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The Library Card

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This article appears in the March print edition alongside the cover story, “Can America Put Itself Back Together?”—a summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. 

As we traveled around the U.S. reporting on the revival of towns and cities, we always made the local library an early stop. We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.

The traditional impression of libraries as places for quiet reading, research, and borrowing books—and of librarians as schoolmarmish shush-ers—is outdated, as they have metamorphosed into bustling civic centers. For instance, Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon, now cooperates with dozens of organizations, from AARP (which helps people with their taxes) to Goodwill (which teaches résumé writing). A social worker trains staff to guide conversations about one of the most frequent questions people trustingly bring into the library: Can you help me figure out how to meet my housing costs? 

There are three areas where libraries function as vibrant centers of America’s towns: technology, education, and community. 


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Lighting the Way: Libraries and Wellbeing « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog

Lighting the Way: Libraries and Wellbeing « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it
Papers from CILIP’s Public and Mobile Libraries Group Conference Lighting the Way: Libraries and Wellbeing are now available on their website. Held in Staffordshire on 9-10 October there were a range of presentations and workshops exploring the health, social and economic aspects of our contribution to a better and stronger society.

The Conference was also an opportunity to recognise Library professionals. Congratulations to:

The Public Librarian of the Year, Russell Allen from West Sussex
The Public Library Champion of the Year, Annie Brierley from Devon
The Mobile Library Champion of the Year, John MacNab from Essex

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Arup | Publications | Future Libraries

Arup | Publications | Future Libraries | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it

(DOWNLOAD) This report brings to light significant trends that will influence the future of public, academic and corporate libraries and outlines the implications on their design, operation and user experience.


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The Chicago Public Library Publishes Strategic Vision for 2015-2017 | LJ INFOdocket

The Chicago Public Library Publishes Strategic Vision for 2015-2017 | LJ INFOdocket | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it

Coming on the heels of major announcements such as the Internet-to-Go program, the launch of a new website and smartphone apps, and the expansion of digital services and lendable technology, the Chicago Public Library’s 2015-2017 Strategy: Building the Library of the Future outlines the strategic priorities and goals of CPL service to Chicagoans. The strategy will serve as the foundation for the Library’s work plan as CPL continues to enhance its programs, services, and collection.

 

In the next three years, CPL’s timeless mission will remain unchanged: welcoming and supporting all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning, and striving to serve them well and effectively by providing equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources. But CPL will also respond to the current and evolving needs of patrons by focusing on three key initiatives: nurturing learning, supporting economic advancement and strengthening communities.


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, July 5, 2014 2:21 AM

Chicagon kirjaston uusi strategia, kannattaa tutustua! Maker spaces, labs, information literacy, critical literacy, etc. 

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Why Libraries Matter

Why Libraries Matter | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it
A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.

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datacurator's curator insight, May 27, 2014 12:08 AM

A very interesting slice of the New York library system. I was unaware of the range of services that the library system delivers on.

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Bad news for the book: Older people find ebooks easier to read than the printed page

Bad news for the book: Older people find ebooks easier to read than the printed page | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it
The elderly find reading easier when using backlit electronic devices because there is increased contrast between the text and background, German researchers found.

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Mobile Evolution: How Apps Are Adapting to a New Device Ecosystem

Mobile Evolution: How Apps Are Adapting to a New Device Ecosystem | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it

These trends point to a future full of exciting potential for mobile devices—and a future in which librarians suggest apps as often as they would any other kind of resource. For apps, big hits are helping to establish higher user expectations, and new start-ups continue to refine the best qualities of their predecessors. But the field is vast and growing rapidly.

 

-Matt Enis


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Reinventing the public value of libraries - Cube Group

Reinventing the public value of libraries - Cube Group | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it
No longer a straight forward repository for books, modern libraries have reinvented themselves to meet the needs of a new generation.

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2014 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Edmonton Public Library, Transformed by Teamwork

2014 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Edmonton Public Library, Transformed by Teamwork | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it
For 101 years, Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has galvanized its ever-growing city. From its beginnings above a meat and liquor store in 1913 to its current configuration as a massive, team-driven enterprise, EPL has served as a pioneering gathering place, connecting people and expanding minds. In the process, it changed the parameters of what it means to be a public library and transformed itself. Having the spirit and creativity to do that meant taking risks, innovating, and embracing change. It made EPL a model for all public libraries and the winner of the 2014 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.

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Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association

Libraries: a better investment than gold. | Australian Library and Information Association | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it

A new report from an independent firm of economists has found that Australia’s public libraries deliver benefits that are worth nearly three times the cost of running them – a fact that will come as no surprise to Australia’s 10 million registered library users.If you put $100 into gold last year, it would be worth around $110 today. Compare that with the $290 return on every $100 invested in Australian public libraries.


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Project for Public Spaces | 25 Mini-Adventures in the Library

Project for Public Spaces | 25 Mini-Adventures in the Library | Professional development for Library Staff | Scoop.it

I wanted to share a quick list of fun things you can do at the library other than just check out books. Any of these ideas would be a great boredom buster. Just tell your kid you have an adventure in mind and embrace the mission with verve. You will have a great time!

 

-Amy Bowers


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Doug Mirams's curator insight, February 10, 2013 4:06 PM

"Recently, we came across a Amy Bowers’ MamaScout, a blog that “celebrates passionate, creative family living through posts showcasing open-ended play and projects, stellar resources, weird ideas, and gentle encouragements to slow down and embrace the ordinary.” Amy often writes about inventive ways that parents can use public space to spark their kids’ imaginations, with posts on everything from poetry bombing to hands-on exploration and the importance of wandering."

"But it was a post on libraries that caught our attention last week, for how it exemplifies the kind of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper thinking that each individual can use to activate their public spaces in new and exciting ways right now. Amy was kind enough to agree to let us re-publish her post, so without further ado, here are 25 mini-adventures that you can have at your local library—whether you have kids, or not!"

Susan Schatvet's curator insight, March 21, 2014 12:04 PM

Great ideas for treasure hunts and displays

Susan Schatvet's curator insight, July 28, 2014 3:32 PM

This is a great idea and good marketing tool for libraries.