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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,...
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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Sunday's event is Williamson County Public Library's first published book, written by library staff. In 2014, the library hopes to announce an open submission for their next title.
Dolores Greenwald, library directory, is quoted: "We're not just a storehouse but we're creating things."
via Gary Price (infoDOCKET/Library Journal)
Library nominates local author for new award Lincolnwood Review It is now being pushed for a new award by the Skokie Public Library, and DeNapoli will try to republish the book — this time with an agent.
Great example of partnership between self-published authors and public libraries in Illinois with the "Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author project. This new award allows Illinois libraries to nominate self-published adult authors. DeNapol's Preying on the Innocent is the first self-published novel nominated by the Skokie Public Library.
Share your story: Library offers book-making project Post-Bulletin Louise Moe, right, Head of Reference Services at the Rochester Public Library, describes a new space being created to serve children and young adults.
Personal memoir program combined with bookmaking in new Rochester (MN) Public Library makerspace. Sessions included paper making, screen printing, then finally book binding.
Another great "Digital Opportunities" project like the Gigabit Libraries Network (http://giglibraries.net/) for public libraries/municipalities to get behind.
Shared by Sarah Houghton (@TheLiB)
The sound of youthful laughter carries down the hallway as I approach my destination, passing an 8-foot-tall graffiti mural. ..
“It’s like my dream room,” [Nohami Sefer ] says of the Teen Zone. “It’s our place, where they let us be us.” She’s in the Teen Zone nearly every day after school to meet with friends from other schools, listen to music, and get in some obligatory homework. “We can do whatever we want. They trust us.”
The community-access cable TV station will work with the library's media lab on how best to collaborate on the production and broadcast of programming.
Public/Academic Librarians, do you have a community television/radio station in your area? Become a partner with them like Madison Central Library and WYOU.
“We’re looking to create content. They have expertise and had problems being housed. This seemed like nice win-win,” said Trent Miller, director of events for the library.
At a tween-only library in Stockholm, the only patrons allowed are children between 10 and 13—a group that often feels too old for children’s sections but not yet ready for full-on YA experiences.
Why every library should have a kitchen,
"[Katti Hoflin, the former director of or Stockholm’s libraries ] “was very clear” about why the library needed a kitchen, she recalls. “The library should be a place where you could smell fresh cinnamon buns when you are reading.” The right smells, tactile features, and visual elements would contribute to a “library that should evoke all kinds of emotions.” In a kitchen, [Amanda Stenberg , an educator who works at the library] adds, people “sit down and talk together and eat and share stories.”
Summary of Nate Hill's keynote on Chattanooga Public Library's 4th Floor space: http://t.co/U2h379hHOO #litaforum
"The library is losing ownership of the space; it’s becoming a community platform."
A new library in Ontario is a modern design featuring ornamental fritted glass inspired by the gilded spines of the library's archive of Victorian books.
Best proof that a new library design works is that it is being used. The Orillia Public Library (@orillialibrary) tweeted,
"@Andrew_Frontini @librarydesign Because this library is AMAZING! What a great project, mostly because it's being used so, so well & so much!"
More photographs appear in ArchDaily (http://www.archdaily.com/445033/orillia-public-library-perkins-will/)
Providence Community Library loans out 4G mobile hotspots for seven days without bandwidth restrictions for clients where low home broadband services exist. These have been so popular that they have purchased eight more hotspots for circulation and staff use since the client ones are always out. And they plan to expand their hotspot service, to elderly and disabled clients teaching them how to get online for health care info.
Chicago Punk Band rocks off Chicago Public Library's new music in the library program.
Impact Survey Aims to Help Libraries Increase, Explain Their Worth Library Journal Now, researchers at the University of Washington (UW) iSchool have introduced the Impact Survey, a tool that lets patrons anonymously report on how they use library...
How do you make your system responsize to your community? You know your community and determine the impacto (or lack of impact) you have upon it. And you do that through data.
"Having the data about how patrons were using their services, [Maggie Buckholz, director of library system in Burlington WA] said, also helped Burlington librarians fend off budget cuts during tough economic times. “We weren’t just going to these budget meeting with anecdotal stories or the number of people who came through the door,” Buckholz said. “We could say ’Ten percent of the people using our computers are getting hired during an economic downturn.’” That hard data, Buckholz said, helped her keep at bay budget cuts that would have forced her to lay off staff."
Summary of comments made by the keynote panelists from the Digital Shift 2013 "Reinventing Libraries"
"While most librarians know the services they provide extend beyond book checkout, a running theme of the keynote was the need to improve the way libraries measure and quantify those services in order to help community members and local governments recognize their value. To [Deborah] Jacobs [director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Initiative], this meant a fundamental re-imagining of how libraries report back on their worth."
via @BarbaraAGenco on Twitter
Coffee and Conversations, a one-hour session that caters to homeless people, is the brainchild of Jo Giudice, who became the director of the Dallas Public Library system last year. Giudice’s office is at the central branch.
Librarians were bold enough to ask homeless people, what does the library mean to them? "We're looking for ways we can better serve them and looking at them as peers," Val Armstrong a library staff was quoted in the Dallas News post. Part of that "new way" was having library staff greet all customers at the front doors as they enter. "By making eye contact, it makes them human, because so many people don't evn look at them, and they act out," Jo Giudice Director Dallas Public Library.
How many public libraries have time for toys?
“Play is getting short-circuited for other things these days—working toward a test, getting skills measured,” says [ Judy Iacuzzi, executive director of the USA Toy Library Association in Evanston, ILL]. “But play allows kids to learn about themselves and develop skills. They can just relax and create their own opportunities to learn and grow.”
By Ian Anstice:
"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.
Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway. Libraries provide quiet study spaces. Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow. Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts. It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,
Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html
Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!
This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".
cleveland public library to launch high-tech maker space downtown freshwatercleveland Sewing classes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how CPL is tapping into the maker movement, however.
Cleveland Public Library adds sewing machines as it expands it Tech Central concept into a makerspace. To hear an earlier interview about CPL's TechCentral listen to our podcast from September 2012 http://dquarium.com/post/46910164894/bibliotech-show-24-for-monday-september-17-2012
I have recently had some discussions with people considering co-working spaces and thought immediately of how many times I’ve used the library for this purpose. Thanks to Janie Hermann for the idea to make a quick graphic on it. Libraries have community, technology infrastructure, comfort, services, facilities and amenities. If you have a cafe there, extra points.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the Lovett School Story Studio Project in Atlanta, Georgia. This project, which I have been following since its inception a little over a year ago, began w...
Could these be models for library instructional spaces also?
Not quite libraries, but related!
The Spartanburg County Public Libraries is Turning Outward! The key to having greater impact in your community and staying true to yourself is to Turn Outward...
Lessons learnt at Harwood Institute/ALA's Public Innovation Labs (http://www.theharwoodinstitute.org/2013/11/from-the-field-county-librarian-learns-news-tools-at-public-innovators-lab/) put into practise with Spartansburg County Public Library's Turning Outward campaign. Quote from original post,
"As I return to my role as a library director I have a new set of tools in my toolbox. I plan to use The Harwood Institute’s framework to seek public knowledge, serve as a steward of this knowledge, speak and align myself with authority, and be authentic.", and a challenge to all of us,
*Four questions:1. What kind of community do you want to live in?2. Why is that important to you?3. How is that different from how you see things now?4. What are some of the things that need to happen to create that kind of change?
The key to Hennepin County Library social media is centered on how to make the most of the library services and how to be involved with the local community.
Best quote -- and example of best practice:
"It seems that Hennepin County Library has all of the social media channels covered and wants you to be their next regular visitor. While the Internet is a vast and expansive source of information that you can access from just about anywhere, we still believe that your local library is more than just a place to search out information – it’s a community hotspot and we urge you to find out more about and support your own local library."
Olimar Maisonet calls on librarians to become "community experts", "Librarians know the needs of their communities and are acting upon this knowledge to develop services that respond to these needs. Just take a look at some of the projects that have been developed by Beyond Access Members (http://beyondaccess.net/members )," Olimar writes, then asks "How are you translating your community insight into new services?" A question for all of us to answer.
Library patrons and non-patrons: Who they are, what their information needs are, what kind of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs of their patrons.
I highlighted this particular slide as it can provide libraries with some guidance about where we should moving to be more socially responsive.
Eco-friendly ad looks like a pile of books and acts as a unique form of marketing.
Laura Doggett, the author of this post, is conducting research about Art in Library initiatives throughout the UK. From her post,
"I am interested in how such partnerships and engagement with Arts communities can be of benefit to Public Libraries. At a local level– how this engagement can fulfill policy requirements and allow Libraries to better serve their communities. At a National Level how this relationship could influence future policy making, possibly redefining the role of the Library."
We've talked here before about local bands appearing in libraries and artists/creators/makers coming together at their local institutes in informal and formalize events like the ones highlighted here. I know that in my own system we have a Handicrafter Group which meets on a Thursday afternoon as a way to prrovide space and social interaction with a community of DIY-ers who tend traditionally to go it along, which has been very successful.