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Deposit Collections in Homeless Shelters

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Hennepin County Library (MN) is rolling out an innovative new effort to connect homeless patrons with the library system. Deposit collections not only make creative use of weeded and donated books,...
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Couldn't add more than what Valarie Kingsland (http://librariesbuildcommunity.tumblr.com/post/44457804155/deposit-collections-in-homeless-shelters) says, 

"@hclib will pilot book collections at two homeless shelters.  They will reduce concern about returning books with selections of donated and weeded books.  The library expects to supplement collections with new purchases, display information about library services, and offer on-site programs. Volunteers and interns will be trained to help maintain the outreach.  

Hennepin County Library will make a difference where it matters." 

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Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste

Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Social enterprise Library of Things is providing locals of south London's West Norwood the opportunity to borrow items and equipment - including DIY and garden tools - rather than owning things they are likely to only use once or twice. Among the items on loan at the Library of Things are power tools, kitchenware,  camping gear, carpet…
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Review of "library of things" in London (UK)'s West Norwood neighbourhood. 
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Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause. They could be a group of people who support a particular nonprofit's
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Jeffersonian Dinners, sounds like another reason for public libraries to have kitchens. 
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The 8 most beautiful new libraries in the world

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On April 6, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) announced this year’s picks for the best new libraries in the world.

The facilities were honored for their multi-use and environmentally-friendly designs — not to mention their stunning appearance.

One caveat: While projects could be located anywhere in the world, only architects licensed in the US could enter the competition.

From Boston to Latvia, here are the winners of this year’s Library Building Awards.


Via Trudy Raymakers
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What one design element are clearly displayed in these photographs? Space, lots of space, where books are pushed into the periphery. 
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RPL ArtCart: Rochester's New Art Movement - ALSC Blog

RPL ArtCart: Rochester's New Art Movement - ALSC Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Following two wildly successful seasons with our BookBike outreach program, Rochester Public Library (MN) is delighted to launch our new ArtCart program! The ArtCart will travel alongside our BookBike this summer bringing amazing art activities, including: Watercolors Community murals Bubble prints Solar prints Shadow tracing Scratch art Frisbee art and more! The ArtCart is essentially a table on wheels with a storage box underneath. We will be able to carry all kinds of art supplies and giveaways all over town this summer. We can’t wait to tell you more about this exciting adventure – but first we have to spend some time out there arting it up with the community. For more information about our BookBike program, check out this post or this post. Tweet Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Pinterest
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Getting out of the Library...on a bike..with collections...and art! Good for you Rochester Public Library (MN)! Those smiling library workers say it all.
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Tweet from @LindaHall_org

RT @SusanJayne17: This is great- library archiving the signs and photos from #marchforscience! https://t.co/Zo7RyFLuaZ
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Librarians and Archivists are active again, seeking to preserve the present for future generations
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Protest Banner Lending Library with Aram Han Sifuentes and Cauleen Smith | Whitney Museum of American Art

Protest Banner Lending Library with Aram Han Sifuentes and Cauleen Smith | Whitney Museum of American Art | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore works, exhibitions, and events online. Located in New York City.
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Social Activism meets Community Makerspace held at an Art Museum. "The workshops have become a place where people come together in solidarity through making."  Only disappointment is that I will not be near NYC on Friday April 7.
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For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor

For the Poorest and Sickest, Librarians Often Play Doctor | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Libraries are frequently forced to deal with people's health problems. That's why some are adding medical professionals to their staff.

BY MATTIE QUINN | JANUARY 9, 2017

A Pima County Public Library nurse checks a patient's circulation in his fingers. (Flickr/Pima County Public Library)
 “I’m always surprised by how many health questions I get,” said Renee Pokorny, branch supervisor at the Philadelphia Free Library.

It's no surprise that she's surprised. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 73 percent of people who visit a public library in America go looking for answers about their health. 

“People tend to be more comfortable asking their librarians something rather than their doctor where they might feel rushed or intimidated,” said Pokorny.

Instead of making the people go to the doctor, though, public libraries in Philadelphia and a small number of other places are bringing health services directly to their patrons.

Last year, a branch of the Philadelphia Free Library was transformed into the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The building has not only a traditional library but also a pediatric and primary care clinic on the top floors.


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Latest MSO pop-up creates arts happening at Central Library

Latest MSO pop-up creates arts happening at Central Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Classical music performances aren't what they used to be. Gone are the staid, starched affairs many still (incorrectly) associate with symphony and ensemble concerts, replaced these days with events like the Symphony's pop-up concerts, the latest of which takes place this week.
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Milkwaukee Symphony Orchestra has "secret symphony" and popups; what a very creative idea for community engagement. These concerts have been performed in lumber yards, churches, bookshops and now on Thursday (January 12) at the Milwaukee Public Library,.
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Brand new, $32.4 million Elmhurst Community Library opens

Brand new, $32.4 million Elmhurst Community Library opens | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Elmhurst has its library back and hundreds of community members turned out for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and flag-raising Tuesday.
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Queen's (New York) Public Library reopened their renovated and expanded Elmhurst Community Branch. At nearly double the size of the original branch it replaces, the new library, 
"includes 13,000 square feet of outdoor space with two green roofs, a learning garden and features a sleek and modern glass cube reading room. A fireplace mantle from the original library was moved into the new children’s room and brickwork from its original facade surround the foyer..."
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Queens Library Prepares a Feast for Local Food Entrepreneurs

Queens Library Prepares a Feast for Local Food Entrepreneurs | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Queens Library's new Jamaica FEASTS program will teach fledgling food entrepreneurs how to launch their restaurants, carts and food trucks.
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Local library, community engagement, small business people, civic 101 lessons, financial literacy, ... and food -- what more could you ask for in a public library event. 
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Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift

Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
As community centers, libraries are always looking for new ways to offer educational programming. Some libraries have been fortunate enough to incorporate complete Maker spaces in their buildings, but for those that don't have the funding or space, all is not lost. Using existing areas and the help of community members, libraries can easily host tech camps (coding, robotics, and more) for patrons.

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Architecture’s Pivotal Role in the Future of K 12 Learning (EdSurge News)

Architecture’s Pivotal Role in the Future of K 12 Learning (EdSurge News) | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
What does the future of learning look like? If we apply principles from architecture, learning should be flexible, collaborative, sustainable, and filled with daylight.School buildings and their learning environments have remained relatively static over time. The majority of our schools are decades
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We have learnt so much about the psychological and emotional impact of built environments since Whyte's research. We have Happy Cities and workplaces which look more like idealized daycare centres while most classrooms, and can I say, public learning institutions like libraries are trapped in their era. It is good to remind us that architecture also effects how we learn.
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Librarian + Internet = Better Tomatoes

With the help of free Internet in the local library, the village of Synkiv in Ukraine has doubled its tomato production. The featured library receive

Via Miguel Mimoso Correia
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Great example of public access to libraries providing economic boost to its community, here the tomato production of a rural Ukrainian village. 
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Community Vision | Library Design 2017

Community Vision | Library Design 2017 | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Montana’s Belgrade Community Library is perhaps best known to LJ readers as the 2015 Best Small Library in America. After receiving the award, Director Gale Bacon tells LJ, many in the community started asking what the library’s next step was. The 9,700 square foot building presented the six-person staff with “huge physical space challenges,” Bacon says—not only limiting the size of the collection and staff work space but having routinely to turn would-be attendees away from programs. So achieving this milestone seemed like the right time for reexamination.
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Unique partnership between Belgrade Community Library and Montana State University's Community Design Center (CDC) at the School of Architecture give library direction to move forward. How did they do it? They got the library as part of the school's curriculum. Architectural students learned a real life project and the library got a new design, win-win-win.
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Global Sharing Week

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Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.
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The Global Sharing Week (4-11 June) is a great community opportunity for libraries. Libraries in the Durham Region, east of Toronto, Canada, have a series of events called the How To In Ten Festivals (weekends in April and May) which capture the spirit of sharing (https://howtoin10.com/). 
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Toy libraries in public squares Argentina

The public space as ludic activity! The toy library has the aim of fostering the ludic practice and the creative use of free time, enabling the public spac
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Love this ideas! What a fun conference the International Toy Library Association must be,  meeting this month (May 10 through 13) in Amsterdam. And on top of all the inspiration and joy, they have taught me a new word, "ludic". 
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6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library - Campus Technology - Librarian Chat

6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your Library - Campus Technology - Librarian Chat | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Campus Technology6 Ways to Feed Innovation in Your LibraryCampus TechnologyAlready, said Emily Lynema, the associate head of IT and director of academic technology for the libraries, the organization has begun pondering the “refresh” of Hunt. The innovations probably won’t be so “blue sky,” she suggested. This time around the … …read more Read more here:: …
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Innovation appears like a journey rather than an end, especially when it comes to our libraries and other public spaces. With that being said, looks like the "Library of the Future" The James B Hunt Jr Library at NCSU is looking a littlle long in the tooth, at four years old. Emily Lynema, the associate head of IT and director of academic technology for the libraries is talking about a "refresh" and using some very welcoming language,

"The innovations probably won't be so "blue sky," she suggested. This time around the focus will be on what the faculty and students "are actually doing" and what Hunt can do "to support those needs."

Wish them well. And hope that others learn a lesson from what Hunt has learnt in four years and be responsive.
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Designing a Transformation Civic Engagement Series on Homelessness

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries would like to invite you to partner with us. We are seeking stakeholders, advocates, social service agencies and activist
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From Youtube, Santa Cruz Public Library says about this initiative, 

"[...] We'd like to foster broader community understanding, compassion and will toward pursuing solutions of all sorts, county-wide. Let's create a recurring open space for dialog and brainstorming. Let's create some new pathways and traction and action on an issue that has stymied our community for so long."
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Fix It at the Library with DIY Repair Programs | TechSoup for Libraries

Fix It at the Library with DIY Repair Programs | TechSoup for Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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The photograph above speaks more about the benefits of repair rooms on libraries and its community than I could. It is encouraging to hear more and more permanent repair rooms are appearing in public libraries over the last few years, and support at the state level; and equally disappointing to hear companies such as Apple fighting that law in Nebraska (https://www.macrumors.com/2017/02/14/apple-fight-right-to-repair/)
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Tweet from @historyinmoment

RT @historyinmoment: A walking library https://t.co/3WXoz3y7TV
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Taking your collection (and expertise) into the community
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How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community

How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The people of Geelong are connecting with their industrial past as the city undergoes a community-led creative transformation.
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Profiles Deakin University's (Australia) Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (#Hc2CH) . Seeing an excess surplus of properties in its neglected industrial past, a series of short films have increased community awareness allowing successful crowdfunding. 
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Reading Rooms / Fernanda Canales

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Completed in 2015 in Mexico. Images by Jaime Navarro. The proposal consists of a minimal prototype that occupies the same amount of space than a parking spot for a car: 2.5 x 5.0 meters. It i
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Reminiscent of Newmarket Ontario's Story Pods (https://www.thestar.com/life/2015/09/21/story-pod-the-latest-addition-to-newmarkets-revitalized-downtown.html), these "little community/reading rooms" provide low-cost community space in Mexico. 
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THE FUTURE OF LIBRARIES

THE FUTURE OF LIBRARIES | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
This piece originally appeared on the Sasaki blog and was written by our Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED AP. Bryan is a design leader in the Campus…
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In their article about the evolving changes to academic libraries, Sasaki Associates brings up the neglected area of librarian workspaces in those public buildings. 
"Despite promising changes in the roles and perceptions of librarians, it is often difficult in current spatial layouts for patrons to locate and access librarians and library services. A survey of academic librarian spaces we recently conducted found that 59% of librarians’ work spaces were out of the public eye"
Places like the Salisbury University Academic Commons (http://www.sasaki.com/project/371/Salisbury%20University%20Academic%20Commons/), a Sasaki project, are attempting to reverse this trend and allow librarians (who want to engage with their clients) become for visible. 
Sasaki Associates does demonstrate that there are better futures for libraries than "soul-less/staff-less/Free Little Community Centres" which seem to dominate our conversations. 
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Stronger, more resilient communities: how libraries deliver | Libraries Taskforce

Stronger, more resilient communities: how libraries deliver | Libraries Taskforce | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Update and news from the Libraries Taskforce
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Great four  examples to prove their idea, including North Ormesby Community Hub, Middlesbrough which I think is the first to include a boxing ring, as well as kitchen and community spaces. 
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Pack in the fun with Nature Backpacks - ALSC Blog

Pack in the fun with Nature Backpacks - ALSC Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

For the past two years, the Vancouver Community Library has partnered with our local branch of the United States Forest Service to checkout nature backpacks to patrons. 

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With the National Parks system anniversary in the States this year, and our own Parks Canada preparing for free admission next year for Canada's 150, it is nice to see libraries encouraging nature education. These Nature  Backpacks from Vancouver Community Library IL and the WildCO app developed in partnership with Mesa County Libraries CO (http://www.nbc11news.com/content/news/Local-libraries-connect-outdoor-exploration-with-wildlife-education.html) are models which can be adopted on either side of the border.
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