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Libraries Weather the Superstorm | American Libraries Magazine

Libraries Weather the Superstorm | American Libraries Magazine | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

American Libraries profiles libraries which reached out to their communities and "served as lifelines to residents without power" in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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Tweet from @late2game

Tweet from @late2game | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
From parking space & shipping container to public place! #Montreal-ers enjoying a new #parklet, via @late2game: http://t.co/Z6fNMT5Q13
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This idea could easily be translated into a pop-up library and community space. Rent a flatbed trailer and this could go almost anywhere if you didn't want a permanent solution.

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FLOATING LIBRARY SMAN SUMSEL, INDONESIA - YouTube

Social Innovation Relay 2014 Prestasi Junior Indonesia SMAN Sumsel Team
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Floating Library aboard boats bring books to Indonesian students and communities. 

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Skype-a-Docent -- Library Technology Buzz

Skype-a-Docent -- Library Technology Buzz | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

This episode of Library Technology Buzz is an interview tiwht Lauren DeNisco about Fairfield Public Library's "Skype-a-Docent: Museum Tours" program

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This program allows seniors at two nursing homes and an independent living facility to have access to museum collections without having to leave their homes or the local library. Using Skype as the communication vehicle it allows seniors to ask questions and explore their local cultural institutions. What a great model to be expanded to other cultural institutions and other library systems. 

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Libraries and Public Placemaking Choices | Sustainable Cities Collective

Libraries and Public Placemaking Choices | Sustainable Cities Collective | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Who knew that libraries were such a hub of creative activity? Just two months after we put out our call for proposals for the 2014 Outside the Box – a partnership between library service non-profit OCLC and Redbox – the results are in!
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Followup to the 2014 Outside the Box partnership with Projects for Public Spaces and OCLC, is the announcement of the successful communities: Athens, AL; San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA; Winter Garden, FL;  Boise, ID; Hopkins Park, IL;  Bedford, IN; Rockport, IN; Olive Hill, KY; Sandy Hook, KY; Livingston, LA; Shrewsbury, MA;  Shutesbury, MA; Springfield, MA; Pontiac, MI; Westland, MI; Washington, NC; Elmira, NY; Wallkill, NY; Sevierville, TN; Pottsboro, TX; Spokane, WA; and Gillett, WI.

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The Public Library in the Innovative City

Slides for Rhode Island Library Association and New Jersey Library Association.

Via Miguel Mimoso Correia
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Presentation by Nate Hill, Assistant Director at the Chattanooga Public Library, which had the best quote about the Social Library (which I believe Chattanooga and a number of other systems embody) "This  isn't about designing new services for those who already value the library. This is about designing new services and creating value for new users."

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How to Start a Repair Café

How to Start a Repair Café | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Caption for the photograph above says it so well "Sharing their fixer wisdom with the community, two gentlemen work on a lamp fixture at a Repair Cafe. Photo credit: Repair Cafe."

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Great guide from Shareable about adding a Repair Cafe to your community outreach. "If you can't fix it, you don't own it" as the old Fixit Repair Manifesto said. 

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FLP - Culinary Literacy Center

FLP - Culinary Literacy Center | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Free Library of Philadelphia continues with it's innovative ways to engage with its community by offering a teaching kitchen at its Parkway Central Library. "Every bite of food we eat has a story."

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Public libraries and social media: as local and as useful as your fingers

Public libraries and social media: as local and as useful as your fingers | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
  Social media is the ultimate seamless library service, not just a promotional tool The public are increasingly using social media to find the answers to questions rather than going on to a w...
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Great insight and recommendations (yes, it is beginning to sound like an echo chamber but with more voices now) about using Social Media as a service and not just promotions. Listening and talking with your clients, whether they are standing in front of you or are across town on Twitter is the best way to engage and add value with your community.

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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 | SocialLibrary | 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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Library Inspiration | The User Experience

Library Inspiration | The User Experience | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Reading about interesting library programs and services always inspires me. The ones I like best challenge my understanding of what libraries are and what they can do. So this month, I want to highlight a number of library offerings that have caught my attention.
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Very nice summary of library inspiration from across the United States, many of which will be familar to readers of this blog/scoop.it. Aaron Schmidt's closing statement needs to be a reminder to everyone who believes "one-size-fits-all": "Are these ideas worth copying? I think so, but remember: no library program or service should be duplicated just because another library is doing it. Above all, new ideas are worth pursuing only if they'll solve the right problems for your community."

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Library’s foray into book publishing honored

Library’s foray into book publishing honored | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Williamson County staff-written children’s book wins national library award
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Followup up to a post (http://sco.lt/6pKpjV) from last December, Williamson County (TN) Public Library's first staff-written book has received a Best of Show public relations award from the ALA. 

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6 Cities, 6 Photos: What Public Libraries Mean to Communities – Next City

6 Cities, 6 Photos: What Public Libraries Mean to Communities – Next City | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In his new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, photographer Robert Dawson captures how the lending institution impacts communities.
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Profile of six community libraries, from Robert Dawson's The Public Library: a photograhic essay.

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Bringing the Outreach IN: The West Chicago Public Library District Summer Lunch Program

Bringing the Outreach IN: The West Chicago Public Library District Summer Lunch Program | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"As part of its continuing efforts to reach out and serve community needs, the West Chicago Public Library District (WCPLD) has created a unique service opportunity that literally brings outreach IN."

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Profiles West Chicago Public Library Districts participation in the Summer Food Services Program which served over 2800 free lunches to children weekdays over a 10-week period last summer. These programs serve a vital need in their communities when schools stop their food programs for the summer. 

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This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy?

This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The Lexicon is costing €36.6m to build. In an interesting move, the 6,520m2 building – which will be the central library for the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – will be called the Dlr Lexicon, which reflects the fact that it offers more than a library.

It’s also intended to be a cultural centre, with a café (the tenant is yet to be decided on), a gallery, a small auditorium space, crafts spaces, a local history library, 100 parking spaces and a children’s library.

It’s hoped that this mix of facilities will attract more than 50,000 people to Dun Laoghaire every year.

Rather than being detached from the rest of the town, it is supposed to draw people into the centre of Dun Laoghaire, offering them a space to explore and enjoy before making their way into the town.

 


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Planned library includes a Scandinavian-inspired "taster" area, "unobtrusive and relaxed", described by thejournal.ie
where  "people sitting around reading newspapers, flicking through a recommended paperback, or popping in for 10 minutes respite on a busy day".

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Public libraries have to prove they are delivering value to their customers to justify the money spent on them.  There is nothing different about this library to any other library in the world.  Staff & management will need to be on their game.

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Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust

Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The Carnegie UK Trust publication Speaking Volumes: the impact of public libraries on wellbeing shows the wide range of ways in which public libraries can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Speaking Volumes demonstrates in a clear graphical way how libraries are relevant to four main policy areas: social, economic, cultural and education policy – all of which have an impact on wellbeing.

The leaflet is based on hundreds of examples of practice throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as published evidence of impact. Databases of some of these examples show how public libraries support learning, promote economic wellbeing, act as cultural centres and contribute to the creation of strong and healthy communities."

 


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Continuing relevance of public libraries!

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Projects

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Arts Council England: Library-Hack-Makerspace Network Download the Common Libraries - Library-Hack-Makerspace Project Report There is a growing trend internationally toward the co-location and affiliation of libraries with hacker and maker spaces – for example, in the United States, where Chattanooga Public Library has spear-headed calls for libraries to adapt to reflect our increasingly ‘read/write’ world, and […]
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Commons Futures, with Carnegie UK Trust, The Creative Coop and Colchester School of Arts, releases business plan for library-makerspace model. Love their term for this approach,  ‘borrow/barter/buy/bespoke’ .  Spotted by Gloria Davies-Coates (@gl0ria)


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How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country?

How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.
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Great tool available from PEW Internet for libraries to measure community engagement. Whether you want to embed the survey, or sending it out as an email (Canadian libraries: hope you've settle your anti-spam procedure -- yesterday was the deadliine) if you register PEW will issue you a report specific for your community. 

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Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community. « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog

Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community. « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it


The quote Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community is from R David Lankes a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. If you don’t already subscribe his blog, Virtual Dave, covers many thought-provoking  topics. His latest post and clip Innovation in the Country  is a timely reminder to consider the needs and aspirations of your community as we grapple with what constitutes ‘maker spaces’.

  


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Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots

Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The New York and Chicago public libraries are both planning to experiment with new ways to bridge the digital divide.
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Followup to a post from March (http://dmirams.com/post/80483727751/chicago-public-library-increases-broadband-access) about Knight Foundation awarding both NYPL and Chicago Public Library for their lending out WiFi hotspot devices to households with limited access.  What is new, is the mention that NYPL has partnered with the State Library systems of Kansas and Maine to bring their project to less urban regions as well. 

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UpClose: Designing 21st-Century Libraries | Library by Design

UpClose: Designing 21st-Century Libraries | Library by Design | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Public libraries are busier and more popular with patrons than ever. Today’s library is a place for social interaction as well as quiet reading. It is a community cultural center, not simply a repository for books. It is a welcoming building with a design focus on transparency, not a series of isolated spaces. These changing operations directly affect the layout and organization of library buildings. So, libraries today must be designed to accommodate more simplified administrative operations and new staff functions.

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Current and emerging trends in library design.

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Libraries Need to Lead the Sharing Economy | TechSoup for Libraries

Libraries Need to Lead the Sharing Economy | TechSoup for Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Local governments can build on the backbone of the great sharing service they already provide – libraries – by expanding them to related uses such as tool libraries."

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The quote above is from a 2012 report from the City of San Francisco planning nonprofit SPUR  called "A Policy Agenda for the Sharing Economy."  TechSoup for Libraries encourages public librarians to engage and learn from the Sharing Economy advocates; libraries are already participating in sharing, and the main difference between "library sharing" and the new "sharing economy" is that the latter is all about profit. 


 

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Tweet from @rogre

Tweet from @rogre | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Roving librarians with hotspot backpacks hosting mini-workshops & creating reference desks wherever and whenever. #futureoflibraries
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From Twitter, a great idea shared by Roberto Greco (@rogre). The hotspot backpack could be the one featured in FastCompany (http://www.fastcoexist.com/3027216/this-mobile-network-in-a-backpack-lets-you-make-a-call-in-a-disaster) shown in the added photo. Originally designed by Vodaphone for disaster relief, it could certainly be utilized for more everyday applications and added to a pedal bike instead.

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Tweet from @mridley

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A Poetry Vending Machine! Only 1 of many reasons to love @gvpl For my $1.50 I got an Emily Dickinson poem #CLAVic14 pic.twitter.com/h5N7oFOxJk
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GVPL is the Greater Victoria Public Library, which is the "host library" for this year's Canadian Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference. 

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Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk | SocialLibrary | 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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James Mitchell is right when he writes "The library I have been talking about does not exist, but I think it will eventually." And, we have started to see glimpses of that model "beyond makerspace" through the public and academic libraries I've tried to highlight here in this Scoop.It and blog. His optimism is infectious -- and shared -- ("When you start to look beyond the normal parameters we place around information and consider how it is actually used throughout our communities, the possibilities are enormous.") "I can't wait."

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WATCH: Kelowna tech hub planned for library lawn

WATCH: Kelowna tech hub planned for library lawn | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Accelerate Okanagan is planning to build a technology hub in downtown Kelowna, on a vacant, City owned lot at Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street next door to the library.
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10 000 sq ft "technology" innovation hub planned for downtown Kelowna vacant lot adjacent to library. 

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