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20/20 on Libraries in 2020

20/20 on Libraries in 2020 | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it

Recently, I was at a job interview in which the final question from the interviewers was something like this : “Where do you see libraries in the year 2020?” At that moment, I gave an answer as to where I thought it would be on the basis of what I knew about the demographics of the area, the funding levels, community support, and the current trends in the public library world. It was a damn good answer (if I might be so self-assured), but in the time since the interview the question itself has been turning over and over in my head.The more I think about it, the more I really don’t like it.


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Trudy Raymakers's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:34 PM

Pretty refreshing and honest post. So much talk about the possible futures of libraries and really do we know?

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Books fly out of Cape Town Airport Flybrary - HeraldLIVE

Books fly out of Cape Town Airport Flybrary - HeraldLIVE | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
THE shelves at Cape Town Airport's Flybrary are emptier than they were when the unmanned book exchange was first launched at the international arrivals hall three months ago.
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Libraries reach rural India via mobile & e-reader: improving health and breaking the cycle of poverty

Libraries reach rural India via mobile & e-reader: improving health and breaking the cycle of poverty | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
READ Global and Worldreader will create an innovative partnership to expand the reach of libraries in five rural communities in India, in order to serve those who are unable or unlikely to access the library, specifically women and children. We will provide e–readers and a mobile reading app available on low-end data-enabled feature phones to rural communities to: a) increase traffic to the libraries and b) allow villagers to access information on livelihoods, health, women’s issues, government
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Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college

Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - The library opening with the first day of classes on Monday at Florida's newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs - but not a single book. A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University's striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. "It's a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books," said Kathryn Miller, the university's director of libraries. Rising along a drab stretch of highway between Tampa and Orlando, Florida Polytechnic envisions building a technology corridor in the image of Silicon Valley.
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Borrow a robot from the library and more! Events programs and new technology available at resource center - With more people doing their reading on electronic devices these days the Secaucus Public...

Borrow a robot from the library and more! Events programs and new technology available at resource center - With more people doing their reading on electronic devices these days the Secaucus Public... | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
With more people doing their reading on electronic devices these days, the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is keeping up with the times. “One of our big projects is, we’re going to be lending Kindles,” said Library Director Jenifer May, speaking about the popular e-book reader from Amazon. “We’ve got them ready. They already have books on them.” Twelve Kindles will be available in the reference library. Each will have about 15 books on it, organized by genre. “We have a m...
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“A Food Truck for the Brain”:Literacy Van Hits the Streets

“A Food Truck for the Brain”:Literacy Van Hits the Streets | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
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The Edmonton Public Library is hitting the streets to bring exciting library programs and the latest technology to Edmontonians.

The first in a series of four literacy vans, epl2go will visit new neighbourhoods and underserved communities in Edmonton, creating a pop up library space for learning, discovering and creating.

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Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries - tech - 17 July 2014 - New Scientist

Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries - tech - 17 July 2014 - New Scientist | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
Across the US, libraries are setting up maker labs as they turn themselves into hubs for high-tech innovation and training
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Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community -

Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community - | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
A friend of mine in his 40s is about to start teaching in Houston, Texas, and he recently shared a discovery. Many teenagers in Houston tote cell phones, b
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The Public Library Reimagined (3/8) -- New Services, Programs, and Experiences at Public Libraries - YouTube

The Public Library Reimagined (3/8) -- Public libraries are enjoying a rise in attendance of offered programs, largely because they are continually experimenting with new services. It is true that people are reading more and traditional programs are also enjoying a bump in usership, but as the world of information changes libraries are becoming venues to facilitate learning through experience. People are excited to see the future of learning and production, and programs that allow users to experiment with 3-D printers, data visualization, and other advanced manufacturin


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Melbourne's historic buildings on show with new app

Melbourne's historic buildings on show with new app | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
The State Library of Victoria develops its own app to show off Melbourne's bygone grandeur.
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University Bookshop launches only 'espresso' book machine for books on-demand in southern hemisphere

A collaboration between the University Library and the Melbourne University Bookshop, the machine is housed in the Custom Book Centre at the Baillieu Library, and is able to print pages to black and white, covers to full colour, and then collate, glue, bind and trim a book from a simple PDF file. 
Project manager Simon Strong from the Melbourne University Bookshop says print jobs from one to up to about 250 are financially viable, and are perfect for individuals, community groups and University academics, students and departments.
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Check it out: Florida university library to lend drones to students

Check it out: Florida university library to lend drones to students | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
Students at the University of South Florida will be soaring to new academic heights, with drones.
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Toronto Library offers store-quality book printing to customers

Toronto Library offers store-quality book printing to customers | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
If you want to print your own novel, cookbook or dissertation for under $20, you're in luck. The Toronto Reference Library has unveiled a new book printing machine that prints store-quality paperbacks.
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Not your mother’s library

Not your mother’s library | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
The Columbus Metropolitan Library recently asked its Facebook followers to give them ten words: five to describe the library of their youth and five to describe the library of the future, 20 years from now. Here are the word clouds they assembled from the results, starting with the libraries of their youth: If you’re beyond...
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Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, August 25, 6:27 PM

We've seen libraries on the beach and floating boat libraries serving in South East Asia, and now a floating library in Minnesota.

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San Antonio Public Library Introduces Digital Library Community Project | LJ INFOdocket

San Antonio Public Library Introduces Digital Library Community Project | LJ INFOdocket | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
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The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is now making access to the library’s digital resources even easier! Beginning Thursday, July 24, a number of Digital Libraries will be available at community places for library card holders to download and access millions of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and music titles using a QR code reader (free to download at iTunes Store and Android Market).

The Digital Library “wallpaper” will be affixed to surfaces inside senior centers, the YMCA, Haven for Hope and other locations, for cardholders to easily access SAPL’s entire digital collection.

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Learned architecture: Australia’s best new libraries for 2014

Learned architecture: Australia’s best new libraries for 2014 | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
See our top nine list of new Australian libraries for 2014.
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With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books

With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
The National Literacy Trust commissioned 50 artists to paint benches with scenes from famous books and placed them around London for the summer.
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The Public Library Reimagined (4/8) -- Libraries as Connected Learning Spaces - YouTube

Libraries as connected learning spaces. Libraries running high schools makes sense -or? 


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The Public Library Reimagined (6/8) -- How Has Technology Changed the Role of Librarians? - YouTube

The Public Library Reimagined (6/8) -- As libraries as institutions evolve, librarians must begin to accept new roles. They are now facilitators of connected knowledge and learning -- an integral part of the network platform that has been created between libraries, the community, and other connected communities. 

There are also design challenges to creating the modern public library. Libraries are not merely a building full of books -- they now must have the ability to accommodate a plethora of different activities and programs, and have the flexibility to adjust to future programs. In accommodating these different programs, both inside and outside, libraries become an extension of the community.


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New York Public Library To Start Lending Out Internet, Be The People’s Champion

New York Public Library To Start Lending Out Internet, Be The People’s Champion | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library is spending $500,00 to ensure all its members can enjoy their newest resource.

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KelliW's curator insight, July 3, 11:59 AM

An interesting initiative

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Toronto Reference Library’s new ‘book machine’ allowing authors to quickly self-publish

Toronto Reference Library’s new ‘book machine’ allowing authors to quickly self-publish | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
Professional looking books from 40 to 800 pages can be printed
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Why can't libraries charge for books?

Why can't libraries charge for books? | The Future of Libraries | Scoop.it
Joanna proposed a model to allow patrons to get library books faster and for the libraries to make money. Win/win?
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Should libraries charge a small rental fee for instant access to in-demand ebooks?

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