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Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library

Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In recent decades, much has been said about the demographic changes that New York City shares with the rest of the world. Yes, we are getting older!
One widespread response has been a surge of programs to promote creativity in mid- and later life."

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"The success of all of these classes, and the enthusiastic response of library staff witnessing them, has spurred us on to again join with Lifetime Arts — this time with several library systems throughout New York State — to participate in Creative Aging in New York State Libraries in 2012-2013. This will enable us to offer about 18 Creative Aging courses in 2013. Branches hosting the classes will be announced in January 2013."


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Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store

Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Book by Sarah K. Steiner.

"This practical guide provides a scalable, step-by-step plan for creating and maintaining a successful library social media strategic plan. You’ll find detailed tips and advice on strategizing for social media services in a way that guides employee decision-making, maximizes efficiency, creates positive patron outcomes, protects against legal repercussions, and builds opportunities for flexibility, change, and new social media platform testing. You get all the key elements to build your strategic plan, including how to segment your audience, select a target audience, use focus groups and poll patrons, conduct a SWOT analysis to provide internal strength and support to your plan, and create a mission and vision plan for using social media."

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60 Ways to Use a Library Card - Peoria Journal Star (blog)

60 Ways to Use a Library Card - Peoria Journal Star (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Lambe:

"Check out these great ways to use your library card and library from the American Library Association. 1. Download an e-book. 

read more here: http://www.pjstar.com/blogs/checkitout/x142966941/60-Ways-to-Use-a-Library-Card

 

> Also useful for other libraries to market their services!

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Kansas libraries offering specialty baking pans

Kansas libraries offering specialty baking pans | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Pilar Pedraza:

"You may think libraries are just for books, but in Kansas they’re seeing a renewed interest in an old topic,  cake pans.  Dozens of libraries have hundreds of specialty baking molds and more and more Kansans are checking them out.

“We have 75 circulating cake pans in our collection,” said Carla Heideman, Interim Director of the Andover Public Library.  “Everything from Barney to Barbie.”

They're not what you'd expect to find at a public library, yet dozens of Kansas libraries have them.  Often, they're a prized secret, known only to those who use them or stumble across them."

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Libraries, Telecentres, Cybercafes and Public Access to ICT: International Comparisons - Eldis

Authors: R. Gomez; IGI global 
Published: 2012


"The goal of this document is to portray the landscape of users and uses of public access to computers and the Internet in developing countries around the world. In 2007-2010, the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington conducted a ground-breaking study in 25 countries, the Landscape Study, to better understand who uses information and communication technologies (ICT) in public access venues and how. Each country conducted a discrete section of the study and shared a report. All the data was then collated and analyzed. This book attempts to put all the pieces together in order to make comparisons and cross-references for further research."


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http://faculty.washington.edu/rgomez/publications/2012%20full%20book,%20libraries,%20telecenters%20and%20cybercafes.pdf


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The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book

The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The bookless library is increasing a reality, staring in places meant to be the repository of knowledge, university libraries, and gaining ground outside academic grounds.
The New York Public Library is implementing its plan to move many of its books away from its main branch into offsite storage with 24-hour advance request required. Yet it is not the first library to do so. Opening the move was Kansas State University’s engineering school, which went bookless 12 years ago. The University of Texas at San Antonio ditched print for e-books and e-journals in 2010. Stanford University’s engineering school pruned 85 percent of its books last year. Drexel University opened a new library just last month with hardly a single print book – just rows and rows of computers. And Cornell recently announced a similar initiative." 

 

Read more: http://www.epublishabook.com/2012/08/31/the-bookless-library-is-that-the-future-of-libraries/#ixzz257b6gIeO


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A whole network of public libraries begins Wikipedia collaboration in Catalonia — Wikimedia blog

A whole network of public libraries begins Wikipedia collaboration in Catalonia — Wikimedia blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A whole network of public libraries begins #Wikipedia collaboration in #Catalonia - http://t.co/PZY2wkjt "

 

"The librarians now not only understand how to contribute to Wikipedia, but also how to use it as a tool for engaging their users and to reassess their collections and local funds. These newly-trained librarians will now return to their libraries and encourage users to expand their experience by contributing knowledge acquired through their research into Wikipedia.
One of the pioneering experiments within this collaboration has been at the local library of Palafrugell, a municipality on the Costa Brava. During July and August, a volunteer has been serving as a Wikipedian in Residence for the town. The Wikipedian in Residence is based at the local Library of Palafrugell, in collaboration with other local cultural centers. The Catalan Ministry of Culture wants to improve the role of local Wikipedians in Residence at libraries in order to improve local history and heritage presence in Wikipedia and its sister projects. This will also serve to offer a network of local Wiki-contact points across Catalonia."

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"The library connects us..." #quote by Carl Sagan

"The library connects us..." #quote by Carl Sagan | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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Organizational culture (and change) in libraries, by Jason Martin

Organizational culture (and change) in libraries, by Jason Martin | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @libtekhed: “Organizational culture (and change) in libraries http://t.co/6jGvIm7X...

 

By Jason Martin:

"Rites and rituals are a powerful tool of organizational culture. They require members of the organization to participate in a performance that reinforces the norms of the culture. Rituals can take many different forms and serve various purposes. Most rituals have a manifest purpose which contributes to the functioning of the organization, but the real importance of rituals lies in their latent purpose and what values are being celebrated. Library administrators who understand these latent purposes will better understand"

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Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada

Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Survey: Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries : http://t.co/l5u9qZ2O

 

"Voracious readers will often beg or borrow their books from anywhere possible—buy books in person or online, borrow from the library or steal from friends. As part of The Canadian Book Consumer we have the opportunity to drill down into topical questions and we’re interested in understanding more about how book buyers use the library. We look at the following questions:

How many book buyers use the library?
How frequently?
How many loans are e-books compared to print books?
What happens when a library doesn’t have a book available to patrons or there is a lengthy reserve list?
Here’s a sneak peek of some of our library data. In the first quarter of 2012, 59.43% of book buyers claim to have visited the library within the last 12 months. Of those respondents, 19.4% visit the library, either in person or online, 2 to 3 times a month and 16.3% visited once a month."

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LIS Trends: OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK

"OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK"

 

Germany
Key Findings: Libraries in Germany: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider licensed electronic collections/e-books (academic library staff) and addressing literacy (public library staff ) to be their top priorities
- Anticipate the top reason users, faculty and students are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/de-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Deutschland.pdf

 

The Netherlands
Key Findings: Libraries in Netherlands: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider demonstrating the value of their library to funders to be their top priority
- Anticipate the top reason users are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/nl-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Nederland.pdf

 

 

For United Kingdom, see here: http://listrends.blogspot.fr/2012/08/oclc-releases-survey-findings-about.html

 

 


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Linked Data for Libraries, by OCLC - YouTube video

A short introduction to the concepts and technology behind linked data, how it works, and some benefits it brings to libraries. (RT @OCLC_ANZ: Wondering about linked data & why it's important to libraries?)

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The library's future in a digital world - Saugerties Public Library's director Sukrit Goswani

The library's future in a digital world - Saugerties Public Library's director Sukrit Goswani | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by SHARYN FLANAGAN:

"Interview with library director Sukrit Goswami. The subject? The future of libraries in an increasingly digital world:

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"What are people interested in and what programs are they signing up for?

Up to now we’ve been letting the community tell us what they want, just putting the programs out there in front of them and letting them choose. The most popular are the health-related programs, particularly the yoga and fitness classes, and also the educational programs; people love those. Our own staff teaches the computer programs, and in the coming year we want to offer resume building workshops and classes for job seekers on how to write cover letters. I’ve taught these when I was at Glens Falls [library], and I love teaching classes, but can’t now due to time constraints.

We are constantly expanding our services and programs, and we do three to four teen programs a week now, too, that are all well attended. We have increased storytime for children, adding one session to Saturdays for parents who work on weekdays, and that’s been very successful."

 

Full interview here:: http://www.saugertiesx.com/2012/08/16/librarys-future-digital-world/

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The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering

The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"CRL announces the publication of The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering, edited by Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson.

The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering provides a practical guide for librarians responsible for science, engineering and/or technology information literacy instruction to understand and apply the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology into curriculum design and ongoing instruction. Edited by science and engineering librarians Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson, the book highlights unique needs and challenges for information literacy instruction within science/engineering curricula."

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Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova:

"Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain"

 

"Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems exude the same charming literary enthusiasm we’ve previously seen in the reading PSA posters of the WPA era"

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“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project

“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The “Come Write In” initiative is a sub-program of NaNoWriMo that encourages writers, or Wrimos, to use libraries as writing studios during NaNoWriMo. The initiative is part active programming, part marketing campaign – meaning that libraries can get involved to whatever degree they are comfortable with and however works best for their programming schedule"

 

> Great initiative for libraries of the future!


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The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab

The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"But for all their supposed obsolescence, libraries remain vital places, and many of them are more crowded than ever."

 

"The New York Public Library recently embarked on a controversial plan to move two to three million books off-site.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) retired its pneumatic-tube system sometime last year. It had been used to request books for more than a century. The New York Public Library opened in 1911 and that pneumatic call system had changed little since then. You still filled out a slip, and you still turned that slip over to a clerk, who would load it into a metal cartridge. The cartridge would be driven by air pressure to a station down in the stacks, where another clerk would retrieve your book, which was then sent back up to the call desk by a dumbwaiter. In recent years, this procedure would take about 20 minutes. In decades past, I’m told, it was closer to five."


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Learning to Thrive in a Culture of Change - how to geek your library

Learning to Thrive in a Culture of Change - how to geek your library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Amanda Clay Powers 

 

"The future of libraries is caught up in our ability to change and continually respond to the rapid changes around us. But in order to have meaningful change that will make our libraries thrive, rather than continually exhausting our resources, we have to find a way to discriminate among the changes we could make, implement the ones that make sense, and then keep them going while we continually evaluate them. But how can we ever keep up? And how can we become the libraries of the future when we are relied upon to be pillars of our communities, not revolutionaries? Well, lean in. I’m going to share with you the secrets I’ve learned from five years of applying social technologies in an academic library.

First—find yourself a geek with good tech radar and listen to her. Second, bring new ideas into the library any way you can. Third, set up a system to evaluate the resulting innovations that emerge from your library staff so you can sustain them. That’s it."

 

STEP ONE: CREATE YOUR GEEK FILTER COMMITTEE

STEP 2: BUILD A BROAD CONSENSUS


 

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Palm City library branch goes high tech with Idea Lab - Palm Beach Post

Palm City library branch goes high tech with Idea Lab - Palm Beach Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Michael Readling:

" The Idea Lab at the Cummings Library offers patrons the opportunity to use new technologies such as a MacBook Air, iPad, iPod Touch and even a recording studio which comes complete with a green screen for digital productions.
The lab offers the ability to get acquainted with the new technology – much of which is being taught in grade school – as well as put together productions for school projects, or just for fun."

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JFK Library to host live chat with astronauts - Boston.com

JFK Library to host live chat with astronauts - Boston.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
JFK Library to host live chat with astronautsBoston.comLibrary officials say the event, co-sponsored by NASA, is among those being held to commemorate President John F. Kennedy's dedication to space exploration.
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