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Mobile Computer Labs

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TechSoup for Libraries (love these guys, if you are not a regular follower or user of their resources, I would strongly encourage you to be) covers some best practises for mobile computer labs in their latest Edge Initiatives benchmarks. In this post, they look at a number of success stories:

* Poudre River Public Library District (Fort Collins, CO), where their suitcase lab brings training into people's living rooms,

* Lamar Public Library (Lamar, CO) serving a rural population of approx 8,000 people in se

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* Free Library of Philadelphia (PA), with their shiny Techmobile and community Hotspots.

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SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud #1 | Library as Incubator Project

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Our friends at Library as Incubator Project have a post on the upcoming SPINE Festival: Libraries out Loud happening in London (UK) area libraries the first ten days of March. This festival celebrates arts and literature in libraries features such great sounding events as Half Moon Theatre's Pop-up Flashback, World Book Day Chatterbooks Specials (inspired by Alice in Wonderland), Spine Slam Poetry Workshop for teens, among others. If you are in London, check it out let us me know @dmirams what you thought of it. 

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Libraries Are Everywhere

Libraries Are Everywhere | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The word "library" used to conjure an image of a big brick building full of books where you had to be quiet all the time, but thanks to the internet, it's now a whole lot less specific. Take, for example, the Little Free Libraries that are sp…
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Great profile on how that simple word "library" we all know and love has evolved and improved and expanded beyond its Carnegie-bonds out into our and with our communities.

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Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement

Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A recent Huffington Post article tells of a Facebook experiment that spawned over 150 community-generated ideas on the future of Miami's libraries. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Francine Madera, in 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A New Paradigm for Civic Engagement, share how they launched the 10-day experiment after exploring how to better draw communities - the end-users - into the discussion.
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Great summary of recent posts and discussions around the socially responsive library, featuring articles from the Huffington Post, 100 Great Ideas, ALA Midwinter's focus on Community Engagement and Webjunction themselves. 

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Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge

Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Meet the nation's first full-time library social worker. Instead of trying to keep homeless residents from taking shelter in the urban haven of public libraries, San Francisco has adopted a new approach: employing a trained professional to address the needs of these visitors. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports. Continue reading →
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Subtitled: "From nurses to social works, see how public libraries are serving the homeless".

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Greater Sudbury Public Library's 'Makerspace' has cool new tools

Greater Sudbury Public Library's 'Makerspace' has cool new tools | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Crafters and innovators in Sudbury have a new workshop at the main branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library.
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New makerspace invades Sudbury Public Library. 

-- spotted by Anna-Marie McDonald (@LGB_CS)

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

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Freelancers, broadcast your skills on your laptop with decal stickers

Freelancers, broadcast your skills on your laptop with decal stickers | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Coffee Shop Freelancers is trying to break down communication barriers for people to obtain more work
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Inspiration from Coffee Shop Freelancers for public/academic librarians: let's get out from behind our desks and make ourselves available in the stacks, at the public tables, or in the public spaces of our communities. And how better to show people who were are than to take a laptop decal from Coffee Shop Freelancers and display our "embedded librarian" skills for all the world to see. Throw in a LibraryBoxen and you've got a Party!

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Rebuilt Phoenicia Library set to open - Woodstock Times

Rebuilt Phoenicia Library set to open - Woodstock Times | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The electrical fire that destroyed the interior of the Phoenicia Library was still smoldering on that March morning in 2011, when Judith Singer, then president of the library board, got on the phon...
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NY library reopens after devastating fire four years ago with focus upon community space, access to technology (including power) and “We’re the first American library built to passive house standards,” said library director Elizabeth Potter..

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21 Youth Friendly Centers across Rwanda to get libraries

21 Youth Friendly Centers across Rwanda to get libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Mujawamaliya Johnson noted that “Over the next few years we are commiting to putting a mini-library in every Youth Friendly Center in the country; we believe that with education, Rwanda’s young people will continue to educate themselves and others, helping to create and sustain peace in Rwanda and in the world.  Our core values are compassion, accountability, respect, and empowerment.” 

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The Grace Rwanda Society (founded by Rwandans living in Canada) has pledged to place libraries in twenty-one "youth friendly centres" through the country as a way to encourage reading. "The more we read, the more ideas and concepts come to mind. No wonder, then, that innovations usually originate from developed countries," writes the post's author.

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Libraries to Become Community Publishing Portals

With your help, libraries around the globe have a bright future as the nexus where writers, readers and authors come together to create, celebrate and enjoy books....
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Another perspective on the library as publisher, this time from the founder of Smashwords.

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Winning Proposals of “Looking Forward” Visualize the Future Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Winning Proposals of “Looking Forward” Visualize the Future Athenaeum of Philadelphia | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Courtesy of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia The Athenaeum has just announced the winning proposals of the
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Winning proposal for Philadelphia's 200 year old Athenaeum (from Stanve Potts Architects) called "Philadelphia Grotesque Revisited, features public gardens, underground archival vault and rentable studio spaces "expanded to accommodate a diverse array of uses."

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REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site

REX has shared with us their competition proposal for Calgary’s New Central Library (NCL). Though Snøhetta and DIALOG ultimately won the competition,
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REX's failed entry for Calgary's new Downtown Central Library envisions a future library built around clusters of activities and makes the building itself re-enforce the idea of librarians as curators. Would love to hear what other's think? Please share.

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The Rise of Digital Poster Sessions: creating new learning interactions in the library - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Rise of Digital Poster Sessions: creating new learning interactions in the library - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Is there room at your public or academic library for digital poster sessions?

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The Healing Power of Libraries | NEA

The Healing Power of Libraries | NEA | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Librarians and others who serve their communities are to be commended, especially when they go above and beyond their duties as Bonner did. But there’s also something extraordinary about the existence of libraries themselves—more than 120,000 of them in the U.S. to be exact, according to the American Library Association. They’re free and welcoming and offer a safe, calming, communal space to any who enter. But it’s more than that. They’re not just empty rooms with table and chairs and white walls. They’re filled with books, stacks of them so you can walk among and between volumes, touch their spines and feel their words emanating from across the seas and across time and sometimes just across town. Books teach us to be patient in a fast-paced, quick-fix world. They remind us that others have insights worth paying attention to, that there is beauty in our shared language, that in our struggles we are often not alone. They help us heal.
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I pulled that quote out of the article and highlighted it here because I believe it speaks so clearly to understated elegance and reason for public libraries. 

--article originally shared by Mylee Joseph

    
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Hartington art gallery draws readers to the library - The Idaho Statesman

Hartington art gallery draws readers to the library - The Idaho Statesman | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

We have to be more creative in our library services just because of this digital age to get library visitors," [Tammy] Anderson said. 

Lucky for her, she's got a built-in attraction that most libraries don't have: an art gallery.

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Profile of the Arlo and Anne Wirth Art Gallery, part of the Hartington Public Library, which supports local artists and helps the library system connect with its community.

 

 

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Knight News Challenge announces winners of $3 million in grants | American Libraries Magazine

Knight News Challenge announces winners of $3 million in grants | American Libraries Magazine | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

In the 12th annual Knight News Challenge, organizers asked this question: “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Twenty-two winners answered that challenge, and their names were announced January 30 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

ALA President Courtney L. Young opened the session, drawing a parallel between the mission of the Knight Foundation and ALA, both of which, she said, believe in the democratizing effect of keeping the public informed and engaged.

This year’s News Challenge received 680 submissions, which were narrowed down to 41 semifinalists. In the end, 22 grant recipients—14 prototypes projects and eight larger projects—will share $3 million to launch their programs.


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Sustainable Library Project | Libraries trying different program approaches

Sustainable Library Project | Libraries trying different program approaches | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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It is not often that I highlight an entire website devoted to moving libraries towards their social and community potential (maybe the Library As Incubator Project was the last time) so I am happy to share this site Sustainable Library Projects and encourage anyone interested in this topic to add it to their feedly or favourite RSS reader. I am sure that I will be featuriing projects from this site in the future. Enjoy.

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On Long Island, Bookstores and Libraries Expand Their Offerings

On Long Island, Bookstores and Libraries Expand Their Offerings | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Libraries on Long Island are also expanding their mission. "They've reinvented themselves," said Anne Marie Tognella, who works in programming and public relations at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook."

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While about the changing environment for bookstores, half way through this article shifts its focus to the public libraries. Sachem Public Library has expanding weekly programming, "hosts 20 to 30 events, which can include French lessons, Mah-jongg games, toning and sculpting classes, movies and concerts and more. The library has even taken an interest in champion accessibility to its programming, using bus tours to regional events. 

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Five Design Teams Re-Envision New York's Public Libraries - ArchDaily

Five Design Teams Re-Envision New York's Public Libraries - ArchDaily | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Hunts Point Library concept. Image Courtesy of Andrew Berman Architect, Library Development Solutions, Neil Donnelly, AEA Consulting, Auerbach Pollock
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Building Rural Prosperity with the Rural Information Center

Building Rural Prosperity with the Rural Information Center | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Perhaps especially in rural communities, libraries provide key points of connection with the broader world, serving as windows on faraway places, other cultures, and diverse perspectives. But libraries can also help deepen our ties to the places we live, discover new things about our own backyard, and build connections in our own communities. For people living and working in rural areas, the Rural Information Center (RIC) offers one way to connect with world-class expertise on issues and opportu
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Great post about how the Rual Information Center is assisting rural libraries into reaching their social library potential; whether through Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants to building a community of experts with the bilingual English/Spanish Agicultural Thesaurus and Glossary to webinars sponsored by Webjunction. 

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New Early Childhood Literacy Program Gives Newborns Books

New Early Childhood Literacy Program Gives Newborns Books | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
According to Library Director Kristen Sorth, the goal of the program is to encourage new parents to start regularly reading to their kids as early as possible. Sorth said hearing their parents read helps babies develop language skills that will help them succeed later on in school. 

"For some people they may feel kind of silly reading to an infant, it's an itty bitty baby, but it's important to understand how great that it is in terms of a child's development to start that early," she said.
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As a reflection of St. Louis County Library's strategic plan to encourage the joy of reading and literacy to children before they start kindergarten, which also includes a kindergarten reading readiness program and the Family Literacy Involvement Program.

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Why your personal brand is part of your business

Why your personal brand is part of your business | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Should CEOs have a personal brand and does this risk deflecting attention from the cause they are supporting?
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The answer to that question would be yes, since, "In rather the same way as the Pope represents the Catholic brand [...]" Although this article is aimed at non-profits/charities, there is relevant information here for CEOs/Chief Librarians in that what they say online with their own personal brand (even if they don't use Social Media like Facebook and LinkedIn) must align with their libraries voice.

Tips like: Authenticity ("consistently live the personal values you espouse"); Focus ("If you work in charity, the charity you represent is your focus -- mention it at every opportunity"); Feedback ("It can be as simple as asking them, what you could do better. This is not the sign of weakness, rather, it's the opposite"); and, Transparency ("If there's a storm, transparency is your port").

-- spotted by @WSExmouthHouse

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Library and Concert Hall in Bodø, Norway by DRDH

Library and Concert Hall in Bodø, Norway by DRDH | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In a remote Norwegian town on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a new library and concert hall transcend their cultural brief to become, in effect, the town's public realm
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In Good Company: The Architecture of the Shared Workspace

"Co-working spaces are becoming the most advantageous and suitable solutions for a work environment that is fast becoming more dynamic and flexible. But which are the rules that shape a perfect shared office and allow the creation of a synergetic community?"

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There is alot of inspiration for new public library layout in this article about coworking spaces. "Environments are connected to each other using divisions enabling integration, separation, and size changes in multiple combinations so that people can develop a wide range of activities" says architect Odart Graterol of The Hub Caracas; could there be a better description of a modern public library?

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Designers Draw up the Library of the Future

Designers Draw up the Library of the Future | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The library of the future could include affordable housing upstairs, retail downstairs, and a 24-hour community lounge in the lobby.

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