"Darien Library is excited to be hosting its own Minecraft server. If you don't know about it already; Minecraft is an awesome sandbox construction game in which players create and destroy different types of blocks in a 3D environment. Explore new terrain, gather raw materials, create amazing structures, and watch out for Creepers that come out at night!"
"The public library hums. Readers peruse e-books and job seekers attend workshops. Teens organize poetry slams, and students work together on school assignments. Librarians plan programs, help researchers online, and digitize collections of all shapes and sizes. All around the world, today’s libraries are serving their communities in new and different ways.
"Register & Read Beta is a new, experimental program to offer free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register for a MyJSTOR account. Register & Read follows the release of the Early Journal Content as the next step in our efforts to find sustainable ways to extend access to JSTOR, specifically to those not affiliated with participating institutions."
"The Palo Alto City Library has two brand new group study rooms at its downtown branch, thanks to the completion last July of an extensive renovation. And now the library is tapping into an innovative technology to ensure those study spaces get the maximum use.
This week the library launched a pilot project with LiquidSpace, a San Francisco-based company founded in 2010 that offers a mobile platform that “connects people seeking workspace with venues that have space to share,” according to the company’s website.
For no charge and by following a simple Wizard setup, the library has listed its two study rooms, which can accommodate up to 10 people, with LiquidSpace. The listing allows potential users to see pictures of the rooms and book them for up to two hours from either the LiquidSpace website or mobile app or the library’s own website. The pilot will run until May 2012."
"The days of the card catalogue are long over, but there are even more innovations ahead in how the information available at libraries is organized. In a recent interview on Spark, David Weinberger, author and co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, talked to host Nora Young about ShelfLife and LibraryCloud, two of the lab's ongoing projects that will transform how we use libraries."
Stanford University Libraries offers a prize to recognize and celebrate innovation through programs, projects, and/or new or improved services that directly or indirectly benefit readers and users. The goal of this prize is to single out for community attention and to celebrate functionally significant results of the innovative impulses in libraries anywhere in the world that support research. The process of consideration for making awards is sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries (SUL). There will be a modest prize purse, with the principal emphasis of SPIRL on identifying and applauding distinguished peers in fostering better services to the research world.
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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