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With this smaller device, the reach of the Apple iOS and resources through it expands to more of our patrons (those preferring the smaller device size and smoother integration into their lives) and into more of their spaces. So be prepared for more iOS mobile engagement with your content and services. For librarians’ use: the Mini may be better suited for mobile library staff: easier use with Square and mobile payments, more portable for roving reference, for checking out tablets to users."
-Joe Murphy, @LibraryFuture
Via Karen du Toit
The Children's Interactive Library in Aarhus, Denmark is a fine example of a library's ability to adapt and innovate to meet the growing needs of 21st century kids. The Library is based on the idea that kids want to do more than just receive information quietly and passively. Not only do youngsters want to see, touch and interact with their environment – they want to help shape it.
Via Carli Spina
"[...]there are more than a few ways to kill a library.
√ Stop believing in the libraries mission. Do we really believe in the freedom to read, learn and discover?
√ Spend less time with the board. The ideal public library board would meet 4 times per year and agrees with everything the CEO recommended.
√ Stop talking to your customers. What do they know any way? And on the same topic, stop consulting staff. It is a huge time waster.
√ Don’t worry about the future and how you will get there. Sustainability is not an issue with which libraries need to be concerned. After all, we’ve have survived for hundreds of years.
√ Stop telling the library story. Everyone has heard our story.
√ Accept that the library building is old and you don’t need to keep renovating, painting, and updating it. It is what it is.
√ Accept that just like instant coffee killed the coffee bean, the e-book will kill the printed book.
√ Stop promoting the product; everyone knows about literacy and lifelong learning.
√ Stop empowering staff, and stop training them. They should come to us fully trained.
√ Stop all this talk about innovation. It just makes for more work.
√ And, for heaven’s sake, stop changing the rules and our traditions. It’s annoying!"
Via Karen du Toit, Patrick Provencher
"For eight years, the Landa Gardens Conservancy, a nonprofit volunteer organization, has been working to make the library more than just a place to check out books.
Via Karen du Toit