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A library card gives you the opportunity to check out seeds, harvest crops and return new seeds. (Libraries continue to repurpose themselves.
Another seed lending library is featured. Especially love the quote from a parent,
"[Stephanie] Syson says the library has always been a place for her daughter to learn. The seeds just add another lesson.
"For her to see a little pot of dirt and to plant a seed into it, and then 30 days later being able to eat something from it is really exciting for her," she says. "She really enjoys seeing that whole process."
A process that now includes a trip to the local library."
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Visitors to San Francisco are often shocked by the number of people living on the streets. Some of those homeless are among the 5,000 people who each day use the city's Main Library. A few years ago, the San Francisco Public Library became the first in the nation to hire a full-time social worker to help them.
Profile of Leah Esguerra, San Francisco Public Library's resident psychiatric social worker. The first full-time social worker hired by a public library, Esguerra walks around assisting the many homeless clients which use the library's space.
Families from Heywood and Middleton are now able to have their births fully registered within the council’s boundary at...
New program allows babies born at North Manchester General Hospital (UK) now have their births registered at their local library, where newborns will be given library cards and show what early literacy programs and supports are available.
What a great idea from Arlington (VA) Public Library, aimed at Millennials with such ideas a Commuter Book Club, Books on Tap Book Club at a Beer Garden, Shut Up and Write aspiring author meetups and more. As they describe it "We know you love books and reading, and going out. So add some Literary Style to your social life, and get Lit Up."
-- spotted by Nico Piro (@NicoEatsBooks) at Computers In Libraries (Tweet: Here is the page behind @alexzealand next big thing: http://library.arlingtonva.us/lit-up/ @ArlingtonVALib's push for metro renter programs #cildc)
My head is still spinning from Panos Mourdoukoutas’ post at Forbes last week suggesting that there should be a Starbucks in every local library. Granted it appeared in Forbes and they slant corporate but it might just be the most … Continue reading → The post The Future For Public Libraries: S
In response to Forbes columnist advocating for libraries to include Starbucks in their public buildings, Michael Lieberman profiles South Korean libraries which have expanded their facilities as examples for North American libraries to follow.
I am a librarian at a small public library in rural Florida. While there is a lot to love about my community, many of my patrons face the ills of rural poverty: outdated infrastructure, inadequate ...
Natalie Binder, a rural librarian in Florida notes a trend "In the last few years, several students in my community have earned their university or graduate degrees entirely at the public library."
Working through her idea, she highlights for those who will have the economic and social benefits of the library as community college model:
* the community, which will not need to invest in new infrastructures,
* parents and children who can work in the same space and break the cycle of poverty,
* students, who can choose when, where, and with whom they can study
* private and online colleges
*state and federal governments who can stretch their library funding further
She also notes some positive reasons why the library and more specifically university educated librarians are the best environment,
"But access to an educator with a master’s degree is one of the things first-time college students need the most, and it’s one of the reasons this revolution was (and is) possible. It’s not just that libraries provide reliable, affordable access to the Internet. And it’s not even that librarians are highly trained in academic research, information science and information technology. The simple fact that librarians have successfully completed college and graduate school is an invaluable resource to students.”
She concludes her post with some ways which public libraries can encourage and promote this trend, including:
Do you like Wikipedia? Are you a fan of obscenely wealthy educational institutions with unspeakable power? Then you'll love the job listing that just went up at Harvard. They're hiring a Wikipedian-in-Residence. It pays by the hour.
Harvard's Wikipedian-in-Residences job goes beyond an Editathon (usually an organized event where people come together to "edit" Wikipedia articles about their communities -- if you haven't done one yet, please consider it) as it goes to hire an Wikipedia expert to release more of the university's content into the public domain, and hopefully will bring up the prestigue of the online site in the eyes of academia. Unfortunately, this job, like those which have come before at the Smithsonian, British Library and Palace of Versailles, are only temporary, but it does show a positive direction in what the Guardian CEO Andrew Miller said, when speaking about Facebook and Google, but can equally apply here to Wikipedia,
""Not to be working with them and part of them and part of their ecology cuts off the readership to us and therefore for the way readers consume from those platforms we have to make sure we develop a business model that fits those platform needs."
© John Mills Architects: Complete Urban + lahznimmo architects Location: Helensvale QLD, Australia Area: 4,895 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: John Mills,
We have come a long way, when a library and community centre when the required components for a successful community space include:
* recording studio
* dance hall
* 3D printer
* slide in the Children's Area, and
* be a "business and creative incubator"
as well as auditorium, meeting spaces and "Neighbourhood Room", an outdoor space.
"This is what's happening at a lot of libraries, the creation of an open, physical environment," said Joe Murphy, a librarian and library futures consultant based in Reno, Nev. " The idea of being inviting isn't just to boost attendance but to maximize people's creativity."
Review of the changing services (Chicago Public Library's Maker Lab with its 3D printer, laser cutters and milling machines; Lopez Island WA with its lending of musical instruments -- not mention here, but the first library I hear about doing this was Anna Arbor MI (http://dquarium.com/post/46910027852/bibliotech-show-23-for-monday-august-27-2012); Northern Onondaga Public Library NY with its library-farm plots for a community garden) and new design aesthetic.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Libraries & Librarians as Major Players in Tech at SXSWi Library Technology Leaders Travel to SXSWi to Showcase Trends hosted by Innovative AUSTIN (February 5, 2014) – Representatives from the library industry’s leading organizations and associations are…Read more ›
Libraries and Librarian efforts at SXSWi highlighted in the areas of:
* startup and entrepreneurial support ("Librarians are easily the most underutlized resource a startup has" John Chrastka, EveryLibrary)
* technology industry showrooms and supporters ("It's our way of showing our support for the library industry in pursuiting of educating the tech world of what an important role librarians play," Joe Murphy, Library Futures).
* libraries as the original co-working spaces and now maker spaces (What's truly unique about The Studio at Anythink is its Artist in Residence program," Stacie Ledden, Anythink)
* for open data and civic hacking ("If libraries are supposed to provide open access to information, then any kind of public data would fall within that realm," Rebecca Stavick, Omaha Public Library and co-founder of Open Nebraska).
via Mylee Joseph
"Bands and painters will soon be able to get their artistic groove on above the stacks at libraries in Williamsburg and Red Hook.
Spaceworks, an organization tasked with using taxpayer money to create art spaces around the city, plans to build practice and studio spaces in the Williamsburg and Red Hook branches of the Brooklyn Public Library. Taking over the public space for private use is the perfect way to provide much-needed cheap digs to creative types, an organizer said.
“We were created to address the issue of affordability for artists,” said Spaceworks executive director Paul Parkhill. “We are looking to do projects that are 15 or 20 years at least to make sure they are stabilizing forces in the community.”
The use of library spaces - future of libraries!
The Gigabit Libraries Network has expanded its TV White Space Broadband (TVWS) efforts to international libraries. CivSource previously reported on a project to
Gigabit Libraries Network which began as a local wireless initiative by Kansas Public Library has now announced it will expand into Philippines, Finland and Malaysia over the next few months.
The Iron is HOT: Libraries as Innovative & Creative Community Catalysts
If you have time today (Tuesday February 11th) I would recommend you listen/participate in this excellent webinar from WebJunction. Slides are currently available, and archive (if you can't make it) will be available shortly.
Also read more about the presenter, Mary Lou Carolan's efforts to get her library back into the community here http://www.pps.org/blog/citizen-placemaker-mary-lou-carolan-brings-the-library-out-onto-the-lawn/
Just catching up on what happened at the ALA Midwinter Meeting; sessions I'm sorry to have missed are the ones described here by Paul Signorelli in the American Libraries Magazine. "We don't have to be perfect. We just need to show up," should be a message we say often in our public libraries; and "show up" means not to the library but into the communities that we serve, again from this post, "requires that we go out into the communities we serve rather than waiting for them to come to us if we want to engage in dynamic, effective, and transformative partnerships and collaborations."
Coming to a Library Makerspace near you: Instructable Build Nights. Great partnership potential from one of the best community-driven websites, Instructables.
We believe what starts at the library can transform an entire community! Following oursuccessful pilot program, we are thrilled to announce another year of Outside the Box – a partnership between library service non-profit OCLC and Redbox – to provide free, fun entertainment events in local communities across the United States centered around public libraries and their public spaces. This year, up to 20 communities will be selected for Outside the Box, with the local library driving community brainstorming and planning sessions and hosting events.
DOKLAB blog about multitouch technology and applications.
This report from Doklab (Netherlands) looks at the introduction and implementation of multitouch tables in libraries and speaks to a large issue around technology adoption, especially emerging technology in public libraries. In their first paragraph there is the very telling sentence, "During our Extreme Library Makeovers we noticed that multitouch tables were not always being used, and were switched off." The report then goes on to discuss why these tables are underutilized through use of applications ("We have noticed that it works much better to show one application on the table at a time. [...] This makes it a lot clearer to the visitors what they can do with multitouch technology") to the more telling reason, staff indifference ( "It is even more important to involve staff in the use of the application: they are the representatives fo the service. [...] No wonder sometimes the tables are switched off."). As we all start to redefine our roles and advocate for libraries to be technoloy showrooms and advocates to their communities (see the promotional campaigns done at SXSW), lessons learnt here with multitouch tables are ones we can all heed.
-- spotted by Mylee Joseph (@myleejoseph)
"[...] Instead, I chanced upon an exhibitor whose mission is precisely to engage the Cape Town design community and public at large in a meaningful way. I recognized Daniel Charny immediately—I posted a video of his talk from Design Indaba 2013 just a few days prior—and he proudly gave me a tour of the Maker Library at Guild. [...]
The Maker Library, is this the true future of makerspaces, especially makerspaces which find themselves in public libraries? Described in this post by Ray,
"it's a variation on a makerspace, a community hub that serves as a library-like resource for designers even as it transcends the scope of a mere repository of information."
Here the Maker Library, is more than workshop, more than studio and more than gallery, all run by 'Librarian in Residence' "not only a knowledgeable administrator but a well-connected member of the local design community." What a truly inspiring model taking library-based makerspaces from mere tool libraries (and isn't this what we have always been, loaning out books to clients for self-use) towards their full potential as community "incubator" spaces.
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This advocacy tool is made available from the Cecil County Public Library and offered under a Creative Commons license for other libraries to use. And from the looks of it we are doing some things right.
--spotted by Future of Museums (@futureofmuseums)
"As libraries continue to reinvent themselves in the digital age, they have become spaces tat are more about creation than collections, " said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Philadelphia program director for Knight Foundation. "We're excited by the Free Library's efforts to strengthen their branches as true centers of community engagement, and look forward to the role they will play in bringing the arts into people's everyday lives."
What a great idea for local artists to collaborate with the Philadelphia Free Library system and its design team to "redefine these branches to better meet local needs." Each of the selected artists will receive an honorarium of $7500 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It is hoped that the artists selected will be from the neighbourhoods where their works will reside but do need to be from Philadelphia.
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Great article about the new tool libraries planned for Toronto. The first Toronto Tool Library is located in Parkdale and is the first project by Institute for a Resource Based Economy.
via Toronto Is Awesome
Une veille sur les bibliothèques, d'autres idées à comparer.
Helsinki city council has decided that the new library planned for the capital will include a sauna after all. The plan to build a sauna in the new library hit a snag last week when the city’s library director suggested it might be left out—but now the library sauna has been saved by politicians on the city’s culture committee.
If there are any Finns in your life you will understand why this is a BIG DEAL.
Review of the Masiphumelele Library in South Africa which the author says,
"This is a library that works with its community to fill a need — providing a space for children to learn, play, and grow outside of school. It also gives adults access to technology and offers courses to build their skills, giving them tools to alleviate chronic unemployment."
108 eighth grade students are designing and building their own library, and you can own a piece of it. (If we raise $75k for our X-Space school library project, the Quest Foundation will contribute another $30k!
Yes and YES. This idea is the answer to many questions that I've been asked lately.
"The design of the school was based on what actually happens when we learn, a difference from traditionally built school buildings. " From Wired UK Magazine
Good insight for how space (even library physical space) can encourage collaboration and learning.
Mason Wilde has always had a passion for figuring out how things work. But what the 16-year-old Louisburg High School junior made about two months ago changed the life of a family friend’s 9-year-old son who was born without fingers on one hand. Using a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library, Wilde made a prosthetic hand that opens and closes and can even hold a pencil. “He’s awesome,” said Matthew, thrusting his mechanical hand high above his head.
Spotted by LibrariesBuildCommunity (http://librariesbuildcommunity.tumblr.com)