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Bring back shushing librarians

Bring back shushing librarians | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Library users plead for quiet places to read, write and study — but is anybody listening?
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A case for quiet.

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Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it

A look at how empathy is needed in all domains these days, especially for business innovation and design thinking.


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Michael Allenberg's curator insight, July 28, 5:29 AM

Empathy leads to a deeper understanding of the #HumanTechsperience

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Books about Town | National Literary Trust

Books about Town | National Literary Trust | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
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View all the beautiful benches on this site.
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Stockholm’s Tio Tretton Library Gives Tweens a Space of Their Own

Stockholm’s Tio Tretton Library Gives Tweens a Space of Their Own | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
At a tween-only library in Stockholm, the only patrons allowed are children between 10 and 13—a group that often feels too old for children’s sections but not yet ready for full-on YA experiences.
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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, February 26, 12:39 AM

A GREAT place!!

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@Anu Ojaranta You're welcome! :-)
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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away...

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Model Programme for Public Libraries

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How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it

54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.” Most say libraries are very important to their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:12 AM

Value  of Public Libraries in the USA

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Making the Case for a Public Library Makerspace

Making the Case for a Public Library Makerspace | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
A makerspace is a tool that can advance the fulfillment of the public library's mission, especially when paired with an effective program of instruction.
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Innovative library services “in the wild”

Innovative library services “in the wild” | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Our new report takes a close look not only at how Americans are using public libraries, but also what sort of services and programming they think libraries should offer — and what they say they would use in the future.
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Branches of Opportunity | Center for an Urban Future

Branches of Opportunity | Center for an Urban Future | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
New York City’s public libraries are serving more people in more ways than ever before, and have become an increasingly critical part of the city’s human capital system; but they have been undervalued by policymakers and face growing threats in...
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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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Biblioteksdebat: The development of ‘open library’ in Denmark #wlic2013

Biblioteksdebat: The development of ‘open library’ in Denmark #wlic2013 | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
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nickcarman's comment, September 8, 2013 9:50 PM
This is an interesting article. I particularly like how library cards in Denmarks can also be used to access health services.
wildswans's comment, September 17, 2013 7:17 PM
Indeed. We had a conversation with the the Danish librarian and what's amazing is the level of trust - trust in the people which enabled them to expand their service hours beyond staff working hours.
nickcarman's comment, September 17, 2013 7:21 PM
I think that is just good management. From my experience, a good manager treats his or her staff like adults and trusts them to get on with the job. This isn't always the case unfortunately!
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The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech | TIME.com

The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech | TIME.com | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
This isn't your childhood library.

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I have nagging suspicion that this is still not quite the model for the library of the future - it almost seems exclusive rather than inspiring. If all you wanted was a space to engage in digital activities, you really don't need a library. A library is also about discovery and come of these spaces don't seem to do that as much - they are are really just a nice free space, which is of course important but it should not be all there is.

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nickcarman's curator insight, June 27, 2013 3:54 PM

These libraries do look really exciting, although I find it a little sad that they are forced to choose between a library with books, or a library with tech.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 29, 2013 5:12 AM

Free spaces in libraries are a new feature in both public and academic libraries and they enhance client interaction and networking which is also vital in modern libraries. For example Information Commons.

Julie Price's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:55 PM

70 different styles of chairs? That's my kind of library.

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Designs unveiled for new public library in Iraq

Designs unveiled for new public library in Iraq | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
British-Iraqi firm AMBS Architects designs first public library to be built in Iraq since the 1970s as part of Youth City masterplan.

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KrisPaterson's curator insight, June 23, 2013 6:41 PM

Looks like it will be fabulous - completely worth an international tour of libraries!

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LET'S REINVENT THE BOOKSHOP

LET'S REINVENT THE BOOKSHOP | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
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nickcarman's curator insight, July 31, 3:03 PM

Insert "library" instead of bookshop & I think there's worthwhile things to take away from this article.

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New GVSU library's design based on student habits

New GVSU library's design based on student habits | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Study spaces at the new Mary Idema Pew Library on the main campus of Grand Valley State University were designed around students' habits. The design team from SHW Group observed the way students used the campus' Zumberge Library. Its findings influenced the design of all areas, from seating and …
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Library Signs | Smashing Magazine

Library Signs | Smashing Magazine | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
The topic of this gallery is Library signs, that with their tasteful but by no means understated designs reminds one of the contemplation that takes place in those locations and their serene atmosphere.
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Swiss Cottage library tour - Camden Council

Swiss Cottage library tour - Camden Council | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Camden council's website provides information about services and councillors. Online services include payments, planning search, library catalogue and jobs with the council.
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It's not all about the books

It's not all about the books | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
THIS week Birmingham opened its impressive new library with an impassioned speech by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for campaigning for...

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nickcarman's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:47 PM

Library director Brian Gambles talks about moving from a transactional approach to a transformational one; i.e. not just issuing books, but performing research, help set up a business etc. This is something that all public libraries need to do.

 

The article discusses how more mega-libraries like these are being built while branch libraries are being shut in the UK. Will people be prepared to commute across town to visit when their local branch closes?

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Part 5: The present and future of libraries

A makerspace is a tool that can advance the fulfillment of the public library's mission, especially when paired with an effective program of instruction.
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How do public libraries function as meeting places?

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Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library Is the Most Important Place in Town

Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library Is the Most Important Place in Town | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
As librarians, we know the value of our community services, and our patrons appreciate their importance as well. But in an increasingly digital world, we see the role of libraries as community and ...
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The Ongoing Importance of Libraries

The Ongoing Importance of Libraries | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
OAKLAND, Calif. — Take a stroll downtown or to your nearest shopping center, and you'll see firsthand that big bookstores are on the decline. But that doesn't mean books — and the spaces in which w...

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I can't stop staring at the cross-section - wow... it's a people's palace indeed.

 

"...the continued value of libraries: as community spaces, learning spaces, and reading spaces not in conflict with but embracing new technologies. Unlike bookstores, cafes, or coworking spaces, the only cost to participation is getting there."

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Project for Public Spaces | Creating Playspaces by and for Children

Project for Public Spaces | Creating Playspaces by and for Children | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it

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Lynnette Kang's curator insight, August 28, 2013 3:03 AM

children's space design

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Why public libraries are glamming up

Why public libraries are glamming up | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Politicians have realised that they get more bang for their buck if they spend money on libraries rather than museum and gallery projects, writes Ken Worpole
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Now & Next: Future of Engagement

This report highlights the ten most important frontiers that will define the future of engagement for marketers, entrepreneurs and changemakers: Crowdfunding, B

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