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Harford libraries to serve as cooling stations Friday and Saturday

Harford libraries to serve as cooling stations Friday and Saturday | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"With heat index values expected to reach nearly 105 degrees on Friday, June 29 and Saturday June 30, Harford County Public Library's 11 branches will serve as cooling stations for Harford County residents in need of relief from the heat.

Each Harford County Public Library will be open to the public during normal hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The one exception is the Darlington Library which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Branch location information can be found at http://hcplonline.org/locations/branches/

 


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Infographic: Ontario Council of Universtiy Libraries: “Ask a Librarian” Usage Statistics, 2011-2012 | LJ INFOdocket

Infographic: Ontario Council of Universtiy Libraries: “Ask a Librarian” Usage Statistics, 2011-2012 | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Infographic: Ask a #Librarian Usage Statistics 2011-2012 from #Ontario Council of University Libraries http://t.co/jdKupJsJ @arlnews @sabram...

 

"The following infographic provides a look at the Ontario Council of University Libraries, Ask a Librarian service that launched on September 12, 2011 with the following institutions:
University of Guelph
University of Guelph-Humber
Lakehead University
Ryerson University
York University
University of Toronto – St.George
University of Toronto – Mississauga
University of Toronto – Scarborough
University of Windsor"

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Sydney's first 24 Hour Library on its way? « Readers in the Mist

Sydney's first 24 Hour Library on its way? « Readers in the Mist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Posted by Librarians with Altitude. Part of a larger proposal going before the City of Sydney Council this month is the possibility of the library in the Old Custom House building being open 24 hours.

 

"This is just one of many measures to attract a greater mix of people, events and businesses to the city at night and boost annual late-night turnover to $30 billion by 2030. The plan proposes developing a ”night cities global index” to rank cities by their night economies – with the goal of earning a top-three placing for Sydney. It said a 25 per cent increase in jobs in the city’s night economy by 2030 would count as a measure of success, as would increasing shops to 40 per cent of businesses open after 6pm."

 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/about-town/plan-for-sydney-at-night-lets-go-to-the-24hour-library-20120614-20bhq.html#ixzz1z35fdLZF

 

 

 

 

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Infographic: Library struggles since the recession - American Library Association's Library

Infographic: Library struggles since the recession - American Library Association's Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The American Library Association created an infographic to illustrate the struggles libraries have been confronted with since the recession began.

We've been following recent budget cuts and coping mechanisms, such as fundraising videos and offering updated technologies, as part of our Libraries in Crisis series. But to see these things visualized and quantified helps put things into perspective.

According to the infographic, WiFi usage in libraries is up 74%, and computer usage is up 60%, but funding has been decreased by 57%. Additionally, 62% of libraries report being the only location offering free public access to the Internet in their communities."

 

Full Infographic here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/library-infographic_n_1627784.html ;

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Beyond the Book Mobile | How Libraries are Reinventing Themselves for the Future | NewsFeed | TIME.com

Beyond the Book Mobile | How Libraries are Reinventing Themselves for the Future | NewsFeed | TIME.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By ALLISON BERRY:

"Many branches of these public institutions are dying from lack of funding—and reinventing themselves in surprising new ways (How Libraries are Reinventing Themselves for the Future: http://t.co/hNF4tlXm...)"

 

"Today’s libraries aren’t just trying to fulfill what a March study by the Pew Charitable Trusts calls the institutions’ “shadow mandate” of bridging the widening gaps in social services that used to be provided by non-profits and public agencies. Libraries are also trying to meet people where they are. The cash-strapped Free Library of Philadelphia, a stalwart system founded in 1891, has set up six “Hot Spots” to expand its reach in underserved areas. It’s much cheaper to open these freestanding mini-libraries, which are equipped with computers, printers, and a reference collection, inside facilities owned by community organizations than it is to open a new branch. In a similar move, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has opened what it calls a “library without walls” in the Pittsburgh Public Market in an effort to deliver library services on the weekends in a place where a lot of people do their food-shopping. Some libraries are even venturing outdoors. In response to recent branch closures in Detroit, the University of Michigan this spring partnered with students at a local elementary school to set up six outdoor libraries, whose waterproof bookcases, unlike book mobiles, don’t come with expensive gas bills."

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/22/how-libraries-are-reinventing-themselves-for-the-future/#beyond-the-book-mobile#ixzz1ynvY8uhf

 

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QR Codes in Libraries, via The Electric Silverfish

"This is a quick overview of the use of QR Codes in libraries; the potential and the pitfalls, as well as some personal observations…"

 

Uses, practical tips and valuable reading links.

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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Futurist Thomas Frey:

"Libraries are not about books. In fact, they were never about books.
Libraries exist to give us access to information. Until recently, books were one of the more efficient forms of transferring information from one person to another. Today there are 17 basic forms of information that are taking the place of books, and in the future there will be many more…"

 

"Here is a list of 17 primary categories of information that people turn to on a daily basis. While they are not direct replacements for physical books, they all have a way of eroding our reliance on them. There may be more that I’ve missed, but as you think through the following media channels, you’ll begin to understand how libraries of the future will need to function:
Games 
Digital Books 
Audio Books 
Magazines 
Music 
Photos 
Videos 
Television 
Movies
Radio 
Blogs 
Podcasts 
Apps 
Presentations 
Courseware 
Personal Networks 
Each of these forms of information has a place in future libraries. Whether or not physical books decline or even disappear has little relevance in the overall scheme of future library operations."


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Award-winning book-burning hoax saves Troy, MI libraries - Youtube

Award-winning book-burning hoax saves Troy, MI libraries - Youtube | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide agency has won a gold prize in the Effie awards for their hoax "Book Burning Party" campaign, which is credited with saving the public library in Troy,

"MI. Michigan's extreme austerity measures and collapsing economy had put the library under threat, and the town proposed a 0.7% tax raise to keep it open. The local Tea Party spent a large sum of money opposing the measure on the grounds that all taxes are bad, so the Burnett campaign reframed the issue by creating a hoax campaign to celebrate the library's closure with a Book Burning Party a few days after the vote.

The outrage generated by this campaign was sufficient to win the day for the library, as Troy's residents made the connection between closing libraries and burning books, focusing their minds on literacy and shared community, rather than taxation.

Troy Public Library would close for good unless voters approved a tax increase. With little money, six weeks until the election, facing a well organized anti-tax group who'd managed to get two previous library-saving tax increases to fail, we had to be bold. We posed as a clandestine group who urged people to vote to close the library so they could have a book burning party. Public outcry over the idea drowned out the anti-tax opposition and created a ground-swell of support for the library, which won by a landslide."


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The Elsevier Foundation | Grant Guidelines for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program

The Elsevier Foundation | Grant Guidelines for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Elsevier Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in developing countries and supporting organizations for:
* Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it -- researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public.
* Programs that expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.
* Training and education programs for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.
* Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organizations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and other non-profit organizations.

 

For 2012,  a new two step application process has been implemented to streamline the submission and review process. First round applications will be accepted through June 24th through the Foundation's online application system. In early July shortlisted candidates will be announced and invited to submit a full proposal in the second round. Grant recipients will be announced in December 2012.

 

For details, go to: 

http://www.elsevierfoundation.org/innovative-libraries/how-to-apply/


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Who will preserve the past for future generations?

Who will preserve the past for future generations? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

J.L. GRANATSTEIN:

"Reducing library resources and breaking up the national archives will cause irreparable harm to nationhood..." > Library and Archives Canada

 

 

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A library in every school, please - The Independent (blog)

A library in every school, please - The Independent (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A worldwide problem, it seems...

 

By Susan Elkin:

"Books are to education and learning what air and water are to life. Every child needs access to the printed word and lots of encouragement to explore it in order to develop properly.

You might, therefore, be surprised to learn that many schools do not have a library or a librarian – which seems a contradiction in terms. How can you have an organisation whose raison d’ ê tre is learning if it has no library? It’s like a restaurant without a kitchen or a zoo without any animals.

There is no law requiring schools to have libraries either. I worked in a Kent secondary school in the 1990s which had a reasonable – if not wonderful – library extensively used by pupils until the head, clearly not a real educationist, decided that it was, quite literally a waste of space. She decreed that the books be shelved (marginalised?) in the back of English classrooms because she wanted to use the former library room for something else. Result? Reduced emphasis on wider reading and much less access to fewer books for students.

The Society of Authors, which represents over 9,000 writers, is campaigning with other organisations for school libraries to be a legal requirement."

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The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College

The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David Chalifoux is man with a mission. That mission: to store and protect the 137790 books, journals, VHS tapes, and microfilm from the college's libraries. Dave is the supervisor at Williams' Library Shelving Facility (LSF), a concrete, off-site storage space that is currently housing objects from Sawyer Library, Schow Library, Archives and Special Collections, and Chapin Library of Rare Books while the new library complex is being built. The LSF is also the permanent home of low-usage journals from Sawyer."

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Pittsburgh – The Role of the Library in a Digital World « Workshop Slideshare

Pittsburgh – The Role of the Library in a Digital World « Workshop Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

POSTED BY BOBBI NEWMAN:

"Presented at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh June 4th, 2012."

 

"Resources:
The original 23 Things

Additional 23 Things

IMLS 21st Century Skills Assessment

IMLS 21st Century Skills website

Managing Personal Change

Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era - New York Times mentioned during presentation. ALA’s response to the article - ALA Wastes No Time – Our Work on Digital Literacy"

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Exploring new roles for libraries and mediating technologies in addressing the DIY mindset of library patrons > Slideshare

Presentation given at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. June 23, 2012.

 

by Bohyun Kim on Jun 20, 2012

"Presentation given at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. June 23, 2012.

Speaker: Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University
Speaker: Jason Clark, Head of Digital Access and Web Services, Montana State University Libraries
Speaker: Patrick T. Colegrove, Head, DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada, Reno"

More program details: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/m/node/806

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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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The new European Library goes live!

The European Library offers services and facilities of direct relevance to research communities in Europe and beyond.

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