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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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A New Chapter Begins: Renovated Loveland Public Library increases space ... - ReporterHerald.com

A New Chapter Begins: Renovated Loveland Public Library increases space ... - ReporterHerald.com | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Newly renovated Loveland Public Library CO includes drive-through check-out and book lockers for after hour retrieval.

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New annual event highlights public library assets | ReminderNews

New annual event highlights public library assets | ReminderNews | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The first “Take Your Child to the Library” day was the idea of Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Conn. Lipman thought the event would be a good way to promote everything that public libraries have to offer, as well as a way to encourage parents to spend time with their children and books.

--Jim Bennett

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Speed dating goes literary

Speed dating goes literary | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"You are Read Dating.

"The [Vancouver Public Library] tried this out for the first time this winter: a book-club/speed-dating hybrid, where singles rotate around the room, spending four minutes each with about 20 others, all armed with a favourite book (or DVD or CD) to break the ice; something to help fill in those awkward pre-first-date gaps."

-Globe and Mail spotted by @Libraryfey

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Library360 – a new Video Series for my Library | David Lee King

Library360 – a new Video Series for my Library | David Lee King | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Here’s the first video for Library360, a new video series for my library. Our goals are pretty simple (or lofty): to introduce our library’s customers to the library – our services, staff, etc. All the cool stuff the library does that doesn’t always get noticed."

David Lee King

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Cooking class brings new audience to library

Cooking class brings new audience to library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Glen Ellyn Public Library hosted its first cooking class for 20-and 30-somethings Wednesday night as part of a program intended to draw more young adults to the library.
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The New York Public Library / 1100 Architect

The New York Public Library / 1100 Architect | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Review of new Battery Park City branch:

"As a new branch without an ingrained pattern of community use, it was critical for the design to establish a presence that would attract visitors."

"The bright, colorful children’s section occupies the space adjacent to the street frontage, making it evident to onlookers that the design transforms the standard library stack and reading areas into a vision for the 21st century."

"The library operates primarily as a self-service system requiring the layout to be easy to navigate and exceptionally user-friendly."

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Libraries to be “pop-up” tourist information points during Olympics

Libraries to be “pop-up” tourist information points during Olympics | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Libraries and museums will become “pop-up” tourist information points for the 2012 Games to help cater for the influx of tourists.

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EIFL's 14 new public library services around the world

EIFL's 14 new public library services around the world | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is proud to announce the launch of fourteen new public library services that help meet their countries national development targets by serving local community development needs.

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Reconfiguring Library Boundaries

"[Lorcan Dempsey] focuses on changes in how libraries are using their resources to create value: space, systems, collections and services/expertise. What should libraries specialize in and what things should they do collaboratively or externalize to other parties? Watch this video to learn how libraries are dealing with these and other important issues now as well as how they may do so in the future."

-OCLC website

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Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability

Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The children’s section of any neighborhood public library is invariably the first public place where children are exposed to educative activities," says Vanessa Morris, professor of Library Science at Drexel University. "Typically, children will visit the public library before they enroll into preschool. Thus the children’s library is a vital starting point for intellectual, academic and social inspiration for all generations."

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Stories: Libraries Leading Community

Stories: Libraries Leading Community | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

@pps_placemaking: Libraries are coming up w/ways to build communities around them. 6 strategies

* Integrating social services

*School-library partnerships

*Hackerspace

*Express library

*Human library

*Mobile libraries

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Innovating the Library Way - Grant McCracken - Harvard Business ...

Innovating the Library Way - Grant McCracken - Harvard Business ... | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The librarians, facing stiff and seemingly insurmountable competition, found a mechanism that takes advantage of the library's Achilles' heel, that makes a virtue of its anti-virtuality. My local library is bricks and mortar. It's a very actually place in a very real world. This allows it to stage events that matter in ways that digital experiences cannot."

"Can your business make the same claim?"

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The time for Libraries is NOW - Slideshare

Ned Potter:

"This is a call to arms for libraries, inspired loosely by the famous SHIFT HAPPENS deck.

Feel free to embed it anywhere and everywhere, with attribution."


Via Karen du Toit
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Twitter Tales about Libraries

@victoriakole: "The library is wayyy too much fun. #youcomeheretostudy? http://t.co/uQAdNjYV (The library is wayyy too much fun. #youcomeheretostudy?"

 

@Zombiflyboy: "Got this from library today :D http://t.co/Wids0Oqo"

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The Reporter: Library's cafe adds more foods for bookworms

"We don’t get any recipes online, we use my grandmother’s recipes and recipes from early 1900s cookbooks we get at the Friends of the Library book sales,” she added. “We have a peanut butter cookie recipe from the 1900s, a red velvet cake recipe that was my grandmother Helga Jensen’s recipe, and an English toffee that we make from one of Helga’s handwritten 1930s recipes. We also have a lingonberry bar that is a bestseller.”

"We’re going to be adding more Middle Eastern dishes to the menu, like falafel. “Mohammad is from Jordan, so we want to do a bunch of different foods melding those cultures to add to our homemade hummus and vegetarian panini.”

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Best Small Library in America 2012: The Independence Public Library, KS - Library Journal

Best Small Library in America 2012: The Independence Public Library, KS - Library Journal | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Winner of Best Small Library in America 2012, The Independence Public Library, KS, fights to make a difference in its community and isn't shy about telling people about itself.

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LibraryYOU - Sharing Local Knowledge

LibraryYOU - Sharing Local Knowledge | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

(September 28th 2012) Followup to post:

Donna Fedden for Escondido Public Library conducted a TechSoup for Libraries webinar on September 25 which you can hear from here http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events/from-content-consumers-to-content-creators, as well as resources from TechSoup for Libraries on the topic from here http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/blog/libraries-fostering-content-creation-webinar-follow-up

 

 

"LibraryYOU is a project by the Escondido Public Library to collect and share local knowledge through videos and podcasts.

via Walkingpaper

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Public Libraries Adding Language Learning Software

Public Libraries Adding Language Learning Software | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Wayne County’s [N.C.] library staff also uses the software [Mango Languages] themselves to communicate more effectively with non-native English speaking patrons.  [Meagen Wilson, reference librarian] said becoming versed in phrases such as “hello” and “goodbye” in other languages gives non-English speaking and ESL patrons a better library experience.

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Therapy Dogs’ Presence Steadily Grows in Libraries

Therapy Dogs’ Presence Steadily Grows in Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"When it comes to learning, libraries around the country are steadily discovering that a dog can teach patrons, young and old, a few tricks.

The Oshkosh Public Library in Wisconsin is offering a “Read to a Dog” program to improve children’s literacy skills. It is is open to children of all ages and takes place in 20 minute blocks."

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Ghana Together News: Axim Public Library, Part 2...

Ghana Together News: Axim Public Library, Part 2... | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Post about successful Ghanaian public library programs to students in their local community.

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Pick Me! Pick Me! | ALSC Blog

Pick Me! Pick Me! | ALSC Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"We recently put up a book display that has books flying off of the shelves! Flying, I tell you! It seems that as soon as we fill it up, it is empty again.

"Our “Pick Me! Pick Me!” display features colorful bookmarks with a handwritten message about each title. Sure, it is staff intensive to get those bookmarks finished, but it works. On the back of each bookmark it says “What do you think?” so kids can add their own comments before returning it with the book."

ALSC Community Forum

 

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Slovenian library creates surprise book packs based on genre

Slovenian library creates surprise book packs based on genre | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

First we saw "Surprise Books at Multnomah County Library" @walkingpapers (http://www.walkingpaper.org/4810). Now, the Ljubljana City Library, Slovenia has run a similar program. @springwise

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Shifting Roles for Public Libraries: From Supporting Player to Community Engagement Leader

Shifting Roles for Public Libraries: From Supporting Player to Community Engagement Leader | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"According to the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the public library is an institution that has long upheld a reputation as a highly-trusted and valued public resource. Therefore, it has the capacity to play an extremely important role in advancing dialogue and community engagement."

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