So, what is the CPL BookBox? It is the next step in the evolution of the ShopBox, a portable and malleable retail concept conceived by Cristian Schmitt, an architect from Santiago, Chile who spent six months in Cleveland developing the concept. A ShopBox hosts temporary commercial or recreational activities in public locations. Its size and modular structure allows for various uses and easy transportation. The CPL BookBox’s design makes it easily recognizable and inviting to passers-by, who can use it to check out a variety of books, including those on favorite Market District topics such as food, cooking, gardening, art, and urban agriculture. The CPL BookBox boasts the convenience of a great location with the same usability as a bricks and mortar library.
Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps made a keynote presentation at the preconference of WebWise 2012, which is investigating how libraries and museums help scholars, students, educators, and the general public understand history and the humanities.
When a coffeeshop inside the main branch of the Oak Park, Ill. library closed, library staff and administrators found themselves facing a decision: what to do with the now-vacant, very visible space? After tossing around ideas they came up with a plan to turn it into a collaboratively creative space, and the Idea Box was born. While not as headline-grabbing as, say, a Walmart that’s been transformed into a public library, the Idea Box has become a catalyst for library participation, group creativity and community building.
We’re pleased to introduce a series of posts featuring Hennepin County Library (HCL) in Minnesota. We’ll be checking out some of the programming and collections that make this 41-library system a huge part of the Twin Cities arts scene. Today, we’re taking a broad look at some of the Library’s arts programming and partnerships.
Winning national awards is nothing new to the San Jose Public Library, which in recent years has won the Library of the Year and the National Institute of Museum and Library Service awards.
San Jose won for Work Wise, a vocational English as a second language and literacy training program to improve job performance and workers' potential for upward mobility The program targets adults in lower-level positions who need to develop their reading, literacy and computer skills.
"The speed and severity of the storm caught many by total surprise. In the meantime, libraries all across the storm-ravaged region that managed to avoid power disruptions provided the services that are part of their normal day-to-day operation. On any given day throughout the year, libraries provide information resources needed to help improve the lives of the community members they serve. As often happens during a crisis, many more people than usual came to appreciate the value of these community anchors"
Bring your current knitting or crochet project and do some crafting for a cause! Enjoy the company of fellow knitters and crocheters. Check out our great collection of craft books. Donate a handmade hat, scarf or other winter gear to Warm-Up Cleveland and help a neighbor in need.
One-off performances and workshops by poets, musicians, and other entertainers are hugely popular in libraries and serve as valuable additions to a library’s program roster. But long-term partnerships or residencies mean that an artist works closely with a library to facilitate a suite of programs, integrating inspiring performances with hands-on learning opportunities. Artists-in-residence may be visual artists, writers, or performers.
An excellent example of a poet-in-residence program is found in the Cafe Poet project in Australia. Established by Australian Poetry in 2009, the Cafe Poet program “aims to promote poetry while strengthening community relationships.” So far about fifty poets have been placed in cafes, bookshops, and, in the City of Melbourne’s case, the City Library.
The exchange is beneficial for everyone: poets are given space to write (and complimentary tea/coffee), as well as the chance to engage with their community; the host gets to be part of the poetry community, plan events in conjunction with the poet, and (hopefully) increase foot traffic.
The official launch of the The Labs is two months away, and the team is laying the groundwork for what the project will become. Building a functional infrastructure for a project like this requires developing a set of uniform policies and procedures for each Lab site, as well as researching, ordering and cataloging the necessary equipment. While these processes don’t offer the immediate thrills of watching teens develop their filmmaking or music production skills, they are necessary steps to ensure The Labs are a success.
New cables and equipment! The selection process for equipment and software is based on several factors. Ideas were gleaned from pre-existing digital learning lab models, such as Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia and the Digital Media Lab at Skokie Public Library. The Labs coordinators also consulted with Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s programming partners Hip Hop On L.O.C.K and Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the CLP – Main Teen Advisory Council. The overall mission of The Labs also has influence over equipment and software purchases; items are assessed for how accessible and easy they will be to use.
As Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Partnerships at the Chicago Public Library, Amy Eshleman oversees all aspects of the library’s YOUmedia project, an innovative, 5,500-square-foot learning space focused on providing a multimedia, multipurpose center for Chicago teens. The space allows youth to hangout, explore new media, and develop a greater awareness of the library as a resource. YOUmedia’s design concept stems from extensive research conducted by Mimi Ito’s Digital Youth Project, which found that students thrive in an environment where they are encouraged to not only consume media but create it as well. In the next year, a dozen new 21st century learning labs will be constructed in libraries and museums across the country. As the YOUmedia project approaches its third anniversary, we sat down with Amy to ask her about how the space has changed over time and what it means to her personally to reinvent learning resources for today's teens.
I prefer change to be human-driven. I’d much rather enable people to become more successful rather than focusing on making the numbers look better. Perhaps it boils down to a question of helping lots of people just a little bit vs. helping fewer people but more significantly. Anyway, that’s not even the direction I am heading with all this. This isn’t about one’s service-persceptive but assessment-perspective. What do we want/need to know to enact change? Or taken further— to foster innovation?
7.18.12 | The San Francisco Main Library’s teen center, described by San Francisco Chronicle writer Neal J. Riley as a “lifeless space,” needed a digital makeover – and 17 area high school students have been chosen to “design and equip a center where a teen can be a teen.”
DreamYard, the biggest arts education provider in the Bronx, marks YOUmedia’s debut into a community-center model. “We felt at home with the philosophy right away,” said Tim Lord, co-executive director of DreamYard, which provides arts education through afterschool programs and at its own public high school, DreamYard Preparatory. DreamYard launched a YOUmedia program at its community arts center this summer, with a full roll-out planned for the fall. One of the ideas that intrigued Lord was that of “connected learning”—another idea from Ito’s work that is becoming a catch-phrase in digital media and learning circles. Connected learning essentially means learning that is socially connected, interest driven, and directed toward concrete goals. The idea is for young people to develop a personal interest — with the help of professional adults and others interested in the same subject — and then turn that interest into actual academic and professional success or meaningful civic engagement.