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Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk

Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report The recommendations are made in the Independent Library Report for England, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year.
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Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:38 AM

Эпоха библиотек как молчаливых читальных залов с книгами в качестве единственного продукта закончилась, и для того, чтобы выжить, они должны стать "живыми и привлекательными эпицентрами деятельности общества».



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...ibraries ........must become “vibrant and attractive community hubs”

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Libraries must remain community hubs despite technological change > report says > LocalGov.co.uk

Libraries must remain community hubs despite technological change, report says http://t.co/64d7kM38Ys

 

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Public libraries will have to cope with technological advances yet remain the hubs of community life, Arts Council England has reported today.

In a major research project entitled ‘Envisioning the library of the future’, the quango sets out four priority areas for development; placing the library as the hub of the community; fully exploiting digital technology; ensuring libraries are resilient and ensuring librarians have the right skills.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said. ‘Envisioning the library of the future has shown us that collaboration is key.

‘If everyone with an interest in and passion for libraries works effectively together, we can help the sector to develop and respond to the challenges and opportunities that are presenting themselves,’ Mr Davey added.

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Libraries of the future > community hubs!

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Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source

Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"When considering the design and function of precinct developments, thoughts often naturally run to bars, cafés, sporting venues and theatres. While these spaces are important as community hubs, libraries are taking on a growing role in the world of architecture.
Library developments have gained prominence in recent months, with home developers and interior designers placing heavy importance on private libraries and commercial and government entities investing heavily in the development of public library spaces."


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Shhh…! Silence in the RSA Library – what do you think? : RSA blogs

Shhh…! Silence in the RSA Library – what do you think? : RSA blogs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

he role of the library has evolved significantly. Once used exclusively for quiet reading and self-study, it is now a community space where people go for computer courses, children’s story times and even a cup of tea. A spokesperson for Blackheath Library in Greenwich comments:

‘”Libraries are places for everyone to use and enjoy. They’re our community centres, information hubs, spaces to learn or think and make ourselves feel better. We want to ensure libraries are developed in a way that means they stay at the heart of the community.”

As libraries evolve from silent self-study areas to community hubs, should we still be expected to be quiet whilst using them? Opinions differ! For instance, one of us was recently taken to task by a user of the RSA Library for being too noisy while dealing with a query from a Fellow. This made us reflect on our policy – or lack thereof – on users maintaining silence whilst working within it.

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Silence in the library should be reconsidered since it changed to community hubs! Maybe there should still be designated quiet areas for study?

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Are social enterprises the future for libraries? - Tim Smedley on The Guardian Professional

Are social enterprises the future for libraries? - Tim Smedley on The Guardian Professional | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Public sector cuts have led to a rise in the number of social enterprises running library services, but sustainability is a problem

 

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Social enterprises are, however, offering much more than books and computer access – the mixed-use community hub, argues Dunn, is the library model for the next 30 years: "We're open longer now than when the local council ran the libraries. I really believe that there's a wider range of services that we offer from our libraries now... There are things that the local council do well, no question. But they are unable to move quickly and introduce new services quickly when the community asks for it." The reason why social enterprises can, he says, "is that we are the local community – there is no them and us."

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Social enterprises are the future of libraries! Definitely!!

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