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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, 5:27 AM

Youtube video of the discussion online. 

toraki's curator insight, January 31, 1:11 AM

Ενδιαφέουσα συζήτηση για το μέλλον των βιβλιοθηκών.

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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 21, 2013 11:35 PM

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 | 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 3:56 AM

Bright ideas of libraries doing it differently!!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 6, 2013 4:19 AM

Lovely ideas! 

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How to kill a library, By Kitty Pope

How to kill a library, By Kitty Pope | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

"[...]there are more than a few ways to kill a library.

For example:

√ 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!"


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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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Libraries: A Digital Bridge -YouTube | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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"One in three people in the U.S. do not have home access to the internet. See how libraries are transforming lives, by changing the way we connect."


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Mobile Apps: Implications for Libraries

Mobile Apps: Implications for Libraries | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Apps Libraries Need to Pay Attention to:

- TeenBookFinder

- Buckeye Stroll

- Denver Public Library’s Creating Communities

- Yelp

- ScanJose.org

- ShelvAR

- Google Maps 6.0

- ideaflight.com

- Popplet.com


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From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy

From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats.

 

-Lillian Mongeau


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, August 6, 2013 12:29 AM

Projects to address issues in the community > definitely a place for libraries to get heavily infested in!

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 6, 2013 5:29 PM

What a fantastic idea.

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Recently Published: “A Further Investigation into 3D Printing and 3D Scanning at the Dalhousie University Libraries: a Year Long Case Study”

Recently Published: “A Further Investigation into 3D Printing and 3D Scanning at the Dalhousie University Libraries: a Year Long Case Study” | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

By Gary price:

Report: Further Investigation into 3D Printing/3D Scanning at Dalhousie U. Libraries: Case Study http://t.co/sUAbligoso via @infodocket

 

This paper will describe the author’s (Michael Groenendyk) own process in building and cataloging a collection of 3D models on the DalSpace servers at the Dalhousie University Libraries. This paper will then explore other methods for delivering 3D model content to library patrons, including 3D holograph and WebGL technologies.

Following this 3D model repository discussion, this paper will describe how 3D printing technology, implemented as a service at the Dalhousie University Libraries in March of 2012, was used to deliver 3D model content to library patrons; the challenges faced in delivering this service; how this service was used; and finally how successful, overall, this service was.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:51 AM

Full text report available on 3D printing and scanning - a year long study!

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Public libraries: The new homeless shelters

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SAN FRANCISCO—Not everyone who spends all day, every day in the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library is down and out. Only mostly everyone...

 

-Evelyn Nieves


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, March 8, 2013 4:42 AM

How to serve a need in the community!

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Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012 by Colleen Egget

Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012:

 

- Traditional reference work is less relevant to the needs of users
- Rather than worrying about reference’s demise, many librarians have been energized by their newly expanded roles
- Reconfigured or eliminated reference desks
- Consolidated desks and services
- Librarian and support staff work together on the one main desk
- Librarian can handle more complicated questions
- Increased training for support staff to handle basic reference questions
- The reference interview is as pertinent as ever
- Roving reference is more important—getting out to where people are
- Expansion of self-service options (self-checkout, online group study room reservations, self-service holds, and touch screen frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on your website/ library catalog
- Reconfiguring online reference resources for smartphones and other mobile devices
- Librarians are exploring new roles in reaching out to meet information needs
- Reference through the stacks and other indirect means
- Reduction/elimination of print reference collections
- Greater marketing and promotion of online resources and services
- Librarians will spend less time staffing desks and more time outside of library walls
- Online reference: email, chat, Instant Messaging, and SMS (short messaging services) reaches users who may not visit the library
- Online reference requires continual marketing to be successful
- Collaborating with other organizations will do as much to keep libraries alive as any project or program
- Embedded librarianship: becoming an integral part. Getting close to users by getting out into the community; being actively present with the user at the point of need.
- The big shift: we’re not doing things “for” the community, but we’re being a part “of” the community
- Libraries are shifting from the physical to the virtual facilities and media; from an individual to a community focus; from being a collection library to being a creation library; from being an archive to being a portal


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Library is no longer just for readers - San Antonio Express

Library is no longer just for readers - San Antonio Express | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

"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.
With more than $1.5 million it raised, the group has transformed the library in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood into a community center where parents can take their children to play and students from nearby Trinity University can sit under shade trees to read."

 

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Library-is-no-longer-just-for-readers-3640773.php#ixzz1y8JEaSbF


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Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications

Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

U.S. libraries of all types are turning more and more to social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools, using a wide range of applications to connect with customers.


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Top 10 Library Stories of 2011

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"American Libraries presents its list of the top 10 library news stories of 2011, covering digitization, privacy, copyright, advocacy, and much more." Youtube video edited by Greg Landgraf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORJ_wQn6mjE


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