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Christie and The Sextant Group Help University Build Research Library of the Future - rAVe [Publications]

Christie and The Sextant Group Help University Build Research Library of the Future - rAVe [Publications] | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Christie and The Sextant Group are helping redefine the components of a research library at North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh, N.C.
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BeerBrarian: Still More Thoughts on New Librarianship, Week 4: Elitism

BeerBrarian: Still More Thoughts on New Librarianship, Week 4: Elitism | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Lankes begins with a discussion of lending versus sharing, and though he does not explicitly mention economic terms, he hints at them. Sharing, according to Lankes, will allow a library, and a community, to, in the words of former President Bill Clinton, grow the pie.

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The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagment | Reinventing Libraries

The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagment | Reinventing Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In assembling the book, I gave each contributor very little guidance and only two instructions: don’t be boring, and start your essay with “The library in 2020 will be….” I also tried to get a wide range of background, experience, point of view, and time in the profession. I got what I wanted. A set of a couple dozen essays, none more than a few pages long, with a multiplicity of ideas, images, and perspectives, ranging from just this side of sunshine and unicorns to bleak and dystopian, from some names you likely know and a few you’ll be hearing much more from in the future.The good folks at LJ are very graciously excerpting three essays from the book over the next few issues, beginning with this piece from Bill Ptacek, director of the King County Library System.

 

In 2020, the public library will be a concept more than a place. The library will be more about what it does for people rather than what it has for people. As society evolves and more content becomes digital, people will access information in different ways. Physical items will be less important than they have been up to now. Library buildings and spaces will be used in different ways, and services will be provided beyond the building and virtually. The library as a catalyst for civic engagement will facilitate learning and growth for people of all ages.......................

 

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Public Libraries and Civic Engagement

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Why public libraries are back on the urban agenda

Why public libraries are back on the urban agenda | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Politicians have realised that they get more bang for their buck if they spend money on libraries rather than museum and gallery projects, writes Ken Worpole
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nickcarman's curator insight, September 2, 2013 7:27 PM
How libraries are a good value proposition compared to other cultural monuments.
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Public libraries and Urban Development

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A new chapter for libraries - FT.com

A new chapter for libraries - FT.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

That wonderful, mad ambition to contain all the knowledge in the world has been with us for millennia. The Library of Alexandria in the 3rd century BC became the archetype, an Atlantis of lost learning and a symbol of a city.High quality global journalism requires investment.
Later the torch would pass from cities to monasteries and palaces, as libraries became tools with which to praise God or monuments to wealth and power. These were secret, privileged environments: the monks at their cold, hard carrels, the princes and their cabinets of curiosity, the new universities with books chained to desks and locked behind cupboard doors.

It was the Enlightenment that inaugurated a rational new age based on knowledge, in which access to that knowledge was no longer seen as dangerous but as desirable. The Victorians, with a characteristic blend of paternalism and civic pride, instituted libraries as engines of self-improvement testifying to the dynamism of their new industrial cities. Books lost their chains and the library remains one of the few spaces in which we can feel we are citizens rather than consumers......

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The Nation Publishes “The Hidden History of New York City’s Central Library Plan” | LJ INFOdocket

The Nation Publishes “The Hidden History of New York City’s Central Library Plan” | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The latest issue of The Nation (on newsstands Saturday) includes an investigative report (3400+ words) by Scott Sherman on the inside story behind NYPL’s controversial Central Library Plan.

The full text of the report is now available online.

It includes material that comes from found 10 years of NYPL trustee minutes. The Nation obtained these documents under the State of New York Open Meeting Law.

Sherman’s article asks the question, “Why did one of the world’s greatest libraries adopt a $300 million transformation without any real public debate?”

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Innovation Lab at Harold Washington Library -- How It Works

Innovation Lab at Harold Washington Library -- How It Works | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Innovation library received a slew of press coverage when they announced the opening of the Innovation Lab -- a space that gives the public free access to 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines.
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nickcarman's curator insight, August 29, 2013 11:49 PM

Here is a library making a bold experiment with Makerspaces.

Anna Matthews's curator insight, August 30, 2013 6:14 AM

Makerspaces and libraries hand in hand

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New Is it all on Google? No! – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Is it all on Google? No! – Stephen's Lighthouse | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Facet Publishing have announced the release of the fourth edition of Phil Bradley’s highly-regarded handbook, Expert Internet Searching (formerly titled The Advanced Internet Searchers Handbook).

This no-nonsense handbook will give you the tools to find the information that you need more quickly and effectively than ever before.

This new edition, rewritten from scratch, gives readers the information and guidance they need to choose the right search tools and strategies for each information need. From searching social media effectively to tracking down an expert or a news story, and from searching by image to searching multimedia, Bradley introduces the best search engines and tools and explains how to get the most out of them. Whether you are a casual searcher or an expert information retriever, you will find information on a wide variety of search engines that you’ve never tried before and lists of tools and resources that will make you an even better searcher than you already are.

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Birmingham's new library is a modern behemoth that encases the past

Birmingham's new library is a modern behemoth that encases the past | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Ten-storey building of space and light with skin of metal hoops reflects the city's bijou and industrial history
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A temple of learning: New £188m library is sparkling cornerstone of Birmingham’s rebirth

A temple of learning: New £188m library is sparkling cornerstone of Birmingham’s rebirth | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The protective hoardings have come down and the gleaming Library of Birmingham, a £188m monolith which stands in the city’s Centenary Square, has formed an indelible new impression on the city’s skyline.

At the press viewing before next Tuesday’s public opening, its glimmering gold tint sparkled in the summer sun. Inside, its series of interlocking halls appeared to herald what a library for the 21st century could look like.

At a time when library campaigners have predicted 400 closures in the next three years, Birmingham will unveil the largest public library in Europe next week, which aims to spearhead a “learning-led regeneration” of the city.

Brian Gambles, director of the library, said the institution would be at the forefront of the “second act of Birmingham’s renaissance”
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A new hybrid reality for libraries | IFLA Express

A new hybrid reality for libraries | IFLA Express | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Khanna reiterated that the Hybrid Age is digital, global, and as well as social.  Libraries continue to play an important role in this because they are uniquely positioned: they are a blend of technology, material culture, as well as virtual and physical space—all converging in a public sphere.

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Singapore library uses analytics to forecast demand | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government |

Singapore library uses analytics to forecast demand | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

FutureGov – Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare.The National Library Board (NLB) used analytics to improve accuracy in forecasting patrons’ demand by 60 per cent, reducing waiting time for popular books and frequency of patrons not being able to find the book they want.

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MakerKids Videos

MakerKids Videos | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Andy Forest and his team from the non-profit MakerKids space in Toronto did a presentation at our symposium in July. I am hoping we’ll see them at OLA Super Conference too.Here are some links to their website and the presentations.
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Take A Look At New York's Tiny, Secret Libraries

Take A Look At New York's Tiny, Secret Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
This summer New York City got a handful of Little Free Libraries--small book shelters designed to give people a place to congregate--in public spaces...
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A Library as Beautiful as the Bronx: NYC's First Municipal Green Building | The New York Public Library

A Library as Beautiful as the Bronx: NYC's First Municipal Green Building | The New York Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Bronx Library Center is not only a leader in energy efficiency and sustainable design—it is a 21st century library in every way. As libraries are constantly evolving to meet the ever growing and changing needs of society—the Bronx Library Center is reflective of this change.It is currently the only New York Public Library location to comprehensively offer all of the following services and programs under one roof:

- Career and Education Information Service:

- one-on-one consultation with a Benefits Counselor from Single Stop

- The Adult Department

- outdoor reading terrace which is open on fine weather days.

- Concourse - Level - A 150-seat auditorium ..................................


 

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4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World

4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Giving people access to the Internet in a public setting doesn't mean handing them a free pass to infinite animated GIFs; it means jobs, health information, and education.
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Libraries welcome new music and performing arts librarian | Rutgers University Libraries

Libraries welcome new music and performing arts librarian | Rutgers University Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The music and performing arts librarian is responsible for collection development, public service, and fostering collaboration between the Libraries and the music, theater, and dance departments at the Mason Gross School of the Arts

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New Value of Libraries Megapost – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Value of Libraries Megapost – Stephen's Lighthouse | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

Value of Libraries Megapost

 

I have been pulling together all of my posts on studies and reports on the value of public libraries for my work with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.  I thought I might as well post it here too. I’m sure I’ve got some dupes in here but c’est la vie!  Hope you find it useful!  There are many useful talking points and proofs in this research.

 

 

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"Libraries are the most important public buildings" - Francine Houben

"Libraries are the most important public buildings" - Francine Houben | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Interview with Francine Houben of Mecanoo about the Library of Birmingham, the library's role in the digital age and how libraries compare to cathedrals.
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New I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic – Free download – Stephen's Lighthouse

New I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic – Free download – Stephen's Lighthouse | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
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Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age | Smithsonian

Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age | Smithsonian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

In his book, “Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age,” (free download) G. Wayne Clough, the Smithsonian’s 12th Secretary, surveys the efforts of many world-class institutions, including his own, to use technology to open their collections and programs to the world.I

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Is this the last hurrah for modern bookish bigness?

Is this the last hurrah for modern bookish bigness? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The new Library of Birmingham ticks all the boxes as far as so-called landmark architecture is concerned. Designed by Mecanoo, a star international practice. Slightly wild façade. Even more dramatic central atrium, spiralling up through the building.
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Shanghai metro creates a subway-only library for commuters

Shanghai metro creates a subway-only library for commuters | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Chinese subway riders using Shanghai's Metro Line 2 will soon have their very own unofficial library. Pick up a book at one station, drop it off at any other.
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eBooks in Libraries: “Startup Atingo Promises ‘Radical’ Approach to E-Book Library Lending”

eBooks in Libraries: “Startup Atingo Promises ‘Radical’ Approach to E-Book Library Lending” | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Atingo is being developed by Publit, a company based in Sweden.
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The future of libraries- the next web

The future of libraries- the next web | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"You have no idea how eager I am to ensure that the notion of 'library' does not disappear – it’s too important."

- Vint Cerf, 2013

 

What does the future hold for libraries? And more specifically, how can we control and manage the staggering amount of data that’s processed each day online and through other digital forms?

We take a look

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