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Ways libraries are becoming the co-social (think co-working with services) platform for their communities
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Robolibraries rolling out in suburbs

Robolibraries rolling out in suburbs | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Libraries short on cash, parking and staff are looking at self-service options to reach customers during off hours without adding work for employees.

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Libraries with Social Media XFactor

"Libraries with X-factor are active agents within their community"

--via Sally Pewhairangi
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Tiny Libraries, DIY Reading Rooms, and Other Micro Book Depots - Flavorwire

Tiny Libraries, DIY Reading Rooms, and Other Micro Book Depots - Flavorwire | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Flavorwire's survey of the emerging public library spaces, including the "Dreamer's Lounge":

"Cleveland’s Pop Up City initiative — part of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative — runs events and hosts installations that temporarily occupy vacant buildings and active vacant land ” … in ways that shine a spotlight on some of Cleveland’s spectacular but underutilized properties.” Their Dreamer’s Lounge was a one night only, pop-up library that brought the gorgeous, but vacant, Broadway Free Library back to life for an evening filled with books. All volumes were then donated to the Cleveland School District. We hope events like these will encourage more pop-up library nights in cities everywhere."

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Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ...

Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ... | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

BY BLAIR KAMIN:

"What should a 21st Century library look like? To ask that question is to conjure futuristic visions--of libraries that resemble sleek Apple stores; of librarians who stroll around their branches with computer tablets, and of robots ..."


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Announcing The Great Library Roadshow

Announcing The Great Library Roadshow | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Love the subtitle: " Seeking the Intersection of Innovation and Community" Fabulous project with someone I've interviewed  Lisa Carlucci Thomas (@lisacarlucci), along with Patrick Sweeney and Josh Hadro. If you are in their path, you need to come out and meetup with them. I'll share more about the roadshow as it progresses from Charlotte NC to Philadelphia PA.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How Twitter Helps Overcome Inequity With Rural Internet Access

Free Technology for Teachers: How Twitter Helps Overcome Inequity With Rural Internet Access | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Great idea for rural libraries from FreeTech4Teachers: 

"Set up your school with a twitter account, and all your stakeholders--parents, students, board members, the community--can easily get up-to-date information on their handheld devices. We regularly use our Twitter account to send out calendar updates, school assembly information, articles on current topics in education, and “what’s happening in class now” pictures."

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iLibrarian » 26 Tips for Using Pinterest for Business

iLibrarian » 26 Tips for Using Pinterest for Business | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Think of adding Pinterest to your library's social media channels? Take a look at this resource from Ellyssa Kroski at iLibrarian

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UCLA Young Research Library renovations completed; usage levels have doubled / UCLA Newsroom

UCLA Young Research Library renovations completed; usage levels have doubled / UCLA Newsroom | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"During the fall quarter, over 195,000 people visited the library, more than double the number during the same period the year before."[...]

"An open, collaborative research commons offers 22 flexible, technology-enabled "pods" in which students and faculty can utilize library resources, conduct research and work with one another. Holding up to 10 users, each pod contains a large LCD monitor operated by a laptop. Also part of the commons are 15 group-study rooms, a classroom and a laptop lending desk. The research commons has been very popular with both instructors and students, accommodating everything from instructional sessions to office hours to project demonstrations."

 

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this place did not exist last time i was here

pstamatiou's photo on Instagram..."Undergraduate Learning Commons"

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Great libraries from little seeds grow: Gardeners helping build collections in County system

Great libraries from little seeds grow: Gardeners helping build collections in County system | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Another great example of a seed library, this time sponsored by the Pima County Public Library AZ

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Library Parties Like It's 1887 -- & Beyond 2012 | New Haven Independent

Library Parties Like It's 1887 -- & Beyond 2012  |  New Haven Independent | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

New Haven Free Public Library CT celebrates 125th anniversary with Mardi Gras Party and a positive look to the future with new branding. "Customers" will be greeted to new tag lines like  “unleashing potential” and “creating community."  City Librarian Christopher Korenowsky commented to the New Haven Independent,  “Priority is to craft an exemplary customer experience.” [...] “We compete for people’s time and attention. Free time is at a premium. We can’t be different from any other industry.”

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Public Library Renovations Get Underway

Public Library Renovations Get Underway | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Prince George Public Library adds more space for computers with floating deck called the SkyLab

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Cedar Grove Library appeals to broader audience with new initiatives - NorthJersey.com

Cedar Grove Library appeals to broader audience with new initiatives - NorthJersey.com | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Everyone knows that they can find books, videos and newspapers at their local library. But who would have thought they could also access baking pans, Nintendo Wii games, and Jenga?"

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20 Everyday Ways To Escape The Library Echo Chamber

20 Everyday Ways To Escape The Library Echo Chamber | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Libraries and information professionals are stuck in a bit of an echo chamber. We spend  too much time talking to one another, and not nearly enough time talking to the potential users. Read Sally's tips for thinking about your library services from other perspectives.


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The Once and Future Library | American Libraries Magazine

The Once and Future Library | American Libraries Magazine | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Thankfully, libraries have been migrating away from a reliance solely on books—and quietude—for years. The old model of one big room with a Queen Mary–sized circulation/reference desk and stacks in the back, while perhaps a fond memory for some, has long been passé. Where once the sheer number of volumes afforded status, today the important statistics are how many pertinent and engaging services and programs are offered and how many rooms, sociable niches, intimate nooks, and computer crannies are available for people to meet in, do their taxes online, collaborate, learn how to operate an e-reader, hold a book club session, gossip, have a cup of coffee, navigate the Medicare bureaucracy (with a librarian’s help), record music, write and read poetry, and on and on.

What are we looking at? In general terms, there will be more, varied spaces but probably less overall square footage, fewer physical books, and more services. Compact, efficient libraries can be a good thing for patrons as users and taxpayers. A public library addition that I am working on has shrunk from more than 40,000 square feet (based on a nearly decade-old plan that projected the book and VHS tape collections would continue to grow linearly) to less than 20,000 square feet—most of which is dedicated to children and young people. Space for this constituency is actually on the rise in many public libraries."

--Charles G. Mueller

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Creating the public library of the future - Globe and Mail

Creating the public library of the future - Globe and Mail | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

DPLA's Martin Gomez interviewed by The Globe and Mail.

"Gomez: But unlike the general Internet, there’d be more authenticity, more verification of content. Public libraries have a lot of public trust. And if libraries don’t do it, who will?

Globe and Mail: The answer to that might be Google.

Gomez: I think they are trying to. But that content would be made available for a price. Public libraries function as intermediaries on behalf of the public, to make sure content is available to students, families and the general public – not at zero cost, but at a cost already built into their taxes."

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The Power of Local Resources….Untapped Potential for Your Library? | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

"Simply put, it’s the utilization of their local resources, of history, genealogy, and local authors. This is the sort of information that is highly desired, yet sometimes falls off the radar, lost to the deluge of publishers, best-sellers and other more “trendy” technological items."

-Tony Brandy at Teleread

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New anarchist library in Zurich

New anarchist library in Zurich | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

I wish all libraries and library members had such passion.

"This library will be a meeting place; between freedom-loving people and ideas; between rebels of the present and rebels of the past; between social struggles here and elsewhere. A meeting place between all those who reject this society, which is based on the principle of authority, and the very idea of anarchy, which is based on solidarity and self-organization." [...]

"The books in this library should be neither goods for mere amusement, nor materials for mere study, neither old stories for an escape in nostalgia, nor ideologies in search of followers. They should be ferment, leaven of ideas that cause the social mixture to simmer and stimulate the thirst for action. They should be a tool; towards the subversion of the prevailing regime and the construction of free relations."

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A new approach to public space in Geelong library

A new approach to public space in Geelong library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Waurn Ponds is the new public library now complete, designed by Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop (WMIA) on a small site wedged between two sports grounds in Geelong [Victoria, Australia]."

“We decided to go with a braver approach…It’s like a little jewellery box.”

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The Geelong library no one is talking about...

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Library User Experience Grab Bag! | Walking Paper

Library User Experience Grab Bag! | Walking Paper | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
There's been a ton of great stuff about library website user experience recently.

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Steal This Idea: How Libraries Can Become Community Publishers | Digital Book World

Here is one good way to turn public libraries into centers for community publishing.

-@natenatenate

Update: Nate Hill has published an extended version on the PLA Blog http://plablog.org/2012/02/a-two-part-plan-to-make-your-library-a-local-publisher.html

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Pima County Public Library hires public health nurse - Tucson Citizen

Pima County Public Library hires public health nurse - Tucson Citizen | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Another great service from Pima County Public Library AZ, partnering with Public Health to become first library in the nation to employ a public health nurse on site. 

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From Twitter: @myRCPL: Use libraries and learn stuff ...

Use libraries and learn stuff... start now at http://t.co/ZjPkE74r #libraries http://t.co/PlmfAO43
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Use libraries and learn stuff...start now at http://t.co/ZjPkE74r #libraries http://t.co/PlmfAO43...

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Biggest floating library to dock in Subic Bay [Philippines]

Biggest floating library to dock in Subic Bay [Philippines] | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"MV Logos Hope – known as the largest among the floating libraries of the German-based organization Good Book for All (GBA) – will drop anchor in Subic Bay [The Philippines] on March 15 to April 8, 2012 to bring knowledge, help and hope to local folks, especially children."

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Central Falls library holding clothes give-away - Boston.com

"The public library in Central Falls (RI) that has struggled to keep its doors open is now set to give away clothing collected as part of a charitable drive."

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