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Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian

Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
"Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help...
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Another innovative example of expanding mobile library outreach into a community, this time assisting clients with basic computer skills.

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By Ira Sather-Olson for the Missoulian

Hop on the Missoula Public Library’s Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) bus at one of its scheduled stops this month and you can take advantage of a new service it’s offering that covers basic computer maintenance techniques.

You can learn how to set up free virus scan programs, clean up your hard drive, compress your memory, delete old programs and more."

 

>>Änother great service to consider for libraries!

 

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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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Authentic Innovation for Libraries

Thinking about driving authentic innovation in your library.

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Full Text Article: “This Is Our Library, and It’s a Pretty Cool Place: A User-Centered Study of Public Library YA Spaces” | LJ INFOdocket

Full Text Article: “This Is Our Library, and It’s a Pretty Cool Place: A User-Centered Study of Public Library YA Spaces” | LJ INFOdocket | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The following article was recently published by Public Library Quarterly.  We're sharing a copy of the article made available by one of the co-authors for free. The article is also for sale via the PLQ web site.
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I usually don't link to research but I feel this article will be useful on our way to making a Social Library. Even though I don't run a teen space, the following quote resonates so much with myself,

"this study highlights the need for continued user input into the design and maintenance of YA public library spaces as teens' needs evolve and vary across tiem and from community to community." Absolutely, it is a necessary need to continue to talk with our communities not only at the beginning but ongoing during the day-to-day. 

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March | 2015 | The Library Lab

March | 2015 | The Library Lab | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Series of posts about New York City and its library labs visited in early to mid March.

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Nevada Library to Offer Manufacturing Certification

Nevada Library to Offer Manufacturing Certification | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
With the help of a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Innovation Program grant awarded in February, the Carson City Library (CCL), NV, will become the first library in the country to offer an entry-level certificate for workers entering careers in advanced manufacturing. The funding covers the cost of a Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certified instructor within the library, as well as two instructors at the nearby Carson City campus of Western Nevada College (WNC). The courses will run concurrently at both institutions.
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Trend for public libraries becoming institutions of formalized eduction continues with Carson City Library introducing certificates for careers in advanced manufacturing. They are focusing upon twelve critical skilss that cross a variety of manufacturing occupations and sectors.  

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Learning Hub / Heatherwick Studio

Learning Hub / Heatherwick Studio | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

From the architect. The Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), designed by Heatherwick Studio and executed by lead architect CPG Consultants, is a new educational landmark for Singapore. As part of NTU’s redevelopment plan for the campus, the Learning Hub is designed to be a new multi-use building for its 33,000 students.

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Is this the future of learning? The Learniing Hub at Nanyang Technological University Singapore has been designed for "contemporary ways of learning." Using the concept of innovation by collision it hopes to bring students and professors from various disciplines together to "meet and interact with one other", or "where students might meet their future business partners or someone they would have an amazing idea with."

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Make libraries a part of your health and fitness efforts - Fosters

Reading is intellectually active, but physically requires very little movement. Watching movies and listening to audiobooks are mentally invigorating, as well, but also do not require physical activity. As a result, you might not associate a library with the health and fitness of your body as you might a gym or a spa or the local YMCA.

Both of the city’s libraries are working together to change that perception. Goodall Library and Springvale Public Library are collaborating on a wonderful health-and-fitness project this spring that demonstrates that libraries are one of the few institutions we have that actually provide a link between mind and body.
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Goodall Library and Springvale Public Library's "Let's March into May" program gamifies participation in community and library activities for the chance to win prizes. Activities include,

"Examples of the game’s activities include using a pedometer to track your daily steps, replacing a junk-food snack with a nutritious alternative or reading a self-improvement book. You also can explore your family’s roots either online at ancestry.com or at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, take a walk with a friend, and make only positive observations and comments for one full day. As well, the activities include trying a yoga or meditation class, keeping a journal of everything you eat and drink, replacing a sugary drink with water, and visiting the local YMCA on a free one-day pass."

 

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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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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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MEMPHIS LIBRARY FOUNDATION - TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS: TEEN MOBILE INFO HUB

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Cloud 901 is a new innovative technology lab geared to teens in the Memphis (TN) area which gives them access to 3D printers, art studios, video production labs, and more. A profile of the new lab was featured on the local television station in February (http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/28028855/memphis-invests-15m-into-teen-learning-lab).

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New York City Putting Libraries In Homeless Shelters To Make Sure That Homeless Children Have Access To Books

New York City Putting Libraries In Homeless Shelters To Make Sure That Homeless Children Have Access To Books | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
It’s a well established fact that reading is good for kids, but lots of kids don’t have consistent access to books outside of school. That’s why it’s fantastic that New York City will soon be adding thousands of books to homeless shelters to help benefit children and families. All kids deserve
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With twenty shelter libraries, NYC estimates it will benefit more than four thousand of the estimated twenty-five thousand children who sleep with their families every night in the city's homeless shelters.

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Putting children's libraries in NYC homeless shelters will help the approximately 25,000 children who sleep in NYC shelters every night and their families!

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Tara Jensen on Instagram: “Coolest coffee table at the burnaby public library, so much I-spy fun! #library #learning #preschool #momlife #kids”

Tara Jensen on Instagram: “Coolest coffee table at the burnaby public library, so much I-spy fun! #library #learning #preschool #momlife #kids” | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
“Coolest coffee table at the burnaby public library, so much I-spy fun! #library #learning #preschool #momlife #kids”
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When the community does come into your library, let's give them something fun to look at. Very imaginative and lo-fi version of an interactive table display. Great thinking Burnaby Public Library.

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'Lending library' lets aspiring Ontario musicians borrow instruments

'Lending library' lets aspiring Ontario musicians borrow instruments | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A unique library lets aspiring Ontario musicians foster a love of music by trying out instruments before committing to their hefty price tags.
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Kingston-area (Ontario) music lending library opens to honour the vision of the musician Joe Chithalen. 

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Smart Cities Council | Wireless canopy will turn Bristol into a living lab

Smart Cities Council | Wireless canopy will turn Bristol into a living lab | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Wireless canopy will turn Bristol into a living lab
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Bristol is Open is an open data project between the City of Bristol and the University of Bristol planning to cover the entire city "by a wireless umbrella designed to collect everything" on a Silver Spring Networks backbone. Community engagement could  be built through 3d night displays throughout the city and multivenue city-wide concerts.
This idea reminds me about a conversation I had a number of years ago with Felton Thomas Jr., CEO of the Cleveland Public Library for dquarium.com. He spoke about a dream of providing his community with a continuous wireless network linking various those networks provided by libraries, schools, community centres and businesses in order to allow digital inclusion.  Perhaps Bristol is Open will provide a viable model to connect all our citizens in the future.

-- originally spotted by Laura Coombes (@21CenturyLawyer) in Paradoxcity by @placebodelbo

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Public input sought on new central library

Public input sought on new central library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The public is being invited to have its say on Ottawa's long overdue new central library. Comments are welcome at an upcoming public forum, in an online discussion or on an "ideas board" at the lib...
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Ottawa Public Library uses idea board as a way to solicit comments from its community about proposed new Central Library. And a website dedicated to the initiative http://ottawacentrallibrary.ca/

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Students turn food trucks into mobile libraries

Students turn food trucks into mobile libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Three enterprising Arizona State University students capitalize on the food truck craze by devising a plan to convert old trucks into modern-day bookmobiles for low-income schools and communities lacking basic library resources. They hatched the idea as part of their Changemaking in Education course co-taught by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Teach For America.
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Excellent idea. 

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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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