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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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@HaltonHills Public Library: Great day at the #farmersmarket! Our Outdoor Reading Room was a hit!

@HaltonHills Public Library: Great day at the #farmersmarket! Our Outdoor Reading Room was a hit! | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Great day at the #farmersmarket! Our Outdoor Reading Room was a hit! #readeverywhere #farmersmarketsrule #haltonhills http://ow.ly/i/cxSUt
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Lots of towns/cities have local farmer's markets, so what a better outreach than to set up a little public library/reading room for your community.

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A Library of Good Ideas

A Library of Good Ideas | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Formula for success in Central Oregon: know the users, spot the opportunities, act with vigor.
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Librarians move out of their buildings and into their community to ask "How can we work with you?" to revitalize their lbraries and develop some 20 formal partnerships. 

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Makerspace Scholarship Program_kit_guide

A Guide to help Makerspaces engage educational organizations, students and contributing organizations through a scholarship program model.

Via Digital Georgia
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What a great model for bring educators and local makers together to build the next group of learners in our communities. I hope that the model developed in Georgia can be translated across North America and includes the participation of public librarians. 

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Five libraries nominated for the award as the world’s best public library: Kulturstyrelsen

Five libraries nominated for the award as the world’s best public library: Kulturstyrelsen | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Those five public libraries nominated are:

Devonport Library, New Zealand

Kista Public Library, Sweden

Library at the Dock, Australia

Narok Library, Kenya, and

Sant Gervasi-Joan Maragall, Spain.

Each of these nominees were noted for their cultural significants to their communities, certainly halmarks of the Social Library.

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A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town

A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
At SHARE: a Library of Things, you can borrow anything you like, including instruments, sporting goods, and household items.
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Located in Frome, England, the SHARE library is a great model.

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Designing Libraries - Public library with indoor garden

Designing Libraries - Public library with indoor garden | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
An innovative public library with indoor garden has opened in historic Schiedam, The Netherlands, and will be open seven days a week.
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Bringing the outside in. This post includes architectural floorplans to this library

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How Libraries Are Creating Community Connections by Serving Summer Meals | PublicCEO

How Libraries Are Creating Community Connections by Serving Summer Meals | PublicCEO | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Patrice Chamberlain, director of the California Summer Meal Coalition.  Summer is right around the corner, yet in many low-income communities, this time of year can leave children with limited access to learning opportunities, few safe places to gather and without access to the free or reduced-price meals they received ...
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Post highlights work across the United States where public libraries have participated in summer lunch programs.

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Wilton Library Pulls Out The Stops For Innovation Day | The Wilton Daily Voice

Wilton Library Pulls Out The Stops For Innovation Day  | The Wilton Daily Voice | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
WILTON, Conn. -- People who like to make things, as well as those who are just curious about how things work or created can follow the ...
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Great idea for an event, which "will howcase the work of all ages of makers, who have embraced STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math) or the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement." ""We are just hoping that people get inspired and share with us what they have learned," said Susan Lauricella, Head of Teen Services and Makerspace Coordinator. . 

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Innovator in Residence : Toronto Public Library

Innovator in Residence : Toronto Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Learn 3D design and printing from printing expert and fabrication artist Derek Quenneville
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Toronto Public Library has an Innovator in Residence, who is Lindy Wilkins. She will be running Ardino classes from May through July. 

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A&E wins Missoula Public Library design contract - The Missoulian

A&E wins Missoula Public Library design contract - The Missoulian | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The architectural team that challenged the Missoula Public Library’s Board of Trustees to think outside the box was awarded the design contract for a proposed new library Wednesday night.
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Missoula Public Library should definitely get recognition for "out-of-the-box" thinking in its process for reward the contract for its new library. Not only did they present that contract to A & E Architects, who challenged them with that very phrase, but they also filmed all the presentations and posted them on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/mcatchannel7

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Ghana News - Ghana gets first Mobile Digital Library

Ghana News - Ghana gets first Mobile Digital Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Tigo Ghana took a giant step towards digital inclusion for children in rural Ghana by outdooring its new Mobile Digital Library.
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The original van outfitted with hard cover books and run by 2012 Changemaker Hayford Shaw has been refit as a mobile digital library lab by Tigo Ghana (an internet service provider in Ghana). While the van is now "beautifully fitted with tables and chairs and laptops. It also has additional tables and chairs and laptops which can be set up outside the van to cater for additional children" its mission is still the same to bring literacy to rural Ghana.

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Edtech Startups Talk Library Innovation At Chicago Public Library Demo Day

Edtech Startups Talk Library Innovation At Chicago Public Library Demo Day | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

In recent years, the Chicago Public Library system has been more than just a place to check out books."

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Last Wednesday April 22nd,  Chicago Public Library hosted its first Startup where six area education technology companies to answer the question posed by  Brian Bannon CPL commissioner, "The library is a really important place to connect people to education, to jobs, to business, and many other things. How do we leverage that infrastructure to help people leverage their lives and their community?" Was it successful? From one of the presenters, Brett Walker, co-founder/CEO of Electroninks, the company that makes Circuit Scribe,  "CPL is a very large and active library with a huge educational outreach footprint. So they're a natural partner for us moving forward. We're also doing our best to maintain Illinois ties due to the thriving entrepreneurial and tech community here."

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The fall of the Library Fortress

The fall of the Library Fortress | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder - Ralph W. Sockman Some months back I attended Nordic Library Meeting in Stockholm. It's a forum for directors at the universi...
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Another insightful and timely article about that quintessential point of library customer service, the library desk. Christian discusses three alternatives to the "library fortress-like" traditional desk, being his preferred "library island", the no-desk or taking a page from the Apple Store of desks everywhere. What is clearer from the photographs which accompany his text, there needs to be some visual clues for clients that the librarians "work here", whether they stand behind a big red question mark, or wear bright orange (the Danish example) or blue (the Apple example) t-shirts.

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Capital City Records

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Congratulations to Edmonton Public Library with the launch of its Capital City Records, which allows music lovers access to local talent. This initiative is modeled after the very successful ones in the States. Alex Carruthers, Edmonton Public Library's Digital Spaces Librarian told the Edmonton Journal, "The web really provides libraries with opportunities to do new things. Music in Edmonton is really great. It means a lot to people. It seemed like the exact right community to get started at.” (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/Edmonton+Public+Library+unveils+music+sharing+site/11265106/story.html

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With Cornell University's Planned Ho Fine Arts Library, the Stacks are Center Stage

With Cornell University's Planned Ho Fine Arts Library, the Stacks are Center Stage | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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While you have read here my insistance that a library should be responsive and reflect its community, I think that with the Cornel University's Ho Fine Arts Library this will be the first time that I have highlighted something that puts the collection of books in such a dramatic fashion. This post uses the words "sculptural" to describe the shelving and stacks which remain vital to modern libraries, especially academic ones. As the architect Wolfgang Tschapelier states, "The winding staircases are the keys to enter this volume of knowledge, browse, read, and wonder."

It will definetly be worthy of a field trip once it has been constructed.

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Library service innovation in a competitive world: focus on the user:

Library service innovation in a competitive world: focus on the user: Ken Chad presented at the CILIP conference on 3rd July 2015. His session was part of the digital futures and technology theme.


Via Trudy Raymakers
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Love the quote:

"Libraries are so valuable they attract voracious new competition with every technological advance." 

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Renderings show $21 million library near Wilmington

Renderings show $21 million library near Wilmington | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
County officials plan to break ground on the new Route 9 library at the intersection of Del. 9 and Hillview Avenue near Wilmington on Sept. 22.
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New library planned for Wilmington DE to include LEGO Room, sensory room and maker lab. 

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The NYPL's Outdoor Reading Rooms Return For Summer

The NYPL's Outdoor Reading Rooms Return For Summer | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The NYPL is bringing back their outdoor reading room, and this year it's based on the iconic 1970 Slim Aarons photograph Poolside Gossip.
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Great idea to bring the library back out and the community back in.

-- spotted by live-brary (on their Facebook Page)

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Living Staircase combines a garden, meeting spaces and a tea bar

Living Staircase combines a garden, meeting spaces and a tea bar | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A new workspace in the UK has a staircase that does more than just get people from one level to another. Ampersand's Living Staircase in London features rows of planting boxes above the handrails, spaces for relaxation or meetings, a tea bar and a library.
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Every once in a while, I include innovative design concepts from other industries which I believe could be successfully incorporated into libraries to make them more social. The Living Staircase designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio and Arup for Ampersand UK London office is one of those design concepts which delights me. 

As described by the designer, "If a staircase is essentially about going from A to B, there is now a whole world living and breathing in the space between the two"; this space includes creative space, meeting space, a small library collection and tea house all joined by a living garden above the hand rail. 

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Library becomes focal point for items scattered by floodwaters

Library becomes focal point for items scattered by floodwaters | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Wimberley Public Library has set aside a room for the sole purpose of drying out flood-soaked photos found by citizens in debris all over the area.
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Libraries work to preserve the memories of their communities and support them during times of crisis, yet this is the first time I can recall where both these activities have come together.


"Bringing people their mementos back is an important, small thing we can do to help people get their lives back and these are irreplaceable. You can get a new bed or a new TV, but these kinds of things you don't have any more," said Susan Nenney, a Wimberley resident who brought in a pile of pictures she found near an area known as Little Arkansas.

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Libraries Respond to Community Needs in Times of Crisis

Libraries Respond to Community Needs in Times of Crisis | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A patron stopped librarian Melanie Townsend Diggs on Wednesday afternoon with good news: He had used a library computer to apply for some jobs Tuesday morning, and before he even got home that day, he had gotten a call for an interview.

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Library launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Library launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Lake Travis Community Library has recently launched the new program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
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Great program which could be duplicated in any community.

“We have hundreds of children attend our story times and programs at the library every week, but we want to encourage reading at home as well,” said Lake Travis Community Library Director Morgan McMillian. “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a great way to encourage and reward early readers. We know that strong language and literacy skills pay off later in life!”

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8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun

8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
I encourage you to check out your local library and see what they're up to. I think you'll be impressed -- and more than a little surprised -- by what they're doing....

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schmidt hammer lassen Reveal Chirstchurch’s New Central Library

schmidt hammer lassen Reveal Chirstchurch’s New Central Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Great plans for a new community central library, which references the indigenous culture and includes a public space it calls the Urban Carpet. This section is described,

 

“The ground floor of the NCL [New Central Library] is treated as a continuation of the public realm of the square creating a welcoming and informal entrance and a strong connection between Cathedral Square, the NCL, and the city’s new convention centre. The ground floor contains the foyer, reception, café, meeting rooms and a Technology & Innovation department.”

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