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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com

With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Public libraries are at a crossroads. Overall circulation and visits are down over the last five years. But libraries continue to supply another community need: a place to contemplate and collaborate.
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The Public Library Wants To Be Your Office, by Anita Hamilton

The Public Library Wants To Be Your Office, by Anita Hamilton | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"D.C. Public Library president Richard Reyes-Gavilán defends libraries’ growing role as business incubators, despite their tenuous connection to books, literacy, and information access. “Libraries have always been a place for personal betterment. We are providing a space for people to get a leg up on their lives, whether that’s someone running their own business or getting their library card for the first time so they’re better able to tackle first grade.”

Adds NYPL President Marx, “libraries should be providing free access to information and physical space to engage in the life of the mind whether it is a new business idea or thinking up a new novel.” It’s a nice idea. But as demonstrated by the failed plan to gut the stacks at the crown jewel of the New York Public Library system, trying to accommodate everyone in a finite space is just begging for a turf war."


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The case of the library as office space! Definitely the library of the future! There should be a work-around between the library loyalists and the library as community space enthusiasts!

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nickcarman's curator insight, August 12, 2014 12:49 AM

Libraries are becoming de-facto business incubators, and a few are actively targeting that market.

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The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities | American Libraries Magazine

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Saturday morning’s panel session, “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities,” hit home with an engaged crowd and a passionate panel. The ALA President’s Program was cosponsored by the Public Information Office.

ALA Past President Molly Raphael opened the session by focusing on the community’s aspirations, noting, “Aspiration looks for the best in us, and brings people together. There’s a tendency to say 'We have a problem. How to we fix it?’ But turning outward is how to do something with a community rather than to them.”

Each of the panelists (including President Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President Molly Raphael, Iowa State Librarian Mary Wegner, Penn State Abingdon Associate Librarian Alexia Hudson-Ward, and the Harwood Institute’s Rich Harwood) spoke about how they had used methods learned in Harwood Institute workshops to engage their communities, whether a city, a university, or a school."


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Libraries transforming communities > future of the library!

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, July 1, 2013 8:29 AM

Best quote from the panel "The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities" comes from Rich Harwood, of the Harwood Institute, 

 

“We cannot become captives of our building. You work as much in the community as in your building.”
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21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews

21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Here are some images from numerous resources that typify something unexpected in a library. They draw attention to libraries and open up the idea of "library" to new understanding and new customers...
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Bright ideas of libraries doing it differently!!

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Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline

Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Katie Kormann:

"Fort Smith Public Library cardholders can now do more than check out books. The library has partnered up with Freegal Music – a combination of the words “free” and “legal” – to offer its cardholders access to millions of free songs."

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Freegal free music at the library - available online!

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Libraries of the future [cartoon]

Libraries of the future [cartoon] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Tom Gauld has created a new fantastic cartoon. This time we can see how he imagines the library of the future.
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Library of the future!

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Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces

Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Cynthia Nikitin and Josh Jackson
...new libraries serve as centers of discovery and communication–places where people gather and where information comes alive through teaching and personal interaction. Indeed, to distinguish themselves in a world where Google is well on its way to digitally scanning most of the books ever written, libraries are learning to take advantage of the simple fact that they are centrally located in almost every community. In other words, libraries now see success being linked to their role as public places and destinations.
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Three libraries that incorporates projects attracting users to their places/spaces:

 

1. Charlotte, North Carolina

Bringing Stories to Life

 

2. Frankfort, Indiana

A Library That Presents Life as a Work of Art

 

3. Santa Fe Springs, California

Learning in the Heart of Town

 

 

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Bringing stories to life.

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Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian

Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help...
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By Ira Sather-Olson for the Missoulian

Hop on the Missoula Public Library’s Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) bus at one of its scheduled stops this month and you can take advantage of a new service it’s offering that covers basic computer maintenance techniques.

You can learn how to set up free virus scan programs, clean up your hard drive, compress your memory, delete old programs and more."

 

>>Änother great service to consider for libraries!

 

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, December 12, 2012 6:43 AM

Another innovative example of expanding mobile library outreach into a community, this time assisting clients with basic computer skills.

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Envisioning the library of the future - online survey

Online survey:

 

"This website aims to capture your views on the purpose and value of public libraries.

This is part of a piece of research entitled Envisioning the library of the future, commissioned by Arts Council England. This programme of research will inform the development of the Arts Council’s long-term vision for public libraries in England. This research began in February 2012, with the findings due to be published in a final report in the Autumn 2012.

Along with this online element, we are also undertaking focused research in face-to-face workshops with members of the public in various parts of the country so that we have a wide range of people contributing to our discussion and developing ideas.

The website is open for receiving your comments until Sunday 21 October 2012."

 

Envisioning the library of the future: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-libraries/libraries-consultation

 

 

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Mobile Libraries - Model Projects - Goethe-Institut 

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Dagmar Giersberg:

"More than 100 buses and lorries can be seen chugging around suburbs and rural areas throughout Germany, bringing library services to people living far away from the nearest city or local library.
Welcome to Heilbronn Mobile Library, where you will be greeted by a bright and cheerful room, white shelves – some cheekily arranged in asymmetrical fashion – filled with books, CDs and DVDs, a light-blue floor and red seating, not to mention a reading mat in a window recess."

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Why Libraries Are Needed! – Revisited | 21st Century Library Blog

Why Libraries Are Needed! – Revisited | 21st Century Library Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dr Steve Matthews:

"The reason libraries are needed is because it is a fundamental right of America’s citizens to have free access to information and knowledge.

I think Jacob had an excellent post! “Make as much information possible to as many people as possible in as many ways as possible.” because something beats nothing all to hell. Too much philosophizing about a library philosophy puts people off the real work that needs doing. Jacob noted that only 20% of ALA members cared enough to vote for their leadership in 2012. I think that’s because those 80% realize that actions speak louder than words.

Stop debating our existence, or lamenting our place in society, and start DOING Librarianship. Our philosophy is nothing more than Jacob implied by stating; “We are agents navigating structures, some of which we helped to create.” We should be DOING librarianship, not debating it. And, lots of 21st Century Libraries already are!"

 

More of the discussion and links here: http://21stcenturylibrary.com/2012/08/13/why-libraries-are-needed-revisited/

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A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine

A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen Coyle:

"With the visible speed-up of all forms of information resources, even those that are ostensibly in traditional offline formats, doubts are growing about the ability of libraries to afford the costs of hand-hewn bibliographic control today and in the future.

Linking and federating

What if you extrapolate from developments within library systems, such as federated searching, enhanced catalogs, and OpenURL, to the idea of libraries on the web?"

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"The Semantic Web will develop in two ways: First, by linking information that exists within documents, and second, by making the data itself accessible on the web. The ability to mark up information in documents could allow smarter access to that information than we get with keyword searching. For example, markup could identify the author of a document so that an author search could be done, something search engines do not provide today."


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Library is no longer just for readers - San Antonio Express

Library is no longer just for readers - San Antonio Express | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"For eight years, the Landa Gardens Conservancy, a nonprofit volunteer organization, has been working to make the library more than just a place to check out books.
With more than $1.5 million it raised, the group has transformed the library in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood into a community center where parents can take their children to play and students from nearby Trinity University can sit under shade trees to read.
In 2008, the organization remade the five acres of land that surround the former private mansion by installing 30 benches, a medieval community garden and more than 7,000 plants.
Also that year, the conservancy commissioned Carlos Cortes, the craftsman responsible for the city's public art made of concrete designed to look like wood — called faux bois — to create the pavilion.
In 2011, new playground equipment was installed. This year, shade trees were added near the playground.
The organization strives to make the library an enjoyable place for anyone in the city, not just those in the neighborhood, said the group's former president, Ann Van Pelt, who now serves as a member of the board of directors."

 

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Library-is-no-longer-just-for-readers-3640773.php#ixzz1y8JEaSbF

 

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10 most extraordinary mobile libraries

10 most extraordinary mobile libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
From donkey-drawn trolleys to huge ships, these contemporary mobile libraries are born out of passion, creativity and determination.
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Inspiring libraries! Some we have seen before, but some not!

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Librarians of the future: Lis Pardi at TEDxSomerville

"Published on 24 May 2012

As the sale of eBook readers rise many people assume the library is dying -- that it has no place in our device obsessed future world. But librarians are re-inventing what a library is and sometimes removing it from the big building full of books. Future libraries will be portable and located where researchers need them. Traditional library buildings will house new items for check out, like tools, cake pans or even people.

Lis is a strong advocate for libraries and has spoken at local events about the ways libraries will remain relevant in a paper-less future. She earned her MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2010 and now works for EBSCO Publishing, a provider of online databases for libraries, as a usability researcher and user interface analyst."

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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

 

Jonathan Werran

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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Reinventing our libraries

Reinventing our libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are losing out to the Internet as the new generation of researchers is switching over to social network technologies to gather, create and share information, according to an expert. Addressing the National Conference on Reaching Out to Users Through Technology (ROUTE 2013) – Enhancing Innovative Library Services in Open Environment recently, R R Hirwani, director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Unit for Research and Development of Information Products, said the need of the hour is that libraries should plan for and build services that fit the work habits of new researchers, with an emphasis on the flexibility and remixing of content and services.
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