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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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Getting rid of jargon: a library website usability study

Getting rid of jargon: a library website usability study | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Results from a library usability study offer insights iinto plain language on websites

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Great libraries are the mark of a great city - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Great libraries are the mark of a great city - Fort Worth Star Telegram | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"As the library works to implement the master plan, the public must remain engaged in the conversation. At budget time, the library is often among the first things on the list for cuts when there is a funding shortage. Many residents, however, have made it clear that they see libraries as an "essential service" the city must provide.

Fort Worth is a great city. Great cities have great libraries."

 

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International Public Space Library | SYNCHRONICITY

International Public Space Library | SYNCHRONICITY | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Hotel libraries, little letterbox libraries on street corners, and now another version of the "book littering" concepts with the rather wordy International Public Space Library.

Love the idea of getting books into the hands of people, and just wondering if libraries themselve might do something similar. Also love the quote "Libraries are not made; they grow." (Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), Chief Secretary of Ireland)

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Library Love: Things You Love About Your Local Libraries

Library Love: Things You Love About Your Local Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
We've been seeing (and reporting) lots of news about local libraries closing, library budget cuts and layoffs in our communities. In light of this, we think it's important to remember everything that we cherish about our libraries.
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The Spaghetti Sauce Moment for Libraries

When considering a new library, Andy Woodworth (Agnostic,maybe) says, "What matters here is the community, not the expectations or opinions of remote colleagues or antiquated notions as to what a public is or is not."

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Jarvis: A radical new approach at the library

What the heck is going on at the Windsor Public Library?

"You have to have a livable community,”[Library CEO Barry] Holmes said. “I think the library is part of the solution.”

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NPR.org » Libraries Make Room For High-Tech 'Hackerspaces'

NPR.org » Libraries Make Room For High-Tech 'Hackerspaces' | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Another example of a library hackspace, this time in a trailer parked at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne IN.

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Copenhagen’s Wish Library | Walking Paper

Copenhagen’s Wish Library | Walking Paper | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The Library House in Copenhagen - a small public library - took a cue from the Garage Library in Malmo and is experimenting with participatory design."

"They’re currently focused on young adults, asking them directly what they want to do in the library. The first wish granted? A place to paint fingernails."

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What’s the Buzz about 21st Century Libraries? A Virtual Panel Discussion | Jonathan Maberry’s Big, Scary Blog

What’s the Buzz about 21st Century Libraries? A Virtual Panel Discussion | Jonathan Maberry’s Big, Scary Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"A library is not the sum of its books. It’s a place in which people can access information. This increasingly includes programming, especially for teens and children. For many young people, the library is the only safe space they can go to after-school. Librarians are stepping up to the challenge to make the library a cool place as well. Teen librarianship is one of the fastest-growing segments of librarianship because the profession has recognized a need to more comprehensively serve this population..." via @librarybeth


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Fostering Community Development Through Public Libraries | IREX

Fostering Community Development Through Public Libraries | IREX | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Bar Rayon’s library [Ukraine] is one of approximately 1,800 that will receive public access computers, training, and support from the Bibliomist program. Currently, the library is a hub for the community to share expertise and to keep up to date on new opportunities. The librarians use the computers to search for grant opportunities and post them on a community blog."

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How Libraries Are About More Than Books

How Libraries Are About More Than Books | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"So the question, and it's a huge question, is, 'What even is a library anymore?'" said Cesar Pelli, the world-renowned architect and designer of the Minneapolis Central Library.

While this large urban library has greater resources than many of its suburban and rural counterparts -- the building itself, which opened in 2006, cost some $138 million -- librarians across the country are looking to institutions such as this to show the way forward. For their part, the librarians here say their hope is that this library can be more of a cultural center than a book repository."

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Open Air Library In An Abandoned Industrial Landscape

Open Air Library In An Abandoned Industrial Landscape | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Magdeburg, Germany, is the place where you can visit and admire the Open Air Library.
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Only one in 10 know what Ctrl-F does [And is it the library's job to teach them?]

Only one in 10 know what Ctrl-F does [And is it the library's job to teach them?] | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Originally posted by @perkinsy.

"[Mark] Pesce [a futurist and honorary associate in digital cultures at the University of Sydney] said the responsibility to educate the public on such tools could fall on librarians, who use search tools as part of their job."

"Librarians shouldn't have to educate everyone. They should simply be capable of training people who can then train other people."

 

 

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The Princeton Public Library is the Community Living Room

The Princeton Public Library is the Community Living Room | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ recently reached a milestone, and celebrated its 100th birthday this past October! 


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Genesee District Library announces 2012 line-up for virtual author chats

Genesee District Library announces 2012 line-up for virtual author chats | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Genesee District Library (GDL) will offer readers the chance to connect with four best-selling authors starting the first of the year during their Virtual Author Chat Series.
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Content Creation, Media Labs, and Hackerspaces | David Lee King

Content Creation, Media Labs, and Hackerspaces | David Lee King | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"I've been thinking about content creation and libraries lately. Right now, we collect content - hence our shelves of stuff. Yes, we do many other things too. But if you look at our buildings, they have been, by and large, designed for collections of stuff – for collecting content."

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New McAllen library opens to large crowd - Monitor

New McAllen library opens to large crowd - Monitor | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
New McAllen library opens to large crowdMonitorMcALLEN —Despite a light drizzle and cool temperatures, more than 2000 people stood in line for the grand opening of the new McAllen Public Library.
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Christmas tree made of books at Inglewood library

Christmas tree made of books at Inglewood library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Christmas tree made of books: An assistant librarian in Inglewood has built a Christmas tree made of stacked red and green books.
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Haspiel donates minicomics to Library of Congress | The Beat

Haspiel donates minicomics to Library of Congress | The Beat | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"There was an incredible amount of stuff in this collection, which probably dated from the late ’90s until the late ’00s. There were comics I didn’t even know existed and plenty of things I kept threatening to take (but I didn’t. You’re welcome, America)." 

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Library Express to Stay at Mall at Steamtown

Library Express to Stay at Mall at Steamtown | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Going to the mall usually involves buying things, but at the Mall at Steamtown in Scranton you can now borrow things too.
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Technology Transforming Public Libraries [VIDEO]

Technology Transforming Public Libraries [VIDEO] | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Access to the latest devices and tutorials on how to use them are all available at your local library.
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Celebrating Literacy in the Library and Inviting Participation

Celebrating Literacy in the Library and Inviting Participation | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"How do you invite a participatory culture in your library? For me, this is a term that is an embedded part of my philosophy. I strive to find ways for students to have multiple opportunities to connect, participate, collaborate, and create in the media center throughout the year. [...]

After several impromptu conversations with parents and teachers recently, I’ve come to value the power of library sponsored literacy contests and reading promotions."


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New Timberlands school will have public library branch - The City of Red Deer

"“This is a great opportunity for partnership in our community,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling. “The library will be a great resource for students, and provide a gathering space for the community to use and to enjoy the programs offered by the public library board.”

A public library branch will create stronger connections in the community and emphasize the importance of literacy and education in the community, said Lawrence Lee, Board Chair of the Red Deer Public School Board."

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