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Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ...

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BY BLAIR KAMIN:

"What should a 21st Century library look like? To ask that question is to conjure futuristic visions--of libraries that resemble sleek Apple stores; of librarians who stroll around their branches with computer tablets, and of robots ..."

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Harry Potter books will now be available in public libraries due to an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan | Business | TIME.com

Harry Potter books will now be available in public libraries due to an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan | Business | TIME.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By JILL PRILUCK

"The Harry Potter website known as Pottermore has been beset by delays. But there is some good news. When the portal launches later this year, its stock of JK Rowling e-books and digital audiobooks will be available to public library members.

This coup for borrowers was the result of an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, the largest distributor of digital content to libraries. But OverDrive is more than just a library partner. It also will provide the sales platform for buyers to purchase e-books on Pottermore."

Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/02/29/harry-potter-and-the-future-of-public-libraries/?iid=biz-main-lede#ixzz1nqdGvybT

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TheDartmouth.com: Darnton discusses future of libraries

By Amanda Young:

NEWS: Robert Darnton discusses future of libraries http://t.co/XUPL1y55...

 

'Despite a number of obstacles, the Digital Public Library of America, an open-access digital library, is projected to launch in April 2013, making the United States’ cultural heritage available worldwide, according to Robert Darnton, a Harvard University professor and the director of the Harvard University Library. Darnton spoke in Filene Auditorium in Monday’s inaugural Donoho Colloquium titled “The Digital Public Library of America and the Digital Future.”

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World Book Day on 1 March - 15th year!

World Book Day on 1 March - 15th year! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 15th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day."

http://www.worldbookday.com/

 

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Steal This Idea: How Libraries Can Become Community Publishers | Digital Book World

Steal This Idea: How Libraries Can Become Community Publishers | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nate Hill:

"Here is one good way to turn public libraries into centers for community publishing.

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QR Codes - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

QR Codes - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Wiki for the use of QR codes in libraries

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Libraries build communities | Reading, Writing, Research

Libraries build communities | Reading, Writing, Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

DMGuion:

"Libraries are about more than books or reading. They also sponsor concerts, lectures, workshops, classes, and similar events."

 

"Many libraries have auditoriums and offer various kinds of concerts, plays, or lectures. Many libraries have space for exhibiting art and perhaps a collection to display in it. Whether it has its own art collection or not, it can offer its exhibit space to both local and traveling arts organizations.
Libraries usually have meeting rooms, where all sorts of clubs and interest groups can gather. In today’s economy, workshops on various aspects of job hunting may draw people in to the library who otherwise may not have thought to use it."

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E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World

E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Barbara Galletly:

"E-books have become a core part of U.S. publishers’ business. Libraries and booksellers have built e-book lending programs. What is the future of e-lending?"

 

"We’re witnessing a sea change in e-book library lending. As more players become involved in the market, the traditional roles of publisher, distributor, bookseller, and library are beginning to blur. One thing is clear, though: As publishers struggle to sell and market their wares in a world of declining retail space, libraries become more valuable. If digital shelf space at libraries proves to have similar effect as its physical counterpart, to serve libraries and their patrons digitally is to cultivate customers of the future."

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Libraries Still an Important Discovery Source for Kids’ Books, Says Study — The Digital Shift | Student Learning through School Libraries

Libraries Still an Important Discovery Source for Kids’ Books, Says Study — The Digital Shift | Student Learning through School Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Kathy Ishizuka:

"Bowker survey also finds ebooks are growing in favor among teens, but with barriers to adoption.   When it comes to finding out about good books for children and teens, there’s more to it than Amazon.com."

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/02/ebooks/libraries-still-an-important-discovery-source-for-kids-books-says-study/

 

“Bookstores and libraries are still very important in discovery,” says Kelly Gallagher, VP of Publishing Services at RR Bowker, who presented key findings from the survey “Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age” at last month’s Digital Book World.Conducted by Bowker Market Research, the survey of 2,000 parents of kids ages 0–12 and 1,000 teens ages 13–17 also revealed some interesting stats regarding ebooks. While most parents (75 percent) have not yet bought an ebook, the rate for teens reading digital titles tripled from 2010 to 2011. Additionally, the survey underscored a potential discrepancy in what parents report about kids’ desire for print over digital books versus children’s actual preferences."

 

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Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces - video

Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Video of Lauren’s final project for the “Innovation in Public Libraries” class taught by Meg Backus and Thomas Gokey

 

"We want to see 3D printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces become a regular feature--in addition to its other services--at every public library in the country. This is a description of our proposal to create a FabLab in the Fayetteville Free Library and gives a brief introduction to what 3D printing is and how revolutionary it will be for those who are unfamiliar with it. A FabLab is a fabrication laboratory (or a fabulous laboratory).

A hackerspace is just a public library under a different name (although I’m not aware of any hackerspaces that are publicly funded, its time to change that!).

It is a place where people gather to share their knowledge and help each other make whatever project they are currently working on. This video was made in support of Lauren Britton-Smedley’s proposal to create a pilot FabLab at the Fayetteville Free Library.

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Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | Editorial

Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | Editorial | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Francine Fialkoff:

Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | http://t.co/YdLrlLmW #Libraries #AB_libraries...

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The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift

The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 - http://t.co/NwFKQcR0 via @ShiftTheDigital...

 

Lisa Carlucci Thomas summary:

 

"In 2012, expect existing mobile library services to mature. Mobile websites will be refined, content will be added, more mobile-friendly platforms will become available, and usability of mobile resources will be examined in greater detail. Integration with emerging features and services, such as mobile payment systems (Square, Google Wallet), checkins and gamification (Foursquare, GetGlue, QR codes, SnapTags), social sharing and content curation (Path, Tumblr, Instagram, PicPlz), place-based collections, and augmented reality tours (Scan Jose) built from library digital collections, will present exciting opportunities.
Ebooks and digital content discussions will continue to be complicated, and library advocates will build upon collective knowledge gained and further seek to negotiate adequate rights and licensing policies with publishers. Nonetheless, more libraries will purchase ebooks and circulate ereaders, iPod Touches, and tablet computers than ever before and offer instruction and outreach to patrons seeking experienced support and guidance using their own devices.
Technological advancements, such as sophisticated touch screen interfaces, next-generation platforms, patron self-service tools, and interactive communication services, along with evolving user demands will fuel the ongoing development of mobile library innovations for libraries already involved and encourage creative ideas about delivering services with a fresh perspective.
In 2012, resolve to identify opportunities to integrate mobile services, overcome the challenges, and inspire and engage your mobile library community. It’s time to get in the mix."

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Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers

Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Hey you, person with your nose buried in a book or an e-reader:
Look up for just a moment. You know how much you love to read?"

 

"East Valley cities public libraries: All rely on volunteers - adults and teens -- to help with shelving books, answering patrons' questions, and more."

 

 

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PLA - Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | Public Libraries Online

PLA - Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | Public Libraries Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @gluejar: Libraries "don’t have the luxury of waiting for things to work themselves out." http://t.co/j96Ze314 by @theanalogdivide...

 

Toby at theanalogdivide@gmail.com:

 

"As libraries start to take a longer view, we can start thinking creatively about other features e-books can offer. Imagine library e-books that not only could be checked out, but that connect you to a real-time network of associated information and a community of other library users sharing their own reactions and commentary.7 This goes beyond the popular concept of the library as place, rather positioning the library as a platform — a springboard for research, conversation, and building community. To get there, it’s going to take a mix of comprehensive training, community support, and homespun innovation. I hope you’ll join me in pushing things forward."

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Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp

Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dwight Foster Public Library (WI) 's use of Foursquare and Yelp.

 

"The library now has a listing on both Foursquare and Yelp.   Foursquare and Yelp are location based social networking Internet sites and are becoming more and more popular with folks who have Int..."


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Bookstores opening in town libraries - The Boston Globe

Bookstores opening in town libraries - The Boston Globe | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Kathleen Pierce:

"Town libraries are finding that adding a bookstore is a way to add revenue, and customers couldn’t be happier."

 

"It might seem incongruous that people would purchase books in a place where they’re accustomed to borrowing them for free. But in the past few years, a dozen or so libraries across the state have opened bookstores with dedicated staffs. In doing so, libraries have found a new source of income to finance programs.

Storage closets, refurbished basements, and forgotten areas of library buildings are now home to little shops with hundreds of used books, many of them in tiptop condition, available for sale. For less than the price of a shipping charge from Amazon, readers are helping their libraries buy museum passes, screen films, put on lectures, and offer other programs."

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Voices for the Library » Reasons for Public Libraries

Voices for the Library » Reasons for Public Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ShirleyBurnham: Reasons for Public Libraries http://t.co/FUlej93B @councilwatchuk...
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‘There’s a Ripple Effect’: A Chicago Librarian Speaks Out About Cutbacks - Working In These Times

KARI LYDERSEN:

"There’s a Ripple Effect’: A @chipublib Librarian Speaks Out About Cuts http://t.co/khroA9Mb #libraries #Chicago

 

"...firsthand the important role the city’s libraries play and how library workers and residents have been affected by more than recent 100 layoffs and cuts in service hours."

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BeerBrarian: A Modest Defense of QR Codes in the Library

BeerBrarian: A Modest Defense of QR Codes in the Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"At my place of work, QR codes work.

We have limited goals for them, and they suffice. And we're not alone. There's a wiki page devoted to using QR codes in library settings, mentioning what works, and what does.

Our most popular library blog post achieved that distinction almost solely because I papered the campus with these flyers on January 17th, 2012. There were 80 views via the QR coded embedded on the flyer, far more than the results for the traditional way of viewing the blog, via a browser and mouse click. All that in 48 hours, on a campus with a full-time enrollment of 2400 students. In part, this is a function of our user population. Many, if not most, do not own a computer, or have internet access, but many, if not most, own a smartphone. In sum, we know our audience and we have limited aims for how we use QR codes."

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Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 - Youtube

Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 - Youtube | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Youtube video edited by Greg Landgraf:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORJ_wQn6mjE&feature=player_embedded

 

"American Libraries presents its list of the top 10 library news stories of 2011, covering digitization, privacy, copyright, advocacy, and much more."

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Libraries support families | Reading, Writing, Research

Libraries support families | Reading, Writing, Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Families need a boost these days. Fortunately public libraries, which have always had special services for children, are expanding their support for families.
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Daily Maverick :: Johannesburg's new library feeds a city's 'tree of knowledge'

Daily Maverick :: Johannesburg's new library feeds a city's 'tree of knowledge' | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Johannesburg City Library was closed in April 2009 for a much-needed facelift. Some three years and R68-million later, the library reopened on Tuesday transformed physically and functionally.

 

"The emphasis on public libraries as a means to democratise information is certainly not new. Since the late 19th century, public libraries have been at the centre of the process to redistribute knowledge and information to the educationally underprivileged and this is no more apparent than in the history of the Johannesburg library."

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New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives

New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

Sanjay Talwani:

"HELENA -- Not that long ago, the Montana State Library, in charge of making state documents available to the public, circulated just a few hundred publications outside its walls each year.
Now, in just the past three months, the library has circulated some 18,000 digital documents, and what's available is vast: state agency reports going bac