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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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Designing Better Libraries » Discovering Inspiration In The Retail Sector

"If you want to learn how cool retail works, you'd go to an Apple Store. [...] It’s all about creating value beyond the transaction."

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A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur

A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Could public and academic libraries supply necessary talent for the "City as a Startup"?

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New 5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2012 – Stephen's Lighthouse

New 5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2012 – Stephen's Lighthouse | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Many branch libraries and library systems run like small businesses and many offer services to support local business. This post link might be useful from both perspectives.

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Jeremy Wheeler’s AADL Event Posters | Walking Paper

Jeremy Wheeler’s AADL Event Posters | Walking Paper | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Poster inspiration from Ann Arbor (MI) Public Library.

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Cool App Roundup: Library Edition

Cool App Roundup: Library Edition | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

TechSoup highlights how mobile apps can help libraries connect clients with their services.

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Columbian.com - Library's Early Learning Center inspires children’s imaginations

Columbian.com - Library's Early Learning Center inspires children’s imaginations | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

“It looks like a bright, beautiful playground, which is exactly the point,” says a library publication.

“PLAY is the work of early childhood. The imagination-fueling play the ELC encourages gets children questioning and learning about the world around them, and finding inspiration for their innate curiosity and imagination. While they’re having fun engaging and exploring, they’re also developing pre-literacy skills critical for school readiness.”

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Twitter / Ted Logan: Here is a library that actually invites its patrons to use their phones

Here is a library that actually invites its patrons to use their phones. (That's a QR code.) Take that, Longmont. http://t.co/NJj5rEsi
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Here is a library that actually invites its patrons to use their phones. (That's a QR code.) Take that, Longmont. http://t.co/NJj5rEsi (Here is a library that actually invites its patrons to use their phones.
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Jumbo Cardboard Box Kiosk Promotes New Search App @PSFK

Jumbo Cardboard Box Kiosk Promotes New Search App @PSFK | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

If a South Korean search engine company, Naver, can use a pop-up cardboard container, why couldn't libraries do something similar? 

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Check out the New Image Café!

Check out the New Image Café! | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Great way to stir up interest in your local history or digital image collections. University of Houston's Image Cafe lets you browse and download images from their collection.

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Warren Township Library TV show - 'Check It Out' - back after 10-year hiatus

Library show "Check It Out" back on the air twice a day on local cable since September, after a short break. 

From tweet by Sally Pewhairangi (@sallyheroes)

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The End [of the Auckland Libraries Supertour 2011]

The End  [of the Auckland Libraries Supertour 2011] | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

A travel-blog with the single mission "One year, one city, 55 libraries."

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Is a digital media lab right for you? « Tame The Web

Is a digital media lab right for you? « Tame The Web | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"However, this post is for those of you who are considering starting a DML and wondering if you will enjoy it as an aspect of your job." Covers software, hardware and most importantly, administration especially training and hiring

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Why Library Cards Make Great Gifts

Eastern Counties Regional Library/Bibliotheque Regionale Eastern Counties, Nova Scotia, makes wonderful video on why a library card makes a great Christmas gift

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Amphitheatre Bookshop Reimagines The Reading Space [Pics] – PSFK

Amphitheatre Bookshop Reimagines The Reading Space [Pics] – PSFK | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

This layout would make a great space for a public library.

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Selfridges to open in-store library

Selfridges to open in-store library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

This "reading room" library won't let visitors take books out. What a great opportunity for Public Libraries to make a circulating library available for everyone.

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New Otets Paisiy Public Library in old trolley bus

New Otets Paisiy Public Library in old trolley bus | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

New popup public library proposed as a way to revitalize a small city square in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Library will occupy an old trolleybus which used to service the same neighbourhood, “Otets Paisiy” Street.

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Decatur Public Library partners with fitness centers to provide free exercises classes

Decatur Public Library partners with fitness centers to provide free exercises classes | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

It's like having exercise bikes in the library.  Visitors to Decatur Public Library looking for  health and fitness information this winter will also have the opportunity to try out various exercise styles. The library has joined with the Decatur Indoor Sports Center and Decatur Family YMCA to provide a series of free trial exercise classes and demonstrations this month.

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[David Weinberger] Library News | Linked in Groups @ Online ...

Did I ever mention the really useful site Matt Phillips and Jeff Goldenson at the Library Innovation Lab put up a couple of weeks ago? If you are interested in libraries and tech, Library News is a community-supported news site ...

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Redwood City libraries evolve into a 'community center for the mind' - San Jose Mercury News

"It's not a community center, per se, but it's about a community approach to learning," [Redwood City Library Director Dave] Genesy said. "It's a community center for the mind."

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murúa-valenzuela: taltal public library

murúa-valenzuela: taltal public library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

This unique 40m long and 7m wide library in the Southern Chilean city of  Taltal, uses its space brilliantly, with three storeys overlooking the central square and linking the city's historical theatre

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Windsor Public Library eliminates overdue fines in 2012

"Library chair Coun. Al Maghnieh said people should be rewarded, not punished, for using the library services."

-via Shannon Vossepoel (@libraryfey)

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6 minutes to print a book, Espresso Book Machine, Darien Library « Tame The Web

6 minutes to print a book, Espresso Book Machine, Darien Library « Tame The Web | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

That is what I call 3D printing. "Hey mommy! They're making a book!"

-video from Kathryn Greenhill and shown by Michael Stephens (TTW)

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Lawyers offer free consultations at public libraries in Benicia, Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald

Lawyers offer free consultations at public libraries in Benicia, Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Lawyers offer free consultations at public libraries in Benicia Public Library, CA.

"It would be nice to have something similar in Solano County," [Scott] Reep said. He added that starting the library program is "a first step" in expanding free and low-cost legal services to the needy.

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PLA - Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library is the Most Important Place in Town | Public Libraries Online

PLA - Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library is the Most Important Place in Town | Public Libraries Online | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Her Space Holiday’s Marc Bianchi On The Public Library (Magnet Magazine)c bianchi

Her Space Holiday’s Marc Bianchi On The Public Library (Magnet Magazine)c bianchi | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Go to the library, and say hello as you walk in. Look at the bulletin board for upcoming events. Walk the aisles. Flip through a book. Connect with being a student again. Have a conversation with someone who is browsing through the same section you are. Mutual interests lead to mutual respect. In a lot of places, the library is the entertainment industry of the community. As well as the only place where certain folks can have access to a computer. Which as we all know is becoming more and more essential to being a part of modern society."

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