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American Libraries Live - The Future of Libraries - What's your vision?

"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 challenges and changes we'll see in our libraries in the near and distant future.

Panelists:
David Lee King, Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library
Marshall Breeding, Library Technology Consultant, Speaker and Author
Joe Murphy, Director of Library Futures at Innovative Interfaces"


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 30, 2014 8:27 AM

Youtube video of the discussion online. 

toraki's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:11 AM

Ενδιαφέουσα συζήτηση για το μέλλον των βιβλιοθηκών.

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

21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | 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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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 | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | 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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The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed

The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books": 

 

"[...] 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. 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...but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."


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