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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - KQED (blog)

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - KQED (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new

 

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a report just released by the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries asks us again to reconsider how the library can serve communities in the 21st century. “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” aims to “capture the momentum and excitement of the innovations taking place in public libraries across the country, and the impact these are having on communities,” said the group’s director, Amy Garmer. The report asks: With all the new technology and layered networks, what can be done beyond current advancements?

“We are a place for the curious, for creativity, a place for learning, a place to experiment. It’s always been the mission of the library. We’re just using different tools.”

The Dialogue on Public Libraries group is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program and is made up of 34 library field leaders, business executives, government officials, education experts and community development visionaries. The group aims for more than just holding up great examples of libraries working well in the digital age.

“We want to provide a catalyst for new thinking about libraries as platforms for learning, creativity and innovation in their communities, and the creation of new networked forms of libraries,” Garmer said. If the report could spark engagement at the local, state and national levels to rethink how to use libraries and then constructively act on it, Garmer said, then the group’s goal will have been achieved."

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

[...] "the ALA supports the following 4 primary dimensions for strategic library development:

Physical To Virtual Libraries – Creating a balance between physical facilities with the increasing demand for digital materials

Individual To Community Libraries – Accommodating the needs of individuals in concert with community engagement

Collection To Creation Libraries – Transforming libraries into facilities for media creation, not just consumption

Portal To Archive Libraries – Balancing the needs for physical and digital archives"

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The need for libraries in the digital age!

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Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People : NPR

Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People : NPR | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Elizabeth Blair"

"What's the point of a library in the digital age? It's a question that makes librarians bristle. They are quick to remind you that they are not just repositories for printed books and DVDs. Regular patrons know this, but public libraries want to reach beyond the faithful. To that end, many librarians are finding creative ways to get people through the doors despite their limited resources.

Take the Honeoye Public Library near Rochester, N.Y. It's one of a handful of branches in New York that lends out fishing poles — yes, those things you use in the great outdoors, far away from bookshelves. Wendy Krause, the library's director, says the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides the library with eight poles, and the local Fish and Game Club gave funding for tackle boxes. "When a customer takes out a fishing pole, they get a little tackle box with some backup hooks, and sinkers and that kind of thing," says Krause. For bait, she recommends the gas station across the street.

So how do fishing poles fit a public library's mission? Krause says its job is to inform and enlighten, but also to connect its patrons with the community. The Honeoye Library is in the Finger Lakes region, where you can fish year-round, so this is a way for the library to speak directly to the people they serve, where they're serving them.

Other libraries try to bring people in simply by offering things they might need around the house, like toys, pots and pans, tools — and even humans."

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Jonathan Donner and Marion Walton on why funded libraries and telecentres are still needed - YouTube

"Jonathan Donner, Microsoft Research, India and Marion Walton, UCT on: the non-educational uses of libraries for things like setting up bands or businesses; the need for the human support and training libraries provide; how the whole ecosystem of mobile and PC can work better; and the benefits teens get from using the different elements of the ecosystem"

 

[...] "libraries are more than education space and how public access spaces need to reflect the mobile ecology"

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Project Profiles Your Friendly Neighborhood Library: An Inviting Space, a Family Place

Project Profiles Your Friendly Neighborhood Library: An Inviting Space, a Family Place | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stacey A. Aldrich:

"When an initiative known as Family Place introduced a new children’s programming model that encourages libraries to go beyond summer reading programs and story hours to reach their full potential as community hubs, the California State Library took notice.

As a collaboration that began in 1996 between New York’s Middle Country Public Library and the now-defunct nonprofit Libraries for the Future, the Family Place model promotes spaces within libraries that focus on the learning and literacy of children ages 0–3, while also supporting the needs of the entire family. Family Place principles have now been refined and translated into a replicable framework that gives all libraries the chance to look at their children’s services in a fresh way. More than 300 sites in 23 states are currently part of the expanding Family Place Libraries network.

Stacey Aldrich, state librarian for the California State Library, was impressed by Family Place when she was introduced to the concept through Libraries for the Future.

"Family Place is amazing," says Aldrich. "They really make libraries think about the environments they’re creating for families. Family Place library spaces are designed for the family to fully engage and interact—parents and caregivers, as well as children."

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The Case For Keeping Libraries Alive

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Ariel Schwartz:

"It’s not about checking out more books. An initiative is focusing on libraries around the world as centers of social and economic change, as well as centers to help the most disadvantaged citizens."


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Beyond the Book Mobile | How Libraries are Reinventing Themselves for the Future | NewsFeed | TIME.com

Beyond the Book Mobile | How Libraries are Reinventing Themselves for the Future | NewsFeed | TIME.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By ALLISON BERRY:

"Many branches of these public institutions are dying from lack of funding—and reinventing themselves in surprising new ways (How Libraries are Reinventing Themselves for the Future: http://t.co/hNF4tlXm...)"

 

"Today’s libraries aren’t just trying to fulfill what a March study by the Pew Charitable Trusts calls the institutions’ “shadow mandate” of bridging the widening gaps in social services that used to be provided by non-profits and public agencies. Libraries are also trying to meet people where they are. The cash-strapped Free Library of Philadelphia, a stalwart system founded in 1891, has set up six “Hot Spots” to expand its reach in underserved areas. It’s much cheaper to open these freestanding mini-libraries, which are equipped with computers, printers, and a reference collection, inside facilities owned by community organizations than it is to open a new branch. In a similar move, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has opened what it calls a “library without walls” in the Pittsburgh Public Market in an effort to deliver library services on the weekends in a place where a lot of people do their food-shopping. Some libraries are even venturing outdoors. In response to recent branch closures in Detroit, the University of Michigan this spring partnered with students at a local elementary school to set up six outdoor libraries, whose waterproof bookcases, unlike book mobiles, don’t come with expensive gas bills."

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/22/how-libraries-are-reinventing-themselves-for-the-future/#beyond-the-book-mobile#ixzz1ynvY8uhf

 

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It Is My Library! The public can change your mind | by John Berry at Blatant Berry | Library Journal

It Is My Library! The public can change your mind | by John Berry at Blatant Berry  | Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By John N. Berry III:

"Although it is often perceived as interference, or “meddling,” the presumption of ownership by people who live in the jurisdiction of a local public library and their resulting strong opinions about how the place should operate are assets to be nurtured and treasured. Yes, the phenomenon regularly causes disputes about library policies and purposes and makes for controversial community debate. Indeed, library professionals and managers are frequently forced by public opinion, bolstered by media coverage, to operate libraries in ways quite different from their preferred practices."

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Good reminder!

Who's library is it anyway?

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Greek Libraries in a New World: Press Release - Future Library: BEING creative, inspiring the community

Greek Libraries in a New World: Press Release - Future Library: BEING creative, inspiring the community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Future Library
BEING creative, inspiring the community

Two years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation conceived the idea to contribute to the development of a public and municipal libraries network all over Greece, in order to enhance the significance of the libraries, as learning centers and places of creativity and interaction, in people’s minds. Thus, Future Library was born in Veria, in 2011, with the Foundation being its exclusive donor and soon was emerged as a living community that constantly embraces new cities, familiarizes their residents with the libraries and aspires to be linked to the National Library of Greece, when this moves to its new premises, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The core of the Future Library Network philosophy is human centric and consists of creative libraries that promote human values. Day by day, more and more teenagers, students, young people, undergraduates, post graduates, volunteers and creative professionals connect to the public libraries of their cities through this rapidly growing network, which at this moment consists of a lively community of 117 Public and Municipal Libraries and approximately 5.750 members.

Since 2011, the Future Library team, in collaboration with the libraries of this network, has organized more than 5.800 events in more than 100 Greek cities, with 110.000 participants in total (most of them children, teenagers and adults). They have carried out special training programs addressed to the “future librarians”, offered 36.160 books in 117 libraries, which they have also provided with technological equipment and developed major projects that promote creative thinking, the love of reading and innovation, thus transforming libraries into modern laboratories of creativity and action.

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Community libraries for the 21st century

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RT @WEAadulted: The importance of Community libraries for the 21st century http://t.co/5sJlRuxh

 

"Arts Council England and the LGA have developed guiding principles which will assist local authorities who are considering reviewing the delivery of their library services to work with their communities.

Some of these guiding principles include:

the importance of local authorities taking a strategic view across their whole library servicethat there is no one model recommended for community involvement – locally appropriate solutions usually work bestthat community libraries are testing new approaches to library service delivery

You can read more about the guiding principles in the report: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-libraries/community-libraries-research/

 

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Joint Libraries: Models That Work

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By Claire B. Gunnels, Susan E. Green, and Patricia M. Butler:

"A public/community college joint-use library is an especially good combination. The missions and the service populations are similar enough to provide significant overlap and allow for excellent services to all users. For example, community college students find that the public library’s collections of materials and resources meet many of their academic needs and provide an excellent complement to the materials owned by the college. Likewise, community college students respond well to the friendly service orientation provided by a well-trained public library reference staff. I think that other combinations, such as a high school/PL or university/PL joint-use library, present additional challenges to good service that we do not face."


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How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention | Library by Design

How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention | Library by Design | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Rebekkah Smith Aldrich:

"The library caught the attention of the UN’s Sustainability Initiative, The Future We Want/Rio+20, for its commitment to investing in a new library facility with the goal of attaining near net-zero energy usage.
Net-zero has been defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as a building that produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Net-zero energy buildings are very energy efficient. The remaining low-energy needs are typically met with onsite renewable energy.
This small rural library, with an operating budget of just over $70,000, has been saving for years to address its space issues. With just 750 square feet, the library is serving its community in a facility less than one-quarter of the size necessary."


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Private Library labours to be relevant again - New York Times

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Private Library Labors to Be Relevant AgainNew York TimesPublished: August 7, 2012.

 

[...] "the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room in the Bronx [...]

trying to reinvent itself in a more humble role: that of a traditional community library.

It still does not lend books and it remains privately owned and operated. But instead of catering to scholars studying American Indians, it now hosts monthly meetings about Bronx history. It invites children for arts and crafts, and it organizes an annual scavenger hunt for historical artifacts. Last month, it allowed HBO to make over its reading room as a backdrop for the series “Boardwalk Empire.”

“We don’t want to be ‘This is what a library used to look like,’ ” said Thomas X. Casey, the library’s president. “We want to be an active participant in the community, not just a museum.”

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Woman keeps library alive with book donations - WDAM-TV

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ABC7Chicago.comWoman keeps library alive with book donationsWDAM-TVEARL PARK, IN (WLFI/CNN) – An Indiana woman's giving spirit and love for literature is helping a small town library flourish, despite a small budget.
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