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Maine libraries write new chapter on lending | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine libraries write new chapter on lending  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Cake pans, fishing poles, dolls and ukuleles are among the items circulating in Maine as libraries expand their mission.
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Don't know what to think of this expansion. Seems as weird as hospitals turning into general repair shops. But innovative it is.

 

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Libraries Build Community • Libraries can contribute to social and economic...

Libraries Build Community • Libraries can contribute to social and economic... | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries can contribute to social and economic development inforgraphic via Are We Overlooking a Powerful Engine for Social & Economic Change? | Beyond Access
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Modern apps take Horry libraries into the future

Modern apps take Horry libraries into the future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Horry County is “building” a 12th library location that anyone in the county can access at anytime.
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Social workers in the library a new resource for the homeless

Social workers in the library a new resource for the homeless | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Before he got an office, Jared Tkachuk walked around the downtown library, looking for regulars who often fanned out to the edges.
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Our Favorite Things: Libraries in Unexpected Places | Library as Incubator Project

Our Favorite Things: Libraries in Unexpected Places | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

For today’s Favorite Things post, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite libraries that showed up in rather unexpected places. From book bikes to pop-up literary scenes in vacant lots, libraries were cropping up in a variety of interesting venues this year.

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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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5 Futures for Libraries

5 Futures for Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

We’ve seen e-readers and libraries without print books. But beyond the obvious proliferation of e-books and fully online information sources, what might we see in the future of libraries?

1. Patron-Driven Aquisitions (PDA)

2. Discovery Portals

3. 3D printing and Makerspaces

4. Embedded Librarianship

5. More of What We're Doing Now

 

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All five possible futures are valuable. The article doesn't make clear if you have to choose or go for all the possibilities.

 

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A New Year’s Vision of the Future of Libraries as Ebookstores | Digital Book World

A New Year’s Vision of the Future of Libraries as Ebookstores | Digital Book World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
With a library in every town, and digital catalogs with “Buy” buttons in every library, we could have a vibrant ebookstore in every town.
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Science Experiments for Kids: CERN accelerates Future Library initiative in Greece

Science Experiments for Kids: CERN accelerates Future Library initiative in Greece | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Future Library is a non-profit organization funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundationwhich aims to develop a sustainable network of public and municipal libraries to act as unique hubs for creativity, innovation and learning across Greece.
Over the last two years, Future Library with the collaboration of Google, Aarchus City Library and the Mozilla Foundation have been working on the creation of Media Labs in nine public libraries to reinforce their significance as knowledge, creativity and interaction-promoting centres. Within a Media Lab, people can get immersed in a range of creative activities such as producing a video, recording a song, creating a digital story and accessing exclusive digital content in an attractive and comfortable space. Library staff, trained by Future Library, support these activities by creating new youth-oriented services and working with people and organizations across their region.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, December 30, 2013 7:20 AM

Media Labs coming to European libraries through the Future Library non-profit.

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A New Year brings new things to the Brownsburg Public Library!

A New Year brings new things to the Brownsburg Public Library! | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
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Not new but still not widely used.  

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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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