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Edmonton Public Library hopes to put bookmobiles back on the street in 2013

Edmonton Public Library hopes to put bookmobiles back on the street in 2013 | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Leanne Drury Melsness, manager of the library’s digital literacy initiatives, said the vans would be much more than bookmobiles, but would actual aim to bring all of what the library has to offer to the community.

“They would have access to some of EPLs great content and e-content,” she said. “Picture, like a pop-up Internet café, or a recording studio or a gaming kit.”

In addition the library hopes to be able to issue library cards from the vans and would aim to have them at local events and festivals.

“The types of places we could travel to would be events, and parks, child-care facilties and hospitals there are many different institutions,” she said."

--Ryan Tunilly Metro Edmonton

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The impact of a library on democracy in Zimbabwe - Uppsala

The impact of a library on democracy in Zimbabwe - Uppsala | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Jackson Ndlovu explains the importance of books and how ENMT develops reading and democracy. (Möt Jackson Ndlovu, ledare för ENMT som förser skolor i Zimbabwe med bibliotek. Ikväll kl 18.30 på Stadsbibblan.


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‘StoryMobs’ help Toronto Public Library reach out to youth | Toronto Star

‘StoryMobs’ help Toronto Public Library reach out to youth | Toronto Star | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The StoryMobs are created by Gretel Meyer Odell and Roxanne Deans, who “see this initiative as a way of inspiring a sense of community and nurturing literacy and imagination,
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"Flash mobs -- with a family-friendly twist" is the way the Toronto Star has described the four StoryMobs which Toronto Public Library ran this past summer. Great way to bring reading alive and celebrate as a community.

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What will libraries lend next?

What will libraries lend next? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Examples of uncommon collections loaned by libraries
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This Pinterest Board from the American Library Association (Headquarters Library) is a great visual respresentation of special collection which libraries have throughout the United States, from sledghammers to cake tins.

-- spotted by Kathleen Spahn @kmsitall

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News Challenge to explore role of libraries in the digital age

News Challenge to explore role of libraries in the digital age | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Photo illustration made with images from Flickr users Thomas Hawk and Sourabh Rath. On Sept. 10, we’re opening the next ...
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U.S. librarians, got any ideas about how to maintain the centrality of public libraries in the digital age? The Knight Foundation wants to hear from you and starting September 10th you could win their News Challenge. 

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Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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We've seen libraries on the beach and floating boat libraries serving in South East Asia, and now a floating library in Minnesota.

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UPDATE: “The Global Librarian” eBook Available in Multiple Formats From Open Library and Internet Archive | LJ INFOdocket

UPDATE: “The Global Librarian” eBook Available in Multiple Formats From Open Library and Internet Archive | LJ INFOdocket | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Last year we posted an item about a book/ebook titled The Global Librarian produced by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL/NY).
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From the publisher,

"With contributions from over 25 professionals working in wildly different libraries across the world, and with 17 case studies celebrating the innovative programs and services offered by library professionals, The Global Librarian highlights the important relationships libraries forge with their local communities and aims to shine a light on the vital role played by librarians today and reveal their ambitions for tomorow."

; how more appropriate a topic for SocialLibrary could there be. Click on the links in the original article and get your copy today. Would love to hear what everyone thinks. Share your ideas on Tumblr, Scoop.it, Twitter and Facebook.

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Toronto Seed Library opens newest branch at teaching college

Toronto Seed Library opens newest branch at teaching college | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
// Post by Toronto Seed Library.
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With the uncertain future of seed libraries in some American states, it is reassuring to see them flourishing back here at home. The Toronto Seed Library has opened a branch at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, a teaching college in Toronto. 

 

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ICPL features library staff in a new podcast series - Iowa City Press Citizen

ICPL features library staff in a new podcast series - Iowa City Press Citizen | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
ICPL features library staff in a new podcast series Iowa City Press Citizen “The original idea was that we have all of these great conversations here in our office and we thought that it might be interesting and the public might be interested in...
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Favourite quote from the article, "It was an opportunity for playfulness," from Bond Drager, the library’s audio visual specialist. Current podcast features YA review, how a simple reference question opened up local history and an interview about how the library discovers new musical artists. 

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Department of Agriculture cracks down on seed libraries

Department of Agriculture cracks down on seed libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
CARLISLE — It was a letter officials with the Cumberland County Library System were surprised to receive.
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Cumberland County (PA) Library System had to cancel its plans for a community seed library when it received official word from their state Department of Agriculture.  The author of the post indicated that the department would continue to "crack down on seed libraries" in Pennsylvania. Not very promising news for this part of the US. 

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Libraries are Development

Libraries are Development | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Around the globe, libraries are a force to be reckoned with. A recent webinar highlighted cutting-edge libraries in developing and transitioning countries that are empowering their communities to achieve local goals. Presenters Bill Cartwright, President and CEO of Riecken Community Libraries, and Ugne Lipeikaite, Impact Manager at EIFL-PLIP (Public Library Innovation Programme) led webinar participants on a worldwide tour of libraries that are creating huge impacts with modest resources. Community development can be understood to mean many things, but the United Nations recognizes it as
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This post summaries the July 16th webinar on "Libraries are Development" by surveying different library projects around the world and their impact on their communities. 

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Cicero “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” — Philosophical Quotes

RT @philo_quotes: « If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. » Cicero http://t.co/SM7142UABd
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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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Why do people who love libraries love libraries? - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why do people who love libraries love libraries? - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Via Buffy J. Hamilton
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Good question from Brian Matthews to get your library towards being more "Social": 

"It is easy to develop assumptions about what a library is or what it should be, especially if you work in administration. But I encourage everyone to stop once in a while and ask people why they are the [sic] your building. Not just what they are doing, but why library space instead of anywhere else. The answers may surprise you."


-- originally spotted by Buffy J. Hamilton (@buffyjhamilton)

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New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Card

New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Card | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) on September 5 officially launched the “I Love My Library” prepaid Visa debit card, which doubles as a library card
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Seeing an opportunity to expand it's financial literacy programming, and provide a new revenue stream to the library Frederick County (Maryland) Public Libraries, in partnership with SirsiDynix, VISA and Card Limited to create an affinity card which doubles as a library card. FCPL also deepened its ties to local businesses through a Linkable Network feature to offer discounts to library clients using the card. 

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City Library turns out 50 pounds of honey

City Library turns out 50 pounds of honey | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Honey is harvested from hives kept on top of Salt Lake's City Library. The hives are maintained by the city's officially designated beekeeper.
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Another example of locally grown food with public library as four communal bee hives are setup ontop of Salt Lake City's downtown library. So successful has the project been that up to 100 pounds of honey have been collected each year, with the honey also being entered into the Utah State Fair in early September. 

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Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library

Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

JAJA shared their latest proposal, which was awarded third prize, for a new public library in Daegu, South Korea. 


Via Linda Green
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Nice to see a design which incorporates the surrounding environment. Hopefully JAJA will be given another opportunity to create a similar version of this proposed library again.

Favourite quote: "JAJA, typically noted for their form making abilities, have opted for a minimialistic formal language of the architecture, so that the streamlined library can capture the textures of the existing trees and the books within to create a cohesive experience that celebrates both."

-- spotted by Linda Green (The Library Scoop).

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Jack on Twitter: Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu

Jack on Twitter: Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu
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As in previous examples during ice storms and other major disasters, libraries continue to be a tried and tested community resource and refuge. Of all the Ferguson Public Library tweets circulating I especially think this one captures that spirit and the rallying call of the library back into its community to join it. 

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‘Express’ library branch to serve area in need

‘Express’ library branch to serve area in need | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Marion-Franklin neighborhood on the South Side has rough roads, few sidewalks and an industrial feel that is not friendly to bicycles or pedestrians.
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Columbus Metropolitan Library opens experimental "express" branch in old school for underserved neighbourhood.  And this is not the kiosk or just pick up your hold type branch but will have 4000 sq ft comprised of book collection, computers, homework-help center and 2 or 3 ful time staff with hours 2pm to 7pm Mondays through Thursdays, 2pm to 6pm Fridays and Saturdays. "We've been fighting for this library for years," said Robert Patterson, president of the local community association, "That's just right in the center for all the kids to get to. Our kids can walk to it."

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How the Seattle Public Library is helping authors overcome the Internet's big lie - GeekWire

How the Seattle Public Library is helping authors overcome the Internet's big lie - GeekWire | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A Seattle Public Library contest to encourage self-publishing by authors hopes to spur new eBooks and the attention they get.
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Seattle Public Library, partnering with Smashwords, has launched Seattle Writes for local library clients. As part of their outreach to 18-30 year olds, Librarian Andrea Gough said, "We felt the addition of an eBook publishing platform was an excity and natural extension." The local author who wins the contest will have their books as part of the SPL's eBook collection. "Libraries can help writers publish locally and distribute globally," said Mark Coker, Smashwords founder. 

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A Changing Landscape: Amazon, Technology and Engagement ...

A Changing Landscape: Amazon, Technology and Engagement ... | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
(Pateman and Williment, 2013) This last sentence is key: community engagement is viewed as a way of ensuring that libraries are moving in the right direction – from the perspective of targeted communities [which may or may ...
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From the statement, "It is the role of library staff and library systems “to make services more welcoming, supportive and responsive to the needs of socially excluded people. Public libraries need to change for communities", this post details a "social library."  It goes on to provide background, summarizing initiatives like the partnership between the American Library Association and the Harwood Institute, models from Australian libraries, Urban Library Council's Five Areas of Civic Leadership (Civic Educator, Conversation Starter, Community Bridge, Visionary, and Center for Democracy in Action), and Canadian models of civic engagement. And finally, provides its thesis, 

"The purpose of engagement is to discover community need in a legitimate spirit of collaboration and to work face-to-face with community members to develop programs and services that address those needs.

With this in mind, library staff should:

Define engagement as something more than civic engagement, which primarily tasks library staff as facilitators of discussions.Critically evaluate the need for hiring consultants to tell library staff what their communities require. Local knowledge, opinion, and wisdom are already abundant: ask for it, listen to it, apply it.Adopt and develop interpersonal skills to engage directly with targeted communities, to build personal relationships, and to identify legitimate community needs.“Librarians are not the experts on what our communities need or want in terms of library services – the community is the expert. It is our job to ensure that we develop a library service that reflects the community’s needs and vision. We do this with them, not for them.” (WT)“Reaching [underserved] community members and learning from them means meeting them in the places they are most comfortable and being open to learning from them. This means leaving the library and building trusting, respectful and equitable relationships. Only then, will we be able to learn what [underserved] people need and want from their communities and library.” (WT)Embrace the productive, if sometimes messy, process of allowing the community to lead and to inform the scope and direction of services.Speak up for those who lack a voice, but likewise ask and encourage them to speak for themselves"

Excellent goals in themselves for any public library; an exceptional mission for a social library

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Public Libraries | Multiple Solutions. — Medium

Public Libraries | Multiple Solutions. — Medium | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Recently, I was asked to answer the question “If I could say one thing about public libraries, it would be this.” That is one hell of a…
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Great article by Nate Hill answering the question, "If I could say one thing about public libraries, it would be this” by expanding on how libraries are "Sharing systems". He then goes on the summaries the three big “The Library as ____” statements of the last 10 years, being Shannon Mattern’s Library as Infrastructure, David Weinberger’s Library as Platform, and David Lankes’s Library as Conversation. Great read for anyone approaching these ideas or needing a refresher before they go off and consume the originals

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Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk - Library Journal

Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk - Library Journal | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk Library Journal From Maker spaces to children's play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today's public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning,...
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Auckland City Library "showed a little leg" when it ran it's Dark Night series, self-described as "“a guerrilla festival of burlesque, literary, and cinematic events that question, celebrate, and challenge sex and sexuality on page, stage, and screen.”  This may not be what librarians think is a community service but as author Matt Finch put it, " If we’re willing to stock erotica on our shelves, why aren’t we also reaching out to that audience in our programming and events? It’s about respecting all patrons’ tastes and at the same time—given that we are publicly funded cultural organizations—providing a space to challenge those who use sex and sexuality in the media for mere profit."

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Library launches alternate reality game ahead of Comic-Con

Library launches alternate reality game ahead of Comic-Con | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO -- The Downtown Central Library is getting gamers geared up for Comic-Con in a unique way. The public library has launched an alternate reality game that participants say is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming four-day
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Great Library Tie-in with a major cultural event in their city, but beyond just representing themselves at their local Comic-Con, San Diego Public Library has developed an entirely new experience with their game.

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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.

 


Via Trudy Raymakers
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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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nickcarman's curator insight, July 20, 4:13 PM

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.