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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com

With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Public libraries are at a crossroads. Overall circulation and visits are down over the last five years. But libraries continue to supply another community need: a place to contemplate and collaborate.

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Google Glass: Try Before You Buy Technology at the library (Arapahoe Library District)

Google Glass: Try Before You Buy Technology at the library (Arapahoe Library District) | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

by Michelle Cingrani 

 

"The Arapahoe (Colorado) Library District (ALD) is making difficult-to-access technology available for patrons – like Google Glass, 3D printing, and The Studio, which is a state-of-the-art soundproof library space featuring a green screen and everything needed to create a masterpiece – including iMacs with Adobe Creative Cloud, iMovie, GarageBand, high-definition video cameras, a guitar, a keyboard, and more.  

“ALD is redefining libraries as warehouses of information to evolving centers where patrons can experience and use cutting-edge technology,” said ALD Executive Director Nicolle Davies. “Libraries are portals to the latest information – and offering access to technology is the newest version of that role.”


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A library is not just about books: it's also a place for the vulnerable

A library is not just about books: it's also a place for the vulnerable | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Angela Clarke: If another 400 UK libraries close by 2016, as predicted, the true loss to society will be even greater than we realise

 

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"My own fragility revealed that a library is not just a reference service: it is also a place for the vulnerable. From the elderly gentleman whose only remaining human interaction is with library staff, to the isolated young mother who relishes the support and friendship that grows from a Baby Rhyme Time session, to a slow moving 30-something woman collecting her CDs, libraries are a haven in a world where community services are being ground down to nothing. I've always known libraries are vital, but now I understand that their worth cannot be measured in books alone."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 22, 2013 2:35 AM

The library, a place without judgement, open to anyone and their needs! 

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21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews

21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Here are some images from numerous resources that typify something unexpected in a library. They draw attention to libraries and open up the idea of "library" to new understanding and new customers...

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:56 AM

Bright ideas of libraries doing it differently!!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:19 AM

Lovely ideas! 

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The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed

The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

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RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books": http://t.co/CEiQTtdC via @JustinLibrarian...

 

"[...] surprised they would select books when they have so many other things to choose from. I imagine he’s even more surprised to learn that something else patrons rate highly is personal interaction with the staff. I don’t know who designed the survey, but it couldn’t have been the director. It wouldn’t have occurred to him to put “human interaction” on the list of things patrons might value. He’s all about technology.

No one disputes that technology has improved the library experience for the patron. You can search the catalog from home and access our subscribed databases. You can place your own holds, request your own interlibrary loan materials, download books to your own devices.

The library is working towards self-checkout, presumably so you can conduct all your library business without ever having to interact with the staff. This must sound like a dream-come-true for the director, who hates to interact with the library staff, but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."


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Try Your Local Library Instead of a Coffee Shop to Get Work Done - Dave Greenbaum

Try Your Local Library Instead of a Coffee Shop to Get Work Done - Dave Greenbaum | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
When you think of a library, most people think of a quiet place to study. If you want to get work done and spread out, you go to a coffee shop. Newer libraries offer the same amenities as coffee shops, and sometimes even more.

 

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http://www.fastcompany.com/3034143/the-public-library-wants-to-be-your-office

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 22, 2014 8:24 AM

The library of the future! Definitely

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The global rise of the super library

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Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Seattle Central, Kanazawa Umimirai, Spijkenisse and Birmingham super-libraries explored (Crack open the Borges. Five non-imaginary libraries to ignite flights of fancy.) As the £189m Library of Birmingham opens its doors, it joins a new breed of international "super library". Architecture, design and technology are changing the way the library functions as a space. They have evolved to reflect modern attitudes to books, and how people consume the written word. With The Culture Show architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff, BBC Arts explores five of the world's most impressive public libraries.


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KrisPaterson's curator insight, September 8, 2013 1:24 AM

Some beautiful and inspiring spaces to read, meet and connect. What great books will be written inside these spaces, I wonder?

nickcarman's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:43 AM

A brief review of super libraries around the world in the wake of the opening of the library of Birmingham.

wildswans's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:34 PM

Absolutely love the "book hill". What fasinates me is how relationships between the outside space and inside space is interpreted. A book opens up a whole new world - therefore the inside is bigger than the ouside. And perhaps, interior physical spaces should also create that kind of expansive feeling, which draws people in.

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Designing Better Libraries » Getting Community Members Beyond The Level One Library Experience

Among the more recognized and often repeated findings emerging from Ithaka S & R’s faculty research studies, including the recent 2012 report, is the revelation that faculty primarily perceive the academic library as their purchasing agent.

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Four levels of user experience (column titled “Building Customer Communities is the Key to Creating Value“) and how to get there:

 

1. In Level One the organization is perceived by its customers as simply the supplier of some commodity

2. A Level Two experience would represent an improvement for librarians because it moves beyond content to a state where community members believe you help them accomplish something, but it’s more than just basic productivity.

3. At Level Three there is more engagement, emotional connection and relationship building.

4. the library achieves platform status.

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:25 AM

Assessment of library experiences, and how to go to an engaged relationship with users!

repeatagain's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:18 PM

what libraries deliver is a level one experience – and we need to do better than that...

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Digital spaces. Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries

Digital spaces. Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries http://t.co/28jN8GIreH What a library will be by 2020

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, March 5, 2013 2:44 AM

Future libraries, with the architecture as inspiration!