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Dubai set to open huge book-shaped library in 2017

Dubai set to open huge book-shaped library in 2017 | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
New educational facility expected to hold at least 1 million books; will also feature a cinema and stage

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Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries | Knowledge Quest

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries | Knowledge Quest | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
Since I first started my Makerspace at Stewart Middle Magnet School in January 2014, I have received a lot of positive feedback. I’ve given talks, presented at conferences, and shared about our experiences through my blog and through social media.... Read More ›

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Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries - tech - 17 July 2014 - New Scientist

Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries - tech - 17 July 2014 - New Scientist | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
Across the US, libraries are setting up maker labs as they turn themselves into hubs for high-tech innovation and training
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5 Ways Libraries Cultivate Community Art

5 Ways Libraries Cultivate Community Art | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
Creativity -- like information --should be accessible to everyone in a community, and the library is the perfect democratic space to make that happen....
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Linkubator Sunday Roundup | June 1 – 7 | Library as Incubator Project

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | June 1 – 7 | Library as Incubator Project | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

If you’re thinking a mobile makerspace is the right fit for your library, check out how one library system in Wisconsin is doing it.Volume Denver is the new local music library project from Denver Public Library – totally rad!Contributor Rebecca Dunn considers several ways to use the Pages to Projects model of story time with babies 0 – 2.Discover some fantastic digital collections of fashion and textiles in this week’s Fantastic Friday.


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Wilton Library Introduces Innovation Station At Annual Meeting | The Wilton Daily Voice

Wilton Library Introduces Innovation Station At Annual Meeting | The Wilton Daily Voice | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Library will introduce its new Innovation Station as it hosts its 119th annual Friends of the Library meeting.

The Innovation Station fits in with the library’s quest to be a “gateway to discovery.” The station is designed to allow patrons to interact with one another to gather information and inspiration. 

It will be a place to learn new skills, from quilting to robotics and much more. Many libraries have implemented similar spaces, which provide materials and tools for projects and a good place for people to use the resources to explore, learn, improve, and think creatively, all while working together and teaching one another.

The Innovation Station was established with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in mind. The Shoff Foundation funded its construction.

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Public. Maker spaces. Library provides tools for the inventor - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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ublicLibrary provides tools for the inventor
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Imagine having an idea for a new widget and being able to go to the local library and find all the tools needed to design, create a prototype, market and sell your invention.


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Makerspaces. The Pilots – February 2014 | The Maker Library Network

Makerspaces. The Pilots – February 2014 | The Maker Library Network | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
For the other MLs, it was decided that each librarian would be given free range to build their makespace and gallery, on the principle they used and adapted Meron's design for their library space. Heath Nash extended the ...

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School Holidays | Powerhouse Discovery Centre at Castle Hilll

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Learning Labs: Transforming Youth from Digital Consumers to

Learning Labs: Transforming Youth from Digital Consumers to | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
These are some of the questions behind the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums, a program funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the (U.S.) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
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7 surprising things libraries loan other than books

7 surprising things libraries loan other than books | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

Libraries are branching out a bit further than the printed word these days. While books are still their bread and butter, some public libraries have decided to be a bit more creative in what they offer. Here's a list of some of the most surprising things we found Canadian libraries are loaning. Check them out below!

 

1. Fishing tackle

2. DOGS

3. power tools

4. clothing

5. wifi hotspots

6. Bicycles

7. seeds





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These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles - The New York Times

These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles - The New York Times | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
Libraries from Maine to California are recasting themselves as hands-on creative hubs where people can learn crafts and experiment with technology like 3-D printers.
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Arup | Publications | Future Libraries

Arup | Publications | Future Libraries | Programs for the Public Library | 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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In Chicago, the future of tech could be at your local library

In Chicago, the future of tech could be at your local library | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

Libraries have long been a key resource to immigrants and low-income residents. Chicago's public library not only offers Internet access, but 3D printers, laser cutters and robots.


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New Scientist Reports on the “Reinvented” U.S. Public Library (Maker Spaces, 3D Printers, Raspberry Pi) | LJ INFOdocket

New Scientist Reports on the “Reinvented” U.S. Public Library (Maker Spaces, 3D Printers, Raspberry Pi) | LJ INFOdocket | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

New online  is an article from the always interesting New Scientist. The article written by Aviva Rutkin is titled, “Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries” and includes comments from a number of well-known librarians including:

Sue Considine, Fayetteville Free Library (New York)Corinne Hill, Chattanooga Public LibraryBrian Bannon, Chicago Public LibraryTod Delgrove, University of Nevada, RenoBarbara Stripling, Former President, ALA


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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 highlights interactive libraries

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 highlights interactive libraries | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

Libraries are often thought of as dusty old places where you can smell the books in the air, but the Makerbrarians table at this weekend’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire might change this perception.From DIY book-scanners to drones and mini-computers, makers are shaking up people’s ideas of what a library can be.

The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire brings together makers from across the city to share what their creations with the public. The festival breeds innovation and creativity, and has a very community-based ethos.

Scott Leslie, one of the co-sponsors of the B.C. Libraries Cooperative table, was excited for his team to get involved, because he believes that the principles behind both libraries and Maker Faires are similar.

“Libraries are fundamentally about access and education and empowering people to educate themselves, and that’s very much the energy behind a lot of the maker movement,” Leslie told theGeorgia Straight by phone. “You know, informal education, so people teaching themselves, teaching each other. It seems like a really good fit.”


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Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk Library journal

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk Library journal | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public mis­understanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.

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Public. Maker spaces. Soon-to-open Colorado Springs library blends technology, convenience

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Maker Spaces in the Learning Commons

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Recently, the concept of maker spaces has begun to grow. However, what defines a maker space is still difficult to understand. After attending a webinar hosted by Susan Considine, visiting several ...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 23, 2014 12:13 PM

Moving towards maker spaces in our learning commons!  Now to find the space to create the lab;)  

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DIY DH+LIS | Hack Library School

DIY DH+LIS | Hack Library School | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it
Many LIS programs now offer some form training in technology: whether you're taking a course in metadata, user experience and information architecture, or learning basic HTML and CSS, tech skills are becoming more and ...
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From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy - EdSource Today

From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy - EdSource Today | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats.

“There’s a lot of books here, really good books,” said 9-year-old Melanie Garcia-Macias, who sat with her back to a big red bookshelf at the end of a long line of washing machines at the Clean Express Coin Laundry in Richmond one recent Wednesday. A copy of “The Night Before Christmas” was splayed open on her lap.

“You can take one home, but you have to bring one back or bring one from your home to replace it,” she said. “I think it’s a pretty good plan.”

The plan – giving students free access to engaging titles while their parents fluff and fold – is just one of the ingenious ways communities are opening doors to literacy through the nationalCampaign for Grade Level Reading, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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In other communities, the campaign has had a more direct impact.

In Fresno, for example, the head of the public housing authority was so swayed by what he heard about the importance of reading on grade level by third grade that he formed a partnership with First 5 Fresno to bring Americorps volunteers into the housing developments and work with parents and young children on pre-literacy activities like reading together and creating artwork.

Stockton librarian Suzy Daveluy said she knew children in her city were struggling with reading, based on the number of help requests she got from parents. But she didn’t realize how bad the literacy crisis had become until she met with national campaign leaders.

“What I can credit the campaign with is opening my eyes up to some of the realities that our children are facing,” Daveluy said.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, August 6, 2013 3:29 AM

Projects to address issues in the community > definitely a place for libraries to get heavily infested in!

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:29 PM

What a fantastic idea.

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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - OEDB.org

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - OEDB.org | Programs for the Public Library | Scoop.it

Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Here are some excellent resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 2, 2013 10:55 AM
A good source for ideas on makerspaces!