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The case for making libraries full of toys and games

The case for making libraries full of toys and games | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s public library legacy was built on a boyhood dream: to acquire knowledge. Carnegie believed in “the meritocratic nature of America,” that anyone “with the right inclination and desire could educate himself” and therefore succeed, and that libraries should contribute directly to that. 

So what are libraries doing lending out toys and holding game nights? Aren’t American kids’ test scores lagging behind those of pretty much the rest of the world? Shouldn’t American public libraries be, as Carnegie wanted, educating? Recent studies, and librarians themselves, say otherwise.

In a study with 70 six-year olds, psychologists at the University of Colorado found that the children who engaged in more free play had a “more highly developed self-directed executive function” than those who had spent more time in “structured activities,” that were adult-led rather than child-initiated."


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nickcarman's curator insight, August 12, 2014 1:00 AM

This is an interesting article with lots of useful links.

Karen du Toit's curator insight, August 12, 2014 5:23 AM

The importance of play in the development of children! Definitely should be addressed by libraries!

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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket

UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it

By Gary Price
The research comes from the Arts Council of England and is found in a report titled, The Library of the Future.

 

This research has found that public libraries are trusted spaces, open to all, in which people continue to explore and share the joys of reading, information, knowledge and culture. It is clear that people value the services that libraries provide and will continue to do so. Indeed, there is a clear message that there is a compelling and continuing need for a publicly funded library service.

The research also reminds us that public libraries face many challenges in the coming years, including: advances in technology, which affect the ways in which people want to connect to information and culture; reduced public expenditure; the increasing involvement of citizens in the design and delivery of public services; and the needs of an ageing population.

Envisioning the library of the future and the work that comes from it will help us and our partners in the library sector to set out the value, role and purpose of public libraries with more clarity, pointing out ways they can respond to change in order to remain at the heart of their communities. This will provide the focus for our work in the future.

The research began in January 2012, and comprised three phases during which researchers spoke with more than 800 people. The research included an online survey which had over 1,400 responses, and 10,000 people viewed the online conversation. Read more on the research methodology.

Four priority areas

In order to foster a successful, sustainable library service in light of these challenges, the Arts Council has set out four priority areas for development which have been tested and corroborated by stakeholders:

place the library as the hub of the communitymake the most of digital technology and creative mediaensure that libraries are resilient and sustainabledeliver the right skills for those who work in libraries


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, May 24, 2013 7:21 AM

Great priority areas for the library of the future!!

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365 Zines a Year: Two Fisted Librarians - comics, fictioon & art created by librarians concerning libraries

365 Zines a Year: Two Fisted Librarians - comics, fictioon & art created by librarians concerning libraries | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it


"Two Fisted Librarians is a collection of fiction, comics, and art created by librarians concerning libraries and librarians. The deadline is April 30th.

We’re looking for stories that fondly recall the pulp magazines of the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, and comics of the ’40s and ’50s. Mad science, weird fantasy, occult horror, spicy mysteries, noirish romances, thrilling adventures, and whatever else.

Want to write about a library that uses steampunk technology, a cataloguing system so obtuse that it drives those that try to use it insane, or a librarian who has to track down a Nazi zeppelin in order to get an overdue book? Go for it! Send an email or check out the blog for more info."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:37 AM

Librarians in comics or zines! Request for contributions.

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America’s most beautiful college libraries

America’s most beautiful college libraries | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
With concerts, art exhibits and cafes, these buildings inspire more than just study sessions.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 22, 2013 6:20 AM

Inspirational college library buildings!

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Internet Librarians—The Power to Transform Libraries

by Cindy Shamel :

"The 16th annual Internet Librarian conference recently concluded in Monterey, Calif. More than a thousand registrants and 215 speakers tackled the topic Transformational Power of Internet Librarians. While the sessions ranged from accessibility of digital content to web analytics, two themes took center stage: the future role of libraries and the reality of ebooks. As it turns out, some would assert that the future role of libraries depends upon the ultimate impact of ebooks.
Role of Libraries

Depending upon whom you ask, libraries should serve as a platform for networking, return to their core competency as the keeper of print books, or launch new products and services as the enabler of content creation.

In the opening keynote address, David Weinberger advocated for the library as a platform for people, ideas, and works delivered through tools and services. Weinberger is senior researcher, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, co-director, Harvard Innovation Lab, and author of Too Big to Know. He says, rather than attempting to collect knowledge in the form of published works, librarians can advance knowledge through public learning, generous sharing, and the power of iteration. Weinberger used the experience of software developers as an example of fast, efficient, and effective learning as they collaborate through tutorials, versioning, and social connections to tweak and improve programs. He posited that libraries can serve as a networking platform that “provides the resources that let others create and flourish.”


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100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access

100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Universities house an enormous amount of information and their libraries are often the center of it all. You don't have to be affiliated with any university to take advantage of some of what they h...

 

"From digital archives, to religious studies, to national libraries, these university libraries from around the world have plenty of information for you. There are many resources for designers as well. Although this is mainly a blog that caters to designers and artists I have decided to include many other libraries for all to enjoy.

 

- Digital libraries

- International Digital libraries

- Books & texts

- Medical libraries

- Legal libraries

- National Libraries of Europe

- World Religion libraries

- Specialized Collections

- Academic Research

- American Universities

- International Universities

 


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Helen Lynch's curator insight, September 22, 2013 4:50 AM

Very useful list...

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10 Unusual Micro Libraries | World Literature Today

10 Unusual Micro Libraries | World Literature Today | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
RT @asymptotejrnl: what's not to love about these 10 unusual micro-libraries? http://t.co/R3Js7j9v1e @worldlittoday

 

Check out these ten unique micro libraries and community book shares that have brought books to cities, neighborhoods, parks, and even beaches.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:45 AM

Very creative in creating micro libraries!

Jane Ramsey's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:01 AM

Interesting....

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Welcome · Digital Public Library of America

Welcome · Digital Public Library of America | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it

"The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements:

 

1. A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America. 

2. A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. 

3. An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 22, 2013 3:29 AM

The Digital Public Library of America - a free resource!

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Social media activities for libraries, Infographic by Phil Bradley

Social media activities for libraries, Infographic by Phil Bradley | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Some ideas to try out! This is made available under Creative Commons licensing, so you are free to take a copy of this and use it yourself without having to ask me.

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Zombies Invade the Library | American Libraries Magazine

Zombies Invade the Library | American Libraries Magazine | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

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