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Public Libraries Transform: Edutainment or New Modes of Learning? | Cultural Change

Public Libraries Transform: Edutainment or New Modes of Learning? | Cultural Change | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Are libraries desperately offering entertainment in order to bring in the bodies and the money? Or are they providing new and enjoyable ways of learning and creating?

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Thriving too: A (re-)Imagined Library: organizing by doing

Thriving too: A (re-)Imagined Library: organizing by doing | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A little more than a year ago, I was asked to give a talk during the opening of a library. This was rather strange, given that in the same month the public library announced it would be closing 15 of the 21 libraries across Rotterdam in the coming 3 years. But this was no ordinary library. It was actually situated in a flat which was going to be refurbished in the coming years and was one of the actions undertaken by the resident group. Their reasoning behind it was simple, but very smart: the refurbishment has put quite a strain on the people living in the flat and we have mostly negotiated with the housing corporation up till now; it is time to change this. So let’s create a place where we can actually meet each other and have a conversation. T.

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Virtually Branching Out | Lead the Change

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The idea that libraries need to take their services “outside the building” is well-established, from bookmobiles to digital branches. But more innovative, effective, inexpensive ways to take the library into the community are still needed. At the recent Lead the Change event in at Denver Central Library, presenter David Bendovic cited Southlake, TX, Public Library’s Virtual Library Program as a case study in what library leadership can do to address this goal.

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Mercer County Library Blog: Books to Get You Thinking

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What is the future of storytelling? Immersion, interactivity, integration and impact

What is the future of storytelling? Immersion, interactivity, integration and impact | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Martin Bryant: "As consumer technology evolves at an ever-quickening pace, opportunities for new forms of storytelling are emerging. Experimentation is all well and good, but what do audiences actually want?"


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New German Stuttgart Library: The Future of Library Design? | Yaminatoday - A Literary Blog That Entertains & Educates

New German Stuttgart Library: The Future of Library Design? | Yaminatoday - A Literary Blog That Entertains & Educates | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Does this building look like the outside of a library to you? I didn't think so.
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lelapin's comment, August 17, 2012 2:15 AM
I'm not too sure future libraries will look like the one the picture the speed at which books tend to be replaced by digital versions.
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Finally, Some Creativity at Libraries! « Annoyed Librarian

Finally, Some Creativity at Libraries! « Annoyed Librarian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Critical notes on the library as makerspace.

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Can the Library Make This? | Public Praxis

Can the Library Make This? | Public Praxis | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Iowa City Public Library has just launched a new local music project, where the library has negotiated directly with bands to make their music available for download through the library’s catalog. The library paid the bands for their albums, and the musicians agreed to let library members download unlimited amounts of DRM-free music for free.

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Library Observatory: an open, community facility for exploring library collections and services | metaLAB (at) Harvard

Library Observatory: an open, community facility for exploring library collections and services | metaLAB (at) Harvard | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In connection with our emerging Data Artifacts initiative to understand the impacts of data in networked experience, we’re eager to explore some of the most culturally-determined troves of information our society produces: the bibliographic datasets that comprise library online public catalogues.

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Which library content providers are utilising mobile technologies? | m-libraries

Which library content providers are utilising mobile technologies? | m-libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Which library content providers are utilising mobile technologies?

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Director sees library's role as creation hub / LJWorld.com

Director sees library's role as creation hub / LJWorld.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Current plans for the library expansion include what Allen is calling “creation zones” that will be set up in the basement of the library. There will be sound equipment, there will be video equipment, there will be computer tools to help people create everything from logos to funky photos.“But I want people to understand we’re not just talking about art here,” Allen said. “We might have the tools for you to create a commercial for your business or design a website. We think this is a way we can help the town grow and create vibrant local businesses.”

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Turning A Library Into A Maker Space

Turning A Library Into A Maker Space | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The next time someone tells you that libraries have no function because of the growing popularity of e-readers, direct them towards the Westport Library--a Connecticut library that just opened a MakerSpace--a place where people can tinker and...
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Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries » Virtual Dave...Real Blog

Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries » Virtual Dave...Real Blog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

David Lankes: Close the crisis center. Take down the picket signs. Please proceed to un-occupy the library. It is time to stop trying to save libraries.

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A Mobile Library for Artists

A Mobile Library for Artists | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This library on wheels carries over 1,200 books by or about contemporary artists around Mexico City.
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SA Public Libraries: 3D Printing in Libraries

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Last Friday night at Adelaide City's Grote St Library a great evening event was held, showcasing the Council's new Innovation Lab, which includes 2 state-of-the-art 3D printers. The Lab includes laptops loaded with digital design software that communicate with the state-of-the-art MakerBot Replicator 3D printer and the UP Plus 3D printer. The MakerBot and the UP Plus can be fed rolls of plastic and can turn designs into actual three dimensional objects.

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University of Huddersfield Example of new use of library catalog

University of Huddersfield Example of new use of library catalog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Example of Library catalog- recommendations- useful links etc

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MIT Libraries News » Blog Archive » New “Find It” information kiosk unveiled at Hayden library

MIT Libraries News » Blog Archive » New “Find It” information kiosk unveiled at Hayden library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The kiosk features a secured iPad that gives you quick access to information like:

how to find books
where to find scanners, copiers and printers
nearby food and drink options
restroom locations
campus map
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New Highlights: The Survey of Library Cafes, 2012-13 Edition – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Highlights: The Survey of Library Cafes, 2012-13 Edition – Stephen's Lighthouse | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries are social institutioos and eating and coffee can be social acts.

Highlights: The Survey of Library Cafes, 2012-13 Edition

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Reference and Information Services | World Library and Information Congress

Reference and Information Services | World Library and Information Congress | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Download papers IFLA: Generation Google needs us: new roles for visibility in the digital age for information & reference services

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A New Idea for Libraries

A New Idea for Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

 Tower Hamlets is choosing to “modernize” their libraries to bring back the patrons. The council of Tower Hamlets, after ascertaining that only a small percentage of residents used the libraries situated in the area, decided to close all libraries and instead open seven “Idea Stores,” buildings which house libraries, cafes, adult education classes, and internet access points, all under one roof.

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New Los Angeles County Public Libraries Staff Day – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Los Angeles County Public Libraries Staff Day – Stephen's Lighthouse | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Wonderful presentation from Stephen Abram on changing libraries.

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Smashwords: New Library Direct Enables Libraries to Acquire Large Opening Collections of Smashwords Ebooks

Smashwords: New Library Direct Enables Libraries to Acquire Large Opening Collections of Smashwords Ebooks | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Smashwords today announced Library Direct, a new service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords.

Library Direct is available to libraries that host and manage their own ebook checkout systems, typically using Adobe Content Server, and that are capable of acquiring a large opening collection.

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Google Indoor Maps for Public Libraries | Florida Library Training

In November 2011, Google launched Indoor Maps, an exciting addition to the award-winning Google Maps. Indoor Google Maps will enhance your building’s overhead or satellite view by replacing that with a floor plan of your building’s public areas. This innovation helps visitors find their destination in large or unfamiliar spaces. The process to get involved is simple and unobtrusive. As Indoor Maps is a relatively new feature of Google Maps, your floor plans will be dramatically featured to mobile users of Google Maps at no cost.

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New New report: America’s Digital Future: Advancing a shared strategy for digital public libraries – Stephen's Lighthouse

New New report: America’s Digital Future: Advancing a shared strategy for digital public libraries – Stephen's Lighthouse | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

New report: America’s Digital Future: Advancing a shared strategy for digital public libraries

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The Role of Libraries in Communities, The Global Street Concept and Civil Participation In Society | EngagingCities

The Role of Libraries in Communities, The Global Street Concept and Civil Participation In Society | EngagingCities | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A first perspective on how libraries can still be relevant institutions in the digital age was offered by Knud Schulz , who has worked in the Aarhus library (Denmark) for over 20 years. Based on experiences with new library concepts and projects, his library is currently constructing a new building called the Aarhus Urban Mediascape

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