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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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Tuning out the white noise: marketing your library services - by Ned Potter #Slideshare

Keynote from the BLA Conference, July 2014. #BLAle14 This talk is all about communuication - specifically about how to make your communication stand out amid a… (RT @deanhendrix: This slideshare on #libraries communications is brilliant.
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Key to focus marketing! Good advice!

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Director sees 'passive' approach to library fines in past decade - The Capital Journal

Director sees 'passive' approach to library fines in past decade - The Capital Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Rawlins Library has thousands of dollars in missing items, according to the library’s director.

Dating back to 2001, the public library currently has 3,100 items declared missing, said Robin Schrupp. She said if every item missing was valued at $20 each, that would mean the library has lost $62,000 in materials.

Despite the backlog of missing material, Schrupp said most library users are reliable.

“The vast majority of Rawlins Library patrons are responsible citizens and adhere to borrowing limits,” she said. “They return materials in a timely manner and are respectful of the materials in their possession.”

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Seems the best approach!

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Libraries get into technology exploration - BurlingtonFreePress.com

Libraries get into technology exploration - BurlingtonFreePress.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A maker is a trending term referring to a producer of technology-based works such as electronics or robotics. A maker space is where people have an opportunity to explore interests, learn to use tools and materials and develop creative projects.

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Libraries statewide have been offering a variety of science and technology based programming through the summertime reading theme Fizz, Boom, Read. A $20,000 Vermont Community Foundation Innovations and Collaborations Grant, and a $5,000 grant from University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are helping to fund the programs.

The Williston workshop is part of the "Vermont Makers and Libraries: Sparking a Culture of Innovation" project, a collaborative between the Vermont Department of Libraries, Vermont Makers, the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Vermont Library Association and CMF Innovations."

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A great but exciting challenge to librarians to stay ahead!

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The Librarians Have Arrived! - Carisa Kluver | The Digital Media Diet #digitalshift

The Librarians Have Arrived! - Carisa Kluver | The Digital Media Diet #digitalshift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In my estimation, librarians are the perfect ‘digital docents’ for the 21st century’s digital content. From what I’ve read, many in the field of library sciences have been fretting about where they fit into the digital shift, so the time is now to assert that librarians (as a profession) will be MORE in need by society in the future than ever before. There should be more jobs, not fewer, for library students. They are the professional and ethical curators of the digital world, essential to our cultural transition. And we couldn’t be in better hands!" - See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3205#sthash.G195kvCG.hNauw3dC.dpuf

 

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Great points here: "Criteria for Reviewing Digital Children’s Content"

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9 Striking Library Posters from the Great Depression - BOOK RIOT

9 Striking Library Posters from the Great Depression - BOOK RIOT | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Starting in 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, the federal government did something that might seem odd: it paid artists to make art.
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Vintage inspiration!

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Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust

Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Carnegie UK Trust publication Speaking Volumes: the impact of public libraries on wellbeing shows the wide range of ways in which public libraries can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Speaking Volumes demonstrates in a clear graphical way how libraries are relevant to four main policy areas: social, economic, cultural and education policy – all of which have an impact on wellbeing.

The leaflet is based on hundreds of examples of practice throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as published evidence of impact. Databases of some of these examples show how public libraries support learning, promote economic wellbeing, act as cultural centres and contribute to the creation of strong and healthy communities."

 


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Continuing relevance of public libraries!

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Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn’t: A Special Typology - Lee Rainie

Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn’t: A Special Typology - Lee Rainie | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Today, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, is speaking at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. He’ll describe the Project’s new study about the different kinds of library users and non-users, based on research that uses segmentation models to show how technology, community orientation, and library activities affect the way people use libraries. The research also shows the variety of reasons why people do not use libraries. He will explore the implications of this work for library leaders as they explore new services and for the library community as it does advocacy. His slides are available here:

http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/36472925#

 

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Different kinds of library users, and the implications for library leaders!

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Growing Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Makerspaces-Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, Contributing (SlideShare) - by The Unquiet Librarian

Growing Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Makerspaces-Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, Contributing (SlideShare) - by The Unquiet Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The slides below are from yesterday's presentation about the possibilities for makerspaces and school libraries. Please note all links referenced in the session are live and accessible via the SlideShare post below.
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Great SlideShare about Makerspaces in libraries!

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20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries - Ebook Friendly

20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries - Ebook Friendly | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Piotr Kowalczyk: "A list [and pictures] of most creative, award-winning print ads for books, bookshops and libraries"
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Inspiring ads!
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Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered

Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Changes to modes of information organization and access are getting most of the attention now, but I think if you want to look at the future of libraries you need to look at the future of everything else, and I think we have to admit that the demise of much of what we take for granted is a possibility in this century. Preservation should be the new priority." Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/rory-litwin-pressing-issues-librarians#ixzz320AA4jQi Inside Higher Ed

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A college librarian's take on the future of libraries, the positive influence of publishing and technology

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Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries - South China Morning Post

Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries - South China Morning Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries South China Morning Post Hongkongers have been borrowing fewer books from public libraries over the past five years - with the city's obsession with smartphones being blamed...
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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.

 

The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014.

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The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

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Lisa Norris's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:35 PM

Great library programs are energetic, flexible, and always researching and experiementing with innovative effective and efficient ways to meet the information needs of its patrons!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 2014 5:27 PM

Just picked this up from Joyce Valenza. 

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The case for making libraries full of toys and games

The case for making libraries full of toys and games | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s public library legacy was built on a boyhood dream: to acquire knowledge. Carnegie believed in “the meritocratic nature of America,” that anyone “with the right inclination and desire could educate himself” and therefore succeed, and that libraries should contribute directly to that. 

So what are libraries doing lending out toys and holding game nights? Aren’t American kids’ test scores lagging behind those of pretty much the rest of the world? Shouldn’t American public libraries be, as Carnegie wanted, educating? Recent studies, and librarians themselves, say otherwise.

In a study with 70 six-year olds, psychologists at the University of Colorado found that the children who engaged in more free play had a “more highly developed self-directed executive function” than those who had spent more time in “structured activities,” that were adult-led rather than child-initiated."


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The importance of play in the development of children! Definitely should be addressed by libraries!

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nickcarman's curator insight, August 12, 2014 1:00 AM

This is an interesting article with lots of useful links.

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Libraries Rock! | Hitchhiker - Country rocker visiting public libraries on tour

Libraries Rock! | Hitchhiker - Country rocker visiting public libraries on tour | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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Mary Kaminski 

"In the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, an article about country/rock band Old Crow Medicine Show references the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup and front man Ketch Secor’s recent visit there:


 

Ketch Secor doesn’t own a laptop or a smartphone, so most days when he wakes up on tour with his band Old Crow Medicine Show, he’ll head to the local library to check his e-mail. “I was just in a library in Gallup, New Mexico, with 25 Navajos,” he says. “It’s communal, like the Greyhound station of the Internet.”


Old Crow Medicine Show, photo credit: Rolling Stone Magazine


Full article here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-ketch-secor-started-wild-roots-band-old-crow-medicine-show-20140721


Also,  a tip to help you know if your library is getting noticed! - Search engine alert service

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IFLA launches the 2014 eLending Background Paper | IFLA

IFLA launches the 2014 eLending Background Paper | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The eLending environment for libraries around the world continues to change at a rapid pace. In 2012, IFLA released its Background Paper on eLending, which formed the basis for the production of the IFLA Principles for Library eLending, the third revision of which was issued at the World Library & Information Congress (WLIC) in Singapore in August 2013.

Cognisant of the great changes taking place in ePublishing, and the varied eLending challenges and opportunities facing libraries in different geographical regions, the IFLA Governing Board commissioned a supplement to the eLending Background Paper in 2013 reflecting recent developments.

Chair of the eLending Group Paul Whitney coordinated the updating of the IFLA eLending Background Paper, together with Working Group members comprising Margaret Allen, Vincent Bonnet, Christina de Castell, Harald von Hielmcrone, Sarah Kaddu, Gerald Leitner, Ngian Lek Choh, Barbara Lison, Mary Minow, Harald Mueller, Denise Nicholson, Carrie Russell,  Amelie Vallotton, Chloe Vicente and Qiang Zhu.

 Issues addressed in the updated eLending paper include:

In acknowledgement of the differing interpretations of what is an eBook, reflected in the vastly differing holdings and use statistics reported by libraries, definitions of “eBook” and “eLending” are proposed.Recent trends in the publishing and distribution of ebooks are reviewedLibrary advocacy efforts with publishers and governments are describedRelevant court rulings on digital exhaustion governing how libraries can acquire and deploy eBooks are analysed.

eLending Working Group Chair Paul Whitney will present the 2014 eLending Background Paper at the EBLIDA/CLM Satellite Meeting,Copyright and beyond: Libraries in the public sphere in Strasbourg, France from 13-14 August."

 

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http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/topics/e-lending/documents/revised_background_paper_elending.doc

 

PDF 

http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/topics/e-lending/documents/2014_ifla_elending_background_paper.pdf

 

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Addressing some of the challenges of e-lending.

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