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The Fantastic Swedish Library Experiment

The Fantastic Swedish Library Experiment | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
When Sarah Odedina was in Sweden a few weeks ago, she had a chance to stop by an amazing children's library. She was inspired by the model, and thinks this project could have incredible application...
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 This exclusive creative space for children only (read "no adults allowed") offers reading, film-making, playing music, cooking in the kitchen, geeking out or just hanging out. Library staff are there to coach not guide the interactions.

-- spotted in Designing Libraries (http://designinglibraries.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=330)

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I just saw this from a totally different source yesterday. So in love with it!

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Tweet from @lindalouj

Tweet from @lindalouj | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
We need more stories about how libraries help communities come together not just stories about how fab libraries are #WLA14
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Tweet in response to Rich Harwood of the Harwood Institute's keynote to the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference, where he encouraged participants to "go out into their communities and help those communities write Can Do Narratives". This tweet was featured by Karen Jensen in her review of the conference.   (http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2014/11/sunday-reflections-how-libraries-can-help-communities-write-a-can-do-narrative-reflections-from-the-wisconsin-library-association-annual-conference/)

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Redefining What Discovery Means & Serendipity in the Stacks

Redefining What Discovery Means & Serendipity in the Stacks | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A recent Ithaka report by Roger Schonfeld asks “Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library?” My immediate thought was “did it ever?” quickly followed by “why do we assume it should?
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Favourite quote from this piece:

 

"If our tools and instruction are based on the notion that we should be like Google, or as close to it as we can be, we’re using the wrong definition of “discovery.”

 

And from a user's perspective, Serendipity in the stacks: a case against the bookless library by David Swartz (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2014/10/serendipity-in-the-stacks-a-case-against-bookless-libraries/) who writies, 

"I also object to bookless libraries because of the way we learn. Many times I’ve searched my library’s online catalog for a book only to realize later that the search was laughably insufficient. "

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Bleachers appear in Brazillian bookstore

Bleachers appear in Brazillian bookstore | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The open-plan interior of this São Paulo bookstore by Studio MK27 was designed to encourage shoppers to stay and read or to simply hang out with friends.
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We have seen this bleacher design before in libraries and it should continue to be encouraged for libraries to allow flexible community space; I  don't believe that it will be much of a community space because of this bookstores location. Helo Rigetto writes in a comment to the original post, 

"Indeed a beautiful project in my hometown, but unfortunately only a privileged group of people has access to this bookshop, as it sits within a luxury mall in one of poshest regions of the city."

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Tweet of the Day: from @projectartnyc

Tweet of the Day: from @projectartnyc | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
We are 100% behind the concept of #libraries as #artgalleries. @buffalolibrary just received a beautiful collection! http://ow.ly/D79tw
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Tweet from @pcadigan

Michael Stephens Community Collaboration Curiosity Connectivity #cosline14
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Wonderful quote from Michael Stephens delivered at COSLINE 2014, which would look great over the doorway of any Social Library. You can find his slides here https://t.co/v2XrX9wzYn

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What if libraries were more like coworking spaces?

What if libraries were more like coworking spaces? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Plus other Philadelphia entries to this year's library-themed Knight News Challenge.
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Profile of Knight Foundation submissions from the Philadelphia-area including the proposal to make libraries more coworking friendly from Indy Hall and P'unk Ave. 

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To build better libraries, start with the needs of people

To build better libraries, start with the needs of people | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Using the example of Stanford d.school library, Emi Kolawole makes the case that libraries need to reflect the community which it serves, not the latest award winning library on some glossy magazine. And what key ingredient do the creatives who use d.school need: silence.

This post is part of a series that I would encourage anyone interested in the "social library" to read "Knight News Challenge: Libraries" but remember to place the needs of your community first, and always share what you've learnt.  

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Why do people who love libraries love libraries? - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why do people who love libraries love libraries? - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Via Buffy J. Hamilton
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Good question from Brian Matthews to get your library towards being more "Social": 

"It is easy to develop assumptions about what a library is or what it should be, especially if you work in administration. But I encourage everyone to stop once in a while and ask people why they are the [sic] your building. Not just what they are doing, but why library space instead of anywhere else. The answers may surprise you."


-- originally spotted by Buffy J. Hamilton (@buffyjhamilton)

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New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Card

New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Card | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) on September 5 officially launched the “I Love My Library” prepaid Visa debit card, which doubles as a library card
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Seeing an opportunity to expand it's financial literacy programming, and provide a new revenue stream to the library Frederick County (Maryland) Public Libraries, in partnership with SirsiDynix, VISA and Card Limited to create an affinity card which doubles as a library card. FCPL also deepened its ties to local businesses through a Linkable Network feature to offer discounts to library clients using the card. 

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City Library turns out 50 pounds of honey

City Library turns out 50 pounds of honey | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Honey is harvested from hives kept on top of Salt Lake's City Library. The hives are maintained by the city's officially designated beekeeper.
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Another example of locally grown food with public library as four communal bee hives are setup ontop of Salt Lake City's downtown library. So successful has the project been that up to 100 pounds of honey have been collected each year, with the honey also being entered into the Utah State Fair in early September. 

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Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library

Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

JAJA shared their latest proposal, which was awarded third prize, for a new public library in Daegu, South Korea. 


Via Linda Green
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Nice to see a design which incorporates the surrounding environment. Hopefully JAJA will be given another opportunity to create a similar version of this proposed library again.

Favourite quote: "JAJA, typically noted for their form making abilities, have opted for a minimialistic formal language of the architecture, so that the streamlined library can capture the textures of the existing trees and the books within to create a cohesive experience that celebrates both."

-- spotted by Linda Green (The Library Scoop).

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Jack on Twitter: Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu

Jack on Twitter: Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu
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As in previous examples during ice storms and other major disasters, libraries continue to be a tried and tested community resource and refuge. Of all the Ferguson Public Library tweets circulating I especially think this one captures that spirit and the rallying call of the library back into its community to join it. 

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‘Express’ library branch to serve area in need

‘Express’ library branch to serve area in need | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Marion-Franklin neighborhood on the South Side has rough roads, few sidewalks and an industrial feel that is not friendly to bicycles or pedestrians.
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Columbus Metropolitan Library opens experimental "express" branch in old school for underserved neighbourhood.  And this is not the kiosk or just pick up your hold type branch but will have 4000 sq ft comprised of book collection, computers, homework-help center and 2 or 3 ful time staff with hours 2pm to 7pm Mondays through Thursdays, 2pm to 6pm Fridays and Saturdays. "We've been fighting for this library for years," said Robert Patterson, president of the local community association, "That's just right in the center for all the kids to get to. Our kids can walk to it."

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New Library Construction Reflects Larger Trends

New Library Construction Reflects Larger Trends | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

                                                                                                                                          

“The whole idea behind this library is a real change in concept for us,” says Travis Duncan, a media relations specialist with the Pikes Peak Library District, which includes Library 21c.

“What we ended up with was a place where folks can come to make things,” says Duncan. “You used to look at the library as a kind of supermarket where you came and picked stuff up off the shelves and then went home. Now we are more like a kitchen where you come in and the library has the ingredients to make things and share with others.”

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Better words couldn't have been spoke about the direction of libraries today than spoken by Travis Duncan. And, this post, which starts with a conversation about the planning of a new library in Camp Verde, NM highlights members of their community asking for their needs to be recognized in that construction. 

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Libraries planned in Hertfordshire fire stations | The Bookseller

Libraries planned in Hertfordshire fire stations | The Bookseller | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Cost-cutting effort attempts to save four Hertfordshire County (England) libraries by relocating them to "modern new facilities" in village fire stations. 

"Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety, said: “Fire stations and libraries are both at the heart of the communities they serve and it makes perfect sense to use spare space at our village fire stations to support other important local services.

“This scheme will help to guarantee the long-term future of both our local fire stations and local libraries. It’s a great example of how public services can work together creatively to improve value for money.”

-- spotted via Twitter by Ian Sutherland (@iansuth)


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Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge

Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Data connectivity is intrinsic to most of our daily lives. The place which exists in almost every community large or small, rural or urban, is the public library.


Via Karen du Toit
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Karen du Toit's insight:Data connectivity and the public library = synonymous!
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Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon

Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Portland’s fondness for bikes, literary culture and liberal impulses have come together with Street Books, a nonprofit book service for “people living outside.”

Via Trudy Raymakers
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Great example of social outreach combined with "litte free libraries"; and its great exercise for librarians as well.

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East Norwalk Library launches little free libraries

East Norwalk Library launches little free libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
NORWALK -- The East Norwalk Association Library teamed up with Troop 50-961 of the Girl Scouts and a number of local hardware and woodworking businesses to provide a new way to promote literacy and distribute books.
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Good example of a library responding to local needs and working with the "little free library" movement through partnership in its community. Well done East Norwalk. 

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How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
This is an open call for ideas. We view libraries as key for improving Americans’ ability to know about and to be involved with what takes place around them. The library has been a vital part of our communities for centuries—as keepers of public knowledge, spaces for human connection, educators for the next generations of learners. While habits are changing, those needs have not. We want to discover projects that help carry the values of libraries into the future.

We don’t have specific projec
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I am absolutely blown away by all the great ideas and work that public libraries and librarians are posting on the Knight Foundation site to answer the question "How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?" If you have an idea, please submit before Tuesday September 30th at 5pm Eastern.

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The impact of a library on democracy in Zimbabwe - Uppsala

The impact of a library on democracy in Zimbabwe - Uppsala | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Jackson Ndlovu explains the importance of books and how ENMT develops reading and democracy. (Möt Jackson Ndlovu, ledare för ENMT som förser skolor i Zimbabwe med bibliotek. Ikväll kl 18.30 på Stadsbibblan.


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‘StoryMobs’ help Toronto Public Library reach out to youth | Toronto Star

‘StoryMobs’ help Toronto Public Library reach out to youth | Toronto Star | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The StoryMobs are created by Gretel Meyer Odell and Roxanne Deans, who “see this initiative as a way of inspiring a sense of community and nurturing literacy and imagination,
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"Flash mobs -- with a family-friendly twist" is the way the Toronto Star has described the four StoryMobs which Toronto Public Library ran this past summer. Great way to bring reading alive and celebrate as a community.

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What will libraries lend next?

What will libraries lend next? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Examples of uncommon collections loaned by libraries
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This Pinterest Board from the American Library Association (Headquarters Library) is a great visual respresentation of special collection which libraries have throughout the United States, from sledghammers to cake tins.

-- spotted by Kathleen Spahn @kmsitall

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News Challenge to explore role of libraries in the digital age

News Challenge to explore role of libraries in the digital age | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Photo illustration made with images from Flickr users Thomas Hawk and Sourabh Rath. On Sept. 10, we’re opening the next ...
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U.S. librarians, got any ideas about how to maintain the centrality of public libraries in the digital age? The Knight Foundation wants to hear from you and starting September 10th you could win their News Challenge. 

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Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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We've seen libraries on the beach and floating boat libraries serving in South East Asia, and now a floating library in Minnesota.

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UPDATE: “The Global Librarian” eBook Available in Multiple Formats From Open Library and Internet Archive | LJ INFOdocket

UPDATE: “The Global Librarian” eBook Available in Multiple Formats From Open Library and Internet Archive | LJ INFOdocket | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Last year we posted an item about a book/ebook titled The Global Librarian produced by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL/NY).
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From the publisher,

"With contributions from over 25 professionals working in wildly different libraries across the world, and with 17 case studies celebrating the innovative programs and services offered by library professionals, The Global Librarian highlights the important relationships libraries forge with their local communities and aims to shine a light on the vital role played by librarians today and reveal their ambitions for tomorow."

; how more appropriate a topic for SocialLibrary could there be. Click on the links in the original article and get your copy today. Would love to hear what everyone thinks. Share your ideas on Tumblr, Scoop.it, Twitter and Facebook.

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