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Crime fiction to go – the ‘Krimiautomat’ of the City Library of Cologne « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog

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D.C. Library Digital Commons Opens Today With 3-D Printing, Book Pressing, and Lots of Computers

D.C. Library Digital Commons Opens Today With 3-D Printing, Book Pressing, and Lots of Computers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The new facility at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library contains contains a 3-D printer, an Espresso Book Machine, and several meeting spaces outfitted with some of the newest productivity technology.
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New uses for libraries? Life-size RPG venues!

New uses for libraries? Life-size RPG venues! | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Here’s a more fun way to keep libraries fresh and relevant than heavy-handed publicity campaigns or rebranding exercises that shun the dread worded “library”:

The teen advisory board at the La Vista Public Library in La Vista, Neb., turned their Teen Read Week into a life-size playthrough of a session of Arkham Horror, the by-now classic board game based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

New uses for libraries? Life-size RPG venues!
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The Bronx Defenders - Highbridge Summer Youth Justice Project | The New York Public Library

The Bronx Defenders - Highbridge Summer Youth Justice Project | The New York Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
 The purpose of this project is to teach the students about civic and community engagement, social justice and the law.  This will be an invaluable educational and professional opportunity for the youth.
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Back to Back to the Future | The Travelin' Librarian

Back to Back to the Future | The Travelin' Librarian | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public ...
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Reflections on the #NewLib Master MOOC

Reflections on the #NewLib Master MOOC | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
One of Lankes assertions is that "a room full of books is simply a closet, but that an empty room with a librarian in it is a library.” But, one could argue that a room full of books with a reader is a library.
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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

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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

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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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Still Talking about Old Technology? | David Lee King

Still Talking about Old Technology? | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
I'm guessing that your organization is still talking about how to implement old technology. You are holding meetings, creating working groups, forming
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Moscow libraries turn into hi-tech media centers | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Moscow libraries turn into hi-tech media centers | Russia Beyond The Headlines | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Moscow libraries will soon complete the first phase of a major reform. By fall, five libraries will have been turned into modern media centers and district clubs
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Pima County Public Library recognized as top innovator - Pima County News

Pima County Public Library recognized as top innovator - Pima County News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Pima County Public Library recognized as top innovator - Pima County News
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5th EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog

5th EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

winners of the 5th EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Award for empowering women and girls through ICT.

READ Information and Resource Centre in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal for empowering women slum-dwellers to find jobs and start small businesses.Rija’tzuul Na’ooj Library in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala for building business and ICT skills of talented women weavers so that they can make a profit from their work.

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Reading circles

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Public libraries in America have been particularly vulnerable to budget cuts and have been stripped down to their bare bones. Seattle has been no exception. The...
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New Librarianship

The best days of librarianship are ahead of us. However, to get there the field must step back, refocus, and reexamine our core principles.
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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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