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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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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 9, 2012 4:37 PM

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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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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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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Nancy Schott-Mensh's curator insight, April 9, 12:58 PM

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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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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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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