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The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed

The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Submitted by Patricia J Delois:

RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books": http://t.co/CEiQTtdC via @JustinLibrarian...

 

"[...] surprised they would select books when they have so many other things to choose from. I imagine he’s even more surprised to learn that something else patrons rate highly is personal interaction with the staff. I don’t know who designed the survey, but it couldn’t have been the director. It wouldn’t have occurred to him to put “human interaction” on the list of things patrons might value. He’s all about technology.

No one disputes that technology has improved the library experience for the patron. You can search the catalog from home and access our subscribed databases. You can place your own holds, request your own interlibrary loan materials, download books to your own devices.

The library is working towards self-checkout, presumably so you can conduct all your library business without ever having to interact with the staff. This must sound like a dream-come-true for the director, who hates to interact with the library staff, but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."

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Mobile Tech in Libraries, via Libraries To Go > Slideshare

Will be given at the LIBER 2012 Conference in Tartu, Estonia (No QR codes, more SMS and AR, please: MT @benshowers: 'Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries' : http://t.co/j0sHL0ks #mlibs...)...

 

"Why Mobile Matters:

- There are 5.3 billion global mobile subscribers (thats 77 percent of the world’s population) - International Telecommunications Union

- 1 billion of the world’s 4+ billion mobile phones are now smartphones.

- Microsoft Tag 83% of American adults own a cell phone.-Pew Internet & American Life Project

- 87% of US smartphone owners access the internet or email on their handheld. -Pew Internet & American Life Project"

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100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic

100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We love librarians. They’re the gatekeepers of knowledge and always looking to explore new ways to enhance the learning experience. I learned about the latest trends in libraries at this year’s CALICONin San Diego and love the move toward open source, cross-library sharing, and going digital.

But what if you weren’t able to attend CALICON or simply want to get a regular update on all the fun stuff happening with libraries? Lucky for you, our friends at Online College shared the following post with us.

It details 100 great blogs librarians around the world should add to their RSS reader."

 

Looking for great Twitter chats for librarians? Click here: http://edudemic.com/2012/06/twitter-chats-library/

Looking for information on how libraries are using Pinterest? Click here: http://edudemic.com/2012/03/20-ways-libraries-are-using-pinterest-right-now/

 


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R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship

R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A series of presentations and lectures on participatory and new librarianship.

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Survey Finds That Libraries Are Interested in Collaborating on Online Projects, but Don't Do It Yet

Survey Finds That Libraries Are Interested in Collaborating on Online Projects, but Don't Do It Yet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
And while home pages are being archived, social media collections lag.
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Canadian Public Libraries: Monitor Tweets! « Dysart & Jones

Canadian Public Libraries: Monitor Tweets! « Dysart & Jones | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Social-Biblio.ca Monitors Twitter as used by 112 Canadian public libraries; real-time analytical 1st of its kind tool http://t.co/nKLwgNuR...

 Rebecca Jones:

"Want to monitor and analyze your library’s tweets, and the tweets of other Canadian public libraries? Chcck out Social-Biblio.ca. Developed by Dr. Mary Cavanagh and Masters Student Max Neuvians of University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies, Social-Biblio is a research and public library media monitoring tool that tracks and preserves Canadian public library’s Twitter activities."

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Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again, by Julie-Anne Cardellais

Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again, by Julie-Anne Cardellais | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Amid ever-evolving trends in technology, the question has come to me: Is there a future for the public library? And if so, what will that library look like?

 

"The need to access information will only escalate and methods for interacting with the information will continue to evolve. Traditional library resources, dare I say print, are becoming more and more a medium of the past. The challenge for libraries – and librarians – is how (and in what format) to access and acquire information that can eventually be directed and channelled to its users.

The library of the future may not be the physical storehouse it was in the past, but it can remain the vehicle for accessing information. It can still be that powerful entity around which communities rally, and which gives credence to the concept of social hub or even community hub.

And so, I remain confident that its future is bright, engaged and vital, enhancing all aspects of community life.

Julie-Anne Cardellais a professional librarian, the director of the Westmount Public Library and past president of l’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec/Quebec Library Association."

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Watch+public+libraries+reinvent+themselves+again/6844165/story.html#ixzz1zdBnoSYz

 

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Libraries Are Powerful Partners

Libraries Are Powerful Partners | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Bobbi Newman: > follow-up from Annual ALA conference in Anaheim.

"Libraries are Powerful Partners. Now start acting like it.

Powerful partners:

contribute
share
bring something to the table
show up at the party even when they aren’t the belle of the ball
realize that there are many stakeholders
offer support for initiatives and ideas they didn’t think of
are not defensive or hostile
are team players even when they can’t be leaders
contribute to the success of others
don’t insist on doing things “my way” "


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Digital age takes libraries off the shelf > Ryan Stokes - The Age

Digital age takes libraries off the shelf > Ryan Stokes - The Age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Age: Digital age takes libraries off the shelf"

writes Catherine Armitage:

 

Ryan Stokes ... "new technology can enable more people to enjoy collections."

 

"In his own words, Stokes brings a "great interest" and ''passion'' for the "treasures that are in the library, the uniqueness of that material and its meaning to Australia"."

He is also an admirer of the world-leading work the library has done in digitising the physical collections and archiving material that originates in digital form, such as websites."

 

"The ability to interact with libraries via the internet means log-ins will be no less important than in-person visits as a measure of the reach of libraries, especially when the national broadband network is in operation.
"We are only at the beginning of conceiving how we can use that capacity," Schwirtlich says. The amount of data the library can supply and the way people interact with it will be transformed. Curatorial experts physically visible to community groups or classes on the other side of the country will be able to conduct virtual tours of collections.
Stokes says "continuing to enrich the experiences available for free" remains a core objective for the NLA under his stewardship.
Schwirtlich reminds that, powerful as it is, Google does not pay for and provide access to the mass of information resources in libraries, which have always played a vital social role in giving people access to information regardless of their wealth."
The ''purposeful, long-term, methodical, expert work of collecting, cataloguing and archiving'' remains vital to the nation, she says. "The future is tethered, shaped, informed and nourished by the past."

 

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/digital-age-takes-libraries-off-the-shelf-20120629-217fj.html#ixzz1zS744at1

 

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Library program teaches technology to people with vision disabilities ...

A new, free program offered through the Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) aims to offer alternative coping methods for this and other low vision issues beginning June 12.

 

“In addition to being able to offer materials to those with low vision, we’re very happy to be able to offer classes to introduce technology and techniques to our patrons to help them be more productive at home or in the community,” Clinton-Macomb Library Head of Popular Materials Emily Kubash said.

Licensed clinical social worker and Work-Life Solutions counselor Sharon Lotoczky will facilitate the course as part of the Vision Network Program. The sessions will help those with low vision learn techniques and technology to improve their lives in a variety of different areas, from home life to real world navigation."

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Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Carlos Alcalá:

"Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Public Library's innovative use of an Espresso Book Machine has been honored as one of the nation's top 10 library innovations for 2012."

"The Library's I Street Press, which was used to enable 600 writers to publish books on demand, was recognized last week by the Urban Libraries Council at the American Libraries Association conference in Anaheim.

The project has drawn authors of means from the Bay Area and at least one homeless poet from Loaves and Fishes, by virtue of its ability to print out professional-looking bound paperback books in about 15 minutes from digital files.

The library began using the machine in 2011, thanks to a State Library grant to purchase the $150,000 machine, the first of its model in California."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/27/4594311/sacramento-librarys-book-machine.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

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Jeffrey Schnapp's Library Test Kitchen course tries out new ideas for libraries | Harvard Magazine Jul-Aug 2012

Jeffrey Schnapp's Library Test Kitchen course tries out new ideas for libraries | Harvard Magazine Jul-Aug 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
An innovative course yields new products, services, and experiences that model the possible future of libraries.

 

by Jonathan Shaw:

“WHAT IF YOU THOUGHT seriously about the library as a laboratory, as a place where people do things, where they make things?” asks Jeffrey Schnapp, addressing his “Library Test Kitchen” class. Libraries as centers of knowledge and learning have a rich history—but an uncharted future. The digital revolution, besides changing the nature of books, is transforming the role of libraries in preserving and disseminating information. “What if the Library of Congress were to become a digital library?” continues Schnapp. “What, then, is the role of the physical public library? This is a source of enormous anxiety at the local level because public libraries” face increasing political pressure, including budget cuts, but “play absolutely fundamental civic roles, often as the only public space that remains in smaller communities.”

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"By semester’s end, the brainstorming sessions had generated dozens of good ideas, and a few had become student projects: Biblio, a conceptualization of a hand-held device for scanning books that tracks and shares research and even makes bibliographic recommendations for further study (see the online video); Timeslice, a “graphical electronic bulletin board” that lets library users post event announcements to a community calendar that incorporates digital graphics; Neo-Carrel, a study chair with a raised platform in front that doubles as a laptop stand and a comfortable place to rest one’s head for a nap (now installed in Lamont library); and a WiFi cold spot, a radically designed room for reflection or refuge from an increasingly connected world.

“We think this is an opportunity to be real catalysts for thoughtful change that can’t easily come from other quarters,” explains Schnapp. “Because we’re not librarians, but instead a community of artists, scholars, engineers—people interested in knowledge—we come at the questions a little bit differently. So we think we can be innovative and breathe some fresh air into a conversation that often is about how many jobs are going to be cut, or what will happen to all the space that is freed up once the stacks move out to the Harvard Depository. That’s a conversation that may have to happen, but it would be a tragedy if that were the only framework in which we thought about the possibilities for enhancing the mission of libraries.”


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Mobile Technologies, M-Learning & Social Networking - LibGuides at University of the Witwatersrand, via Denise Nicholson

Mobile Technologies, M-Learning & Social Networking - LibGuides at University of the Witwatersrand, via Denise Nicholson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This LibGuide provides articles and other resources on Mobile Technologies, particularly relating to libraries and access to knowledge.
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Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars

Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by ALEX WILHELM:

"New data out from the American Library Association (ALA) paints a firm picture of ebooks and their companion devices: that they are utterly now completely mainstream. Libraries, generally considered to be somewhat staid institutions, are offering ebooks for check out in growing numbers, and increasingly, offering up e-readers themselves for loan.

According to a study conducted by the ALA, some 76% of libraries offer ebooks to their patrons, up 9% from the year before. The same study indicates that 39% of libraries lend e-readers as well. Libraries are not the only folk having success with the lending of digital books, Amazon itself reported in April that its Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has greatly driven the sale of backlist titles."

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Gilbert library doing away with Dewey - Arizona Republic

Gilbert library doing away with Dewey - Arizona Republic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A "bookstore look and feel" is coming to Gilbert's Southeast Regional Library.

Maricopa County Library District, which is doing away with the Dewey Decimal Classification System in all of its 17 libraries, has begun transforming its largest library to a more user-friendly book classification. It reflects a bookstore type of classification, with books organized according to major categories and subcategories.

The Deweyless system is slated to be in place by spring at Southeast Regional. The first step in the process -- weeding dated and damaged books -- has begun."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2012/07/02/20120702gilbert-library-doing-away-dewey.html#ixzz20OS9M4OH

 

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Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore — The Digital Shift

Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Pat Losinski

 

 

"OK, it’s time for a little tough love for public library leaders. We haven’t been as visionary, vigilant and assertive as we need to be when it comes to mapping our future in the ebook world. And unfortunately, too much of our time has been spent reacting to business models that seemingly reflect only commercial interests, rather than boldly advocating for business models that also serve the public’s interests.

Our primary role is to champion the rights of access for our users. Our ebook strategy needs a serious overhaul, and it needs to happen right now. Unless we move quickly, the technology divide that we’ve all been battling the last 20 years will look like a minor skirmish compared to the content divide that is mounting."

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7 Things Library Customers Want NOW | Customer Service and Library Patrons | Text a Librarian - Text Messaging for Libraries

7 Things Library Customers Want NOW | Customer Service and Library Patrons | Text a Librarian - Text Messaging for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lisa Carlucci Thomas:

"What attracts library customers to today’s libraries? The rise of mobile culture and the smart phone society brings a dynamic shift in expectations about how, when, and where to access information. Endless media streams, interactive news feeds, and autonomous research options provide numerous avenues for information-seeking customers. What factors draw their attention to the library, rather than a crowdsourced data channel, commercial service, or search engine?

1. Convenience.

2. Community

3. Immediacy

4. Accuracy

5. Customization

6. Privacy

7. Service"

 

Read more: http://www.textalibrarian.com/mobileref/7-things-library-customers-want-now-customer-service-and-library-patrons/

 

 


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The Town that Turned Its Walmart into a Library - TIME

The Town that Turned Its Walmart into a Library - TIME | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

After the superstore changed locations, this Texas town turned the space into a 124,500 square foot library.
By AMY FRIEDMAN

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/09/the-town-that-turned-its-walmart-into-a-library/#ixzz206sRb0dO

 

"Have you ever walked into a Super Wal-Mart, looked around at the warehouse full of everything you could ever need and thought, “Wow, I'd really love to plop down here and study for a few hours”?

 

Check out the new library designed space: http://www.psfk.com/2012/06/abandoned-wal-mart-transformend-into-a-beautifully-designed-library.html#ixzz1zZavQETZ

 

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San Antonio Public Library Wins Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council

"The San Antonio Public Library has been named a 2012 Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for its health and wellness partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. The awards were announced on June 22 at the ULC Annual Forum in Newport Beach, California. Library Director, Ramiro S. Salazar attended the conference and accepted the award in person on behalf of the Library and the Food Bank.

The award recognizes the San Antonio Public Library’s program to provide area teens with nutrition education, better food choices, cooking classes, and summertime meals and snacks – information that could be crucial to residents of a city facing all the issues arising from a growing obesity problem. The healthy eating program content was based on the ideas and recommendations that came out of regular discussions with teens. As a result of those discussions, the Library’s Teen Services department enlisted the skills and expertise of staff at the San Antonio Food Bank, which provided a licensed nutritionist who supplied guidance to teens and librarians and taught them about making healthy meal choices that would appeal to a teen’s palate."

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Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space" - The Hour

Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space"- The Hour

 

"The "Maker Space," located in the Great Hall of the Westport Public Library, provides a place for people to tinker with their ideas by taking them on a journey from imagination to actual production. Unveiled on July 2, the space is the first of its kind to be opened inside a library in Connecticut under the notion that libraries should adapt to meet the modern needs of the people they serve."

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"Equipped with a 3D printer, which creates three-dimensional objects from digital files, the interactive workspace crafted to resemble a house, is chock full of technology to help bring your invention to life. In essence, the Maker Space acts as a home for the "garage inventor" and tinkerer who uses technology to create something new."

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Technology Game Changers for Libraries

Technology Game Changers for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dr Steve Matthews:

"A recent article by Technology writer Christina Farr for GOOD Technology titled The Top 10 Technology Game Changers for the Next Decade sparked my interest, since technology is changing the game in libraries.

 

"There were at least three of her 10 that I felt directly impacted libraries and the way we will have to do business. They are:

1. Visual Learning Robotics

2. Internet Data Expansion

3. Voice Recognition"


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