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Make our libraries accessible, public and inspiring

Make our libraries accessible, public and inspiring | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
SmartPlanet's C.C. Sullivan looks at libraries across the country to assess the new scheme for the New York Public Library by Foster and Partner.
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Talks about how library plans have got it right in the past and discusses the new plans at New York Public Library.

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Use of space in the public library > inspiring!

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Ways libraries are becoming the co-social (think co-working with services) platform for their communities
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We Are Family/ Make:Place at Hillfields Library — Arnolfini

We Are Family/ Make:Place at Hillfields Library — Arnolfini | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Join Arnolfini and Architecture Centre at Hillfields Library for an afternoon of making and creativity.
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Near Hillfields Library, Bristol next Saturday? Drop in and join the community as ,

"[they] Create your own comics based on the neighbourhoods around you and build up 3D collages of how you imagine they will look in the future." 

All ages workshops will be lead by Arnolfini and Architecture Centre. 
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What About the People? Unlocking the Key to Socially Sustainable and Resilient Communities | TheCityFix

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As public libraries, we often ask our community to engage with us, come to our book clubs/storytimes/business events, or attend community events which we believe will benefit our objectives, our mission. When do we just show up and connect and become emotionally attached to our neighbourhoods?

One of the eight principles Baldwin and King talk about in building socially sustainable and resilient communities is "feeling connected and emotionally attached to neighborhood and community."  Having a community spirit is certainly something which I will be taking into my library as I strive to help create my community.
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MOOCs for refugees - work in progress

MOOCs for refugees - work in progress | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

One of the early promises of the MOOC movement was that they would provide access to high quality education to millions who would otherwise never be able to attend a traditional campus course. After a few years of MOOC development, many studies showed that this promise was not being fulfilled (see for example this study from Harvard University) and that the courses attracted mostly digitally literate graduates looking for professional development or exploring interesting new fields.

Via Alastair Creelman, Kent Wallén
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Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store to Feature Public Plaza and Waterfall Entrance

Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store to Feature Public Plaza and Waterfall Entrance | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Renderings have been revealed for the upcoming apple store in Milan’s Piazza Liberty, designed by Foster + Partners in their lates
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Brilliant proposed public square in Milan, with Apple Store attached. Hopefully it will not fall become another casualty in the private-owned public space debate (https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/04/pops-privately-owned-public-space-cities-direct-action). 
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Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste

Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Social enterprise Library of Things is providing locals of south London's West Norwood the opportunity to borrow items and equipment - including DIY and garden tools - rather than owning things they are likely to only use once or twice. Among the items on loan at the Library of Things are power tools, kitchenware,  camping gear, carpet…
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Review of "library of things" in London (UK)'s West Norwood neighbourhood. 
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Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause. They could be a group of people who support a particular nonprofit's
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Jeffersonian Dinners, sounds like another reason for public libraries to have kitchens. 
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The 8 most beautiful new libraries in the world

The 8 most beautiful new libraries in the world | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

On April 6, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) announced this year’s picks for the best new libraries in the world.

The facilities were honored for their multi-use and environmentally-friendly designs — not to mention their stunning appearance.

One caveat: While projects could be located anywhere in the world, only architects licensed in the US could enter the competition.

From Boston to Latvia, here are the winners of this year’s Library Building Awards.


Via Trudy Raymakers
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What one design element are clearly displayed in these photographs? Space, lots of space, where books are pushed into the periphery. 
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RPL ArtCart: Rochester's New Art Movement - ALSC Blog

RPL ArtCart: Rochester's New Art Movement - ALSC Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Following two wildly successful seasons with our BookBike outreach program, Rochester Public Library (MN) is delighted to launch our new ArtCart program! The ArtCart will travel alongside our BookBike this summer bringing amazing art activities, including: Watercolors Community murals Bubble prints Solar prints Shadow tracing Scratch art Frisbee art and more! The ArtCart is essentially a table on wheels with a storage box underneath. We will be able to carry all kinds of art supplies and giveaways all over town this summer. We can’t wait to tell you more about this exciting adventure – but first we have to spend some time out there arting it up with the community. For more information about our BookBike program, check out this post or this post. Tweet Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Pinterest
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Getting out of the Library...on a bike..with collections...and art! Good for you Rochester Public Library (MN)! Those smiling library workers say it all.
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Tweet from @LindaHall_org

RT @SusanJayne17: This is great- library archiving the signs and photos from #marchforscience! https://t.co/Zo7RyFLuaZ
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Librarians and Archivists are active again, seeking to preserve the present for future generations
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Protest Banner Lending Library with Aram Han Sifuentes and Cauleen Smith | Whitney Museum of American Art

Protest Banner Lending Library with Aram Han Sifuentes and Cauleen Smith | Whitney Museum of American Art | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore works, exhibitions, and events online. Located in New York City.
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Social Activism meets Community Makerspace held at an Art Museum. "The workshops have become a place where people come together in solidarity through making."  Only disappointment is that I will not be near NYC on Friday April 7.
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For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor

For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Libraries are frequently forced to deal with people's health problems. That's why some are adding medical professionals to their staff.

BY MATTIE QUINN | JANUARY 9, 2017

A Pima County Public Library nurse checks a patient's circulation in his fingers. (Flickr/Pima County Public Library)
 “I’m always surprised by how many health questions I get,” said Renee Pokorny, branch supervisor at the Philadelphia Free Library.

It's no surprise that she's surprised. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 73 percent of people who visit a public library in America go looking for answers about their health. 

“People tend to be more comfortable asking their librarians something rather than their doctor where they might feel rushed or intimidated,” said Pokorny.

Instead of making the people go to the doctor, though, public libraries in Philadelphia and a small number of other places are bringing health services directly to their patrons.

Last year, a branch of the Philadelphia Free Library was transformed into the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The building has not only a traditional library but also a pediatric and primary care clinic on the top floors.


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Latest MSO pop-up creates arts happening at Central Library

Latest MSO pop-up creates arts happening at Central Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Classical music performances aren't what they used to be. Gone are the staid, starched affairs many still (incorrectly) associate with symphony and ensemble concerts, replaced these days with events like the Symphony's pop-up concerts, the latest of which takes place this week.
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Milkwaukee Symphony Orchestra has "secret symphony" and popups; what a very creative idea for community engagement. These concerts have been performed in lumber yards, churches, bookshops and now on Thursday (January 12) at the Milwaukee Public Library,.
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Brand new, $32.4 million Elmhurst Community Library opens

Brand new, $32.4 million Elmhurst Community Library opens | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Elmhurst has its library back and hundreds of community members turned out for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and flag-raising Tuesday.
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Queen's (New York) Public Library reopened their renovated and expanded Elmhurst Community Branch. At nearly double the size of the original branch it replaces, the new library, 
"includes 13,000 square feet of outdoor space with two green roofs, a learning garden and features a sleek and modern glass cube reading room. A fireplace mantle from the original library was moved into the new children’s room and brickwork from its original facade surround the foyer..."
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Ride with Librarians in Fernie, BC

Ride with Librarians in Fernie, BC | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Join the staff of the Fernie Heritage Library for a ride with the Book Bike and a community potluck picnic at Rotary Park.
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Disappointed that I missed this Ride with Librarians and Picnic Lunch which happened two weeks ago in Fernie, British Columbia. Hope that they had a great turnout. ALA will be doing a workshop next Wednesday, June 21st the riding librarians from Oakland Public Library, Mana Tominaga and Emily Weak, who also do riding tours with cyclists. (http://ow.ly/qVS730cyRna). Sorry that I'm a little bicycle obsessed at the moment (with my Tweet about the Armenian mobile bike station) but the weather is getting nicer here. Get out and enjoy!
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Belonging, and libraries as empathy engines?

Belonging, and libraries as empathy engines? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The discussion was based around the question “What does it mean to belong in Australia ?”. Tim Costello was CEO of World Vision and writes about equity issues. Isabelle Li was born in China, but came to Australia voluntarily to resettle in 1999 after living for five years in Singapore. Abdi Aden was a Somalian refugee who came to Melbourne at 17 and now works as a youth worker.

The most library-relevant part of the talk was Isabelle Li describing her annoyance at being asked “but how could you understand what it was about?” when she revealed that she had read Dicken’s David Copperfield several times as a teen because she loved it so much; the presumption being that a 20th Century young woman in China would not have anything in common with a young lad in Victorian times. But, “of COURSE I could empathise with the characters. That’s the POINT of literature”.

It made me think of libraries, particularly public libraries, as “empathy peddlars”. By providing a wide range of literature, much of it people would not come across for themselves, do we provide more chance for people to put themselves in each others’ shoes? Do our programmes for such a wide cross section of the community give people exposure to ideas and people that they would otherwise avoid ? Does the common purpose of using wifi or a comfy workspace, and the fact that NO ONE IS FORCED TO BE THERE, mean that people get to understand that other people  with whom they think they have nothing in common, actually make similar choices to themselves?

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Harvard’s Cabot Science Library charges into the future

Harvard’s Cabot Science Library charges into the future | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Cabot Science Library is reopening as a dynamic student commons and high-tech space for study and research.
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“The environments in which our students study, collaborate, and socialize are an important part of the education we provide them,” Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is quoted as saying about the newly renovated Cabot Science Library. They have blended the traditional elements of an academic library (books and resources) with more modern features like dine-style study booths and a self-named "Discovery Bar". 
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We Must Understand It to Govern It: Building An Enlightened Citizenry

We Must Understand It to Govern It: Building An Enlightened Citizenry | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
An enlightened citizenry begins with citizens being educated to assess issues, form reasoned opinions, and navigate the political process.

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Community Vision | Library Design 2017

Community Vision | Library Design 2017 | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Montana’s Belgrade Community Library is perhaps best known to LJ readers as the 2015 Best Small Library in America. After receiving the award, Director Gale Bacon tells LJ, many in the community started asking what the library’s next step was. The 9,700 square foot building presented the six-person staff with “huge physical space challenges,” Bacon says—not only limiting the size of the collection and staff work space but having routinely to turn would-be attendees away from programs. So achieving this milestone seemed like the right time for reexamination.
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Unique partnership between Belgrade Community Library and Montana State University's Community Design Center (CDC) at the School of Architecture give library direction to move forward. How did they do it? They got the library as part of the school's curriculum. Architectural students learned a real life project and the library got a new design, win-win-win.
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Global Sharing Week

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Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.
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The Global Sharing Week (4-11 June) is a great community opportunity for libraries. Libraries in the Durham Region, east of Toronto, Canada, have a series of events called the How To In Ten Festivals (weekends in April and May) which capture the spirit of sharing (https://howtoin10.com/). 
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Toy libraries in public squares Argentina

The public space as ludic activity! The toy library has the aim of fostering the ludic practice and the creative use of free time, enabling the public spac
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Love this ideas! What a fun conference the International Toy Library Association must be,  meeting this month (May 10 through 13) in Amsterdam. And on top of all the inspiration and joy, they have taught me a new word, "ludic". 
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6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library - Campus Technology - Librarian Chat

6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library - Campus Technology - Librarian Chat | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Campus Technology6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your LibraryCampus TechnologyAlready, said Emily Lynema, the associate head of IT and director of academic technology for the libraries, the organization has begun pondering the “refresh” of Hunt. The innovations probably won’t be so “blue sky,” she suggested. This time around the … …read more Read more here:: …
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Innovation appears like a journey rather than an end, especially when it comes to our libraries and other public spaces. With that being said, looks like the "Library of the Future" The James B Hunt Jr Library at NCSU is looking a littlle long in the tooth, at four years old. Emily Lynema, the associate head of IT and director of academic technology for the libraries is talking about a "refresh" and using some very welcoming language,

"The innovations probably won't be so "blue sky," she suggested. This time around the focus will be on what the faculty and students "are actually doing" and what Hunt can do "to support those needs."

Wish them well. And hope that others learn a lesson from what Hunt has learnt in four years and be responsive.
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Designing a Transformation Civic Engagement Series on Homelessness

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries would like to invite you to partner with us. We are seeking stakeholders, advocates, social service agencies and activist
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From Youtube, Santa Cruz Public Library says about this initiative, 

"[...] We'd like to foster broader community understanding, compassion and will toward pursuing solutions of all sorts, county-wide. Let's create a recurring open space for dialog and brainstorming. Let's create some new pathways and traction and action on an issue that has stymied our community for so long."
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Fix It at the Library with DIY Repair Programs | TechSoup for Libraries

Fix It at the Library with DIY Repair Programs | TechSoup for Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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The photograph above speaks more about the benefits of repair rooms on libraries and its community than I could. It is encouraging to hear more and more permanent repair rooms are appearing in public libraries over the last few years, and support at the state level; and equally disappointing to hear companies such as Apple fighting that law in Nebraska (https://www.macrumors.com/2017/02/14/apple-fight-right-to-repair/)
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Tweet from @historyinmoment

RT @historyinmoment: A walking library https://t.co/3WXoz3y7TV
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Taking your collection (and expertise) into the community
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How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community

How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The people of Geelong are connecting with their industrial past as the city undergoes a community-led creative transformation.
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Profiles Deakin University's (Australia) Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (#Hc2CH) . Seeing an excess surplus of properties in its neglected industrial past, a series of short films have increased community awareness allowing successful crowdfunding. 
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