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Innovative library services “in the wild”

Innovative library services “in the wild” | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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.
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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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Robin Illsley's comment, January 31, 2013 9:40 AM
Also includes lots of great program ideas with links.

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Renderings show $21 million library near Wilmington

Renderings show $21 million library near Wilmington | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
County officials plan to break ground on the new Route 9 library at the intersection of Del. 9 and Hillview Avenue near Wilmington on Sept. 22.
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New library planned for Wilmington DE to include LEGO Room, sensory room and maker lab. 

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The NYPL's Outdoor Reading Rooms Return For Summer

The NYPL's Outdoor Reading Rooms Return For Summer | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The NYPL is bringing back their outdoor reading room, and this year it's based on the iconic 1970 Slim Aarons photograph Poolside Gossip.
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Great idea to bring the library back out and the community back in.

-- spotted by live-brary (on their Facebook Page)

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Living Staircase combines a garden, meeting spaces and a tea bar

Living Staircase combines a garden, meeting spaces and a tea bar | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A new workspace in the UK has a staircase that does more than just get people from one level to another. Ampersand's Living Staircase in London features rows of planting boxes above the handrails, spaces for relaxation or meetings, a tea bar and a library.
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Every once in a while, I include innovative design concepts from other industries which I believe could be successfully incorporated into libraries to make them more social. The Living Staircase designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio and Arup for Ampersand UK London office is one of those design concepts which delights me. 

As described by the designer, "If a staircase is essentially about going from A to B, there is now a whole world living and breathing in the space between the two"; this space includes creative space, meeting space, a small library collection and tea house all joined by a living garden above the hand rail. 

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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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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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A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town

A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
At SHARE: a Library of Things, you can borrow anything you like, including instruments, sporting goods, and household items.
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Located in Frome, England, the SHARE library is a great model.

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Designing Libraries - Public library with indoor garden

Designing Libraries - Public library with indoor garden | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
An innovative public library with indoor garden has opened in historic Schiedam, The Netherlands, and will be open seven days a week.
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Bringing the outside in. This post includes architectural floorplans to this library

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How Libraries Are Creating Community Connections by Serving Summer Meals | PublicCEO

How Libraries Are Creating Community Connections by Serving Summer Meals | PublicCEO | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Patrice Chamberlain, director of the California Summer Meal Coalition.  Summer is right around the corner, yet in many low-income communities, this time of year can leave children with limited access to learning opportunities, few safe places to gather and without access to the free or reduced-price meals they received ...
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Post highlights work across the United States where public libraries have participated in summer lunch programs.

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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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