reading List from Open Book Night | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This list of game changers focuses on anything and everything that made readers think differently about the book they were read or the books they may read in the future.
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US libraries seeking 21st Century model - BBC News

US libraries seeking 21st Century model - BBC News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
How might libraries serve 21st Century needs? It was a question posed by a BBC investigation into the scale of library cuts across the UK. In the following piece, we look to the US for answers.
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Northern Arizona University: Cline Library Opens MakerLab With First MakerBot Innovation Center in the Western US

Northern Arizona University: Cline Library Opens MakerLab With First MakerBot Innovation Center in the Western US | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

You may have noticed your public libraries changing significantly of late. There might be a few less books on the shelves and a greater focus on programs and expansive exhibits, as I’ve noticed at our main library—and quite impressively so—but it’s very likely too that this might be where you or family members have seen their first 3D printer. Just as many were wondering what the future of the book, and consequently the library, are, we’re seeing some surprises as labs spring up with makers of all ages getting in on the creative action that offers so many benefits, along with fitting right into STEM education.
We’ve reported on many different library 3D printing programs, from wide-ranging 3D printing contests to helpful classes, but some of the most amazing real-life innovations have sprung from MakerBot Innovation Centers, in place around the US from the University of Maryland to Central Michigan University, and even beyond at learning institutions such as Italy’s Università Cattaneo. Those are just a few examples, however, and now a new one has been set up within the MakerLab at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library to serve students, staff, and faculty for NAU as well as nearby Coconino Community College and the regional community.
Launched on August 29th, the MakerLab will allow for 3D design, 3D scanning and printing, and also offers electronic toolkits for all of the students and staff. The MakerBot Innovation Center housed here is making history as the first in the Western United States, expanding opportunities for access to the technology along with encouraging its use on campus and promoting the entrepreneurial spirit through creativity.

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Working Toward Change | Workforce Development

Working Toward Change | Workforce Development | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Melanie Colletti was on desk in the Denver Public Library’s (DPL) technology center when she recognized a woman at a computer who’d been a participant in the library’s “Free To Learn” job seekers program the previous year. “She seemed easily frustrated but very intelligent, and I was disappointed when she didn’t return for her third session,” says Colletti. She asked the woman how she was doing, and, to Colletti’s delight, the woman had used the résumé they’d worked on to get a job and had been employed ever since. “Even though it didn’t seem like we were connecting with her, I guess we were.”
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Take Out the Books | The User Experience

Take Out the Books | The User Experience | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Inter-Faith Council (IFC) in Chapel Hill, NC, in fall 2015 opened the doors to its new residential men’s shelter, the Community House. Included in the new building was a room designated as the shelter’s library. Seemingly within minutes of its existence, generous book donations had filled the small space, but the residents didn’t use it. When Stephani Kilpatrick, residential director of IFC, asked if the Chapel Hill Public Library (CHPL) would help turn this space into something more useful, we jumped at the chance.
At CHPL, we believe a library is more than just the place with the books. Our bustling library is nearly always full of people meeting friends, working, relaxing, checking email, escaping the weather, playing games, reading, even getting married!
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Settle Into 10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth

Settle Into 10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
PEOPLE LOVE THEIR libraries. And when their governments put money toward them, they even love to visit them. A 2012 report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services found that when investment in libraries drops, as it has in the US since 2009, usage typically falls with it. But the inverse was also true; the more public funds libraries receive, the more people tend to use them.
Perhaps that’s because a good library is more than a repository for books—it’s a community resource. It may also explain the recent spate of high-design libraries (and bookstores) popping up around the globe. Many of them function not just as singular temples to the written word, but community centers, auditoria, concert halls, and public gardens. All of them are works of art in themselves. Here are ten of note.
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John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, September 12, 2016 2:18 PM
Maar dat wisten wij natuurlijk al heel lang, in ieder geval in 2012 al ;-)
Trudy Raymakers's comment, September 12, 2016 3:06 PM
Niet helemaal waar er heeft in ieder geval in het recente artikel van wired een update plaatsgevonden. De nummer 1 Dokk heeft pas dit jaar prijs gewonnen zoals het artikel vermeldt.
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'The Thingery' aims to bring new kind of library to Vancouver neighbourhoods

'The Thingery' aims to bring new kind of library to Vancouver neighbourhoods | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A new pilot project will give Vancouverites the chance to take home everything from hammers to snow shoes, free of charge — as long as they return it within a week.

The Thingery is a new sharing project that set up shop in East Vancouver Saturday for one day to gauge the public's interest in a permanent library that would offer books, tools, sports equipment and more.

Founder Chris Diplock hopes it's here to stay. His long-term vision includes shipping containers nestled within Vancouver neighbourhoods that act as local lending libraries of "things."

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Borrow anything at Toronto's first 'library of things' this summer
"We've got some types of lending libraries currently in Vancouver," Diplock told The Early Edition guest host Stephen Quinn. "The tool library, our book-lending library. But we really wanted to expand what we can share through our lending libraries."

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This Is The Coolest Thing to Ever Happen to the N.Y.C. Subway

This Is The Coolest Thing to Ever Happen to the N.Y.C. Subway | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The plights of bored and weary MTA commuters have finally been answered. The New York subway system is forming an alliance with Penguin House in order to offer free wireless access to all sorts of literature—via eBook.
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Jane Cowell's curator insight, September 5, 2016 6:49 AM
Innovative partnership to connect people to eContent when they have time to read.
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New York Public Library reads up on the cloud

New York Public Library reads up on the cloud | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its nearly 80 websites in the cloud, has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply.
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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A Mackin Educational Resources initiative which has gathered a fully engaged assemblage of professionals who will actively be supporting the role of the librarian as the library and the librarians focus transitions to meet the educational...
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 31, 2016 2:58 PM
Excellent article by Katrina Schwartz for anyone interested in the Maker Space phenomenon! From space design to getting started to resulting student creations - this one is worth the read!
Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, November 1, 2016 8:25 AM
Great insight into starting a MakerSpace. As someone who began one in middle school and attempting to do so at elementary level, this is spot on.
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Read, browse, yell! The Cairo bookshop with a screaming room

Read, browse, yell! The Cairo bookshop with a screaming room | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Bab Aldonia offers paperbacks, coffee and a soundproofed area where you can shout your lungs out. In a country that takes a dim view of freedom of expression, could this primal-scream bibliotherapy take off?

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"Instagram: Bookface Friday" at Future of Libraries 12.0

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Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries

Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In October 2015, MIT Provost Martin A. Schmidt asked Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, to convene and lead an Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries. The Task Force was charged with seeking broad input from the MIT community and from domain experts on how the MIT Libraries ought to evolve to best advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge, and to serve as a leader in the reinvention of research libraries (Appendix 1).
Our Task Force, 30 members strong, included faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff (Appendix 2). We ranged from scholars who rarely enter the physical libraries but rely on library access to journal literature daily to faculty whose research and teaching is centered in print materials. We were united in our belief that access to information is essential to research and teaching, and that the role of the Libraries in providing that access must continue to evolve in support of the Institute’s mission of advancing knowledge, educating students, and serving the world.
As MIT embarks on a Campaign for a Better World, we are reminded of the importance of ensuring that the fruits of research and teaching—at MIT and beyond—are radically more available to all those who might benefit from and contribute to them. A world in which anyone might consume and create new ideas, knowledge, and understandings is one that will lead us to solutions to the world’s great challenges.
For the MIT Libraries, the better world we seek is one in which there is abundant, equitable, meaningful access to knowledge and to the products of the full life cycle of research. Enduring global access to knowledge requires sustainable models for ensuring that past and present knowledge is available long into the future. Moreover, access to knowledge must be fluid, interactive, contextualized, participatory, programmable, and comprehensive in order to fully enable citizens and scholars to integrate across disciplines, timescales, geographies, languages, and cultures.

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It's great to see an institution like MIT recognizing the importance of libraries, and contributing to conceptualizing how libraries will be part of the future of knowledge creation.
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Proactive Librarianship | Designing the Future

Proactive Librarianship | Designing the Future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
R. David Lankes is director of the School of Library and Information Science and associate dean at the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina, recently moving from his prior role at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. He is the author of The Atlas of New Librarianship (2011) and The New Librarianship Field Guide (MIT; see starred review, LJ 9/15/16). Here he talks about his vision of the future of librarianship.
In your new book, you call librarianship “proactive transformative social engagement.” Why?
RDL: If you take tax dollars, tuition, or institutional overhead, you are affecting the community.
This phrase recognizes that and makes an ethical statement: if you are going to have an impact on communities, it is your duty to make it a positive impact. While this may seem contradictory to objectivity and neutrality, neutrality is in conflict with the profession. Librarians advocate for education, privacy, diversity, and openness. These values seek improvement, not neutrality. If we, as a profession, are going to say that we have value and are worthy of investment, we are saying that we affect society. If we say that libraries are beneficial for information literacy or cultural heritage, we acknowledge that our work has an effect.
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Content marketing at The British Library: Is it as easy as it sounds?

Content marketing at The British Library: Is it as easy as it sounds? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
My job is to extend the library’s reach, so that means bringing more people to our building here at St. Pancras and online to our website.

It’s also to increase engagement amongst our users - getting people to use the collections that we have (again both online and offline), and ultimately to generate revenue.

We want more people to be buying from us, so that means retail sales and ticket sales and so on.

What is the British Library’s content strategy?

In short, it is about owning the domain.

Essentially that means becoming the natural destination for the thing our customers are looking for.

At a high level that’s pretty easy – we want to be the home of medieval history or English literature. These things fit really nicely with our audience’s brand perceptions.

However, below that, we need to be challenging those audience perceptions.

For example, the library has an extensive patents collection, which makes us a great destination for researching and developing your next great business idea. 

With these things we need to work a bit harder on the content strategy
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Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift

Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
As community centers, libraries are always looking for new ways to offer educational programming. Some libraries have been fortunate enough to incorporate complete Maker spaces in their buildings, but for those that don't have the funding or space, all is not lost. Using existing areas and the help of community members, libraries can easily host tech camps (coding, robotics, and more) for patrons.
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Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors

Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
If the recent webinar Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the Rural Library Director could be summed up in one sentence, it might just be: "Make sure you know your community and that your community knows you."

Jennifer Pearson, Director, Marshall County Memorial Library (TN) and Association for Rural & Small Libraries board member, hit on this point consistently through all ten of those practical tips, and as she shared her own experience as director of a library in a community that she's not from. "The first two questions people asked me: where do you go to church? Who are your people?"

While these questions will vary depending on your location, no matter where you are, she emphasized that passion for your community and library will "make the public library an integrated hub of the community."
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High Tech Shelf Help: Singapore’s Library Robot

High Tech Shelf Help: Singapore’s Library Robot | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Library holdings are only useful if they’re findable. While many libraries focus on the digital aspects of improving search, for print collections at least, even recommending the most relevant titles ultimately falls short if they’re not on the right shelf. Misfiled materials can lead to major controversies, such as the one that recently led to the resignation of former Boston Public Library president Amy Ryan, as well as that staple of library human interest stories, the rare book or manuscript “discovered” in a library or archive.
However, the process of finding out if things have been properly shelved is time-consuming and never ending, as materials are continuously moved even if they don’t circulate outside the building. The task is often handled by support staff, interns, or volunteers, but Singapore’s National Library Board has a new alternative: a library robot

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Op-ed: To stay relevant, libraries must rethink how they connect to communities — NewsWorks

Op-ed: To stay relevant, libraries must rethink how they connect to communities — NewsWorks | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Since the advent of the Internet, libraries no longer have a monopoly on information. Across the country, the changing digital landscape means that libraries need to rethink the role they play within communities.

Historically, libraries have held a critical role in the fabric of civic life, helping to build more informed and engaged communities by connecting people with information, ideas, and each other. According to Pew Research, library usage has been declining over the past three years, primarily driven by technological change. At this critical juncture, when libraries are struggling to remain relevant, they need to embrace more opportunities to carry the field forward.

Staying relevant 

Libraries are even more vital in our new civic information environment. It is not sufficient for them to survive, they need to expand and thrive. This will require developing new muscles — but new ideas are not sufficient. We also need to escape the old ones. In order to do so, they need to focus on capacity building and understanding what it takes to innovate from within. 

The future of libraries will be determined by their ability to stay relevant to the lives of individuals and communities they serve.
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BBC signs partnership with Libraries NI to promote reading - BBC News

BBC signs partnership with Libraries NI to promote reading - BBC News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The BBC has signed a new partnership agreement with Libraries NI.
The agreement aims to support learning and development opportunities across Northern Ireland.
Plans are in place for events which explore connections between libraries, learning, broadcasting and books in autumn this year.
The agreement was signed in Lisburn City Library by Peter Johnston, director of BBC NI and Irene Knox, chief executive of Libraries NI.
Peter Johnston, director of BBC Northern Ireland, said: "We have worked closely with Libraries NI on a range of projects in the past, but this agreement takes our relationship to a new level and will provide real benefits for audiences with a range of ambitious plans which will be getting underway in the coming months."
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Musical Instruments Circulate in Canadian Public Libraries

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Three days after the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) June 7 launch of its Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, every instrument had been borrowed. Two months later, all remain checked out, with a waitlist as high as 70 for some. None of that has been a surprise to the man behind the service, talent agent Shaw Saltzberg. This year, his idea became reality: two musical lending libraries were launched, with a third opening this fall in a major Canadian city to be announced. In April, patrons began borrowing musical instruments from the Parkdale branch of the Toronto Public Library (TPL), followed by the VPL Central Library. Saltzberg is already thinking about how the program can be expanded to 12 or even 24 public library systems across North America in the future.

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