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New Life for Libraries - Ted Reinstein

New Life for Libraries - Ted Reinstein | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ted Reinstein discovers today’s libraries are about community as much as books (but you can still find books).

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MORE about the community today!

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Pop-Up Cubic Libraries : The Mobile Library Project

Pop-Up Cubic Libraries : The Mobile Library Project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Mobile Library Project - ‘The Mobile Library Project’ is an educational initiative that aims to make reading more accessible in Seoul. 


Via Trudy Raymakers
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A librarian & archivist Christmas - Pinterest Board by @Balduqueando20

A librarian & archivist Christmas - Pinterest Board by @Balduqueando20 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarian Christmas / Archivist Christmas / Literary Christmas / Navidades literarias / Navidades archiveras / Navidades bibliotecarias / Bookish Christmas | See more about Public Libraries, High School Libraries and Book Pages.

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Creative librarians and archivists for Christmas !

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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - Ellyssa Kroski | OEDB.org

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - Ellyssa Kroski  | OEDB.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Here are some excellent resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization."


Via Skip Zalneraitis, Patrick Provencher
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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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Future libraries!

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10 Years After Katrina: Commemorating Libraries and Librarians | American Libraries Magazine

10 Years After Katrina: Commemorating Libraries and Librarians | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
In this six-part series, American Libraries looks back at the stories of libraries and librarians in the 10 years since Katrina. Reflecting on our October 2005 coverage, we remember the librarians who provided services in extraordinary circumstances.

 

"These are just some of the Katrina stories we’ve heard from libraries and librarians. We invite you to share your Katrina story with American Libraries via comment or email and let us know how your library—or your life—has changed in the 10 years since Katrina came ashore."

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The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit

The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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"Want to start a Makerspace in your school?

Don't have thousands of bucks!

This might help you get started!"


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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 8, 2015 7:46 AM

Want to start a Makerspace in your school?

Don't have thousands of bucks!

This might help you get started!

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Nepal quake leaves century-old library in ruins - AFP

The Nepal earthquake badly damaged the Kaiser Library, an opulent palace in the heart of Kathmandu home to rare books, maps and ancient manuscripts, raising concerns over the future of these valuable cultural artefacts.

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Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information

Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jodie Bell of Taylor & Francis asks: how important is social media as a communication tool?

Research Information: February/March 2015

A social media white paper

Taylor & Francis sought to address some of these questions by conducting research into how the library community is currently using and applying social media. Libraries have been particularly prevalent in their uptake of social media, and use it as a key medium for engaging with their users. As such, it is an issue close to the heart of how libraries are evolving and Taylor & Francis wanted to help benchmark current use and provide best practice recommendations to help navigate what the future may bring.

The research conducted was on a global scale – more than 600 librarians worldwide contributed their thoughts, suggestions and experiences through focus groups, telephone interviews, an online survey and a Twitter party. All the research was then compiled into a white paper, which has now been published online and is available to download for free.

 

The white paper can be accessed online for free, along with accompanying top level data, infographic visualisations of key findings, video presentations and more. See http://bit.ly/socialmediatf for more details.


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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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29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well

29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"I'm looking for this book, I forget the title, but there's a dog on the cover...?"
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How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org

How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today we hear from Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association, on how they're changing libraries.

Young says that it's important for libraries to change with the times, but that one challenge for librarians is making sure patrons are aware of new services. Also, keeping up with high costs. 

Click the media player http://www.marketplace.org/node/147408/player/popout

 to hear Courtney Young in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

Featured in: Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Important to keep patrons up to date with new services!

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Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices

Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

“One thing is that books satisfy users’ curiosity, and a very different one that is that it might represent the identity of the community them belong to”. Argentinian librarian Daniel Canosa questions the role and function of local libraries. On Infotecarios network he writes:

"Indigneous libraries [should] generate knowledge from local and community participation, provide a way of understanding, that in time is a way of building identity. The thing is if what libraries provide represent what each community knows, if what a librarian builds with their community allows a true affinity with people's historic memory. This is not about new ideas, but things should move forward questioning those ideas.
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If libraries spread people's production from their own places, then not only the elites won't be then only ones in the world of information." (translation)

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Libraries as builders and keepers of identity of a community!

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Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
ALA President Sari Feldman and President-Elect Julie Todaro respond to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial about librarians in the age of Google.
"Nothing could be further from the truth than the outdated stereotype of libraries and librarians that Steve Barker presents in his January 11 article. In Boston at our national conference this past week, we heard repeatedly from colleagues among the thousands gathered that this might be the most exciting time of opportunity in libraries and for librarians. Attendees included librarians of all ages and demographics, librarians who—whether in school, public, academic, or special library settings—take pride in playing an integral role in the educational, cultural, and information experiences of their patrons. Examples? Consider Multnomah County Library’s Lyndsey Runyan, a librarian who specializes in rethinking how to use existing space in public libraries for 21st-century learning and creation. She’s overseeing a new facility near Portland, Oregon, for underserved teenagers to build science, technology, engineering, arts, and math skills by making electronic music, building robots, utilizing 3-D printers, and more. How about Kristina Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School librarian, who developed “GENIUS Hour,” a teamwork-based program in which students create original presentations while exploring their own passions from robotics to coding? Or George Washington University Gelman Librarian Bill Gillis who co-teaches a required freshmen writing class where students learn to use research and sources to expand their horizons and strengthen their writing? Rather than being pushed aside by the information revolution, our public libraries alone continue to host more than 1.5 billion visits annually—or about 4 million per day. Our school and academic libraries are destinations for millions of students daily for research and information literacy assistance from expert librarians. In fact, recent findings from the Pew Research Center reveal that librarian assistance is the most important library service we provide, after free access to books and media (just ahead of free access to computers and the internet)."
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High tech book return system at the new West Springfield Library

A behind the scenes look at what happens when you return your book to the new West Springfield library.

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Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog)

Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries

York County’s libraries offers help finding books suited to patron’s tastes and the Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd., offers free one-on-one appointments with library staff for assistance with various topics. Requests for either one can be made online by filling out the Looking for a Great Read readers’ advisory survey or the Book-A-Librarian survey at yorkcounty.gov/Home/Libraries.aspx and the Services link.

Topics for Book-A-Librarian may include help with downloading digital items, library resources, technology and job materials. The appointments are scheduled for 15 or 30 minutes.

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Libraries are adding 'maker spaces' to attract DIY crowd - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Libraries are adding 'maker spaces' to attract DIY crowd - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jessie Van Berkel: With 3-D printers, software and DIY tools, libraries hope ‘maker spaces’ draw users. 


"People are visiting libraries less as e-books become more popular, Deputy Library Director Ben Trapskin said. So communities are rethinking how to use the buildings.

“We really want to breathe some new life into what we’re all about,” he said. “This is a good reason for people to come back into the space.”


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Future of libraries!

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