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Virtually Branching Out | Lead the Change

Virtually Branching Out | Lead the Change | LIS News, Ideas, & Issues | Scoop.it

The idea that libraries need to take their services “outside the building” is well-established, from bookmobiles to digital branches. But more innovative, effective, inexpensive ways to take the library into the community are still needed. At the recent Lead the Change event in at Denver Central Library, presenter David Bendovic cited Southlake, TX, Public Library’s Virtual Library Program as a case study in what library leadership can do to address this goal.


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Out of Abandoned Texas Walmart, a Vast New Library

Out of Abandoned Texas Walmart, a Vast New Library | LIS News, Ideas, & Issues | Scoop.it
When McAllen, Texas, found itself with an abandoned Walmart on its hands, it didn't just bring in another store: It used the building to create a new library. And that library just so happens to be...

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The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers

The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers | LIS News, Ideas, & Issues | Scoop.it
Teacher Justin Minkel says a project he launched to get more books into the homes of his students has had a profound effect on their academic progress and connection to reading.

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Libraries 2020: Imagining the library of the (not too distant) future | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Associate Director Kristen Purcell shares Pew Internet's latest data on mobile, social networking, and e-reading in her keynote address for the 2012 State University of New York Librarians Association Annual Conference in New York City.

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Maker Space Coming

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From Westport Public Library: "The Library’s Maker Faire in April was so successful that we decided to keep the Maker mindset going. Builder and designer Joe Schott will be building a Maker Shed in The Great Hall, a place where people can come together to create and make innovative projects. The first will be two 15-foot wooden airplanes, which will be displayed after they’re completed. Stay tuned for more information about what will be happening in the Maker Shed"


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New free library card called 'passport to opportunity'

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The Memphis public library has begun issuing new library cards that can double as official photo ID for voting and other business. Passport to a world of opportunity.


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'It came from a book' contest encourages teens to create art from literature

'It came from a book' contest encourages teens to create art from literature | LIS News, Ideas, & Issues | Scoop.it

What do you get when you cross a publisher, a photographer, a young adult services librarian and a creative advocacy project? The first-ever "It Came from a Book" art contest! A group of dedicated individuals and a children’s/YA publisher are hosting the contest in anticipation of Teen Read Week on October 14-20. In short, teens must create a piece of artwork inspired by a book they’ve read and submit a digital photograph of their work by September 30. All photos of the submissions will be on display on “The Library as Incubator” website during Teen Read Week. People can vote for their favorites throughout the week, and the site will announce the winner the week after.


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20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic

20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic | LIS News, Ideas, & Issues | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn:

"Librarians, library students, booksellers, and book lovers alike participate in this library chat on Twitter. Favorite topics on #libchat include digital rights management, advocacy, budget negotiations, and the MLS job market.

 

 "[...]20 of the absolute best hashtags for librarians to check out:

#aslachat

#uklibchat

#libchat

#yalitchat

#tlchat

#scifichat

#litchat"

 

More: http://edudemic.com/2012/06/twitter-chats-library/


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Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design

Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design | LIS News, Ideas, & Issues | Scoop.it
RT @zaana: RT @LibraryJournal: Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design http://t.co/ZjSYOa6g #vicpln...

 

"Some 90 librarians, architects, and vendors gathered to talk about how to build for flexibility in uncertain times and brainstorm solutions to a handful of design challenges — see below for the Challenges and Brainstorms featured at LJ‘s daylong Design Institute (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/tag/design-institute/) held November 11, 2011 at Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library. (See also: Building Smart: LJ’s Design Institute Inspires Spaces for the Future http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/buildings/lbd/building-smart-ljs-design-institute-inspires-spaces-for-the-future-library-by-design/)


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One Innovation You Should Know About

One Innovation You Should Know About | LIS News, Ideas, & Issues | Scoop.it

A pioneering mobile library service initiative, Library Live and On Tour features “LiLi”, the highly visible Cube. LiLi and Smitty Miller will take the library to community hubs. Unlike traditional ‘bookmobiles’, LiLi will stress services, access to information, and awareness of the library, rather than being exclusively about library materials.


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