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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 8:01 AM
5 Super Libraries!
KrisPaterson's curator insight, September 8, 2013 1:24 AM

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 9, 2013 12:43 AM

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

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Year in Architecture 2014: Commons Sense

Year in Architecture 2014: Commons Sense | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
The library construction projects completed between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, seem to have found common purpose around a common theme: community. As such, many of the 16 academic projects and 84 public library capital efforts find themselves at the center of their respective neighborhoods. Whether large or small, on an expansive budget or a shoestring, these facilities strengthen ties among their constituencies and between learning and entertainment.
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Scott Nicholson - Professor, Games, Informal Learning, Gamification, Speaker, Consultant

Scott Nicholson - Professor, Games, Informal Learning, Gamification, Speaker, Consultant | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
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Find a collection of his writings on games in the library and strategies for meaningful gamification.

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Blue-Ribbon Libraries | Library by Design

Blue-Ribbon Libraries | Library by Design | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honored the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards at ALA’s annual conference held in Las Vegas in June. Over 200 entries were reviewed, and many of this year’s 19 winners have a vibrant and functional design that takes into consideration that libraries are more than ever a gathering space for their community.

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schmidt hammer lassen architects – frontpage

Welcome to schmidt hammer lassen architects website. With more than 25 years experience, schmidt hammer lassen architects is one of Scandinavia’s most recognised, award-winning architectural practice committed to innovative and sustainable design
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A Travel Library Designed to Inspire Wanderlust | Spoon & Tamago

A Travel Library Designed to Inspire Wanderlust | Spoon & Tamago | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
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Because libraries are not just about the books but rather the experience of reading a book, being inspired and of course, going places - I once read a quote and it said "To far away places and long ago times, that's where I can go with a book in my hand" and it has stayed with me through the years.

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Materials Shift | Materials Survey 2014

Materials Shift | Materials Survey 2014 | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
As budgets fracture, both book and ebook circ statistics provide insights into what patrons are reading, as our 2014 materials survey illustrates. DVDs are still hot, too.
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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, 6:03 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 9:47 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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Tomorrow, Visualized | Library by Design

Tomorrow, Visualized | Library by Design | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
As I got ready to tour the James B. Hunt Jr. ­Library at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, last spring, as part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) meeting held nearby, the buzz about the newly unveiled building had reached such a level that I expected to find it, however cool, overhyped. It wasn’t. It was exactly the right amount of hyped. “Every corner of the Hunt Library is designed to be memorable and stunning,” the library’s vision claims. Grandiose as that might sound, those corners deliver.
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nickcarman's curator insight, November 20, 7:51 PM

An attempt to build the library of the future with the tech of today.

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Junko Yokota | National Louis University - Academia.edu

Junko Yokota | National Louis University - Academia.edu | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
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A collection of papers written by Junko Yokata who is an authority on print vs digital for children. Recognising good apps, how to use them etc. - important reading for any librarian who works with children.

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ZMOT Ways to Win Shoppers at the Zero Moment of Truth Handbook (2012) – Think with Google

ZMOT Ways to Win Shoppers at the Zero Moment of Truth Handbook (2012) – Think with Google | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Discover strategies and tactics on how to show up at the right place, at the right time and with the right content. Read the study.
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As long as you are marketing any kind of product or service (library books included), this is worth reading.

 

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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, 8:29 AM

Empathy leads to a deeper understanding of the #HumanTechsperience

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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, 3:39 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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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 9:12 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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