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What 21st-century libraries can learn from this 19th-century institution, Angela Tung

What 21st-century libraries can learn from this 19th-century institution, Angela Tung | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Like most library students, I learned about the Dewey Decimal System, the Library of Congress, and the father of the American public library, Andrew Carnegie. But I also learned about the necessary transformation of the library in the 21st century. In order to survive, it was hammered into our brains again and again, a library has to be more than just a “brick and mortar” receptacle of books. It needs to be a technical hub, a community center, a place you might go instead of Starbuck’s."

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Hull House offered a variety of services that seem like precursors to the services that libraries are providing today. Like the Arizona libraries that have added public health nurses, Addams and her Hull House co-founder Ellen Gates Starr “volunteered as on-call doctors when the real doctors either didn’t show up or weren’t available.” They also “acted as midwives, saved babies from neglect, prepared the dead for burial, nursed the sick, and sheltered domestic violence victims.”

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Volunteers “held classes in literature, history, art, domestic activities (such as sewing),” and practical courses such as bookbinding, “which was timely—given the employment opportunities in the growing printing trade,” which sounds a lot like the free computer classes offered by many public libraries today."

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Via Trudy Raymakers
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Thoughts around the Hull House which rendered a variety of community services, the same as expected from a public library today!

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Technology Trends in Libraries & the Emerging Generation, by David Lee King

"Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to our younger customers and their parents. This presentation introduces emerging technology trends and needs of children and teens, and how those trends can help re-shape library services. Examples of how to incorporate these trends into libraries are provided."


Via Guus van den Brekel
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Great ideas for libraries to incorporate the youth in their services!

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Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support | Librarian by Day @bobbinewman

Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support | Librarian by Day @bobbinewman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Last week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released their latest report on the role of libraries in the digital age.

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Rather than focusing on the percentage of the community that has a library card, libraries would be better off focusing on public support of the library and accepting that some people don’t use the library for one reason or another."

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Making a very valid point! 

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The Closing of British Libraries - by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal (blog)

"[...] the British situation seems to be getting even worse.

According to this column arguing for libraries as public spaces that don’t need to make a profit for someone, “it is estimated that cuts to local authorities will force 100 libraries to close by the end of 2015, with another 200-300 becoming reliant on volunteers.”

If we extrapolated that to the population size of the United States, that would be like 600 libraries possibly closing and 1200-1500 becoming reliant on volunteers. Something like that already seems to be happening with school libraries, but public libraries haven’t faced anything like this sort of devastation.

The column argues that it’s ideology that’s crushing the libraries, not any sort of budget issue, since Britain has plenty of money compared to most countries and it’s not in state of total war or anything.

The idea that there might be some worth in a public space that does not make a profit for someone or other is baffling to our ministers. It’s almost ideologically offensive. It undermines the whole philosophy behind the transformation of Britain over the past 30 or so years, where everything and everyone must justify themselves in economic terms.

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Very sad scenario!

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Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews

Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.

A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:


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Future libraries!

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Karen du Toit's comment, February 28, 2014 4:05 AM
Changing the name to incorporate all the new functions /spaces/services the "library" offers! To get past the stereotypical idea of a "library" with only books and a quiet place of study!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:19 AM
Rebranding Removes the Term Library
LibrarianLand's curator insight, March 1, 2014 6:37 PM

This is really b.s. The term library and it associations are still very important and vital to the institution in most of its forms. "Digital Idea Space" or "Ideal Village"  or "You can make it happen here!" or what ever the heck you want to rebrand it does not convey the wonderful history and values that make libraries great and sound trendy and hollow.

 

I agree that libraries need to be marketed better and often times differently but just as importantly they need to hire and retain the best and brightest who will actively provide and support the creation of new knowledge. A trendy new name that obliterates a very powerful concept in many folks' minds, LIBRARY, does not do the history or values of the idea justice. Perhaps a hybrid name that involves both is OK, like "Library Resource Center" or "Digital Learning Library" or even a name that does not include the word but clearly markets the traditional values of intellectual freedom, equity, learning, and yes, still preserving and collecting traditional things like books.

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The OER Discovery Role for Libraries - vote at Micropoll

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Vote on the role of libraries in the discovery of quality open educational resources! 

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1 Second Survey on the role of libraries in the discovery of OERs.

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A Glimpse into the Future of Learning - Infographic by Knowledge Works

For KnowledgeWorks’ full forecast on the future of
learning, see Recombinant Education: Regenerating
the Learning Ecosystem (http://www.knowledgeworks.org/future-of-learning

 

"[...]'this infographic tells the big story of changes we believe point the way toward a diverse learning ecosystem in which learning adapts to each child instead of each child trying to adapt to school"


Via juandoming, João Greno Brogueira
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Interesting to look at via the libraries' role in this as well.

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