Faced with dwindling shelf space, the province’s librarians are building a central bank of materials.
The repository plan is popular among Nova Scotia’s academic librarians, but detractors worry that under its delivery-on-demand system, library users will have a harder time making a surprise find among a sea of shelves.
“What people will tell you we’re losing is the ability for serendipitous discovery while browsing through the stacks, because it’s often the book that you see four books away from the one you were looking for that sparks the idea,” Ms. Bourne-Tyson said. But digital software for scrolling through catalogued book covers may offer a solution.
The learning center in the Malmö City Library is a unique resource, freely available to all visitors. Here, you can sit down at one of the center’s 30 computers – Mac or PC – equipped with a range of different software programmes. You can get help fixing your resumé, scan and edit pictures, or just print out a text.
“People come here from around the world, with questions and needs from around the world,” says Stefan Wahlstedt, project manager for the Malmö Lärcentrum. The center focuses on free learning, without obligation or judgement, and is open to all. It is a collaboration between Utbildningsförvaltningen (the Malmö educational administration) and the City Library, and has been run in project form since 2010.
What is unique about the center is that the library has employed three pedagogues, who work alongside the 20 or so librarians. The key is an open attitude.
“For learning to feel inspirational and meaningful, the individual must feel he or she is part of the learning environment. We’re therefore working actively to get our visitors to feel like they are coproducers in our operations,” Wahlstedt emphasizes.
Some cool bookish places are just so cool they make you ache. Bookworm Gardens certainly fits that bill. The park, located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin is a theme park totally dedicated to children’s literature. The park has six “Gateways” organized by literary theme, including Woodlands, Animal Gardens, Memory Gardens, etc.
The park features more than 60 books, each of which is displayed in its own “stone book pillar” at the entrance to each Gateway. The books include children’s classics like The Giving Tree, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (my personal favorite), and Winnie the Pooh.
Libraries will continue to evolve as the form and nature of information goes through its many phases. Future forms of information may take on characteristics totally foreign to anything in existence today.
For professional librarians to continue to exist in the future, it’s important to consider the creation of new economies to fuel growth. Adding premium services, known affectionately as freemium services in the online world, would seem to be the natural evolution of both the librarian profession as well as libraries, the institution.
These are human-based systems, designed by-people-for-people, and always subject to change.
< This school holiday season has seen Auckland's libraries join forces with a programme of activities built around a single citywide storyline, "TimeQuest. The TimeQuest project began when the Auckland Libraries Service Development team found that the school holidays coincided with the Auckland Heritage Festival. We saw the opportunity to add a science-fictional thrill, tipping the hat to shows like Doctor Who and movies like Ender’s Game.
We discovered illustrator Nicola Brady and hired her to provide a unique image of postapocalyptic Auckland, with a fallen Skytower, to create a dramatic scenario and remind library users that heritage can be dynamic and critical as well as conservative. After careful consultation, we then linked the apocalyptic scenario to Maori heritage through a quote “Haere mai, e tai, kei te wera te ao” - ”Come and see, the world is going to be burned” – spoken at the Tarawera eruption of 1886. Of course, many libraries theme school holiday programmes across their branches, but I was eager for us to push the limits of immersive literacy and explore the extent to which a public body can build storytelling into the very fabric of city life.
This is part three of LJ’s series of excerpts from Library 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library (Scarecrow), edited by Joseph Janes.
When we began to think about the future of libraries, we thought it might be interesting to approach the future from the types of jobs that could be in libraries in the next ten years, basing our future descriptions on the following trends: (1) information everywhere, (2) continuing increase in use of mobile and embedded technology, (3) rise of social knowledge, (4) longer living and the emergence of lifestyle design, and (5) integration of robotics into the world.
Position Title: Embedded librarian
Position Title: Content packaging librarian
Position Title: Robotic maintenance engineer
Position Title: Lifestyle design librarian
Position Title: GBL cloud engineer
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Approach of Stacey Aldrich and Jarrid Keller to describe the future makes sebse. They decided to explore the future through imagined job descriptions. As you read them, you can see fragments of things that look familiar, intermingled with novel and even surprising elements.
These are slides and audio from presentation given at the LOUIS Users Group meeting, on October 4, 2013, in Baton Rouge, LA. The description of the talk was:
Libraries have been digitizing materials for decades as surrogates for access to physical materials, and in doing so have broadened the range of people and uses for library materials. With projects like Hathi Trust and Google Book Search systematically digitizing mass-produced monographs and making them available within the bounds of copyright law, libraries continue the trend of digitizing what is local and unique, and the emergence of projects like the Digital Public Library of America and OCLC’s WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway expand discoverability of the local and unique well beyond the library’s traditional reach. This presentation provides an overview of this trend, updates on what libraries can do, and describes activities LYRASIS is doing to help libraries and other cultural heritage institutions expand their reach.
FrankenLibraries or Librarytopia? Stephen Abram.Disruptions, questions (can we make transformational change?) the shades of gray professionals can put in the dramatised black and white discussions.Trends and what to spy for. The big opportunities and what libraries have to build.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Slide 68 of the presentation describes the basic position of Abram "Until lions learn to write their own story, the story will always be fro the perspective of the hunter not the hunted'.I understand why he travels the world. It's because he has a clear vision without avoiding the questions.
The big opportunities Abram describes;
1. makerspaces 2.E-learning 3.schools and home schooling 4.Moocs 5. Repositories 6.Reader engagement 7.readers first 8.Programs on steroids 9.Outreach vs in the community 10. Enagement 11.Gaming and gamification 12.Crowdfunding 13.IT -cloud, portals, experience design, metadata 14.advocacy versus influence.
He concludes with clear advice on what to build: 1.online teaching skills, 2.online learning skills, 3.lms mooc development skills, 4.teamwork competencies, 5.partnership competencies, 6.priority-setting and milestone skills, 7.cooperation and collaboration skills, 8.culture of "always in beta', 9.assesment skills and data analysis, 10.advocacy and influencin skills.
The three new service hubs joining DPLA are:Empire State Digital Network (New York)
Empire State Digital Network is the first service hub to be created explicitly as a means for sharing New York’s rich digital cultural heritage with the DPLA. The Network will be administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY3Rs Association.
The Portal to Texas History (Texas)
The Portal to Texas History consists of more than 300,000 digital items from over 250 partners.
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (North Carolina)
The North Carolina service hub will be managed by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. The Center will aggregate metadata from institutions across North Carolina — including public and private universities, state agencies, public libraries, and museums — to be shared with the DPLA.
The Marysville Library will celebrate the opening of its new “Creative Commons” area, a place for technology-based creativity, with its “TECHcitement” event on Nov. 2.
The new Creative Commons area is a 1,700 sq. foot area in the center of the library that features a variety of gadgets for use by students, groups or entrepreneurs. The bulk of the construction for the space happened in September, said Jill Wubbenhorst, assistant managing librarian.
The area features many tools for creating digital media, including iMacs loaded with the full Adobe Creative Suite 6 (photo, image, design and video editing software), Whatcom drawing tablets, microphones, cameras, video cameras, tripods, a lighting kit and a portable green screen.
Public libraries create spaces where technology, information, and ideas can lead to social good.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Pilar Pacheco attended the social Good Summit. The discussions centered on how technology and social media can be used to improve people’s lives, and most importantly, on how we can take action to make our world a better place by 2030 in general and for the wirter to explore the connections among technology, development and public libraries. About Esther Agbarakwe, Riecken Community Libraries, Read Global, Ghana... Good to realise that today there are more than 315,000 libraries worldwide, 73 percent of them in developing and transition countries, and they have the opportunity to become critical community assets.
The real problem with ebooks is that they’re more 'e' than book, so an entirely different set of rules govern what someone can and can't do with them compared to physical books, especially when it comes to pricing.
As more and more millennials are enrolled in virtual higher education opportunities not tied to university campuses, the public library is a central site of learning and innovation.In part, the defunding of public libraries is easy because libraries are no longer about collections; they are about connections. They are centers of activity, and not necessarily centers of visible production. Michael Ridley, writer at Beyond-Literacy and a University of Ghelph (Canada) librarian on sabbatical, says: "The public library was often viewed as the 'university of the people.' This is still a good metaphor; it is one that needs to be put on steroids. Public libraries are now centers for social workers, entrepreneurial incubators, literacy classes, maker spaces, puppet shows, and hacker labs as well as places for books, magazines, and videos."
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
This is the golden age of libraries, center of the community, university of the people, If we are up to the challenge of funding them.
The rise of super libraries is an example of the growing inequality in the provision of libraries across the country. These inequalities are especially evident in rural areas, where pressures to rationalise library services are often greatest. In efforts to make their expenditure go further, many local councils have begun to centralise under-used services into multi-use hubs.While understandable, the pitfalls of this approach mean that services can become less accessible, particularly for vulnerable and more socially isolated residents.
What is necessary for libraries to prosper/
1. Place the library as the hub of a community
2. Make the most of digital technology and creative media
3. Ensure resilience and sustainability
4. deliver the right skills
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Because the super libraries get so much attention it's tempting to conclude to a new golden age, Tim Vanson writes. But they are just a handful against the disappareance and budgetcuts for the majority. Which could mean that services can become less accessible. Instead of exploring this line Vanson goes to general recommandations for libraries to prosper (also useful but known).
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, in collaboration with the American Library Association, is launching a year-long program to help libraries nationwide increase their role as centers for public innovation and change.Library leaders will learn new approaches to expand their libraries’ roles; strengthen libraries as gathering places for diverse groups of people to work collaboratively to identify and tackle challenges in their communities; and help library leaders discover how best to harness funding and other resources to better serve the public.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the American Library Association a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to establish a Center for the Future of Libraries. Its goal is to provide library planners and community leaders with information resources and tools that will help them better understand the trends reshaping their libraries and communities and help them incorporate foresight into their planning processes.
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