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Has the library outlived its usefulness in the age of Internet? You'd be surprised

Has the library outlived its usefulness in the age of Internet? You'd be surprised | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

U.S. institutions of higher education and U.S. local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain.
In this political climate, academic and public libraries may be in danger. The existence of vast amounts of information – a lot of it free – on the Internet might suggest that the library has outlived its usefulness.
But has it? The numbers tell a very different story.
In spite of the findings of a survey in which Americans say they are using public libraries less, the usage numbers reported by libraries indicate the opposite.

Some upward trends

In the last two decades, the total number of U.S. public libraries slightly increased – inching up from 8,921 in 1994 to 9,082 in 2012 (a gain of 2.14 percent). Over the same period, the data also show that use of public libraries in the U.S went up as well.

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Scribble: How to Grow Budding Writers

Scribble: How to Grow Budding Writers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Public libraries are providing rich early-learning writing experiences with paper and pencil—along with chunky crayons, water, paintbrushes, and even a dollop of shaving cream.
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Colourful new library enlivens a Montreal neighbourhood

Colourful new library enlivens a Montreal neighbourhood | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre promises to be more than a place to sign out books or see shows. It’s seen as a cornerstone in the borough’s revitalization
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Knight challenge Hyperlocal: Library as Amplifier of Community Voices, Stories, and News

Knight challenge Hyperlocal: Library as Amplifier of Community Voices, Stories, and News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hyperlocal's goal is to enable every library to become a hub for local multimedia publishing efforts, from surfacing local history to empowering local writers to develop skills and share stories—with a national platform for sharing the best of the results. Library Journal and Toledo Lucas County Public Library will partner to co-develop a model program and to support local journalism and other storytelling efforts at the hyperlocal level, with the library acting as the place to access the program guidance, tools, and research support for creators to develop skills and publish in various formats. Local library platforms will feed into a national channel to share with a larger audience.
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How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent

How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Some school libraries are reinventing themselves as makerspaces, but this Ohio library took a slightly different approach and has seen incredible results.
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Flint Public Library to archive stories of residents living through the water crisis

Flint Public Library to archive stories of residents living through the water crisis | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Now anyone in Flint can preserve their story of living through the water crisis.

The Flint Public Library is opening its recording studio for residents to tell their experience of living with poisoned water. 
The library is partnered with StoryCorps, a spoken-story archiving organization. The interviews are done in a conversational style, and the group will archive the recordings. With the storyteller's permission, StoryCorps will also send the story to the Library of Congress.
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Libraries Taskforce 'Ambition' report lacks detail on numbers | The Bookseller

Libraries Taskforce 'Ambition' report lacks detail on numbers | The Bookseller | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Libraries Taskforce has taken its first step towards producing a national strategy for England's public libraries with a new draft report published. However, it has been criticised for not going far enough regarding funding proposals.
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Tainan Public Library looks comfortable in its second skin

Tainan Public Library looks comfortable in its second skin | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

New designs for the planned Tainan Public Library in Taiwan show a top-heavy building with its uppermost floor wrapped in a decorative second skin.

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Tainan Public Library

Mecanoo has won the competition to design the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan. Working in partnership with Kaohsiung-based MAYU architects+, the Dutch practice will create the 35,000 m2 library, which will feature reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, café, conference hall, a 200-seat auditorium, and public courtyards. The plan for the site also encompasses a future extension of 13,000 m2..

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Silver Spring Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

Silver Spring Library Earns LEED Gold Certification | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Silver Spring branch with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
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Gene Luen Yang Lends Support to Highlight the Transformation of Libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair | Children's Book Council

Gene Luen Yang Lends Support to Highlight the Transformation of Libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair | Children's Book Council | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

CHICAGO — Libraries of all types consistently transform lives through free access to technology, digital literacy, career development, and opportunities for community engagement and lifelong learning.  In celebration of the invaluable contributions of librarians, library workers and the nation’s libraries, thousands will celebrate National Library Week, April 10 – 16.

The 2016 National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, and Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016 – 2017), will lend his support to highlight the value of libraries of all types as National Library Week Honorary Chair. Those celebrating National Library Week will have free access to publicity tools featuring Yang. Downloadable items will include social media artwork, print and audio PSAs, as well as a special video message. All items will be available for download at ala.org/nlw. 


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Building Blocks of an Innovation Space | Field Reports

Building Blocks of an Innovation Space | Field Reports | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The maker movement and 3-D printing technology catalyze innovation and promote entrepreneurship by emphasizing “making” over “consuming” and facilitate experiential learning and rapid prototyping. To many, library Maker spaces are also often the only facility within their reach that offers open access to 3-D printing and scanning equipment. For these reasons, creating a Maker space for patrons is often an ­attractive project.
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How One MSU Student Caught the Eye of the 2016 ASLA Jury

How One MSU Student Caught the Eye of the 2016 ASLA Jury | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Starkville Public Library “read" Sculpture by Travis R. Crabtree (MSU Student) with project adviser Cory Gallo (associate professor) at Starkville Public Library, Mississippi (U.S.A.)

Landscape architects know how many obstacles a project needs to overcome before jumping from the screen of their laptops. Building in the real world involves a wide range of factors and conditions which students, sometimes, do not have chance to face in the scholastic environment. And this is far away from that beloved haven for even the most restless of them.

What can you do when you have plenty of ideas to put into action but you are still an undergraduate? How could you go beyond academic subjects and lead your own proposals? Well, there are alternative ways for students to contribute to the community while enlarging their education.

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This Public Library Lets Job-Seekers Check Out Ties

This Public Library Lets Job-Seekers Check Out Ties | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
(Photos: Paschalville Branch/Free Library of Philadelphia)One of the roles of the public library in American society is to be the source of a Plan B for your life. Have you lost your job? There are books about writing résumés and computers on which to type and print them. Often, there are free workshops on helpful skills, such as succeeding at job interviews.A couple years ago, one of my patrons needed professional clothes for a job interview. I managed to connect her with a non-profi
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Library Farm

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The LibraryFarm is an organic community garden located on the grounds of the Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero. The mission of the LibraryFarm is to provide a place for our community to grow, share, and learn about food literacy and sustainable gardening. At the LibraryFarm, half of the area is dedicated to the Community Garden; the other half is dedicated to the LibraryFarm Plotters – our individual gardeners. Serving the Upstate New York communities of Brewerton, Cicero, and North Syracuse.

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Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs

Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
To build a citywide network of internet-enabled, low-cost environmental monitoring sensors based at Los Angeles public and school libraries
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How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces

How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
They’ve long served as communal gathering spots, but these civic institutions are becoming gateways to technological tinkering.Miguel Figueroa, who directs the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association, says makerspaces are part of libraries’ expanded mission to be places where people can not only consume knowledge, but create new knowledge.
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NYPL's PIC Lets You Explore the Lives and Works of Famous Photographers

NYPL's PIC Lets You Explore the Lives and Works of Famous Photographers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library has launched a new online resource called the Photographers’ Identities Catalog (PIC). If researching the world of photography
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Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021 - GOV.UK

Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021 - GOV.UK | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

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The Social Workers Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library

The Social Workers Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A social worker connects at-risk library patrons with resources and a chance to give back.
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Pop-up Library Makerspace: Academic libraries provide flexible, supportive space to explore emerging technologies.

Pop-up Library Makerspace: Academic libraries provide flexible, supportive space to explore emerging technologies. | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The word Makerspace is a general term for a place where people get together to make things, create things and learn together. Antony Groves presents a look at a recent university library experiment…
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15 Gorgeous Little Free Libraries

15 Gorgeous Little Free Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Little free libraries have sprung up all over the world in the last five years.
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mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan

mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
dutch architecture studio mecanoo has won a competition to design a public library for the taiwanese city of tainan.
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University library in Tokyo may be world’s coolest with its "floating" meeting rooms【Pics】

University library in Tokyo may be world’s coolest with its "floating" meeting rooms【Pics】 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Glass-domed rooms grace five-story atrium. Depending on your study habits, you might think of your university library as informative, mentally stimulating, or the perfect place to take a nap while ditching class. Odds are, though, you wouldn’t describe it as “awesome”…unless you happen to go to Seikei University, that is.
Located in Tokyo’s Kichijoji-Kitamachi neighborhood, Seikei celebrated its centennial in 2006. As part of the festivities, a new library was constructed. Approaching the glassy façade of the five-story building, one can immediately tell that the interior will make use of open space and natural light, both of which should be beneficially refreshing to the young minds within its walls.

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Check out a human library, where you borrow people instead of books.

Check out a human library, where you borrow people instead of books. | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Brilliant.
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