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Cuyahoga County Public Library's $110 million renovation project turns branches into community gathering spots

Cuyahoga County Public Library's $110 million renovation project turns branches into community gathering spots | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Cuyahoga County Public Library, one of the busiest in the country, is in the midst of replacing and renovating 18 of its 28 branches.
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The newly renovated Warrensville Heights branch shows which the direction  the Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH) system is moving in. With recording studio, homework centre and cafe, "In short, it is a community center that has become a gathering spot for thoughts and ideas."

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Coachella Valley Unified School District uses Wi-Fi-enabled school buses to connect remote rural community

The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl A...
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Great idea for bring connectivity to a rural and the second poorest school district in the U.S. That the story was co-created by students partnering with PBS is another benefit to this story.

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Mobile Library by SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop), Seoul, 2015 - Hee-Jun Sim

Mobile Library by SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop), Seoul, 2015 - Hee-Jun Sim | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
General concept'Mobile Library' project is commissioned by Seoul Innovation Park and Seoul city. 100,000m2 site was occupied by Ministry of food and drug safety for last 60 years and the intension of the project is to revitalize and open the gate to...
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What is a better place than a library for what Seoul wanted in their improvised Innovation Park "to vitalize natural interaction between the tenants and citizens."  

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A library-museum exchange opens doors to art

A library-museum exchange opens doors to art | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The death knell had gone out for public libraries. Like book and record stores, they were pronounced irrelevant at the ...
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Describes how the need to relocate during renovations brought a local Miami museum and public library branch together, which benefited both parties. “Initially, at best, I thought this would be a nice little corner of the library to show art,” said chief curator Silvia KarmenCubiñá . “But it has turned out to be so much more. It’s turned out to be a real partnership. We are exchanging audiences.”  This partnership was expanded through funding with Knight Arts Foundation. 

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Libraries bolster Idaho talent pool

Libraries bolster Idaho talent pool | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Idaho doesn’t have the workforce to sustain the jobs we need to fill. Desirable talent such as engineers and other skilled workers isn’t widely available here, forcing many organizations to recruit employees from out of state.
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"Communities looking to bolster their economy would be wise to invest in their local libraries. They’re powerful engines of economic development."

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How Can We Support Library Innovation? | MediaShift

How Can We Support Library Innovation? | MediaShift | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

If you had a few million dollars to invest in libraries, how would you invest it? That’s exactly what the News Challenge team at the Knight Foundation has been thinking about.

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Best quote: "Librarians are masters of sharing, and we need more ways to network our resources and spread our innovations."

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Katti Hoflin: Libraries – Designing Public Cultural Space ( Alibis for Interaction 2015 )

The experiences of wonder, learning and reflection that libraries represent should be available to every citizen, no matter where they live or how old they are, ...
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8 key take-aways from our new report on makerspaces - RSA

8 key take-aways from our new report on makerspaces - RSA | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
This week the RSA publishes a new report that attempts to make sense of makerspaces – why they are emerging, what impact they are having on their users and communities, and what challenges they are likely to face in the future. Here we present 8 key findings from our research, which includes a survey conducted by YouGov.

From 3d printing to pottery, and from eco-retrofit classes to Arduino bootcamps, a social movement has emerged based on making and mending. People are learning new skills, creating new enterprises and enjoying the satisfaction of mastering technology and craftsmanship. But this is more than just a rediscovery of craft married to 21st Century technology – this is about a collective approach to mastering technology together. It is as much about being as making.

Via John Evans, Dean J. Fusto
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Jurong Regional Library houses IDA's first heartlands tech lab

Jurong Regional Library houses IDA's first heartlands tech lab | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The IDA Labs@NLB at Jurong Regional Library will be equipped with 3D printers and technology kits for limited public use, says the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
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This is the third IDA Lab launched in Singapore, with the other two started March of last year.

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Is this the world's wildest library? Geelong's $45 million 'big brain' about to open up to the world

Is this the world's wildest library? Geelong's $45 million 'big brain' about to open up to the world | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Don't expect to hear any shushing when you walk into Geelong's revolutionary new library and heritage centre.

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Jane Stronach's curator insight, November 9, 2015 8:55 PM

Fantastic! Geelong has lead the way in the development of a contemporary and innovative library space for their community. 

Susy VU's curator insight, November 14, 2015 5:06 AM

What a beautiful library, I wonder what architects will come up with next?

Tracie Libstudies's curator insight, November 22, 2015 6:25 PM

Trip to Geelong is needed.

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New Jack Librarian: The City As Classroom

New Jack Librarian: The City As Classroom | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Using Marshall McLuhan's book, The City as Classroom as a starting point, Mita Williams, in her presentation to the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference, goes on successfully answer the question posed in her first slide. An excellent presentation ripe with ideas and examples to pick for the social library.

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Book Bike: Delivering delight and pedalling prose

Book Bike: Delivering delight and pedalling prose | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Local Toronto micro-publisher, Meatlocker Editions, brought their book bike pop-up to a downtown party last summer and hope to expand their fleet.

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Tel Aviv Library Makes Room for Tech Startups - CityLab

Tel Aviv Library Makes Room for Tech Startups - CityLab | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
They turned a library into The Library, a high-tech incubator space.
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Organic Outreach: Subtle Strategies for Liaison Librarians | The Journal of Creative Library Practice

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Nice profile of a liason librarian and the challenges and opportunities when working with faculty and students when "But, as some liaisons might attest, library priorities are not usually why faculty and students are knocking on our door."  I believe this quote best sums up the matter, 

"Fully responding to unanticipated requests, and recognizing and capitalizing on serendipitous and nuanced opportunities to advance our priorities, can allow us to deliver more effective outreach than blanket emails, stock workshops, or meticulous flyers that are purely focused on the library’s own assertive agenda and timetable, however worthy they may be."

It's that serendipity which comes from being in your community, open and responsive that will make you resilent for your community.

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ChatClass facilitating one-on-one tutoring for high school students through Whatsapp

ChatClass facilitating one-on-one tutoring for high school students through Whatsapp | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

(Image taken from review in techcabal.com)

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This African startup brings students and tutors together through the popular teen messaging service Whatsapp. Just coming out of  6 month beta in Nigeria, Uganda and Benin Republic. Whether it will be successful in the long run will need to be seen. Great review about this startup found at http://techcabal.com/2015/12/11/chatclass-is-a-teaching-solution-that-lets-high-schoolers-take-classes-on-whatsapp/

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Beanstack

Beanstack | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Beanstack at Sno-Isle Libraries! Discover, books, activities, apps and more matched to your child's age and interests.
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This personalized recommendation service aimed at children from Sno-Isle Public Library [ WA] points to the future of library services and should be something we all should be investing it. 

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Trendhunter finds affluent parents willing to pay for "imagination stimulating libraries" in their child's private schools

Trendhunter finds affluent parents willing to pay for "imagination stimulating libraries" in their child's private schools | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

children's library - The school environment is often not the focus for design initiatives beyond the basics, but the Children’s Library of Thomas’s London Day School has been given an update to make it look and feel as creative as possible. Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, the Children's Library of Thomas's London Day School incorporates a floor that's inspired by the world map, colorfully oversized seating solutions and much more to encourage creativity and interaction.

As affluent parents opt for private education over public, many are looking for the absolute best facilities to place their children in the care of. As such, the Children's Library of Thomas's London Day School is designed to indeed stimulate children's minds, but also satisfy design-conscious parents as well..


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Hopefully these design considerations will be accepted by public institutions and not just restricted to "affluent parents" and private schools.

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How La Jolla Public Library Supports the “S” in STEM | TechSoup for Libraries

How La Jolla Public Library Supports the “S” in STEM | TechSoup for Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Bio Lab, opening at La Jolla/Riford Library brings the bio-hack revolution into public accessible makerspaces. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said, "The lab is a game changer for the city. This is the first of its kind, but probably not the last."

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Can Kids As Young As Three Learn to Design and Create In Fab Labs? - Mind/Shift

Can Kids As Young As Three Learn to Design and Create In Fab Labs? - Mind/Shift | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Screen time for young children has been a hotly contested debate among parents for years. Many worry that passive consumption of media through screens harms young children’s brain development, or at the very least means they are getting less interaction with caregivers, other children and hands-on play. On the other hand, most children under the age of 8 have access to a mobile device in the home and it can be hard to enforce an absolutely-no-screen-time rule. The Bay Area Discovery Museum, which focuses on hands-on, play-based learning, is trying to introduce a more active kind of technology use with the first Fab Lab for kids ages 3 and up.

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The debate around tech and kids is increasing. Getting them to create rather than consume is one way to improve the use of technology in young people.
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Mesa Public Library wants you to grow -- literally

Mesa Public Library wants you to grow -- literally | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
MESA -- Mesa Public Library cardholders can take up to three seed packets a month for their gardens. Nonprofit Garden Pool provides the seeds.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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Most of my readers will recognize that seed lending initiatives hold a special place for me, so when another library begins such a program I like to acknowledge it. Good for Mesa Public Library in choosing American Thanksgiving as the day to make the announcement. 

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The library as maker and information space | Jeroen de Boer | TEDxFryslân - YouTube

Working at Bibliotheekservice Fryslân (BSF) Jeroen de Boer is fully aware of the pressure libraries are on. As an innovation specialist he introduces new way...

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A Visit to Discovery High School: Rethinking Learning Spaces and Learner Experiences

A Visit to Discovery High School:  Rethinking Learning Spaces and Learner Experiences | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
We are preparing for a redesign of our media center learning space at Chattahoochee High School.  Having gone through this process with my friend and colleague Jennifer Lund the last year and a hal...

Via Buffy J. Hamilton
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Love the multiuse spaces, especially the way to separate spaces with garage doors. This space fulfills the theatre, "genius bar", studio space concepts for learning.

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Here’s Why Libraries Could Be The Best Solution For The Nation’s Homeless

Here’s Why Libraries Could Be The Best Solution For The Nation’s Homeless | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Coleman believes libraries are warm and inviting in a way that other government buildings are not.
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"However, behind those doors there are librarians, patrons and even social workers making their community a better place. In particular, libraries are finding innovative solutions to the challenges faced by homeless individuals." With these words, the Literacy Blog provides examples of these solutions, including the work of Nashville librarian Liz Coleman. 

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Rinse, Spin, Read To Kids: It's A Mashup Of Laundromat and Library

Rinse, Spin, Read To Kids: It's A Mashup Of Laundromat and Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Go to the laundromat, wash the clothes, get lessons on how to do a great job reading books to your kids. Crazy idea? But it's really happening!
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Grenoble introduces short story dispensers in public areas

Grenoble introduces short story dispensers in public areas | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
To make the time pass and to allow its residents to enjoy a little culture, Grenoble has introduced short story dispensers in public areas around the town.
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Like the Poetry Vending Machine before it, another great idea for generating interest for local authors. Hope that it will be franchised.

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Kitchener’s library system looks to the future

Kitchener’s library system looks to the future | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Need the collected works of Ernest Hemingway, a power drill and a place to record your new song? In the future, your local library may be able to provide all three.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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Another library embraces a new future, 

"Far beyond loaning books and offering public reading space, the library of the future could include conference space rentals, expanded kids' programming, recording studios, innovation hubs, technology tutoring and even tool rentals."

 

 

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