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A new role for local libraries and museums

A new role for local libraries and museums | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A new program is promoting how these neighborhood institutions can join—and even lead—comprehensive community development initiatives.
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Research Libraries: New White Paper: “Reimagining the Georgia Tech Library” | LJ INFOdocket

Research Libraries: New White Paper: “Reimagining the Georgia Tech Library” | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In this paper, we discuss the major elements of that renewal as pertaining to our Library. First, we are a research library. A 21st century research institution still requires the multifaceted services of a research library. We also discuss the space of the Library itself. A library has never been merely a container for books. The physical space of the renewed Library will be the interdisciplinary platform for innovative scholarship and learning, as services expand. Finally, we discuss the role of the Library as an integrated network of resources, focusing on the important and unique collaborative services provided by Library faculty and staff. The renewed Georgia Tech Library will be the research library that Georgia Tech needs to both support and define what a 21st century research institution should be.

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EIFL: 10 new public library services prepare youth for a hi-tech world

EIFL: 10 new public library services prepare youth for a hi-tech world | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Jean Fairbairn from EIFL sends us some information about their Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP): Smart phones, 3D printers, robotics, online media"

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Libraries See Light After Years of cuts

Libraries See Light After Years of cuts | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries begin to emerge from years of budget cuts – and even spiff up with some new high-tech offerings.
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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 highlights interactive libraries

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 highlights interactive libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries are often thought of as dusty old places where you can smell the books in the air, but the Makerbrarians table at this weekend’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire might change this perception.From DIY book-scanners to drones and mini-computers, makers are shaking up people’s ideas of what a library can be.

The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire brings together makers from across the city to share what their creations with the public. The festival breeds innovation and creativity, and has a very community-based ethos.

Scott Leslie, one of the co-sponsors of the B.C. Libraries Cooperative table, was excited for his team to get involved, because he believes that the principles behind both libraries and Maker Faires are similar.

“Libraries are fundamentally about access and education and empowering people to educate themselves, and that’s very much the energy behind a lot of the maker movement,” Leslie told theGeorgia Straight by phone. “You know, informal education, so people teaching themselves, teaching each other. It seems like a really good fit.”

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Linkubator Sunday Roundup | June 1 – 7 | Library as Incubator Project

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | June 1 – 7 | Library as Incubator Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

If you’re thinking a mobile makerspace is the right fit for your library, check out how one library system in Wisconsin is doing it.Volume Denver is the new local music library project from Denver Public Library – totally rad!Contributor Rebecca Dunn considers several ways to use the Pages to Projects model of story time with babies 0 – 2.Discover some fantastic digital collections of fashion and textiles in this week’s Fantastic Friday.

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New American Libraries supplement examines major trends in digital content | News & Press Center

Leading library visionaries and experts discuss trends in digital content technology and the current state of library ebook lending in “Digital Discoveries,” a new digital supplement from American Libraries magazine. Developed by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), the digital supplement examines the ways that public and school libraries are defining their roles in the evolving digital publishing environment in a variety of new and interactive ways. The digital supplement also details ALA’s progress in advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.
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Hoopla transforms public libraries into digital media hubs | ZDNet

Hoopla transforms public libraries into digital media hubs | ZDNet | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The public library lacks digital distribution and digital media to lend. Hoopla has an an app for that and a catalog of tens of thousands of top movies and music.
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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. Not that information comes free or “wants to be free,” as Internet enthusiasts proclaimed twenty years ago. It comes filtered through expensive technologies and financed by powerful corporations.
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Biblioteksdebat: Bringing Libraries on the agenda - a political Question

Biblioteksdebat: Bringing Libraries on the agenda - a political Question | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Today I make a presentation on the Pre-conference for Decision Makers at theIFLA President´s Meeting 2014 in Helsinki.


The title is "Bringing Libraries on the agenda - a political Question" It's a introduction to The Danish Library Association and its unique organizational structure that involves both politicians and professionals. 
 In the Danish Library Association we represent one of the more radical solutions to achieving this political approach to working for libraries: We have brought the political decision-makers and the library professionals  together in the same association. The President is always politicians and local politicians always constitute the majority. Therefore, we have a constant dialogue between professionals and politicians about libraries. Not only the economy, also how they should be developed and which need citizens has. 
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New Chinatown Library: A Feng Shui 'Neighborhood Hub' - Chinatown - DNAinfo.com Chicago

New Chinatown Library: A Feng Shui 'Neighborhood Hub' - Chinatown - DNAinfo.com Chicago | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Special design elements have been incorporated into the new $18 million library.
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UK’s first public library based Fab Lab to open in Exeter

UK’s first public library based Fab Lab to open in Exeter | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The multi-million pound Exeter Library reopens this Thursday, 22 May, following substantial refurbishment, and with it a preview of the first ‘Fab Lab‘ ever to open in a UK public library.

The Fab Lab, or fabrication laboratory, is a low-cost digital workshop equipped with laser-cutters, 3D printers and scanners, Computer Numerical Control (computer controlled) router, 3D milling machines, electronics bench and programming and design tools, where users can “make almost anything”.

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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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A New Way of Looking at Public Library Engagement in America | American Libraries Magazine

A New Way of Looking at Public Library Engagement in America | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has intensively studied the changing world of public libraries for the last three years. The first stage of our research explored the growing role of ebooks, including their impact on Americans’ reading habits and library habits. Our second stage examined the full universe of library services, as well as what library services Americans most value and what they might want from libraries in the future.

In March, we released a report from our third and final stage of research—the fruits of a representative national survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older. It explores public libraries’ roles in people’s lives and in broader American culture—how libraries are perceived, how they are valued, and how people rely on them. The 
provision of digital content is certainly a key element of the services that make libraries useful. Using the data from our previous report on how people value libraries in their communities, our analysis divides Americans into nine groups that reflect different patterns of public library engagement along a general spectrum of high (30% of the population), medium (39% of the population), low (17% of the population), and nonengagement (14% of the population).

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'Crowdfunding' readers back 'library bar,' request a book each

'Crowdfunding' readers back 'library bar,' request a book each | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When 30-year-old book lover Shunsuke Mori decided to open a 'library bar' in Tokyo, he took a leap of faith to solicit funds over the Internet. Through the process of “crowdfunding,” Mori aimed to collect funds from people interested in contributing to his unique project: a library that stays open until midnight for salarymen who want to relax and unwind after work.

Hoping to collect an initial ¥100,000 through the crowdfunding platform Campfire, Mori was surprised after attracting more than 10 times his goal within just 48 hours of launching his appeal.

 

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2014 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Edmonton Public Library, Transformed by Teamwork

2014 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Edmonton Public Library, Transformed by Teamwork | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
For 101 years, Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has galvanized its ever-growing city. From its beginnings above a meat and liquor store in 1913 to its current configuration as a massive, team-driven enterprise, EPL has served as a pioneering gathering place, connecting people and expanding minds. In the process, it changed the parameters of what it means to be a public library and transformed itself. Having the spirit and creativity to do that meant taking risks, innovating, and embracing change. It made EPL a model for all public libraries and the winner of the 2014 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.
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Wilton Library Introduces Innovation Station At Annual Meeting | The Wilton Daily Voice

Wilton Library Introduces Innovation Station At Annual Meeting | The Wilton Daily Voice | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Library will introduce its new Innovation Station as it hosts its 119th annual Friends of the Library meeting.

The Innovation Station fits in with the library’s quest to be a “gateway to discovery.” The station is designed to allow patrons to interact with one another to gather information and inspiration. 

It will be a place to learn new skills, from quilting to robotics and much more. Many libraries have implemented similar spaces, which provide materials and tools for projects and a good place for people to use the resources to explore, learn, improve, and think creatively, all while working together and teaching one another.

The Innovation Station was established with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in mind. The Shoff Foundation funded its construction.

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5 Ways Libraries Cultivate Community Art

5 Ways Libraries Cultivate Community Art | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Creativity -- like information --should be accessible to everyone in a community, and the library is the perfect democratic space to make that happen...

1. Libraries Host Writers in Residence (and Artists and Tinkers!)

2. Libraries collect local music and writing (& help people create it, too)

3. Libraries show new artwork outside the gallery/museum circuit -- and that's a good thing.

4. Libraries host readings and performances

5. Libraries host hands-on workshops for all ages and encourage creative collaboration

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Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk Library journal

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk Library journal | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public mis­understanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.
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Beyond Books: A New Film Shows The Vital Role Public Libraries Play In New York Communities

Beyond Books: A New Film Shows The Vital Role Public Libraries Play In New York Communities | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries Now: A Day in the Life reveals New York City libraries are in-demand centers for community and education. Filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks talk to Co.Create about the people they met and the surprising things they learned while filming in libraries all across the city for six months.

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Library-as-Publisher: Capacity Building for the Library Publishing Subfield

The role of publisher is increasingly assumed by academic and research libraries, usually inspired by campus-based demands for digital publishing platforms to support e-journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, and database-driven websites. Although publishing is compatible with librarians’ traditional strengths, there are additional skill sets that library publishers must master in order to provide robust publishing services to their academic communities.

To help library publishing services mature into a consistent field of practice, practitioners in this growing publishing subfield increasingly cite their need for specialized training and professional development opportunities. For example, the authors’ conversations with participants in the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), a collaborative network of 60 North American academic libraries involved in publishing, have revealed that no existing graduate-level training program adequately prepares practitioners for the full range of theoretical, practical, and organizational issues involved in publishing. LPC participants have also noted the relative lack of continuing education opportunities targeted toward those who are engaging in publishing—whether in a library, university press, or commercial publishing environment.

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe: Who are you empowering?

In the Library with the Lead Pipe: Who are you empowering? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In brief: As librarians we continue to grapple with our role in a world of digital information. The case has been made for an enthusiastic embrace of cutting edge technologies and the development of a ‘startup culture,’ and a role as ‘gap filler’ supporting faster take-up of new technologies. Rather than blindly supporting a market-driven technology industry, librarians should ensure the privacy and autonomy of library users is protected. When considering how we can use technology, librarians must remember our core values, and our mission of empowering an informed and free citizenry.

Murphy’s ‘gap filling’ proposal was pre-empted by David Lankes in 2012, when he wrote:"If libraries continue to be remedial organizations, focused solely on the problems and deficits of our communities the communities themselves will find libraries obsolete"

The main problem with Murphy’s vision of libraries as a ‘gap filler’ is the question of who determines where the gap lies, and who determines how it is to be filled.

Trudy Raymakers's insight:

Very interesting read Murphy versus Lankes. Eager adopting and translating versus core values and integrity.

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Developing an Online First Mentality, Part One: What IS Online First? | David Lee King

Developing an Online First Mentality, Part One: What IS Online First? | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
I’ve been thinking about the whole “mobile first” strategy for websites, which makes a lot of sense. That’s the idea that, when designing a website, you make it
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Library as Classroom | Office Hours

Library as Classroom | Office Hours | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Reading the new HORIZON Report for Higher Education 2014, I’m inspired as usual by the work of Educause and the New Media Consortium (NMC). This year’s study continues the direction. In fact, a new framework for presenting challenges and trends accelerating technology adoption and the key technologies for higher education makes the report even more useful for anyone and everyone involved in teaching and learning..... I’d argue that our libraries of all kinds also serve as creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing the building blocks mentioned above. Just explore some of the notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces shared here in LJ over the past few months. You’ll find community learning spaces that help people achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.

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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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