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A New Year’s Vision of Libraries as Bookstores - Jamie Larue discussion | American Libraries Magazine

A New Year’s Vision of Libraries as Bookstores - Jamie Larue discussion | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
@ALALibrary asks whether libraries can and/or will make the transition to becoming ebook-sellers. Thoughts? http://t.co/IBMb0KxPew

 

"Beth Bacon, vice president of content management at Seattle publishing platform Booktrope, posted a piece December 30, 2013, on the idea of libraries as ebookstores. On the surface, there is much to commend it. Many bookstores have closed, and the more than 15,000 public libraries in the United States—more, ALA tells us (PDF file), than there are McDonald's in the country—would seem to provide a nationwide network of distribution, already established, already trusted."

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Jamie Larue asks about the potential benefits and pitfalls to the library?

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What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

"Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the library as a hub for community-based knowledge creation and discourse."

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Great talk about the relevance of libraries!

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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html

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Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

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Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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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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FLIP THE MODEL: Strategies for Creating and Delivering Value in Libraries, by Brian Mathews

FLIP THE MODEL: Strategies for Creating and Delivering Value in Libraries, by Brian Mathews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Abstract:Academic libraries are encountering a critical inflection point. In our case it isn’t a single technology that is disrupting our established system, but a barrage of advancements in publishing, pedagogy, and user preferences. The landscape is shifting around us, and the future of scholarship requires us to develop new skills, design new environments, and deliver new service capacities. In short, we need new operating models. Full item record: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/23927?show=fullFlip the Model final draft: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/23927/Flip_The_Model_Final_Draft_Oct2013.pdf?sequence=1 
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New operating models for libraries needed! 

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The Deep Mission of Public Libraries

The Deep Mission of Public Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Why do we have public libraries? Many of today's librarians like to talk about themselves as "information brokers" or "knowledge facilitators."  

We talk about our skill in finding and organizing information.  And sure, we’ve got those skills.

But what we really do is support literacy.  This is our deeper mission.

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Our patrons need help with every level of technology literacy.  From those who come in who don’t know how to use a mouse, to those who’re interested in building a computer from scratch, the library could provide a wide range of resources for a wide diversity of people.  We can help our community to practice and perfect our skill in understanding, using, and appreciating technology and digital content.

We’re kind-of getting there.  We’ve got computers and the free internet for our patrons.  We’re doing some classes and programs to help people develop their skills.  And then of course we’ve got the maker movement.

It is in this context, of expanded literacy, that the maker fad starts to become something more important.  Maker Spaces are totally hot right now.  Everybody wants a 3D printer.

We’re in a bubble of bandwagonism.  But after this settles down, I think we’ll be in a better place.  It will be more accepted to support digital literacy, from helping patrons understand where the url bar is to helping patrons understand how to build an app, wire a circuit, or repair their PC.  We won’t be so rabid about it, but we’ll have the foundations in place to really get down to work."

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Future of the public library! 

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Two Writers and their thoughts about the Future of Libraries | David Lee King

Two Writers and their thoughts about the Future of Libraries | David Lee King | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

People love to talk about the future of libraries. 

 

Here are two pretty different viewpoints:

1. MG Siegler and TechCrunch:

A couple days ago, TechCrunch publishedThe End of the Library, written by MG Siegler. In it, Mr. Siegler says this:

“it’s hard not to imagine a future where the majority of libraries cease to exist — at least as we currently know them.

2. Neil Gaiman, well-known writer:

Around the same time, Neil Gaiman wrote Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming in the Guardian. In his article, Neil says this about libraries:

“But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.


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The future of libraries! What are your thoughts? 

I support no 2!

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The global rise of the super library

The global rise of the super library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Seattle Central, Kanazawa Umimirai, Spijkenisse and Birmingham super-libraries explored (Crack open the Borges. Five non-imaginary libraries to ignite flights of fancy.) As the £189m Library of Birmingham opens its doors, it joins a new breed of international "super library". Architecture, design and technology are changing the way the library functions as a space. They have evolved to reflect modern attitudes to books, and how people consume the written word. With The Culture Show architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff, BBC Arts explores five of the world's most impressive public libraries.
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5 Super Libraries!
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KrisPaterson's curator insight, September 8, 2013 1:24 AM

Some beautiful and inspiring spaces to read, meet and connect. What great books will be written inside these spaces, I wonder?

nickcarman's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:43 AM

A brief review of super libraries around the world in the wake of the opening of the library of Birmingham.

wildswans's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:34 PM

Absolutely love the "book hill". What fasinates me is how relationships between the outside space and inside space is interpreted. A book opens up a whole new world - therefore the inside is bigger than the ouside. And perhaps, interior physical spaces should also create that kind of expansive feeling, which draws people in.

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Digital’s Shifting Standards, by Joseph Janes | Reinventing Libraries

"The digital shift has been upon us all for some time now, and the issues and realities are getting deeper and more complex as library service continues to be transformed by the multifaceted changes already in place and others on the horizon. In ongoing coverage, Library Journal continues to track the issues, report on solutions, and surface the deeper challenges for the profession.

Here, we begin anticipating our free forthcoming virtual event “The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries,” brought to you by LJ and School Library Journal, to be held October 16. These essays by two leaders begin an exclusive series of articles to come in September and October that raise key questions about the new state of libraries. Peer to Peer columnist Barbara Fister reflects on the need to reinvigorate instruction in light of how we now collect resources. University of Washington iSchool’s Joseph Janes, in turn, calls for libraries to strike a balance between protecting privacy and innovating to add value—with patrons’ permission."

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Part of a series about "The Digital Shift: reinventing libraries" 

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The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries - The Digital Shift - register now for online event on 26 Oct

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries - The Digital Shift - register now for online event on 26 Oct | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries
A Library Journal | School Library Journal Online Event
October 16, 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

 

Our 4th annual online event is back with a dynamic new format, featuring programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs.

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries will offer thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community, and helping students and patrons learn. The program will feature insights on managing new technologies and services; the latest developments in ebooks and streaming media; optimizing discovery; and much more!

Our expert speakers and panelists will present innovative ideas and actionable solutions for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public."

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Registrations open! Looks thought-provoking!

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University libraries: 10 global portraits

University libraries: 10 global portraits | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
University library chiefs worldwide reveal the challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education (Uni librarians talk about their libraries > University libraries: 10 global portraits

 

America: New York University library

Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says dean of library Carol Mandel

 

UK: University of Manchester library

The library is not being used less, it's just user needs that are changing, says university librarian Janet Wilkinson – so don't forget the wifi

 

Japan: Hachioji library, Tama Art University

A university library designed by a world-leading architect inspires and challenges in equal measure, says library head Hidemi Kondo

 

Nigeria: American University of Nigeria library

Open access and libraries centred around online learning and research are key in developing countries, says library director Amed Demirhan

 

UK: Bodleian library, University of Oxford

We need to shape the skills of library staff to meet user needs while maintaining specialist knowledge, says interim Bodley's librarian Richard Ovenden

 

Australia: Queensland University of Technology library

With 97% of its research downloads from outside Australia, the library's open access expertise is invaluable, says library director Judy Stokker

 

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University library

Finding information is not the problem, says university librarian Choy Fatt Cheong – libraries are now taking the lead on how to communicate it

 

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The state of university libraries! Interesting reviews!

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The Architectural League of New York | Little Free Library / NYC

The Architectural League of New York | Little Free Library / NYC | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Little Free Library movement places small book shelters in neighborhoods and is based on the premise of “take a book, return a book.” Established less than three years ago, Little Free Libraries now sponsors over 5,000 libraries worldwide.

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Stunning concept!

 

Also check out today:

"The Little Free Library Online Film Festival has come to a close. We would like to thank all of the participants for taking the time to enter. There were some truly fantastic videos submitted! We cannot wait to announce the winners here, on the Little Free Library website, on July 30th." - http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

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Learn “what’s next” for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference

Learn “what’s next” for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Publishers Weekly columnist Peter Brantley and ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG) Co-chair Robert Wolven will discuss “New Directions for Libraries and Digital Content” Wednesday, July 24, at 10:45 a.m. 

(CDT) as part of the ALA Virtual Conference. The session builds on and continues the standing-room-only program at the ALA Annual Conference, “ALA, Ebooks and Digital Content: What’s Next.”

The need to make popular ebooks as easily available as print books has made “the Big Six” (now the “Big Five” with the Penguin-Random House merger) a part of the library vernacular. While work continues to make all of the largest publishers’ content available to libraries under equitable terms, there is more activity afoot in the digital content world. Brantley and Wolven will discuss emerging disruptions and opportunities for libraries to bring more and better digital resources of all kinds to library users.

In his recent article “The Unpackaged Ebook: Newspapers, Magazines and Subcompact Publishing,” Brantley challenges librarians to prepare for a future in which ebooks “will be represented as websites; mini-mags that present serial narratives; and as geo-aware encounters that appear in our augment reality glasses as we wander around our cities.” While the “thingness” of a book continues to transition, there also is an opportunity for libraries to create new relationships."

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Libraries' future with regards digital content!

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The Future of Libraries: Free Discussion on 9 Jan - David Lee King to chair

American Libraries Live will be hosting a panel discussion on the challenges and changes within the libraries for the near and distant future.  It is Thursday January 9, 2014 at 2:00-3:00 Eastern.  It is FREE to register and “attend” the discussion.

David Lee King, digital branch and services manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will lead the panel which also includes:

Marshall Breeding, Library Technology Consultant, Speaker and AuthorBuffy Hamilton, Librarian at Norcross High School in metropolitan Atlanta, Library Technology Writer and SpeakerBohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical LibraryJoseph Murphy, Director of Library Futures, Innovative Interfaces

Register for this episode so you get email reminders at http://goo.gl/1p5dpV .

 

Preregistration is not required to attend. You can also attend by simply going to the site at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, it will be recorded and available at http://www.americanlibrarieslive.org shortly afterwards.

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Future of Libraries > always an interesting discussion!

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NELLCO's curator insight, January 8, 2014 8:38 AM

If you can stand one more "Future of Libraries" conversation...

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UTS Shapeshifters event on Creative Futures - by Mal Booth

"[...] the slides I used for a UTS Shapeshifters event on Creative Futures. I was talking about the future of academic libraries, particularly our own and our role in a creative digital future. 
I should explain more about the 3rd slide. The things listed on that slide are often forgotten or discounted in the blind pursuit of efficiency or traditional KPIs. For libraries, these things (i.e. delight, surprise, engagement, serendipity and curiosity) are at least as important and should not be forgotten, dismissed or left until later."

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A creative digital future for academic libraries!

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Future of Libraries Issues | Ken Haycock

Future of Libraries Issues | Ken Haycock | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
During the two day summit last week in Vancouver on the Future of Libraries so many issues emerged, and so many thoughtful responses. I note here some of the issues but guest bloggers will contribute more context and elaboration, even a few answers, over the next few weeks… The future is not what it used to be! City managers and provosts are seeing less expensive options within their jurisdictions, whether preschool programs in community centers or space in cafeterias. Shared services is shining a spotlight on perceived duplication, and we are expensive. As we move into new areas (learning centers, after school programs, research support, maker spaces) others already occupy much of that space. Conversely, other public agencies are moving into “our” space. As senior staff is reduced, library directors are not immune. More are picking up related responsibilities for community centers and cultural institutions and even parking and dogs in cities while in universities, information technology, information management, learning services, bookstores, museums, are all being rolled together in one portfolio. It can no longer take two years to make decisions like integrating two desks. The world is moving faster than we are.
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