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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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Weber County Library hosts annual Christmas open house

Weber County Library hosts annual Christmas open house | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The Weber County Library's main branch played Christmas Eve (afternoon) host to an estimated 500 guests who had no place to go. The library staff and volunteers provided a holiday meal, camaraderie, entertainment and small gifts such as socks, gloves, and knit hats or scarves, many of which were handmade for donation."

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A public library that is part of their community, full of staff and volunteers willing to work to help others. Read this article with tissues handy.

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Charleston Library Society Starts Book Bindery - The Fine Books Blog

Charleston Library Society Starts Book Bindery - The Fine Books Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"But the best part of the news is that the library's bookbinder, Brien Biedler, is a scant 22 years old -- and already has four years of binding experience under his belt.  It's always encouraging to see young people entering into the old book trades."

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Nice to see the art of bookbinding returning to libraries, as libraries move from collection repositories to skill centres. 

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So You Wanna Be a Superstar?: Audition Event Kit for Libraries

So You Wanna Be a Superstar?: Audition Event Kit for Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The Drama and Chorus kids often hang out in our libraries.  Whether those talented patrons are planning to try out  for the musical, glee club, chorus, or the local teen idol they need audition skills."

 
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I've talked about live music in libraries, and musicians offering their music to clients through their libraries but here is a unique idea to offer all our budding stars the skills they need by providing librarians the skills they need to be able to such a program.

--Spotted by Justin Hoenke (@justinlibrarian)

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Digitization 101: The Importance of Physical Space

 


 

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A couple of quotes I've pulled out of this post are relevant for anyone thinking about physical space when we consider connecting our libraries to their clients:


"Some libraries have been blessed with the ability to see how to use their limited space in a way that makes it welcoming, while others have not. There were a few comments about libraries where these LIS students really didn't want to spend any time because they didn't like the space."

"I know that there are architects that work specifically with libraries.  If you are going to renovate your library space, I encourage you to work with library architectural firm.  I also encourage you to learn about space design on your own.  Don't just rely on what the architect tells you!"

"Also recognize that how your libraries decides to configure its space may indeed be different that what others do, but that it should not be haphazard.  Quoting David Weinberger from his book Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder (page 2):

More typical merchandisers use physical space against customers so the customers will spend more money than they intended... When Medill talks about making it easier for Staples' customers to get out of the store fast, he's a bona fide revolutionary."

Thanks to American Libraries Direct (if you don't subscribe you should) which reminded me about this great post.


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Libraries Power Development. Here’s how. « Beyond Access

Libraries Power Development. Here’s how. « Beyond Access | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Originally spotted by Mylee Joseph (@myleejoseph)
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I think the best answer I ever received to the question captured in this infographic, "Are we overlooking a powerful engine for social and economic change?" came from Thomas Felton, Jr., Director of the Cleveland Public Library. When we interviewed him for our podcast, he told the story of being invited by the Mayor to participate in an overseas trip because the library was seen by Cleveland as an important economic agent for that city. (http://dquarium.com/bibliotech/bibliotech24).

 

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Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian

Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
"Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help...
Via Karen du Toit
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Another innovative example of expanding mobile library outreach into a community, this time assisting clients with basic computer skills.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 9, 2012 4:37 PM

By Ira Sather-Olson for the Missoulian

Hop on the Missoula Public Library’s Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) bus at one of its scheduled stops this month and you can take advantage of a new service it’s offering that covers basic computer maintenance techniques.

You can learn how to set up free virus scan programs, clean up your hard drive, compress your memory, delete old programs and more."

 

>>Änother great service to consider for libraries!

 

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Making the library a hub for community

Making the library a hub for community | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The Whistler Public Library is no longer just a place where people sit quietly and do traditional library things like read. The library's mandate is to find new ways to be useful to the community, whether it's providing a meeting place or meeting community needs for service and education — and to that end they've left no stone unturned. They've expanded regular programming for adults and children, worked with other community organizations to fill in gaps, and have opened the facility to some very different types of activities."

"This isn't an occasional kind of thing either. "Last year we hosted 907 programs and the attendance we had from the community was higher than in West Vancouver," said library director Elizabeth Tracy."

--spotted by Marie Belanger (@msmarieb) and Fintan O'Mahony (@levdavidovic)

 

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Christchurch Library Vans Unveiled

Christchurch Library Vans Unveiled | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
More Christchurch books are going mobile this week to help fill the gap left by the city's earthquake-hit libraries.
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"Book Loop" New Helsinki Public Library design

"Book Loop" New Helsinki Public Library design | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The new proposed Helsinki Public Library is being called a Book Loop, "a flexible and adaptable space that will over time accommodate the different activities that the modern library user needs" composed of one long continuous ramped hallway, a Möbius strip library.

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CUNY Academic Commons Launches Commons In A Box | Commons In A Box

CUNY Academic Commons Launches Commons In A Box | Commons In A Box | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

" The Commons In A Box software package makes it easy for institutions and groups to download, install, and customize community spaces for their communities"

--CUNY Academic Commons

spotted by Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) in her Hack Education Weekly News

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Check Out a Skill. Innisfil Public Library

Check Out a Skill. Innisfil Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Serving just over 33 000 people (2011 Census), Innisfil Public Library is offering their community a Makerspace. While they are doing all the traditional computer classes on Internet and MS Office, they stepped it up with classes on setting up you iPad,  using an Arduino board, and protecting your Digital Identity.

If you're in Toronto for the Ontario Library SuperConference, come down and join me as I listen to Aaron DeVries and Sarah Simpkin talk about their experiences on Friday afternoon.

They have also jumped on NaNoWriMo in a big way.

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4thfloor.chattlibrary.org

4thfloor.chattlibrary.org | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

There is some great stuff happening on the Fourth Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library. Buffy Hamilton previously had profiled Nat Hill's plans for this space (http://www.scoop.it/t/libraries-as-sites-of-enchantment-participatory-culture-and-learning/p/2735115832/chattanooga-public-library-cooking-up-creativity)  but now it is a reality. 

Besides hosting the Digital Public Library of America's Appfest, the 4th Floor now hosts startup pitch sessions with their Innovation Floats nights. 

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Houston Library Plaza: Building Knowledge, Building Community | Project for Public Spaces

Houston Library Plaza: Building Knowledge, Building Community | Project for Public Spaces | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Today, the staff at the Houston Public Library’s central branch is directing their attention toward the plaza out in front of the building. In little time, this space has been transformed from a barren expanse of concrete into a public stage par excellence. Taking the core Placemaking principles to heart, the library has begun implementing a Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper strategy to attract more people to the space through a variety of programming and design improvements. With an eye toward connecting the plaza to what already exists in the surrounding area, particularly the weekly Farmers’ Market that takes place in front of City Hall across the street. The Central Library plaza now provides seating to accommodate spillover from the market, hosts a library card sign-up at the farmers’ market, and organizes book sale events. Lunch-hour readings are also creating an inviting gathering spot for the community of surrounding office and business workers."

--spotted by Halifax Public Library

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Whitby Public Library - Business Services

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Love the line that finish the video:

"This is simple. So my library card is my new business card"

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Delivering eReaders to homebound patrons, an interview with Rachel Gut from the Dayton Metro Library | No Shelf Required

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Sue Polanka (No Shelf Required) interviews Rachel Gut, the Outreach Services Librarian at Dayton Metro (OH) Library about that system's eReader lending program for homebound patrons, due to the lack of large print titles.  

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Make our libraries accessible, public and inspiring

Make our libraries accessible, public and inspiring | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
SmartPlanet's C.C. Sullivan looks at libraries across the country to assess the new scheme for the New York Public Library by Foster and Partner.
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Talks about how library plans have got it right in the past and discusses the new plans at New York Public Library.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 21, 2012 3:50 AM

Use of space in the public library > inspiring!

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Central City library gets 5th 5-star rating Social media, Pinterest parties draw patrons

Central City library gets 5th 5-star rating Social media, Pinterest parties draw patrons | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
So many people used the library that it was given a five-star rating for each of the past five years by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.
--spotted by Social Media CMO
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Great way to engage with your clients, a Pinterest Party. Here is how Central City Public Library, Nebraska, describes it:

"One popular event is the monthly Pinterest parties.

Lee said the library has a Pinterest account where staff members “pin” interesting crafting ideas and recipes. About once a month, a craft is chosen and a message is posted on Facebook telling patrons what materials to bring to the library to make the craft.

Tonight’s Pinterest party includes a cookie swap using recipes found on Pinterest. On Jan. 7, patrons will learn to make wire-wrapped jewelry, and last month they made wreaths. Lee said because participants bring their own supplies, the class cost is very low, usually around $1."

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How the New York Public Library is embracing the art of video games - The Verge

How the New York Public Library is embracing the art of video games - The Verge | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
How the New York Public Library is embracing the art of video gamesThe VergeThe New York Public Library has played host to book clubs, film clubs, and since May of this year, a video game club.
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 19, 2012 2:30 AM

Senior librarian Thomas Knowlton use of the library's social space!

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Hottest Tech Toys for the Holidays? Library Offers Webinar Aid

Hottest Tech Toys for the Holidays? Library Offers Webinar Aid | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A live webinar discussing the hottest tech toys for the 2012 holiday season is set for Dec. 12 at Tampa Bay area libraries, including at the Brandon Regional Library on Vonderburg Drive. Also, at any remote location with Internet access.
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The New York Public Library: The Macaroni and Cheese Challenge

The New York Public Library: The Macaroni and Cheese Challenge | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
It is no secret that The New York Public Library has a hearty appreciation for food. Our current exhibition, Lunch Hour NYC, contains a healthy dose of material about the quintessential mid-day meal -- including menus, lunch boxes, even an Automat! But that's not all! Next week, the Library will be enjoying a particularly tasty week of programming.

--HuffingtonPost

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Turn off Google and Go to the Library (Design Edge Canada)

Turn off Google and Go to the Library (Design Edge Canada) | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Librarians are pathologically helpful. Google could care less."

Reviews how libraries can help designers with the creative process


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Edmonton Public Library hopes to put bookmobiles back on the street in 2013

Edmonton Public Library hopes to put bookmobiles back on the street in 2013 | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Leanne Drury Melsness, manager of the library’s digital literacy initiatives, said the vans would be much more than bookmobiles, but would actual aim to bring all of what the library has to offer to the community.

“They would have access to some of EPLs great content and e-content,” she said. “Picture, like a pop-up Internet café, or a recording studio or a gaming kit.”

In addition the library hopes to be able to issue library cards from the vans and would aim to have them at local events and festivals.

“The types of places we could travel to would be events, and parks, child-care facilties and hospitals there are many different institutions,” she said."

--Ryan Tunilly Metro Edmonton

Spotted by Gary Price (infoDOCKET/Library Journal)

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10 Ways The Library Of The Future Will Be Different

10 Ways The Library Of The Future Will Be Different | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The 10 ways, as recommended by TeachThoughtStaff (@TeachThought) are:

 

* more technology

* sensory story times, for more inclusive programming that meets the needs of autism spectrum and developmentally delayed children

* better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults and children

* automation

* emphasizing community space

* more social media savvy

* digital media labs

* electronic outposts, which might preserve the history of the surrounding communites as well as add more personal experiences 

* crowdsourcing

* more active librarians

 

-- spotted by N J State Library (@njstatelibrary)

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Librarians Build Communities (Skills Based Volunteering)

Librarians Build Communities (Skills Based Volunteering) | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Mission:

To connect librarians with libraries and community organizations in need of skilled volunteers in order to form meaningful volunteer opportunities and to improve awareness of the expertise librarians possess.

--spotted by Library as Incubator (@IArtLibraries)

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Library Lab Puts on Show

Library Lab Puts on Show | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The Awesome Box, a brightly colour returns box which shares books decided by students as too good not to share, is just one of the library projects coming out of the Harvard Library Lab. 

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