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End of year lists: gorgeous library lists

End of year lists:  gorgeous library lists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The end of the year seems to bring out journalists' list making tendencies. Our web feeds have been filled lately with Top 10 this and  Best of...that.  We think there are enough lists out there so...
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List about beautiful and spectacular libraries!

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Library spaces we love | International Librarians Network

Library spaces we love | International Librarians Network | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Discussion topic 2 of the International Librarians Network is about the library spaces we  love. The country coordinators are each giving an account of a library space that they have visited or belong to.

 

 

Photo: ‘Library’ CC by the Pale Side of Insomnia (From the post: http://ilnetwork.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/discussion-topic-library-spaces-we-love/)

 

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Very inspiring to see different libraries from around the globe with inspiring spaces and services!

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Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast

Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Elliot Felix of brightspot Strategy, a library design expert, shares his perspectives on the latest trends, tools, and tactics. As the founder and director of brightspot, Elliot has played a major role in the design of the new Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. He also co-conceived and participated in the development of the Learning Space Toolkit. In this webinar, Elliot provided an overview of trends impacting the design and operation of library spaces as well as the services offered within them. He’ll also introduce some tools you can use along with advice on how you can put them into practice.


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Library architecture - spaces/places!

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National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers ...

National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
From the architect. The National Library of Sejong City is the first branch facility of the National Library of Korea and is planned to be built in the Multifunctional Administrative City of Korea, also known as Sejong City. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers with the motif of a book page being turned over, a simple geometry of a gently curved paper forms the basis of the design and creates a unique outline that is easily recognizable as one of the landmark buildings of the city. As one of the strategies in designing the building, the library was also planned to become an Emotional Library, a place where analogue and digital formats converge for the convenience of the users and to maximize the possibilities of the library.
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Inspiring library architecture!
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Libraries as Coworking Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning

Libraries as Coworking Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This project aimed to inform design strategies for smart space technology to enhance libraries as environments for coworking and informal social learning. The focus was on understanding user motivations, behaviour, and activities in the library when there is no programmed agenda.


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The environment/space of libraries!

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:07 PM
More and more libraries are removing bookshelves to make way for infrastructure and interior design elements (e.g. lounge areas, couches, meeting rooms, whiteboards, projectors, video consoles, cafés and food bars) aiming to facilitate social learning, open sharing and collaboration among their users. Is this the future of libraries?
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The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, as captured on Instagram #libraries #photos

The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, as captured on Instagram #libraries #photos | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” -Ray Bradbury

For centuries, books have housed the collective knowledge of the world and formed the foundations of educational institutions. Given that these objects contain such value, it only makes sense that throughout history people have constructed beautiful buildings to house them.

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A list of 8 most beautiful libraries around the world, as captured by the Instagram community

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15 Super Unique Libraries Around the World

15 Super Unique Libraries Around the World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
From Stuttgart, Germany to Iwaki City, Japan, we take a look at 15 of the most extraordinarily-designed libraries.
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Slideshow here: http://www.dwell.com/post/slideshow/15-super-unique-libraries-around-world

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15 super unique libraries around the world, by SARAH PARK [PICs]

15 super unique libraries around the world, by SARAH PARK  [PICs] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

It’s been over a year and a half since Matador contributing editor Sarah Park curated the wildly popular gallery Amazing libraries around the world.

Time for a sequel.
Read more at http://matadornetwork.com/trips/15-super-unique-libraries-around-the-world-pics/#zhBf74RgrTZ8938q.99

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Inspiring!

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Digital spaces. Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries

Digital spaces. Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries http://t.co/28jN8GIreH What a library will be by 2020

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Future libraries, with the architecture as inspiration!

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RISD library fuses modern style with old architecture - The Brown Daily Herald

RISD library fuses modern style with old architecture - The Brown Daily Herald | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A combination of old architecture and modern design, the library recently appeared on the list of “The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the world.

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Beautiful library!

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America’s most beautiful college libraries

America’s most beautiful college libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
With concerts, art exhibits and cafes, these buildings inspire more than just study sessions.
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Inspirational college library buildings!

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Make our libraries accessible, public and inspiring

Make our libraries accessible, public and inspiring | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
SmartPlanet's C.C. Sullivan looks at libraries across the country to assess the new scheme for the New York Public Library by Foster and Partner.

 

The scheme, first reported today by Robin Pogrebin at The New York Times, reinvents the library’s closed-off, seven-floor stacks as “a major new contemporary library within Carrère & Hastings’s neo-Classical one.” Tall windows will open to Bryant Park in a soaring new atrium, reached by a grand circulation zone opening through the middle of the building.

The original designs notoriously offered to relocate all the stacks’ books to an inaccessible warehouse in New Jersey. Yet the new plan still decimates the collection, hauling away 25% of the books that are now within the community’s reach.


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Use of space in the public library > inspiring!

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, December 20, 2012 12:36 PM

Talks about how library plans have got it right in the past and discusses the new plans at New York Public Library.

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Ambient Exchange: Helsinki Library - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Ambient Exchange: Helsinki Library - eVolo | Architecture Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are increasingly the places in which culture is produced, collected and disseminated. The Ambient Exchange designed by Synthetiques & minus Architecture studio {MAS} promotes a culture of collaboration, creative inquiry and community engagement through provision of functional and exuberant spaces that engage the strong social and craft-oriented traditions of the Finnish built environment.
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Truly inspiring concept and use of space for the community in a library!

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20 Years Photographing Public Libraries - Robert Dawson - SFGate (blog)

20 Years Photographing Public Libraries -  Robert Dawson - SFGate (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I first met photographer Robert Dawson in the late '80s when he was working on a monumental work called “Water in the West.” 

That project is still going after 35 years so I was not surprised to learn that he has spent the last 20 years working on a book called “The Public Library.”

Criss-crossing the country he he shot 557 libraries and topped 250,000 miles in his Toyota Camry. The book will be released April 8, just in time for National Library Week, April 13-19.
Check out the photos above or the video below and you are excused from checking out a book during library week.

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10 photos on the blog post! I would love to see the book.

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The most spectacular libraries in the world - The Telegraph

The most spectacular libraries in the world - The Telegraph | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

From Rococo fantasies to nests of twigs and steel, we present a selection of the world's most beautiful libraries (http://t.co/oWneP5w7Me)...

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Great to see these libraries!

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Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
First photographs of Zaha Hadid's Library and Learning Centre at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
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Stunning design and library space!

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The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World | Iris Speed Reading

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World | Iris Speed Reading | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This is a comprehensive list of the most beautiful libraries in the world with pictures of each library.
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Always nice to look at!
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Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.
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A great library space!
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20 mesmerising modern libraries from around the world

20 mesmerising modern libraries from around the world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Piotr Kowalczyk:

A list of most tremendous examples showing how modern libraries are shaping the way we learn and enjoy reading in the digital age.

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Inspiring modern libraries!

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