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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.”
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...
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.
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.
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.
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