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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | Libraries | Scoop.it
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.

 

Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge.

 

Library leaders are adapting to a paradigm shift by reimagining the library as an engaged community center. The role of librarians is being re-branded to reflect their expertise as content curators and trusted navigators in an ever-expanding ocean of information — in whatever format it may exist.

 

Libraries are abuzz with services that go beyond traditional fare to offer more active programming for patrons, including an after-school program to aid students with homework. In the summer, more meeting rooms for patrons to use for business appointments,  more computer labs where patrons learn tech skills, or enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other services.

 

More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/books/chi-library-future-20131212,0,294523,full.story


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:59 AM

Here's a glimpse of some of the relatively new services that libraries of the future are offering:

→Digital studios

→Dedicated teen zones

→Conference rooms for community meetings

→Computer and social media classes

→Small business/technology centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda M's curator insight, June 9, 2014 8:59 PM

21st Century libraries are more than just collections.  We need to be about 'connections' as well in order to stay relevant and to meet our clients needs.

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The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World

The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World | Libraries | Scoop.it

Public libraries are places where anyone can enter and partake of knowledge, where anyone can engage with history, literature and culture. And while we know it’s the books that are important, everyone likes to read in a beautiful space, so take a look at the most beautiful public libraries in the world here: http://www.flavorwire.com/280318/the-25-most-beautiful-public-libraries-in-the-world?all=1


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Celebrate the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week - District Administration

Celebrate the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week - District Administration | Libraries | Scoop.it

Sep. 24 to Oct. 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and create awareness to protect access to books, says Barbara Jones, Director of American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Popular young adult novels such as Stephanie Meyers' Twilight series and Susan Collins' Hunger Games are on ALA's list of most criticized books.


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University libraries are shaping the future of learning and research ...

University libraries are shaping the future of learning and research ... | Libraries | Scoop.it
Far from reaching its due-by date, academic library architecture is reflecting and predicting how we learn now and into the future.
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Libraries matter: 5 fantastic library infographics

Libraries matter: 5 fantastic library infographics | Libraries | Scoop.it
A selection of best library infographics from around the web.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:09 AM

My favorite is A Librarian's worth:
This great infographic, created by Masters in Education and ObizMedia, gives a lot of new light on the role of libraries and librarians, as it changes a reference point totally. What would we do without librarians? There is only one answer to this question: nothing.

Carey Leahy's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:29 AM

beyond the BER - we need the Librarian to support the best use of the libraries.

Bee Ang Lim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 2:34 AM

Good way to present statistics

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An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries | American Library Association

An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries | American Library Association | Libraries | Scoop.it
Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees.

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant | Libraries | Scoop.it
For school library relevancy to remain strong, librarians and media faculty need not view tradition and technology as isolated ideas.

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Intellectual Freedom Manual | Intellectual Freedom Manual 8

Intellectual Freedom Manual | Intellectual Freedom Manual 8 | Libraries | Scoop.it

This site was designed to supplement the Intellectual Freedom Manual, Eighth Edition—from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. It provides access to all the resources referenced in the book that are available online, and up-to-date information on evolving intellectual freedom issues. Here, you will also find information and links related to previous editions of the Manual. 

 

Essential for anyone interested in libraries and/or information access in general!


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The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like.

The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like. | Libraries | Scoop.it
The new Digital Commons shows how libraries are responding to the needs of their patrons in the modern age.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, August 8, 2013 11:50 PM
Libraries are transforming themselves into technology hubs since the Internet became the primary way of gathering information~as a community space that enables access to technology and a source of digital literacy. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/07/the-digital-age-is-forcing-libraries-to-change-heres-what-that-looks-like/
Kris McGlaun's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:21 AM

Libraries are evolving to meet its patrons needs

Freek Kraak's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:51 AM

Natuurlijk moet je alle moderne middelen gebruiken, maar m.i. toch een eenzijdig tech-verhaal. Misschien daarom zo provocerend...!

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IFLA Trend Report

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In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment. The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society.


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, August 21, 2013 8:12 AM
The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem. Download the Insights Document which serves as the conversation starter for the library community.
Library Staff's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:10 PM

Essential reading for those who believe in the value of libraries.

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 28, 2013 11:21 PM

New technologies, online education, privacy & data protection, hyper-connected societies, global information - same trends, more accelerated?