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Ways libraries are becoming more than socially responsive and resilent for their communities
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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."

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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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London [Game developer] studio scores Birmingham Library [App] contract

“There are lots of connections between libraries and electronic gaming: they are both all about discovery, fun and learning,” said Birmingham councillor Mike Whitby.

“This gaming experience is just one of the ways that the Library of Birmingham hopes to be able to attract new visitors and reflects the library’s intention to be a library for the twenty first century. We feel confident that Preloaded will create a concept that the public will love.”

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ALA recognizes four library programs as top cutting-edge services in third annual contest | American Libraries Magazine

* Snap & Go, Contra Costa County Library, CA
Using QR (Quick Response) codes, Snap & Go serves as an innovative delivery mechanism for traditional library services. From local transit ads to posters to newspaper ads, Contra Costa County is delivering instant access to library materials and services to cardholders with mobile phones. By scanning the code with a reader on their phones, users are directed to downloadable e-books and audiobooks, virtual museum passes, interactive reference service, account and catalog search and readers' advisory tools. QR codes placed on popular titles take readers to "read-alike" lists created by library staff. Usage of the library's mobile site has increased 16 percent since Contra Costa implemented Snap & Go. http://guides.ccclib.org/qr

 

* Participatory Platforms for Learning, New Canaan High School Library, CT
New Canaan's Participatory Platforms for Learning program strives to cultivate curiosity throughout the learning community and encourage experimentation with new tools for content creation, publication and participation. The program includes deploying the full complement of Google applications; advocating a culture of intellectual freedom; using Twitter for current events research; and using Facebook groups for students to record their research process and provide feedback to others in the group. The program enmeshes learning and the "real world" to teach students digital citizenship by encouraging them to become responsible information consumers, creators and contributors in the public domain. Their online portal is at: http://nchslibraryannex.blogspot.com/

 

 

*Map Warper Toolkit, New York Public Library, NY
The Map Warper toolkit allows staff and the public to virtually stretch (or geo-rectify) historical maps onto a digital model of the world à la Google Maps or OpenStreetMap, transforming old atlases into interactive spatial environments. Participants also can go deeper, tracing and transcribing specific map features into a growing public database. The project adds to the historical and scholarly record while engaging library patrons in building digital resources. The service is managed by the NYPL Labs group, developed in collaboration with EntropyFree, an open source geospatial software firm. The tools are in the process of being published to an open code repository for other libraries, scholars and cultural heritage workers to use and build upon. http://maps.nypl.org

 

* Gimme Engine, Scottsdale Public Library, AZ
The Gimme Engine mobile website helps customers find a great book to read based on a library staffer's recommendation and review. Gimme combines library catalog MARC data, content enrichment service images and descriptions and library staff book reviews on Goodreads.com to create a unique experience. Gimme, which was developed with monies received from an LSTA grant, was created to meet a need stated by both library and non-library users; they wanted book recommendations powered by library staff. The Gimme engine is a creative solution to meet these customer needs. You can use Gimme for yourself by visiting: http://gimme.scottsdalelibrary.org

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library play | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

library play | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
we stopped off to pick up some books and they played for alot longer than i planned!!!
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The Library as Aquarium, or, The SOPA Post @ BeerBrarian

The Library as Aquarium, or, The SOPA Post @ BeerBrarian | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

A weekend trip to the Baltimore Aquarium, gets our author thinking about why a place about fish can talk about the environment but a place about learning and knowledge can't or won't talk about access to information.

"The integration of conservation into the aquarium is natural, and organic, not tacked on. We need to do the same in libraries." @BeerBrarian

 

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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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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."


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DIY Space For Biohackers Lets Fosters Open Sources Experiments @PSFK

DIY Space For Biohackers Lets Fosters Open Sources Experiments @PSFK | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
BioCurious fosters a community of science enthusiasts for collaborative projects.
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Nice Zoning Signs from the University of Houston Libraries | Walking Paper

Nice Zoning Signs from the University of Houston Libraries | Walking Paper | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

A Zone for everything and everything in its zone at the University of Houston Libraries

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Daily Kos: Walking among dead trees and flat screens

Daily Kos: Walking among dead trees and flat screens | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Luck. Storytelling. Pride. All in one little building in my neighborhood, slowly slipping away." brooklynbadboy laments the diminished role of browsing and discovering books and the local library. 

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Westport Library to kick off 'WestportStories' program - Westport-News

Westport Public Library CT interviews notable residents, which will broadcast them on local cable, streamed on the library website and make them available to checkout from the branches on DVD.

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We search the world for libraries with street cred. @wheelercentre Books, Writing, Ideas

We search the world for libraries with street cred. @wheelercentre Books, Writing, Ideas | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Some time ago, we reported on a tiny phone booth library located in Somerset, England. We even pondered whether it may be the world’s smallest. But it seems the field is thicker with competition than one might first think." @wheelercentre

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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.

--spotted by @jpvandyke

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