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Agenda Plus: Cory Doctorow on the Future of the Library

Agenda Plus: Cory Doctorow on the Future of the Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Cory Doctorow, author and co-editor of Boing Boing, discusses turning libraries into "makerspaces" that teach computer literacy.
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Navigating extremely important, makerspaces, stop pretending and stay away from ebooks until the big publishers more or less come to begg.

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The Garden Library was created as a social-artistic urban community project. Established to serve the community of refugees and migrant workers that congregate in the Lewinsky Park, in south Tel Aviv, it aims to answer a concrete need as well as to manifest a socio-political stance.

 

ARTEAM, the artists collective that initiated and produced the Garden Library, sought to break away from traditional categories of classification, and to realize a sorting and indexing system that would playfully manifest the values of an open society. Accordingly, the books are not catalogued b

The library’s unique cataloging system is based on the readers’ emotional responses to the books they read. The system comprises an evolving and cumulative database in which each book’s current location and categorization history are registered.

The customizable visual mapping of the database will familiarize site visitors with the library’s reader communities, their likes and dislikes. The history of the emotional judgments will permit dynamic illustration of “wandering maps,” displaying past and present categorizations and locations.

A wiki feature will appeal to visitors from around the globe to complete the information about each and every book in the book’s native tongue.

y conventions of genre or author name, but rather according to reader input.

 

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$1 Million Gates Grant to Fund Chicago, Aarhus Libraries’ Innovation Partnership | ALA Annual 2013

$1 Million Gates Grant to Fund Chicago, Aarhus Libraries’ Innovation Partnership | ALA Annual 2013 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

On June 30, at the Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia wing, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will allow the Chicago Public Library (CPL) and Aarhus Public Libraries in Denmark to work together to create a new model for innovation, experimentation and decision-making within libraries.

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3D printing for all: Inside Chicago library’s new “pop-up maker lab”

3D printing for all: Inside Chicago library’s new “pop-up maker lab” | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
3D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines are now open to the public.
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Creating Game-Based Makerspaces

Creating Game-Based Makerspaces | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Games and Gaming Roundtable hosted a panel of experts (including yours truly) in which the discussion focused on different ways of blending games and play with the power of creation and makerspaces.
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“Maker Monday” Mania at Maker Showcase | American Libraries Magazine

“Maker Monday” Mania at Maker Showcase | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
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Rise of the cyborgs: the growth of librarian-IT hybrids

In this presentation for CILIP's Umbrella 2013 conference, Simon Barron explored the impact of technology on librarianship and the increased amalgamation of lib
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An online summer camp for maker kids

An online summer camp for maker kids | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Maker Camp kicks off its online summer camp for teens on Google on July 8.Last year, some librarians took it upon themselves to integrate the projects into their regular summer programming. This year, Maker Camp is doing an official affiliate program, working with 100 partners around the country. Each official partner gets a Maker Camp starter box filled with starter supplies, lesson materials and a guide. Organizers aren't sending out 3-D printers, but a surprising number of libraries already have their own 3-D printers up and running.

Carla Avitabile, the teen librarian at the Marin Country Free Library just north of San Francisco, is doing her second year of Maker Camp. She says the projects can teach basic skills that adults take for granted. While building pistons for a Diet Coke-and-Mentos project, she found some kids didn't know how to use a screwdriver.

 

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Rural Libraries as Innovation Incubators: Notes from a Session at ALA | TechSoup for Libraries

Rural Libraries as Innovation Incubators: Notes from a Session at ALA | TechSoup for Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

1.write the new rules

2.there is no box

3.have a vision

4.failure happens

5.look outside

6.view libraries as idea incubators

What if we were to tell people, bring us your ideas and we will throw all of the resources that we have at making them a reality. How would that change your library?"

 

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Aspen Institute Launches Dialogue On Public Libraries

Aspen Institute Launches Dialogue On Public Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Contact: Amy GarmerCommunications and Society ProgramThe Aspen Institute202-736-5818 | garmer@aspeninstitute.orgThe Aspen Institute announces working group to shape vision for public libraries.Washing (“@lrainie: This is a big deal: Aspen Institute...
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Library Innovation: Championing Change In Communities

Library Innovation: Championing Change In Communities | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Given its emphasis on creating community and inspiring community members, it seems natural for the White House to focus on museums and libraries, since their mission is to meet the evolving needs of the communities they serve.
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#RL2013 1: Community Centred Learning - the chalkle° experience

#RL2013 1: Community Centred Learning - the chalkle° experience | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Chalk by Simon James via CC license on Flickr Last night I attended the first Reality Librarianship session for 2013 offered by Heroes Mingle - a partnership made up of Sally Pewhairangi (@sallyher...
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Five Good Ideas I’ve seen for Public Libraries (Others too!)

Five Good Ideas I’ve seen for Public Libraries (Others too!) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
I’ve seen a bunch of good ideas lately so I thought I’d share them here: Idea #1: Timelapse Video My new office is in the Toronto Public Library’s North Yoprk Central branch.  I am amazed every morning that I arrive before opening.  There are often...
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Innovative Public Libraries: Urban Libraries Council Announces 2013 Top Innovators | LJ INFOdocket

Innovative Public Libraries: Urban Libraries Council Announces 2013 Top Innovators | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Learning: Howard County Library SystemCivic and Community Engagement: Los Angeles Public Library

Collections: Nashville Public Library

Customer Experience: Calgary Public Library

Economic and Workforce Development: Saint Paul Public Library

Health, Wellness and Safety: Pima County Public Library

Operations: New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries

Organizational Change and Strategic Management: San Francisco Public Library

Positioning the Library: Free Library of Philadelphia

Sustainability: Sacramento Public Library

 

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Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs

Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The lab will operate through the end of the year and offer 3D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine, a vinyl cutter and software.
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Fleeing the Reference Desk | ALA 2013

Fleeing the Reference Desk | ALA 2013 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"Multnomah undertook a study of its usage using OrangeBoy consulting services. The results revealed that patrons stayed a long time per visit in the library, but that they weren’t there to ask questions, a change that the staff had not yet perceived. The library’s response was to turn away from terming and thinking about what they did as reference, instead calling their service “readers’ advisory for fiction and nonfiction.” This helped with marketing and enabled the staff, Banks said, “to think big.” The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is in step with these changes also; the audience heard from Banks that among services offered by her current employer are pop-up libraries and “crafted outreach activity.” More details are available, she said, in Carnegie’s strategic plan."

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Johnson County Library honored for innovation | The Dispatch

Johnson County Library honored for innovation | The Dispatch | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A thoughtful response to a national tragedy has shined a spotlight on the Johnson County Library system.

Earlier this year, library staff curated print, Internet and TV news reports to create the Sandy Hook Community Conversation, which brought together more than 100 people to honor the young victims of the December 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The exhibit was housed at the Central Resource Library in Overland Park.Last month, the national Urban Library Council recognized Johnson libraries with its top innovation award for work on the exhibit, which it called “a truly powerful example of the library’s ability to help communities deal with crisis.”

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The Future of Books: Library Apps

The Future of Books: Library Apps | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
I recently got a Spotify account, and right away I realized that I would never buy music again. And then I got the shivers, and realized that soon this wou
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Undaimonia: Rise of the cyborgs: the growth of librarian-IT hybrids

Undaimonia: Rise of the cyborgs: the growth of librarian-IT hybrids | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

We see further anecdotal evidence of this overlap in the rise of the 'shambrarians'. Not enough research has been done on this strange LIS subculture but it consists of IT and other systems workers embedded within libraries who have not had formal librarianship or information management training. As this rigorously scientific chart from shambrarian, Dave Pattern, shows, they fall within the traditional boundaries of both librarianship and IT and self-identify as shambrarians – a particular breed of librarian-IT hybrid.

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Library to play role in web safety program

Library to play role in web safety program | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Forbes Library is taking part in a national pilot program to help computer users stay safe.
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Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons | Brooklyn Public Library

Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons | Brooklyn Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons marks a new approach to public library space and services. Located on the first floor of Central Library, this new center consists of public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with technology and resources to facilitate individual and group work, learning, and creativity

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Libraries + Parents = Innovation and Success - The Pew Internet and American Life Project

Libraries + Parents = Innovation and Success
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Libraries + Parents = Innovation and Success. by Lee Rainie. Jun 30, 2013 ...
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Innovation at the Anchorage Public Library | TechSoup for Libraries

Innovation at the Anchorage Public Library | TechSoup for Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Paul Baker is the Innovation Lab Coordinator for the Anchorage (AK) Public Library. In this article, he tells us about his position and about the exciting things happening with the library and Makers and Hackers in the Anchorage community.

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Extreme Library Makeover Innovation audit

Extreme Library Makeover Innovation audit | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Innovation audit for libraries that want to take charge of the future.
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