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'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution - Canada - CBC News

'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution - Canada - CBC News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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The future of libraries? In Japan, elevated study pods encourage conversation

The future of libraries? In Japan, elevated study pods encourage conversation | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Japan’s Seikei University has ingeniously designed isolation spheres which can be used for meetings or for group work.
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Isolation spheres > Interesting concept!

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Manchester Lit List: Longsight Library becomes a mini-makerspace for spring!

Manchester Lit List: Longsight Library becomes a mini-makerspace for spring! | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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).

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The story of the library with a garden

The story of the library with a garden | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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5 Bright Ideas for the Libraries of the Future « bluesyemre

5 Bright Ideas for the Libraries of the Future « bluesyemre | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
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 ...
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21st Century Public Library As Business Incubator – Seriously?

21st Century Public Library As Business Incubator – Seriously? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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. .

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LibraryFarm: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books

LibraryFarm: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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Crowdsourced Design: Why Los Angeles Is Asking the Public to Create the Library of the Future

Crowdsourced Design: Why Los Angeles Is Asking the Public to Create the Library of the Future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Crowdsourced Design: Why Los Angeles Is Asking the Public to Create the Library of the Future
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If you could design your library what would it look like? Los Angeles Public Library is asking its citizens that very question. This is part of Goods' Citizen Building Block series, called #5: Get a Library Card (http://www.good.is/posts/citizen-building-block-5-get-a-library-card--2), posts from which we have highlighted before.

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21st Century Libraries and Librarians Look Like: Innovation

21st Century Libraries and Librarians Look Like: Innovation | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
As I conduct my personalized professional development, I want to share articles that to me typify what the 21st Century Library looks like – what it does – what it symbolizes – how it performs – ho...
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Age of Context book is now funded, latest news

Age of Context book is now funded, latest news | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
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...
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Attention innovative public and community libraries! | EIFL

Attention innovative public and community libraries! | EIFL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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

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Lorcan Dempsey's "Thirteen Ways" Ranks Third on EDUCAUSE Review Online's List of Ten Most Widely Read Articles from 2012

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3D printers turn library into place of dreams

3D printers turn library into place of dreams | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
By Lauresha Xhihani
Republican-American of Waterbury
WESTPORT, Conn. -- The hottest attraction at the Westport Library is not a book or collection of DVDs, but rather two manufacturing units.
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Literary Lots - Strategic Urban Solutions

Literary Lots - Strategic Urban Solutions | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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Cool! Harvard Library Lab Releases 20 Project Overview Videos Online | LJ INFOdocket

Cool! Harvard Library Lab Releases 20 Project Overview Videos Online | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
20 new videos about different Harvard Library Lab projects http://t.co/rO80uZ3lXF #libraries #innovation
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Library steps into future

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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"

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Avoid Retreating to Your Comfort Zone

Avoid Retreating to Your Comfort Zone | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
innovation strategy tips - Innovation keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche offers his clients and audiences valuable innovation strategy tips on staying creative and relevant. Main...
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You Have Two, Maybe Three Years...

You Have Two, Maybe Three Years... | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
... before libraries become irrelevant. When I came across the December 14, 2012 article at Publishers Weekly website, the headline - You Have Two, Maybe Three Years... by Peter Brantley - caught m...
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Bringing new voices to the public library

Bringing new voices to the public library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators

Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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.”

 

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21st Century Libraries and Librarians Look Like: YouTube

21st Century Libraries and Librarians Look Like: YouTube | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Here are more resources from my personalized professional development, that to me typify what the 21st Century Library looks like – what it does – what it symbolizes – how it performs – how it bene...
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The Underground Library

Miami Ad School Student Project: A Simple Solution to help New York’s Empty Libraries Now that the internet is available almost anywhere, people are able to do…
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More libraries are adopting open source solutions than ever before | opensource.com

More libraries are adopting open source solutions than ever before | opensource.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Nicole Engard discusses how open source is finally becoming a major player in the library arena.
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Hybrid Library: QR Codes Access eBooks in Subway Station | WebUrbanist

Hybrid Library: QR Codes Access eBooks in Subway Station | WebUrbanist | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
You can snag a volume from their floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall collection of ebook samples with the click of a button (in epub, pdf or even audiobook format).
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention by Lorcan Dempsey | EDUCAUSE.edu

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention by Lorcan Dempsey | EDUCAUSE.edu | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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