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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.


Via Karen du Toit, KrisPaterson
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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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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 9, 2013 12:50 AM
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 10:17 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 10:21 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 6:54 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 8:12 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 9:55 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 9:41 PM

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

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Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More

Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations...
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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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Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey - The Future of Libraries | DaVinci Institute

Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey - The Future of Libraries | DaVinci Institute | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
The role of a library within a community is changing. The way people interact with the library and the services it offers is also changing.
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"Libraries will transition from a center of information to a center of culture."
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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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Also check out the links from the Reference list.

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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 6:03 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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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.
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Envisioning the library of the future | Arts Council

Envisioning the library of the future | Arts Council | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
Envisioning the library of the future is a major research project undertaken by the Arts Council in 2012/3 that will help us to understand the future for libraries, and how we can enable them to develop.
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Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design

Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it

Via Jillian Lim
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Love how this library system comes up architectural and furnishing styles to serve specific user groups and doesn't go the cookie-cutter route.

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wildswans's comment, June 17, 2013 11:50 PM
A really nice article... "they couldn’t afford to be all things to all people—at least not at every branch."
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Envisioning the library of the future

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Interesting thoughts

"re-branding will only work if it reflects people’s experiences of using the service"

"It’s shocking that so many of those whose work is about broadening access to culture still find it hard to acknowledge the amazing advances taking place in what we’re all supposed to care about most: free access to information and culture."

"Our research shows clearly that people value public libraries as a service to their communities more than they value them personally."

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A Digital Outrigger / Sources for Disruption of Library Services

A Digital Outrigger / Sources for Disruption of Library Services | Libraries of the Future | Scoop.it
What would the same type of graphical disruption analysis look like for academic libraries? Here's an example using the library I work at.
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A little outdated but it does show that people are not always looking for a one-stop shop. Just like the best apps focus on very specific things and do it well, people turn to specific web-programmes/social media to help them find/manage specific information types.

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