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Start your Engines, please - New libraries scheme set to boost Greater Manchester’s budding entrepreneurs | Manchester City Council

Start your Engines, please - New libraries scheme set to boost Greater Manchester’s budding entrepreneurs | Manchester City Council | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries across Greater Manchester will offer a new service to budding entrepreneurs, in a bid to help residents who are interested in starting their own business. Virtual flatpack, meeting on and offline, ots of events.

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Virtual flatpack, meetings on and offline, lots of events. More and more libraries become hubs for (starting) enterpreneurs.

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MEMO Conference Keynote

MEMO Conference Keynote | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Great trip to St. Cloud Minnesota for the MEMO Conference.  Great conference – loads of great ideas and people.
Here are my slides:
Memo oct2013 from Stephen Abram
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Even when you don''t hear the talk the slides tell the story of disruption, the hypercycle and the possible/actual redefinition of the library.

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The New Library | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The New Library | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

What people do at libraries and what they’d like libraries to become. Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project presents his organization’s latest findings about what people do at libraries and what they’d like libraries to become. He describes the services patrons say they want libraries to offer and he describes the big issues that new libraries are resolving.

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Enterprising Libraries: ten library projects receive Arts Council funding to support the development of local businesses

Enterprising Libraries: ten library projects receive Arts Council funding to support the development of local businesses | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Ten leading ‘Enterprising Libraries’ will receive a share of £450,000 to help local people get started in business, Arts Council England, the British Library and the Department for Communities and Local Government have announced.

Enterprising Libraries supports local economic growth by turning libraries into spaces for the development of business ideas, providing coaching, advice, meeting spaces and IT support for local businesses and entrepreneurs. These funding awards will help more people access these services across the country. - See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/enterprising-libraries-ten-library-projects-receiv/#sthash.0TlYut0P.dpufEnterprising Libraries supports local economic growth by turning libraries into spaces for the development of business ideas, providing coaching, advice, meeting spaces and IT support for local businesses and entrepreneurs. These funding awards will help more people access these services across the country. - See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/enterprising-libraries-ten-library-projects-receiv/#sthash.0TlYut0P.dpuf

 

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Builds on th British Library's Business IP Centre (London) with providing coaching, advice, meeting spaces and IT support for local businessesamd entrepneurs/

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Are We Overlooking a Powerful Engine for Social & Economic Change? | Beyond Access

Are We Overlooking a Powerful Engine for Social & Economic Change? | Beyond Access | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A one-page infographic outlining how libraries can contribute to social and economic development. (Beyond Access is a group of people and organizations who believe that libraries can power social and economic development).

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library marketing | Designer Librarian

library marketing | Designer Librarian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Posts about library marketing written by designerlibrarian.

Libraries are not exactly known for being awesome at marketing, though I think there are some libraries (esp. public libraries) that do a pretty good job of it. The problem I see is that libraries too often focus on place and product in their campaigns. The library is a great place…to study…to collaborate…to hang out…to inspire creativity. Or the the library has great resources (i.e. products)…e-books…databases…games…movies…bestsellers.

What about people? How often do libraries market their knowledgeable staff, their greatest asset? Not often enough in my opinion. And that’s what Youtility is all about.

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They Lend What??? The Magical World of Unique Lending Libraries

They Lend What??? The Magical World of Unique Lending Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

by Sandra Hoyer, Head Editor, INALJ Washington They Lend What??? The Magical World of Unique Lending Libraries I I have always been fascinated by unusual lending libraries and the spectacular items they have for users. I think libraries (whether private, public, academic or special) in general could truly benefit from taking an untraditional approach to lending what their users may need, whether that be therapy dogs or art.

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Dear Book Nerd: An Advice Column is Born

Dear Book Nerd: An Advice Column is Born | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Here at Book Riot, we like to think of ourselves as providers of information, entertainment, and maybe even spiritual enlightenment (okay, that last one is
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What Google's New Search Algorithm Means for Libraries

What Google's New Search Algorithm Means for Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In the nostalgic garage where Google first operated, Google celebrated it's 15th anniversary with the announcement of Hummingbird. Hummingbird is Google's new algorithm that has been silently imple...
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The Library of the Future (Part 5): Everyone’s A Librarian! | Brian Kelly's Hyperlinked Library Blog

The Library of the Future (Part 5): Everyone’s A Librarian! | Brian Kelly's Hyperlinked Library Blog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
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Chicago Public Library Tackles Youth Violence in Chicago Through the Arts

Chicago Public Library Tackles Youth Violence in Chicago Through the Arts | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Chicago Public Library is working to combat youth violence, that has become almost epidemic in Chicago, through arts programming in conjunction with their Now is the Time initiative.
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Hacking, Making, & Creating - at the Library! Technology Innovations & Customer-Created Content

Traditionally, when our library customers wanted to make something, we’d send them to the craft section or to the "how to write a poem" section of the library.

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Inside the Bodleian: Building a 21st Century Library

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Oxford's vast main library, the Bodleian, and how its staff are working to make this ancient in...
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A look around the new Library of Birmingham

A look around the new Library of Birmingham | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Unlike most libraries closing at the moment though, it has been replaced — by a coloured confection. A strange wedding cake of a building with layers of decorative icing around the edges.

To get to the new library though, the easiest route is through Paradise. More of a purgatorial experience though, passing through what was intended to be a delicate foyer with cafes and has instead been taken over by Greggs, Spar, Wetherspoons and McDonalds.Once inside though, you are drawn almost immediately to the escalators heading upwards, and inside, this is a visual treat as a central rotunda elevates people to ever higher levels in a space surrounded by books

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U.S. libraries test new service for streaming movies, music

U.S. libraries test new service for streaming movies, music | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens for bibliophiles, U.S. libraries are trying out a new service that allows patrons to check out streaming movies, music, TV shows and audiobooks from anywhere they want.
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Moving to open source -Developing Partnerships

Moving to open source -Developing Partnerships | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Regularly ranked as the busiest or the second busiest library in the United States, the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington annually processes 22 million checkouts and records more than 84 million visits to its catalog. It’s enough to strain any integrated library system (ILS), and a few years ago, IT services director Jed Moffitt decided that, owing to this volume and the need to add proprietary features to its system, there simply wasn’t a commercial ILS on the market that could meet the library’s unique requirements. He famously coauthored an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant of $1 million that enabled KCLS to experiment with, and then migrate to, the open source Evergreen ILS while developing a peer-to-peer support model to help other libraries and consortia that were interested in doing the same. The move was cited in KCLS’s 2011 Library of the Year profile (LJ 6/15/11).

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Interesting read of the problems and opportunities in moving from commercial ILS to an open source solution.

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City library to provide online tutoring to Chicago students - Chicago Sun-Times

City library to provide online tutoring to Chicago students - Chicago Sun-Times | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Help is just a keystroke away for Chicago students stumped on homework assignments or struggling to grasp difficult concepts before a school test or college entrance exam.After following through on a promise to expand the popular “Teacher in the Library” program to all 80 public libraries, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday added online help to the mix.Seven days a week from 2 to 11 p.m. in English or in Spanish. The service can be accessed — by first-graders all the way up to high school seniors — using a home or library computer by all students with a Chicago Public Library card.

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Very useful expansion of th library as open learning centre.

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Singapore library uses analytics and big data technology to ease users’ search.

Singapore library uses analytics and big data technology to ease users’ search. | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Singapore library uses analytics and big data technology to ease users’ search

National Library Board (NLB) used data mining and text analytics techniques, as well as big data technologies, to connect its structured and unstructured content so the most relevant information can be pushed to users automatically on its web sites and portals.

Because fiction titles are more frequently loaned, the system can generate recommendations for 89 per cent of the fiction titles, compared to only 53 per cent of non fiction titles.

 

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The generation of personal recommendations seems a necessary development for libraries. Singapore libraty seems to point in yje right direction.

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The University in Transition: Summary and Implications of the Six Trends

The University in Transition: Summary and Implications of the Six Trends | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

David Parker summarizes the "six major trends in higher education" and their implications for libraries, publishers and content providers, and university IT departments.

The key themes running through these six trends are open content, greater reliance on data analytics, “flipped” spaces (libraries and classrooms) and products, pricing models, and distribution strategies tied to user demand. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I offer the following observations about how universities, their libraries and companies that support universities and libraries can think about these forces as they plan for the near future.

 


 

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Library Much?

Library Much? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
As the Digital Divide vanishes, and the global community becomes more pronounced, the Library of the digital age can preserve the local community while serving it.
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The Library of the Future (Part 6): The End of History?

The Library of the Future (Part 6): The End of History? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The End of History?
An article in Wikipedia provides background information to the phrase “the end of history“:
The End of History and the Last Man is a 1992 book by Francis Fukuyama, expanding on his 1989 essay “The End of History?
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The Library of the Future (Part 4): A Dystopian Future? | Brian Kelly's Hyperlinked Library Blog

The Library of the Future (Part 4): A Dystopian Future? | Brian Kelly's Hyperlinked Library Blog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Library of the Future Series of Posts

In previous posts in this series I have asked whether the vision for The Library of the Future will be based on A Privatised Future or the provision of Services for the Self-Motivated Middle Classes. In a post entitled Because We’re Right! I also argued that there was a need to consider the assumptions which may be made when planning development of a hyperlinked library.

The aim of this series of posts is to encourage debate on alternative visions of the future of libraries which go beyond a technical deterministic utopian vision. Such considerations were addressed last year in  ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC organised by the University of Edinburgh (which will be repeated later this year).

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Live, state-of-the-art libraries for Generation Y

Live, state-of-the-art libraries for Generation Y | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

By early 2014 nine municipal and public libraries are expected to join the Media Labs network of libraries offering state-of-the-art facilities, specially trained staff and multimedia labs, allowing visitors – mostly teenagers, young professionals, the unemployed and immigrants in Greece – the opportunity to record music, edit videos, surf the Net, share ideas or just chill out.

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A Tale of Two Libraries | Reinventing Libraries

A Tale of Two Libraries | Reinventing Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The library in 2020 will be a tale of two academic research libraries: one flourishing in the best of times and one languishing in the worst of times.

In this work of fiction, in 2012, our two research libraries were both situated in tier-one research institutions established over 175 years ago, steeped in tradition yet vying for the attention of students who are increasingly opting for an online, global education over a residential university experience. Both libraries are housed in iconic spaces traditionally defined by the depth and scale of their collections. Deep traditions add weight to the challenges of transforming these libraries to meet the needs of 21st-century researchers and learners. Adding to this challenge are the complexities and elusiveness of achieving transformational change.

The library looked ahead to 2020 and then looked back to 2005. How had teaching changed? How had research changed? How had technology, content, publishing, and social platforms changed? How had academic research libraries changed? Were they keeping pace within the broader environment? Within the university?

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Pop-Up Libraries Blossom in Philadelphia and Beyond

Pop-Up Libraries Blossom in Philadelphia and Beyond | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The books come by the hundreds almost daily.
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