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Activate, brighten, commoditize: the future of D.C.’s central library - Washington Business Journal

Activate, brighten, commoditize: the future of D.C.’s central library - Washington Business Journal | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The architects selected to renovate D.C.'s central library have listed 12 improvements as a result of their design: among them open floor plans, more natural light a lively ground floor and Great Hall, and a roof garden.
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Why Libraries Matter

Why Libraries Matter | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
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datacurator's curator insight, May 27, 2014 12:08 AM

A very interesting slice of the New York library system. I was unaware of the range of services that the library system delivers on.

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Creating Social Media Teams

Creating Social Media Teams | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Every once in awhile, someone asks me how my library manages our social media channels. Here’s how we do it:
We create teams of staff for our social media sites. So for example, we have a Facebook Posting Team (with a team leader).
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Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know Introductory Video - YouTube

An introduction to the LITA Guide, Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know. ISSN 978-0838912287 Available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/toptech4librarians ...
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35 Library Stories You May Have Missed in April

35 Library Stories You May Have Missed in April | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
April was chock-full of great library-related blog posts, articles, and presentations.  Check out this list to get caught up on everything from evaluating the eBook reader market to the EPCOT Center Library!
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Technology Trends in Libraries for 2014

Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. This workshop introduces emer...
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A World Digital Library Is Coming True!

by Robert Darnton

A World Digital Library Is Coming True!<br/><br/> by Robert Darnton | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In the scramble to gain market share in cyberspace, something is getting lost: the public interest. Libraries and laboratories—crucial nodes of the World Wide Web—are buckling under economic pressure, and the information they diffuse is being diverted away from the public sphere, where it can do most good.
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Reading in the Mobile Era - Book Patrol

Reading in the Mobile Era - Book Patrol | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Another highlight from this years World Book & Copyright Day was the release of Reading in the Mobile Era by UNESCO.
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British Library to unveil £33m newspaper reading room

British Library to unveil £33m newspaper reading room | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
State-of-the-art facility will store more than three centuries of newspapers and magazines dating back to the English civil war
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Making a statement: Crowd celebrates spirit of creativity at library's Maker Faire

Making a statement: Crowd celebrates spirit of creativity at library's Maker Faire | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Dozens were on hand to share their skills and expertise -- both for fun and profit -- all built on the theme of doing things yourself, whether high tech or practices that are generations old. At booth after booth, people demonstrated that the near impossible was a reality for those who like to tinker, to create and put their minds to making things work. People of all ages were showing their stuff, including robots that flew, fought and threw an enormous rubber ball, nearly breaking one photographer's camera. Creations came in all guises and fashioned from all materials, including old-fashioned wood-and-nail creations, paper, plastic and steel, to complicated fusing of technologies that did everything any maker could dream of. Bill Derry, the library's assistant director for innovation and user experience, noticed that this year, "Everybody's getting attention," he said.
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Tuscaloosa Public Library one of 10 in nation to win outreach grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Tuscaloosa Public Library one of 10 in nation to win outreach grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Tuscaloosa Public Library has been chosen by the American Library Association as one of 10 library systems from across the nation to participate in a community outreach program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Called the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort, this 18-month program will fund training for Mary Elizabeth Harper, the library's executive director, two librarians and a community volunteer on community engagement.

 
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Letters to a Young Librarian: Break Down the Box: Serving Populations, not Clichés, by Jessica Smith

Letters to a Young Librarian: Break Down the Box: Serving Populations, not Clichés, by Jessica Smith | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The second interview was with a woman from human resources. She seemed to have a list of questions from a “how to interview job candidates” book. She asked me what I would say about myself to convince her I wanted the job if we were in an elevator together and I had thirty seconds to sell myself. As someone with experience working in non-profits and academia, I’d never heard this question, so I said: “I wouldn’t talk to you about myself in an elevator; that would be awkward.”

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Teaching Customers to Copy your DVDs and other Nefarious Ideas | David Lee King

Teaching Customers to Copy your DVDs and other Nefarious Ideas | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile now, and was recently reminded of it through a post on the ALA Think Tank Facebook Group (have you joined yet? 

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6 Cities, 6 Photos: What Public Libraries Mean to Communities – Next City

6 Cities, 6 Photos: What Public Libraries Mean to Communities – Next City | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In his new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, photographer Robert Dawson captures how the lending institution impacts communities.
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Library as Incubator Project at The Bubbler #1 | Library as Incubator Project

Library as Incubator Project at The Bubbler #1 | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

We have the privilege of being artists-in-residence at The Bubbler at Madison Public Library for May and June! This means that for the first time, the Incubator Project “lives” somewhere physical – that isn’t a coffee shop.

In the space, which is the Bubbler headquarters at MPL’s Central Library, we have several projects happening.

 
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Community-Led Librarianship: Resources for the Job-Seeker

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by Elinor Crosby, Head Editor, INALJ Nova Scotia Community-Led Librarianship: Resources for the Job-Seeker According to Rangnathan’s fifth law, libraries are growing organisms. This is so relevant ...
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BeerBrarian: The New York Times' Digital Strategy and "The Future of Libraries."

BeerBrarian: The New York Times' Digital Strategy and "The Future of Libraries." | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Last week the higher-ups at The New York Times did a bang-up job of reminding everyone that institutional sexism is real and pervasive. In addition, someone on The Times' payroll leaked a digital strategy document, titled Innovation Report 2014, to Buzzfeed that librarians would be wise to read.

To wit, The Times has a metadata problem: they lack both a controlled vocabulary and informal systems to tag stories behind the scenes, making it hard for reporters, writers, and digital content staff to make and promote connections.

“Without better tagging, we are hamstrung in our ability to allow readers to follow developing stories, discover nearby restaurants that we have reviewed or even have our photos show up on search engines.” (Page 41 of the report)

It took the Times seven years to come up with a “September 11th” tag, there's still no “Benghazi” tag (41).

“Just adding structured data, for example, immediately increased traffic to our recipes from search engines by 52 percent.” (44)

That's the price of bad, or non-existent, metadata.

There's more. The full Times report is hosted by the Neiman Journalism Lab, which also has excerpts. All images below come from that page.


Does this sound familiar, librarians? Do you think library websites are "gateways?" What is the role of content and discoverability?

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Libraries Lending Seeds Alongside Books - BOOK RIOT

Libraries Lending Seeds Alongside Books - BOOK RIOT | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Local libraries help gardens grow by lending seeds, and the books to grow them by.
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Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot | LJ INFOdocket

Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out.

The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were donated by Google Chicago and made the library the first in the nation to have them available for people to take home.

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The robots were invented by a lab at Carnegie Mellon University. They are set up for use with more than a dozen of the most commonly used computer languages. Users hook the robots up to their home computer or laptops and download instructional tutorials from the company’s website.

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Lending these little robots would fit neatly into the kind of experimentation and teaching already  done with 3D printers in public libraries.

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tiltfactor » Blog Archive » Metadata Games Tag Event: May Day! May Day!

tiltfactor » Blog Archive » Metadata Games Tag Event: May Day! May Day! | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Tiltfactor is proud to announce a new collaboration with the British Library! To celebrate, Tiltfactor’s Metadata Games project will launch the new tagging game Ships Tag as part of a tag event called May Day! May Day! starting midnight on May 1st.

The collaboration between the British Library and Tiltfactor presents an innovative way for public users to explore and tag the British Library’ collection of over a million public domain images which were posted onto Flickr Commons in December 2013. By playing Ships Tag, players produce in-game tags which directly contribute to the Library’s content knowledge. This not only helps the British Library augment its metadata, but it also greatly expands the collection’s accessibility for public research, reuse, and repurposing. The entire collection, whose subjects range from intricate maps, geological diagrams, charts, illustrations, landscapes and more, is an amazing opportunity for players to be a part of the process of organizing this vast online collection

Tiltfactor is a game research lab at Dartmouth College. Its work is centered on critical play, an approach that uses games and play to investigate and explain ideas. Outcomes from the lab's work range from scholarly papers and conference presentations to video games, urban games, board games, and performances.
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7 Big Myths About Libraries

7 Big Myths About Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Americans value their libraries, but there are still misconceptions about libraries that exist among folks who maybe haven't visited a library in a while... or haven't visited one ever!...
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Greenwich Library debuts new online catalog

Greenwich Library debuts new online catalog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Greenwich Library this week launched a new online catalog to make it easier for users to find what they want -- and perhaps discover new things they didn't know they wanted. "About two and a half years ago, we conducted a community survey, and one of the things that came out of that survey was that people wanted a more Google-like search functionality, and they wanted a more Amazon-like feel to the process of trying to find materials," said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, the library's director. Library officials describe the new catalog as a more interactive and engaging system, which will encourage patrons to browse online and encourage more interactions among users. "Instead of going to Goodreads or Amazon, we wanted our community of readers to come here first," said Catherine Tynes, the library's senior network specialist and project manager for the new catalog's launch. Staff from all three public library branches, as well as the private Perrot Memorial Library, which uses the same catalog as the public branches, offered input on the new system, Ormerod-Glynn and Tynes said.
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Common Libraries: prototyping the library of the future - today. - YouTube

Introducing Common Libraries - OuiShare Awards 2014
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Change and the Discourse of Fear | Peer to Peer Review

Change and the Discourse of Fear | Peer to Peer Review | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In a course I teach, we spend a little time thinking about the role fear plays in the construction of social issues. Philip Jenkins and Joel Best have both written persuasively about the ways in which anxiety is a potent lever for influencing public opinion and gaining attention for various causes. Once a problem has been identified and named, various claims-makers have incentives to associate their pet issues with the named threat, often expanding the domain of the problem by widening its purported influence. In the process, the threat is often distorted.
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CFPB testing libraries for financial literacy program, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library - Columbus - Columbus Business First

CFPB testing libraries for financial literacy program, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library - Columbus - Columbus Business First | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Feel comfortable going to the library to research your finances? You ought to, says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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