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Mobile Computer Labs

Mobile Computer Labs | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

TechSoup for Libraries (love these guys, if you are not a regular follower or user of their resources, I would strongly encourage you to be) covers some best practises for mobile computer labs in their latest Edge Initiatives benchmarks. In this post, they look at a number of success stories:

* Poudre River Public Library District (Fort Collins, CO), where their suitcase lab brings training into people's living rooms,

* Lamar Public Library (Lamar, CO) serving a rural population of approx 8,000 people in se

Colorado

* Free Library of Philadelphia (PA), with their shiny Techmobile and community Hotspots.

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Play and Learn Islands

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One of the winners of the 2012 Bright Ideas Harvard University:

"Babies and young children learn through play. It is their source for information about the world. As part of the the Rancho Cucamonga [CA] Library’s mission to foster life-long learning, we now offer opportunities for young children to play while building skills for learning and literacy in all stages of life.

In the spring of 2010, we welcomed four Play and Learn Islands™ to the libraries, providing a new and unique way to bring play and learning to the youngest members of our community."

--Spotted in American Libraries Direct (@amlibraries)

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MVRDV: book mountain + library quarter, spijkenisse

MVRDV: book mountain + library quarter, spijkenisse | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
a mountain of bookshelves is contained by a glass-enclosed structure and pyramidal roof with a total surface area of 9,300 square meters.
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The Bookshelf Library, Mushashino University Library, Tokyo

The Bookshelf Library, Mushashino University Library, Tokyo | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

I'm a little hesitant to include this library here, until I looked beyond the architect's joke ("strip the idea of the library down to its most basic element -- the bookshelf", writes Jeff at BookRiot.com) and saw the people using the space. Like the empty shelf walls (which I don't believe will ever be full, but Jeff does, quipping "there is plenty of room to grow the collection") there looks to be lots of community space for students to make the empty building their own. I also, love the use of big bold graphic numbers to orientate the students to their collections. One photo shows these "sectional numbers" on the floor as a navigational mindmap. 

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Stratford Public Library participates in Culture Days

Stratford Public Library participates in Culture Days | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Stratford Public Library is happy to be participating in the 2012 Culture Days. We have four main programs that we are participating in:

Human Library
Paper Trails
Words to Live By: reading and book signing
Handmade Culture: show and sale of Stratford's craft, culture & creativity"

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Hinsdale Library adds artwork to collection - Chicago Tribune

Hinsdale Library adds artwork to collection - Chicago Tribune | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The pages of the books at Hinsdale Public Library are not blank, and walls aren't either, thanks to an effort to purchase original artwork to grace the walls and spark conversations among patrons.

The Hinsdale Public Library Art Committee, which is made up of trustees, staff, art experts and aficionados, is on a mission to turn the library into a center that brings focus not only to the written word but also to artwork by Chicago-area artists."

 

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Chincoteague library is a success story - Delmarva Now

Profile of Chincoteague Island Library (VA) which has partnered with Eastern Shore Public Library (Accomac, VA).

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A New Issue Brief From ALA Highlights Innovative Practices in Libraries | LJ INFOdocket

A New Issue Brief From ALA Highlights Innovative Practices in Libraries | LJ INFOdocket | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Libraries continue to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities. Some of the highly innovative services described in the report include:
* Creative technology incubators such as the Maker Station at the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library, where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and expertise. “Maker spaces” allow users to collaborate and create, expanding the parameters of information access at the library.

[Another institution experimenting with Technology and Maker space is Cleveland's TechCentral, who's Felton Thomas I interviewed with Kayhan B and Erin Anderson on our podcast Bibliotech http://dquarium.com/bibliotech/bibliotech24]
* The application of QR (Quick Response) codes by the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library delivers instant access to library materials and services to cardholders with a mobile phone. More public libraries are adopting mobile technology to increase community interaction, enhance access to services and improve channels for information dissemination.

[Gary Price also profiled a study called "QR Codes in the Library: are they worth the effort?" which I would recommend to anyone thinking of looking at the issue further http://www.infodocket.com/2012/09/22/article-qr-codes-in-the-library-are-they-worth-the-effort-analysis-of-a-qr-code-pilot-project/]
* To help local businesses gain a competitive edge, the Library System of Lancaster County (Pa.) offers the MarketEdge Competitive Intelligence Certification Program, which teaches people to perform effective competitor research. In effect, libraries are serving as small business incubators, providing a wide range of support including assistance for business plan development and current legal and financial databases."
From ALA's U.S. Public Libraries Weather the Storm

-- Spotted by Gary Price (@InfoDOCKET).

 

 

 

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Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design

Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Denver Public Library's plan to develop branches which appeal to the specific demographic and user patterns for their local communities is profiled.

-- spotted by Mal Booth @malbooth

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Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library

Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"In recent decades, much has been said about the demographic changes that New York City shares with the rest of the world. Yes, we are getting older!
One widespread response has been a surge of programs to promote creativity in mid- and later life."

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"The success of all of these classes, and the enthusiastic response of library staff witnessing them, has spurred us on to again join with Lifetime Arts — this time with several library systems throughout New York State — to participate in Creative Aging in New York State Libraries in 2012-2013. This will enable us to offer about 18 Creative Aging courses in 2013. Branches hosting the classes will be announced in January 2013."

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“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project

“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The “Come Write In” initiative is a sub-program of NaNoWriMo that encourages writers, or Wrimos, to use libraries as writing studios during NaNoWriMo. The initiative is part active programming, part marketing campaign – meaning that libraries can get involved to whatever degree they are comfortable with and however works best for their programming schedule

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NO MEAN CITY: York University Learning Commons

NO MEAN CITY: York University Learning Commons | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Profile of York University (Toronto CA) new Learning Commons, described by Brock James (partner with firm Levitt Goodman),

"[It] is not so much about books as about bringing together all the student supports on campus -- and giving a place for students to work together".

--Alex Bozikovic Spacingtoronto.ca

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Library, community center, preservation and more through creative partnership

"We each saw the potential to create a cultural or community center by joining the Speakeasy Movie Theater, library, community meeting and special event rooms, kitchen facilities and additional office spaces that will be available for other community organizations in the renovated building [heritage building]."

--  spotted in the SummitDaily.com

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Fernando Botero Park Library to revitalize city centre with cultural services to San Cristóbal, Colombia

Fernando Botero Park Library to revitalize city centre with cultural services to San Cristóbal, Colombia | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

This building includes  "exhibition space, theatre, music school, café / restaurant, library, dance school, plastic art workshops, multipurpose room and a playroom. All these areas are connected by interstices of public spaces; corridors, passageways and halls replicated as open galleries permitting temporary open exhibitions". "[A]imed at revitalizing the city center through the introduction of cultural facilities and services with the intent to meet the most urgent social needs of a predominantly low-income population that has long been marginalized from the social investment policies by the State." 

--ArchDaily

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Rockford library board accepts Sullivan [Theatre] Center as a donation

Rockford library board accepts Sullivan [Theatre] Center as a donation | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"This is not a stretch in what libraries do,” board President Paul Logli said before the vote, and the library has a chance to lead the way in a downtown arts resurgence.

-Chris Green, Rockford Register Star (spotted in LISNews)

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How To Design Library Space with Kids in Mind | Library by Design

How To Design Library Space with Kids in Mind | Library by Design | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"By considering the following principles, libraries can create children’s areas that provide a layered experience that works for youngsters of many ages and that provides multiple ways for children to learn, interact with other children or their caregivers, and achieve a sense of ­accomplishment."

The principles covered can very often be used for any libray space: 

* provide layered experiences

* create a beautiful building

* create simplicity, directness, and delight

* allow children/users to fill in the blanks

* offer paths to pride and accomplishment

* offer refuge within the building

* remembeer that kids/people need to move

* engage all the senses

* create a sense of anticipation [In our interview with Felton Thomas (http://dquarium.com/bibliotech/bibliotech24) he remarked that he wanted Cleveland's TechCentral to fill people with awe, that people would be surprised at the space and then filled with pride that it was their space, their public library]

-- Spotted by SQRsolutions.com @SQRsolutions

 

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The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Public Launch Party | Library as Incubator Project

The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Public Launch Party | Library as Incubator Project | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The dynamic and innovative Teen Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has long dabbled in digital media projects and maker crafts with film competitions, music recording programs, gaming tournaments and DIY art projects, but to commit to an ongoing program like The Labs is unprecedented. So why not throw a great big party to spread the word and excite teens around the city?

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Express Center brings Aurora library services to neighborhood - Chicago Daily Herald

Express Center brings Aurora library services to neighborhood - Chicago Daily Herald | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The Express Center, at 1100 Church Road, has been open since Sept. 17, but library officials held an event Friday to welcome the public to a space with five computers, e-readers for check-out and a small but varied collection of books, DVDs and magazines."

“We’re very excited; we live right down the street,” said Candi Vizcarra of Aurora, who walked to the grand opening Friday with her 6-month-old in a stroller and her other three children, ages two to 11, by her side. “We often come just for our weekly reading books.”

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Bringing History to the Future: How Libraries Are Reinventing Photo Collections | TechSoup for Libraries

Bringing History to the Future: How Libraries Are Reinventing Photo Collections | TechSoup for Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Libraries are using new technologies to are breathing new life into their digital photo collections. At the Future of Libraries 8.0 conference in San Francisco, librarians from the San Jose Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library discussed how they're using geocoding, crowdsourcing, and augmented reality with their digital photo archives.


Via Trudy Raymakers
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New Nashville library director is big on outreach

New Nashville library director is big on outreach | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Profile of new Nashville TN Public Library Director, Kent Oliver

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He emphasized literacy and technology improvements there, and also broke with tradition to establish a library branch within a nature park.

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Libraries don’t just hold books anymore. They can help teach and foster a sense of place, he said. And that goes for everyone.

“I really believe, strongly, the library is the most important public gathering place,” he said.

The library as the most important meet-up spot? Really, these days?

Absolutely, he said. And then he pointed out his office window to the library courtyard, where more than 700 people had just gathered for a free lunchtime concert and announcement about a new citywide reading program.

“We are certainly a place where everybody is welcome,” he said. “Regardless of their economic circumstances or their social circumstances, we are here to serve the public. That is why it’s so critical that we keep our doors open.”

-- spotted by Gary Price (@infoDocket)

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Apprentices of the Book Empire

Apprentices of the Book Empire | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Unique youth programming workshop where participants become the illustrator/authors and libraries are the publishers, with the participants having the option to have their works circulate as part of the library's collection.

-- @tulipsfromputin

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11 Most Surprising Items You Can Check Out of a Library

11 Most Surprising Items You Can Check Out of a Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The 11 "surprising items" are:

 

1) Therapy dogs,

2) Tools,

3) Hobby supplies,

4) Artwork,

5) Musical instruments,

6) Gadgets,

7) Cooking tools,

8) Toys,

9) Land ( eg, garden plots),

10) Telescopes, and

11) People ("Living Libraries")

If you are a system doing these things, or live in a community with such a system, congratulations. If you're not, what are you waiting for?

-- Originally spotted by @philshe

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Utica library to feature youth artwork during November

Utica library to feature youth artwork during November | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Last year, 132 people submitted artwork.

“I would say the majority of people take it very seriously, and you'll also get the grandparents dropping off their grandchild's Crayola doodle,” [Joshua] Carlson, [the library's director of Youth Services] said. “I think it's a really good blend.”

Carlson has worked at the library since 2009 and said the artwork gets better every year.

“Last year we were just blown away by the numbers of pieces that were really, really good,” he said."

-- Utica Observer Dispatch

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It's Nice That : East London library archive plundered for supercool collage project

It's Nice That : East London library archive plundered for supercool collage project | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Interesting way to open up your local archival collection, CLR James Library in Dalston, east London let local artists make collages out of their image collection.

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The next chapter for libraries | Association for Project Management

The next chapter for libraries | Association for Project Management | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Profile of new Library of Birmingham, which means to revitalize the city centre and become a model for public libraries with archival storage, exhibition space, and outdoor amphitheatre. 

"This is not just about building a library -- it is about place-making, about what the library can do for the city's quality of life"

-Brian Gambles, Project Director quoted by Lucy Clay in Association for project management blog 

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