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Library 2020: The Future(s) of Libraries

Library 2020: The Future(s) of Libraries

If you enjoyed reading Inspiration Architecture you should check out the full set of 24 colorful perspectives on the future of libraries in Library 2020.Here som favourite quotes.

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Innovation Lab - Adelaide City Council

Innovation Lab - Adelaide City Council | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The Innovation Lab’s aim is to explore and foster a social environment where anyone in the community can see, share, touch and play with cool technologies and talents at the forefront of global creativity. Come together to collaborate on ideas, drive programs and projects and learn from each other.

What's On

The Innovation Lab will regularly host a variety of programmed and community driven events, workshops, meetings and training, to explore ideas and creativity within the city community.

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Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A sprawling abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas has been transformed into the nation's largest public library, with self-check-out kiosks and an art gallery.
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“The Right Book Will Always Keep You Company”

“The Right Book Will Always Keep You Company” | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Talk about curling up with a good book!
The latest ad campaign for the Israeli bookstore chain Steimatzky wonders what it would be like to take your favorite literary character to bed with you.
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Huxley and ......

Huxley and ...... | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
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In Brave New World a perpetual flood of irrelevant and trivial information distracts the people from taking interest in anything of real importance.

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Who Loses When Libraries Close?

Who Loses When Libraries Close? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When a library closes, who may never use a library again? In our followup on the possible closure of 22 out of 49 Miami Dade libraries, we’re taking a closer look at how people in local communities...
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NYPL Wire–The New York Public Library

NYPL Wire–The New York Public Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Buzzfeed posted a list of 49 Breathtaking Libraries from around the world, and the New York Public Library made the list! Check it out here!
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Here’s how Amazon self-destructs

Here’s how Amazon self-destructs | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
If Amazon puts bookstores out of business, it will destroy the main way readers learn about new books to buy
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Introducing the Fully-Automated 24-Hour City- 24 hour library

Introducing the Fully-Automated 24-Hour City- 24 hour library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

With cities continually struggling financially, many libraries are looking at cutting hours to reduce staff time and save money.

Simply adding a few extra cameras and an “Ask a Librarian” telepresence console, and the same library being strangled by budget restrictions can operate quite easily 24 hours a day.

Libraries may even consider turning this into a premium cardholder service, one that they charge a monthly or annual fee for.

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Doesn't have much soul!

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Famous people like libraries and librarians! | Information Culture, Scientific American Blog Network

Famous people like libraries and librarians! | Information Culture, Scientific American Blog Network | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It's nice when people say nice things about you.  It's especially nice when, in the midst of budget cuts and job losses and questions about your ...
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"Libraries Give Us Power Books Make Us Free"

"Libraries Give Us Power Books Make Us Free" | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
It may come as no surprise that I'm a sucker for well-designed books and book art. Or that I'm quite a fan of library advocacy. Put them together, and it's
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Chocolate: The Scent That Could Save Struggling Bookstores -

Chocolate: The Scent That Could Save Struggling Bookstores - | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Belgian researchers report the enticing aroma of chocolate inspired bookstore shoppers to stick around longer, and boosted sales of certain genres.
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"Can't Buy Us Love:" Rick Anderson kicks off new Ithaka S+R Issue Briefs series | Ithaka S+R

"Can't Buy Us Love:" Rick Anderson kicks off new Ithaka S+R Issue Briefs series | Ithaka S+R | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

 

August 01, 2013

 

The use of large, comprehensive collections of printed books and journals has seen a massive decline at North American research libraries in recent years—an effect of the shift in scholarly publishing from an analog and print-based model to a digital and networked one. However, during these past two decades of radical change and energetic response, I believe we have missed a much more important shift, one that poses a more direct and existential threat than the one posed by the move from print to online. We have failed to prepare for the emergence of a reality in which our very role as brokers, curators, and organizers has itself been fundamentally undermined.

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Library reference desks still exist

Library reference desks still exist | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
When I was a child, for as long as I could remember, my family's Encyclopedia Britannica set was missing two volumes - the two volumes that always seemed to pertain to my homework assignments....
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BeerBrarian: More Thoughts on New Librarianship, Weeks 2-3: Bias in Librarianship

BeerBrarian: More Thoughts on New Librarianship, Weeks 2-3: Bias in Librarianship | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In weeks two and three of R. David Lankes' MOOC on new librarianship, the course shifts from theory to practice, though the former informs the latter in at least two ways.First, librarians as facilitators, and second, libraries as platforms.

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Very fundamental in questioning the assumptions underlying David Lankes MOOC and atlas of new librarianship.

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Ken Haigh's curator insight, July 31, 2013 8:55 AM

Are librarian's necessarily left wing?

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“The Right Book Will Always Keep You Company”

“The Right Book Will Always Keep You Company” | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Talk about curling up with a good book!
The latest ad campaign for the Israeli bookstore chain Steimatzky wonders what it would be like to take your favorite literary character to bed with you.
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The Alternative Libraries of New York - ANIMAL

The Alternative Libraries of New York - ANIMAL | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of a library," Jorge Luis Borges famously said. But did the author and librarian imagine that parad
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Books on screen | Blog | National Library of New Zealand

Books on screen | Blog | National Library of New Zealand | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The results of our book digitisation pilot are ready for you to download and read.
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Stop the privatisation of Public Libraries: Localism and Libraries

Stop the privatisation of Public Libraries: Localism and Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

“Quite simply, there is no need to abandon the ideal of a public library service, free at the point of use and run by paid staff. Anything less is an insult to users. Yes, there are successful volunteer libraries around the country, but fewer than politicians in search of a Big Society might imagine. The experience of those that run them is instructive. It is not easy and cannot be done on a wing and a prayer.”

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How would you define the term “embedded librarian” ?

How would you define the term “embedded librarian” ? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The librarians at The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library are collaborating with faculty in the Computing Sciences and Communication Departments to plan the curriculum for a new cour...
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Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015 : About the Library : Toronto Public Library

Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015 : About the Library : Toronto Public Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Help create the library's vision with our new Strategic Plan.Renewing our commitment to inform and inspire Toronto and its communities, with the vision of making us all more knowledgeable, more connected and more succesful. Grow a city of readers, develop a city of learners, connect a city of creators and deliver excellent service.

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I studied the plans and programs of Toronto Public Library this afternoon and was impressed by it's vision and programs. It's a wonderful resource.

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A [Sad] Future For Bookstores

A [Sad] Future For Bookstores | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Check out this comic from Angela Liao over at twenty pixels.
It begins with this preface:
Reading text lists of titles and gridded book covers images can’t compete with the in-store bookstore experience.
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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 | Librarysoul | 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 (New post: "A library is not just about books: it's also a place for the vulnerable | Angela Clarke"
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