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Luis Gallardo Architects: PRODUCTORA Location: Mexico City, México Design Team: Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles Collaborators:
This mobile "library" project is delivering more than books to its community,
"The free plan becomes a flexible, transparent platform that relates directly with the urban and social context. The lorry is a forum that can be used as a venue for an endless number of activities: book presentations, film clubs, poetry readings, workshops, as well as the opportunity to consult its bibliographic holdings."
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The new library of the Dutch city of Almere has become a model for libraries inspired by the retail business and based on the observation of users’ behaviors. It’s an appealing concept that has als...
Again, new innovative library space ideas coming out of the Netherlands, this time with the 2013 Metlib Conference highlighting the so-called retail concept at Almere. With each area of the branch called stores, books face out all meant to reinforce browseability and discoverability based on research that "80% of [the library] customers do not visit the library with a specific idea of what they want to lend and make their choice by browsing the collection,” Next year's conference will be held in NZ. Book your tickets today.
Sue Considine among a dozen "Champions of Change" from museums and libraries to be honored at White House.
Identified by the White House as a Champion of Change, Fayetteville Public Library's Sue Considine has been invited for her leadership and "ability to relentlessy innovate". I hope to have the opportunity to hear her speak at Creative Making in Libraries and Museums, being held mid-July in Toronto by the University of Toronto iSchool in partnership with Dysart & Jones Associates.
The Howard County Library System is holding an expo to showcase the work of students in the HiTech program.
Howard County Library System (MA) held an expo on Saturday June 8th, featuring the work of local area middle- and high-school students who had participated in the co-sponsored HiTech program. And what did these students do this year in the program funded by the MacArthur Foundation, IMLS, and the Library? They build an interactive game called "Escape from Detention."
Rice + Lipka Architects designed a floor specifically tailored for teenagers at the New York Public Library's Hamilton Grange branch in northern Harlem. The airy, open, colorful space, renovated...
Profile of New York Public Library's Hamilton Grange branch in northern Harlem. Awarded for "being compelling, successful, well designed and well thought out", includes stadium bleachers, bright attractive furnishings, and a sound damping system that lets teens rock out behind glass walls without distrubing everyone around them.
Library launches most delicious book club ever Lawrence Journal World Annie McCabe, right, fills a plate from a smorgasbord of Mexican dishes during a Cookbook Club meeting at the Lawrence Public Library, as Noelle Nelson follows.
Lawrence Public Library KS combines two library ideas together for a winning combination, food and community with its cookbook club.
Brookfield Public Library offers quiet zone for high school students Suburban Life Publications For the second straight year, the Brookfield Public Library converted one of its conference rooms into a quiet study space for local students preparing...
This is an excellent idea for public libraries to consider, especially as a way of getting your teen and young adult clients to come back into your libraries to use the space even though they may never use your collections.
From Helene Blowers,
"Literally hundreds of free access ipads available and attached to every visible area of counter space. The traditional rows of seating near the gates were replaced by workspace counters and ipads that provide free internet, the ability to order have food ordered to your station (credit cards swipes were also at every seat), purchase merchandise from concourse stores and keep up to date on your latest flight information. When you first touched the screen you were prompted for your flight info and altering throughout your browsing session of the status of your flight and time to boarding."
One day she will learn to read but right now she's too busy being a normal kid.
Great story about young children discovering their library, and the community that lives there.
We love hearing live music in libraries and this series of upcoming gigs sounds great.
Love the sense of fun associated with this program.
Have you stopped by McD's yet to support #McHappy Day? Donna is there to welcome you!
Love this photo. CEO Donna Bright of the Ajax Public Library (My hometown library) appearing at the local McD's McHappy Day event.
Just as Dr. Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk, we want our library community members to make their own personal transformations through books, programs, and awesome new equipment,” Tom Mukite, a trustee of the ...
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This sounds like a great opportunity for librarians (and museums) in the GTA. Great line up of speakers, including Jason Griffey (LibraryBox), Nate Hill (4th Floor Chattanooga), and Susan Considine (Fayetteville FabLab).
In an article from the Treasure Coast community, St Lucie County FL announcements to addition of a fourth location for its monthly Father and Child Connection program. These programs are a partnership between the county and Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County. Held in the evenings (6pm) it allows "fathers to have a positive impact upon their families by being involved in their child's life."
'Home' is a new residence in Amsterdam that houses 69 international students of the city's music academy. The building's owner wanted the surrounding neighborhood to benefit from all the musical talent inside.
Libraries with makerspaces, especially those that emphasis audio/video creation, could use a similar technique to share with their communities when something happens within their walls. Imagine a community being notified, like the red light on a camera, that something new has happened.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, today presented awards to libraries in the District of Columbia and Florida for outstanding service to blind and disabled readers.
Congratulations to both the DCPL and Brevard County Talking Books Library for their "outstanding service to blind and disabled readers". As I move into a week where I will be seeing the demonstration of the Eyewriter, a machine built for a paralyzed artist draw again using only the movement of his eyes at North by North East Interactive (http://nxne.com/presentations#50179) and another round of accessibility audits at my system, it is great to see two systems which are doing so much to make all their services accessible for everyone.
America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map.[...]In fact, libraries serve 96.4% of the U.S. population, a reach any fast-food franchise can only dream of."
Statistican Justin Grimes of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington produced two Google Maps showing the 9 thousand public libraries and 3500 museums in the United States. The maps were produced as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.
He’s spoken at length about the role YOUmedia played in his music’s development:
“It was a really ill thing because it was smack in the center of downtown, so anybody from any school could come there because every train comes to the loop [downtown]. I met damn near all the producers on #10Day through this library. It was the spot.” (http://www.complex.com/music/2013/03/who-is-chance-the-rapper/open-mic-nights-at-youmedia)
Aaron Schmidts' (www.walkingpaper.org) comments,
"Consider this a complement to the “I graduated from the library” Bradbury quote we like to trot out. Clearly, a lot of creative output is the result of some sort of library use. But in most cases libraries have been neutral in that they don’t care if they’re for enjoyment, learning, inspiration, etc… or any combination. So what makes this example so great is that YOUmedia isn’t neutral in this way; it has the goal of helping kids create content. This example illustrates that creation focused libraries can have a significant impact."
This Californian library is making available electric car charging stations in its parking lot, and also supporting these efforts with programs and a tailgate party.
-- spotted in the blog Go Green @ Your Library (http://greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/electric-vehicle-charging-stations-at-libraries/)
Pickering Public Library (full disclosure my library) held a community learning/sharing event at the same time as our city's art festival, ArtFest. Called "How To in 10 Minutes Festival" the community was challenged to visit twenty-five "experts" and learn something in 10 minutes.
Inspired by Louisville (KY) Free Library, (http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/10302012/barbecue-flamenco-dancing-learning-gets-interactive-louisville), it was great fun. And, you might see this author learning how to hula hop.
Profile of the innovative and community focus work done at Chattanooga Public Library's 4th Floor and Harvard's temporary storefront Labrary.
Brooklyn Collection of the Brooklyn Public Library creates oral history around Hurricane Sandy ...
Brookyln Public Library is responding to a need in their community, the need to make sense of the natural disaster that was Hurricane Sandy.
"“Different people had different impressions of it,” [outreach librarian June] Koffi said. “That will be important, just to see that depending on where you lived, it was such a different experience.”
“People are still trying to rebuild their lives,” she said. “Some have gotten things back to normal and others haven’t. People still have a lot to say about what’s happened.”
ASU creating space in Phoenix-area libraries for entrepreneurs to learn, grow Phoenix Business Journal ... this is a new way to create a new generation of entrepreneurs.
Many Danish cities are currently redeveloping their libraries or building new ones. The library is no longer a house of books, but a framework for learning, for new as well as old knowledge – both...
The best quote from this article appears in the middle,
"The library can be seen as a public space. It is one of the few non-commercial spaces in the city and also one of the few places with silence zones and no ringing mobile phones (more might come…). Then there is the democratic dimension, the libraries are where a mix of ages, income groups, young and old share the same place. The potential seems to exist for the libraries to play an even more vital and active role as public spaces. This was the conclusion at the conference in Odense, where one of the key strategies of the city, is to select a new location for a central library that would help Odense to transform from industrial city to a city that has a broader profile and that is rooted in knowledge, culture and education."
These last few years have been challenging ones for both the New York and Brooklyn public libraries. Anemic funding and dwindling resources have collided not only with the need to repair many aging structures, but also to ...
Delays in construction and reduction in size are characteristics of New York and Brooklyn Public libraries partnerships to revitatize its libraries, writes Kim Velsey. Just as food stalls are not the way to go to revitalize English libraries, perhaps we should wait and see what public/private development mean before we start selling off libraries in North America.
“It inspires me to see what other people have done,” says Susan. “Some of these ladies have spent years doing their projects and this is the way for someone else to admire all that effort.”
“The Sewing Bee program is part of a larger effort by The Pickering Public Library to expand our community outreach opportunities to include more drop-in for adults,” says Clair Schillaci, outreach librarian.
DISCLAIMER: Pickering Public Library is my library system.