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The global rise of the super library

The global rise of the super library | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it

Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Seattle Central, Kanazawa Umimirai, Spijkenisse and Birmingham super-libraries explored (Crack open the Borges. Five non-imaginary libraries to ignite flights of fancy.) As the £189m Library of Birmingham opens its doors, it joins a new breed of international "super library". Architecture, design and technology are changing the way the library functions as a space. They have evolved to reflect modern attitudes to books, and how people consume the written word. With The Culture Show architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff, BBC Arts explores five of the world's most impressive public libraries.


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Absolutely love the "book hill". What fasinates me is how relationships between the outside space and inside space is interpreted. A book opens up a whole new world - therefore the inside is bigger than the ouside. And perhaps, interior physical spaces should also create that kind of expansive feeling, which draws people in.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 6, 2013 5:01 AM
5 Super Libraries!
KrisPaterson's curator insight, September 7, 2013 10:24 PM

Some beautiful and inspiring spaces to read, meet and connect. What great books will be written inside these spaces, I wonder?

nickcarman's curator insight, September 8, 2013 9:43 PM

A brief review of super libraries around the world in the wake of the opening of the library of Birmingham.

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Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries edited by Peter Hernon and Joseph R Matthews

Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries edited by Peter Hernon and Joseph R Matthews | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it

Academic and public libraries are much different today than they were even 15 years ago. And with even bigger changes on the horizon, what lies in store? In this systematic attempt to speak to academic and public librarians about the future of library services, Hernon and Matthews invite a raft of contributors to step back and envision the type of future library that will generate excitement and enthusiasm among users and stakeholders. Anyone interested in the future of libraries, especially library managers, will be engaged and stimulated as the contributors:

Examine the current state of the library, summarizing existing literature on the topic to sketch in historical backgroundProject into the future, using SWOT analysis, environmental scans, and other techniques to posit how library infrastructure (such as staff, collections, technology, and facilities) can adapt in the decades aheadConstruct potential scenarios that library leaders can use to forge paths for their own institutions.

The collection of knowledge and practical wisdom in this book will help academic and public libraries find ways to honour their missions while planning for the broader institutional changes already underway.

http://bit.ly/15Wbo4U


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 30, 2013 2:47 AM

Future libraries! Link to book!