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Our new report takes a close look not only at how Americans are using public libraries, but also what sort of services and programming they think libraries should offer — and what they say they would use in the future.
Some nice statistics (and we all love statistics) to help ground librarians when they are looking at where they should be focusing their energies to become more responsive to their communities. Again, not every community is the same nor will each community rank these choices in the same way but these numbers from Pew do give us a place to start that conversation with our clients and especially our non-clients.
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This episode of Library Technology Buzz is an interview tiwht Lauren DeNisco about Fairfield Public Library's "Skype-a-Docent: Museum Tours" program
This program allows seniors at two nursing homes and an independent living facility to have access to museum collections without having to leave their homes or the local library. Using Skype as the communication vehicle it allows seniors to ask questions and explore their local cultural institutions. What a great model to be expanded to other cultural institutions and other library systems.
Who knew that libraries were such a hub of creative activity? Just two months after we put out our call for proposals for the 2014 Outside the Box – a partnership between library service non-profit OCLC and Redbox – the results are in!
Followup to the 2014 Outside the Box partnership with Projects for Public Spaces and OCLC, is the announcement of the successful communities: Athens, AL; San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA; Winter Garden, FL; Boise, ID; Hopkins Park, IL; Bedford, IN; Rockport, IN; Olive Hill, KY; Sandy Hook, KY; Livingston, LA; Shrewsbury, MA; Shutesbury, MA; Springfield, MA; Pontiac, MI; Westland, MI; Washington, NC; Elmira, NY; Wallkill, NY; Sevierville, TN; Pottsboro, TX; Spokane, WA; and Gillett, WI.
Slides for Rhode Island Library Association and New Jersey Library Association.
Presentation by Nate Hill, Assistant Director at the Chattanooga Public Library, which had the best quote about the Social Library (which I believe Chattanooga and a number of other systems embody) "This isn't about designing new services for those who already value the library. This is about designing new services and creating value for new users."
Caption for the photograph above says it so well "Sharing their fixer wisdom with the community, two gentlemen work on a lamp fixture at a Repair Cafe. Photo credit: Repair Cafe."
Great guide from Shareable about adding a Repair Cafe to your community outreach. "If you can't fix it, you don't own it" as the old Fixit Repair Manifesto said.
Free Library of Philadelphia continues with it's innovative ways to engage with its community by offering a teaching kitchen at its Parkway Central Library. "Every bite of food we eat has a story."
Social media is the ultimate seamless library service, not just a promotional tool The public are increasingly using social media to find the answers to questions rather than going on to a w...
Great insight and recommendations (yes, it is beginning to sound like an echo chamber but with more voices now) about using Social Media as a service and not just promotions. Listening and talking with your clients, whether they are standing in front of you or are across town on Twitter is the best way to engage and add value with your community.
For 101 years, Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has galvanized its ever-growing city. From its beginnings above a meat and liquor store in 1913 to its current configuration as a massive, team-driven enterprise, EPL has served as a pioneering gathering place, connecting people and expanding minds. In the process, it changed the parameters of what it means to be a public library and transformed itself. Having the spirit and creativity to do that meant taking risks, innovating, and embracing change. It made EPL a model for all public libraries and the winner of the 2014 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.
Reading about interesting library programs and services always inspires me. The ones I like best challenge my understanding of what libraries are and what they can do. So this month, I want to highlight a number of library offerings that have caught my attention.
Very nice summary of library inspiration from across the United States, many of which will be familar to readers of this blog/scoop.it. Aaron Schmidt's closing statement needs to be a reminder to everyone who believes "one-size-fits-all": "Are these ideas worth copying? I think so, but remember: no library program or service should be duplicated just because another library is doing it. Above all, new ideas are worth pursuing only if they'll solve the right problems for your community."
Williamson County staff-written children’s book wins national library award
Followup up to a post (http://sco.lt/6pKpjV) from last December, Williamson County (TN) Public Library's first staff-written book has received a Best of Show public relations award from the ALA.
In his new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, photographer Robert Dawson captures how the lending institution impacts communities.
Profile of six community libraries, from Robert Dawson's The Public Library: a photograhic essay.
"As part of its continuing efforts to reach out and serve community needs, the West Chicago Public Library District (WCPLD) has created a unique service opportunity that literally brings outreach IN."
Profiles West Chicago Public Library Districts participation in the Summer Food Services Program which served over 2800 free lunches to children weekdays over a 10-week period last summer. These programs serve a vital need in their communities when schools stop their food programs for the summer.
The library's new My Librarian program lets patrons pick from a list of 13 real-life librarians, then connect with them online to get personalized book advice with a human touch.
Love this idea of personalizing and give a well-heeled library program like book recommendations a new look. We have always asked our clients what they want in a good read, while here clients can engage in a conversation with librarians with similar interests in a virtual online environment. Great quotes from the post:
* "People like to know the name of their barista. They like to know the person that takes their dry cleaning has kids in their school,"[Library Director Vailey] Oehlke said. "What we're trying to do is take that virtual experience and make it much more personal."
*and, "Amazon is pretty transactional experience," [Oehkle] said. "It's not a conversation, it's not a relationship that develops with a back-and-forth personal connection."
Love to see this in more libraries.
Chattanooga Public Library does it again with bridging technology and communities with its new projects. Like Library As Incubator Project, I will also be eargerly waiting to see what these projects (Hyperaudio Hyperlocal, Adagio, and Viditor) produce.
Arts Council England: Library-Hack-Makerspace Network Download the Common Libraries - Library-Hack-Makerspace Project Report There is a growing trend internationally toward the co-location and affiliation of libraries with hacker and maker spaces – for example, in the United States, where Chattanooga Public Library has spear-headed calls for libraries to adapt to reflect our increasingly ‘read/write’ world, and […]
Commons Futures, with Carnegie UK Trust, The Creative Coop and Colchester School of Arts, releases business plan for library-makerspace model. Love their term for this approach, ‘borrow/barter/buy/bespoke’ . Spotted by Gloria Davies-Coates (@gl0ria)
Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.
Great tool available from PEW Internet for libraries to measure community engagement. Whether you want to embed the survey, or sending it out as an email (Canadian libraries: hope you've settle your anti-spam procedure -- yesterday was the deadliine) if you register PEW will issue you a report specific for your community.
The quote Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community is from R David Lankes a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. If you don’t already subscribe his blog, Virtual Dave, covers many thought-provoking topics. His latest post and clip Innovation in the Country is a timely reminder to consider the needs and aspirations of your community as we grapple with what constitutes ‘maker spaces’.
The New York and Chicago public libraries are both planning to experiment with new ways to bridge the digital divide.
Followup to a post from March (http://dmirams.com/post/80483727751/chicago-public-library-increases-broadband-access) about Knight Foundation awarding both NYPL and Chicago Public Library for their lending out WiFi hotspot devices to households with limited access. What is new, is the mention that NYPL has partnered with the State Library systems of Kansas and Maine to bring their project to less urban regions as well.
Public libraries are busier and more popular with patrons than ever. Today’s library is a place for social interaction as well as quiet reading. It is a community cultural center, not simply a repository for books. It is a welcoming building with a design focus on transparency, not a series of isolated spaces. These changing operations directly affect the layout and organization of library buildings. So, libraries today must be designed to accommodate more simplified administrative operations and new staff functions.
Current and emerging trends in library design.
"Local governments can build on the backbone of the great sharing service they already provide – libraries – by expanding them to related uses such as tool libraries."
The quote above is from a 2012 report from the City of San Francisco planning nonprofit SPUR called "A Policy Agenda for the Sharing Economy." TechSoup for Libraries encourages public librarians to engage and learn from the Sharing Economy advocates; libraries are already participating in sharing, and the main difference between "library sharing" and the new "sharing economy" is that the latter is all about profit.
Roving librarians with hotspot backpacks hosting mini-workshops & creating reference desks wherever and whenever. #futureoflibraries
From Twitter, a great idea shared by Roberto Greco (@rogre). The hotspot backpack could be the one featured in FastCompany (http://www.fastcoexist.com/3027216/this-mobile-network-in-a-backpack-lets-you-make-a-call-in-a-disaster) shown in the added photo. Originally designed by Vodaphone for disaster relief, it could certainly be utilized for more everyday applications and added to a pedal bike instead.
A Poetry Vending Machine! Only 1 of many reasons to love @gvpl For my $1.50 I got an Emily Dickinson poem #CLAVic14 pic.twitter.com/h5N7oFOxJk
GVPL is the Greater Victoria Public Library, which is the "host library" for this year's Canadian Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference.
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public misunderstanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.
James Mitchell is right when he writes "The library I have been talking about does not exist, but I think it will eventually." And, we have started to see glimpses of that model "beyond makerspace" through the public and academic libraries I've tried to highlight here in this Scoop.It and blog. His optimism is infectious -- and shared -- ("When you start to look beyond the normal parameters we place around information and consider how it is actually used throughout our communities, the possibilities are enormous.") "I can't wait."
Accelerate Okanagan is planning to build a technology hub in downtown Kelowna, on a vacant, City owned lot at Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street next door to the library.
10 000 sq ft "technology" innovation hub planned for downtown Kelowna vacant lot adjacent to library.
University of Michigan's undergraduate library adds a "napping station" Michigan Radio For those students studying in the University of Michigan's Shapiro Undergraduate Library, relief is not far away.
Adding this idea and tagging it "wait and see".
Another feature about Librarian's Without Borders' excellent The Ideas Box project, so beautifully named here as "Joy in a box"