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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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Buffy J. Hamilton's comment, February 7, 2013 9:13 AM
I just saw this from a totally different source yesterday. So in love with it!
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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site

REX has shared with us their competition proposal for Calgary’s New Central Library (NCL). Though Snøhetta and DIALOG ultimately won the competition,
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REX's failed entry for Calgary's new Downtown Central Library envisions a future library built around clusters of activities and makes the building itself re-enforce the idea of librarians as curators. Would love to hear what other's think? Please share.

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The Rise of Digital Poster Sessions: creating new learning interactions in the library - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Rise of Digital Poster Sessions: creating new learning interactions in the library - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Is there room at your public or academic library for digital poster sessions?

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Edmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New Branches

Edmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New Branches | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
One of the many reasons Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) was chosen as Gale/LJ Library of the Year for 2014 is its commitment to community services.

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SLC Public Library considering opening 24 hours a day

SLC Public Library considering opening 24 hours a day | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
SALT LAKE CITY - The downtown branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library may soon be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. John Spears, Executive Director of the Library told Fox 13 he was recen...
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Question of the Day: as pubic libraries shift their focus towards community learning (okay it can be argued that we never left) should we stop keeping "banker hours" and start opening 24 hours/day like universities? Academic libraries already have 24h service and my hometown library is currently extending its hours to 11pm to accomodate students. Thoughts and comments welcome.

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New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Program - Wall Street Journal

New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Program - Wall Street Journal | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Program Wall Street Journal Beginning later this month, New York City residents will be able to check out portable wireless Internet hubs free of charge at their local library branch,...
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Original pilot gets expanded to 10 000 wifi units with generous donations from Google ($1M) and other nonprofits ($0.5M) towards to est $2.5M budget. 

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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
“We are a place for the curious, for creativity, a place for learning, a place to experiment. It’s always been the mission of the library. We’re just using different tools.”
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Profiles two Tennessee library systems, Chattanooga and Nashville, within the context of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries latest report "Rising to the Challenge: re-envisioning public libraries." 

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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.


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Karen du Toit's insight:Data connectivity and the public library = synonymous!
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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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Designers Draw up the Library of the Future

Designers Draw up the Library of the Future | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The library of the future could include affordable housing upstairs, retail downstairs, and a 24-hour community lounge in the lobby.

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Imagining the Design of the Library That Does Everything

Imagining the Design of the Library That Does Everything | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Architect's City, a monthly series on Curbed National, invites an emerging architect to reimagine an existing structure in his or her city. This month's column considers New York's public...
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"What we found is that libraries literally of everything," says Brad Samuels of Brooklyn SITU Studio. And, so begins a bold proposal to re-imagine NYPL's branch library system into "outposts" of underutlized empty storefronts, shopping malls, ferry stations, and apartment complex community rooms, because "the role of the library has changed, but the space of the library has yet to catch up." Like the traveling emergency shelter libraries, SITU envisions "kits" which can quickly transform spaces into L + libraries. 

 

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Licking library now loaning guitars

Licking library now loaning guitars | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
NEWARK, Ohio — Newark’s musical claim to fame might be that it was a childhood home for Vegas showman Wayne Newton. But if the Licking County Library’s idea pans out, it could be nurturing the development of little Bob Dylans or Taylor Swifts of the future.
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Another example of a library with a unique collection, guitars. 

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Library contest aims to bring fame to self-published author - Chicago Tribune

Library contest aims to bring fame to self-published author - Chicago Tribune | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Public libraries in Illinois once again are seeking to bring an author laboring in relative obscurity into the limelight.
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I am happily becoming more aware of these public library initiatives to support local self-published authors. Programs like The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project continue to demonstrate that libraries are still in the book business. Here, like their fab lab/makerspace kin, these public libraries are continuing to connect their resources and their communities with local experts, authors, for the joy of reading.

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Macquarie University Social Learning Space / Bennett and Trimble

Macquarie University Social Learning Space / Bennett and Trimble | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
© Peter Bennetts Architects: Bennett and Trimble Location: Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia Architects In Charge: Marcus Trimble, Matthew
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Is the remodelling of the Macquarie University (Australia) "library" into a "social learning space" a model for academic, or even public libraries in the future?  A strong focus upon more flexible furnishings (eg benches, carrels, meeting tables, pod, pin-up spaces) will support "a diverse range of individual and group learning practices", that "will also encourage broader student interaction and lead to a richer campus experience and environment, " says the architects, Bennett and Trimble 

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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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