Some digital pioneers think that the online sharing of books via social media -- social reading -- may become the dominant way of both consuming and producing stories.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Stein (Socialbook developer) believes Socialbook and networked technologies like it make discussion about books far more social, dynamic and powerful.James Bridle, a London, UK-based editor, publisher and self-proclaimed book futurist, isn’t as sold on the intense online socialization of reading and writing but it could be used to enhance one-in one relationships between author and readers. Hugh McGuire, the Montreal-based founder of online publishers Pressbooks and Libravox,believes the old publishing model will be replaced with one that makes all the information in all future books open, accessible and free for analysis.
Girls! Fancy making your toothbrush into a robot? Or how about creating a blinking LED badge? Discover how to make an Arduino theramin, create objects with e-textiles and make electronic music from your drawings!
To learn these and many other cool activities, head over to Longsight Library every Saturday afternoon from Saturday 2 March through to Saturday 20 April (with a break for Easter).
Two architects in their 20s have beaten a field of experienced international rivals to design a major new public space in Sydney. Their design has a "community living room" theme.The below-ground vision will include garden storytelling, rolling hills and a sunken garden for reading and relaxing. It features an amphitheatre, water play area and music rooms where residents can practise on their instruments without disturbing neighbours.
Public libraries are facing a tough challenge right now. People read fewer physical books — long the staple of libraries — but they still rely on the library for information. Paul Vogel, president of digital solutions for the United ...
As much as I encourage libraries to innovate and become something more, I am highly skeptical of this idea. This article at Atlantic Cities Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubator.If public library staff were capable of offering professional guidance to innovators and entrepreneurs, their own organization wouldn’t be in the desperate position libraries find themselves today – seeking a new mission. Public libraries offering Internet access – of course, offering co-working space – sure, offering reference materials – absolutely! But, professional business guidance – that’s delusional. .
LibraryFarm: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books. As libraries evolve, they might be a little less focused on books or other physical media, but they're still places that provide information—in this case, how to grow vegetables. In Cicero, a small town in upstate New York, the public library decided to open the LibraryFarm, a garden where the community can learn basic food literacy.
Shel Israel just announced that we have raised $100,000 to fund the development of our book, "Age of Context." If you haven't heard that we're working on a book, we are, it's going to focus on how companies are able to build highly anticipatory services...
Four exciting awards for innovative services in these vital areas:
1. Economic wellbeing - meet the winners 2. Health - meet the winners 3. Social inclusion - call now closed - winners to be announced soon 4. Open government - call now open! Deadline for applications - 3 March 2013
n August 2013, a new program called Literary Lots will transform four vacant lots in Cleveland into six-week summer program spots for children. Each lot will have a theme based on a specific children’s book and will become a space for art and for educational programming, bringing cultural institutions across the city together into inner-city Cleveland neighborhoods. These lots are a creative collaboration to “bring books to life” through the programs designed by artists, whether they are learning activities or fun games. Your donations will be used to help secure these lots, find artists to design them, and hire staff to run them. Most importantly, these lots will bring books to life for kids to enjoy them in and exciting ways.
Visitors to the Riverina Regional Library (RRL) mobile library will notice something different when they next visit.The library launched its new trailer to the public on Monday, spruiking its new design and disability access as a big leap from its initial basic.It was our objective to provide a flexible, dynamic and accessible space that has the capacity to cater for changing usage patterns over its anticipated 15-year lifespan," Mr Knight said."Even though we can't easily predict what library service provision may look like in 2028, the new mobile library has definitely been designed with the future nin mind"
Librarians nationwide are blowing the dust off the old library model and redefining the space out of necessity. Often that means bringing in more people, and more voices into the traditionally quiet space.
At a recent libraries conference organized by Knight Foundation, directors from Colorado and Kansas talked about their experiments in engagement, from creating online campaigns to starting a library-based community news site. All helped to reinforce the library’s role in strengthening the community, the directors said.
An old idea reinvented for the 21st century.Co-working spaces are often treated today as a novelt but the idea is actually as old as the public library.
One of the world’s first and most famous libraries, in Alexandria, Egypt, was frequently home some 2,000 years ago to the self-starters and self-employed of that era. “When you look back in history, they had philosophers and mathematicians and all sorts of folks who would get together and solve the problems of their time,” says Tracy Lea, the venture manager with Arizona State University’s economic development and community engagement arm. “We kind of look at it as the first template for the university. They had lecture halls, gathering spaces. They had co-working spaces.”
There is a renaissance of interest in the catalog and catalog data. Yet it comes at a time when the catalog itself is being reconfigured in ways which may result in its disappearance as an individually identifiable component of library service.1 It is being subsumed within larger library discovery environments and catalog data is flowing into other systems and services. This article discusses the position of the catalog and uses it to illustrate more general discovery and workflow directions.