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Library Usage Soars as Libraries Get Madly Innovative

The notion of libraries as centers for communities is hardly new, but the surge in visitors that they are experiencing would make anyone proud and excited.

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nickcarman's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:48 PM

A fantastic article that shows how libraries are reaping the benefits of finding new ways to add value.

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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools | Libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.

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Sharrock's curator insight, April 29, 2014 10:23 AM

from the article: "Ms. Morse belongs to a group, the Open Discovery Initiative, which unites various players to promote transparency and best practices for discovery tools. In the emerging conversations around this topic, one buzz phrase is "content neutrality." The idea resembles "net neutrality," the notion that network operators shouldn’t block or favor certain content. Proponents of content neutrality argue that discovery providers should have equal access to the information needed to surface content in the search tools’ results. That information includes things like the full text of journal articles and the "metadata" that describe the articles, such as the author, subject, journal title and publication date."

nickcarman's curator insight, May 1, 2014 12:21 AM

Library customers prefer simplicity. They either don't the time or the inclination to master the ins and outs of various databases.  I can see the appeal of a simple search interface.

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The future of academic and public libraries

The future of academic and public libraries | Libraries | Scoop.it
Academic and public libraries are very different today than they were 15 years ago. With even bigger changes on the horizon, what lies in store? Facet's new book, Reflecting on the Future of Academ...

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Startup culture and the future of academic libraries: An Interview with Brian Mathews

Paul Zenke interviews Brian Mathews, Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach at Virginia Tech's University Libraries, on the need for academic libraries and h...
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Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces

We want to see 3D printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces become a regular feature--in addition to its other services--at every public library in the country. Thi...
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Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different.

Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different. | Libraries | Scoop.it
Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving. Snead’s multifloor stack systems can still be seen in many important libraries built in that era, for instance at Harvard, Columbia, the Vatican,...

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nickcarman's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:43 PM

This article looks at the past and the future of libraries and speculates on the shape of things to come.

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5 Past Predictions for the Future of the Ebook - Gizmodo

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5 Past Predictions for the Future of the Ebook
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And certainly there would be huge environmental savings in preserving millions of trees.
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The Future of Academic Libraries, An Interview with Steven J. Bell

Paul Zenke and Steven J. Bell discuss the future of academic libraries, futures research, and change leadership. For more information please visit: http://ww...
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Leading an academic library in the digital age

UBC Reports | November 2012 | Leading an academic library in the digital age University Librarian Ingrid Parent talks about UBC Library's current and future ...
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American Libraries Live - The Future of Libraries

The Future of Libraries: What's Your Vision? We're thrilled to have Innovative Interfaces as a sponsor for this episode. David Lee King will lead our expert panel in an open discussion on the...
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