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Urban Libraries in 2012: Under Pressure and In Demand - Larry Eichel (report)

Urban Libraries in 2012: Under Pressure and In Demand - Larry Eichel (report) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Larry Eichel:

"Revenue-challenged local governments have cut back on contributions to library budgets - at a time when libraries are being asked to perform a new and changing range of functions."

 

"Our new report, "The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future," looks at the recent experiences of 15 big-city library systems across the country. From 2008 through 2010, when the recession took a big bite out of local government revenues, the libraries saw their government funding cut by an average of 10 percent. These cuts resulted in roughly proportional reductions in staff and hours. And yet, in 13 of the 15 systems studied, library use is higher today than it was six years ago in terms of visits, circulation or both--as this interactive graphic shows."

http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_report_detail.aspx?id=85899373217

 

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The New Face of Public Libraries -Youtube video

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"Vancouver's Public Libraries have seen a lot of change in the last few decades. The change is not just technological, it is in the way they provide services, why they provide it, and the types of resources they have built and deliver with their communities. Their innovative approach has brought the librarian out of the library and to the people."

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Future of Libraries via the Knight Foundation - 10 video interviews

Future of Libraries via the Knight Foundation - 10 video interviews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"During a Knight conference exploring the role of libraries in the digital world, we interviewed library directors from eight communities - Philadelphia, St. Paul, Macon, Charlotte, Miami, Akron, San Jose and Detroit - to ask these questions and more.

Hear what library directors from these communities say are their biggest successes and listen to insights in how they’re addressing challenges.

In these videos, library directors also share what projects they’ve developed to help better serve their communities. The Free Library of Philadelphia, for example, was able to involve itself more deeply in communities by creating hot spots in areas with limited digital access."

 

Interviews with:

James Crawford, Google Books
Siobhan A. Reardon, Philadelphia
Kit Hadley, Saint Paul
Thomas Jones, Macon
Karen Beach, Charlotte
Raymond Santiago, Miami
David Jennings, Akron
Jane Light, San Jose
Doug Dotterer, Stow-Munroe
Juliet Machie, Detroit

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D.C. Library Staff Tests iPad Services App — The Digital Shift

D.C. Library Staff Tests iPad Services App — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @raamatuid: Nifty!RT @dcpl: Roving iPad librarians coming to DC Public Libraries http://t.co/Lx08IWF5...

 

By Michelle Lee:

"The app would enable library workers to shorten long lines by going around as a mobile checkout “desk,” Williams said. The iPad and a connecting electronic scanner could also be used at community events outside of the libraries to register new patrons and provide more information about their services.
The idea of creating a special iPad app for library workers came up in late 2010 as the technology staff noticed how useful their iPhone app was to library patrons, and they thought it would be a great in-house tool for customer service, said Chis Tonjes, the Washington D.C. public library director of information technology."

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Robolibraries rolling out in suburbs

Robolibraries rolling out in suburbs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Annemarie Mannion, Chicago Tribune reporter:

"Libraries short on cash, parking and staff are looking at self-service options to reach customers during off hours without adding work for employees."

"Tucked into vending machines or train station lockers, robolibraries allow patrons to pick up or drop off DVDs and books at their convenience during a time when many suburban libraries are cutting operating hours.

Others might take the form of kiosks that serve nearly the same function as satellite branches and can allow patrons to access books, movies, videos, music, audio books, games or anything else the library lends."

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Stepping Out of the Library | The User Experience

Stepping Out of the Library | The User Experience | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stepping out of the library to increase user satisfaction and use.

 

Aaron Schmidt:

User experience, librarian-style http://t.co/FqP6ubnc 

 

"It takes practice to get the hang of thinking and talking about user experience. Here are some tools that will help you develop these skills and offer some insights about your library at the same time."

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Libraries protest Random House price hike - Aiken Standard

Libraries protest Random House price hike - Aiken Standard | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
TechCrunchLibraries protest Random House price hike Aiken Standard AP NEW YORK (AP) --

 

"The American Library Association is urging Random House Inc. to reconsider its steep increases in the price of e-books for library wholesalers

Random House, the country's largest trade publisher, announced earlier this week that wholesale charges for e-books would rise by more than 20 percent for new adult releases and more than double for new children's books. Random House noted that e-books can be "repeatedly circulated without limitation," unlike paper books, which eventually become worn or damaged.

 

Read more: Libraries protest Random House price hike | Aiken Standard
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/f0206-BC-US-Books-Libraries-R-03-02-0352

 

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

Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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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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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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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2011 Global Student E-book Survey

2011 Global Student E-book Survey - by Allen McKiel. Usage up 8 - 16%.
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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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20 Great Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest - Online Colleges

20 Great Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest  - Online Colleges | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Pinterest offers another great way to keep up with creative and cutting-edge ways libraries are engaging with their communities.

 

"1. Pinning book covers

2. Showcasing historic archives

3. Creating reading lists

4. Sharing new acquisitions

5. Promoting library activities

6. Research

7. Encouraging kids and teens to read

8. Showcasing learning-related infographics

9. Collecting ideas for library displays

10. Getting inspired for library programs, etc." with links to relevant articles.

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Canadian Libraries: Innovating and creating inclusive services

Canadian Libraries: Innovating and creating inclusive services | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Canadian Libraries: Innovating and Creating Inclusive Services Pilar Martinez Edmonton Public Library Executive Director, Public Services Canadian Library Association Vice-President/President-Elect...

 

Final thoughts by:

Pilar Martinez & Kenneth Williment

 

"The traditional service development process provides a number of ways in which library staff can internally generate programs and services to meet library staffs’ perceptions of community needs. Community-led service development provides a new set of tools which library staff can build upon to ensure the continued relevance of public libraries that truly meet community needs. Unfortunately, systems which continue to guess at community needs will run the risk of being left in the 20th century. This may lead to the development of two tiered library service development, where 1. dynamic library systems respond to community needs beyond those of traditional library users while 2. other systems minimally engage users and try to maintain their relevance to community by marketing and informing communities of ‘their’ services.

As with all other professions, industries and organizations, public libraries need to embrace innovation, thus ensuring that their services are relevant to both funders and the people they are meant to serve. The discussions and innovative practices occurring in Canadian public libraries are exciting because – ultimately – change will occur. The question will always remain – who will determine how public libraries will adapt? It will either happen proactively and internally, and hopefully based on collaborative decisions made with library staff and their communities – or else passive public libraries will be at the mercy of the outside forces imposing the change."

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Libraries and social media X

Libraries and social media X | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Judy O'Connell:

Wednesday was just the kind of day we need more of in our libraries!  Wollongong City Libraries (WCC) are taking charge of their future in a very positive way. Having decided that social media is is now an essential part of the future of library services, WCC took the initiative to schedule a Staff Development Day for all the staff."

 

Including Slideshare of the keynote presentation:

Libraries with X-factor, by Judy O'Connell (http://www.slideshare.net/heyjudeonline/libraries-with-social-media-xfactor?ref=http://heyjude.wordpress.com/?p=5252&preview=true

 

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The Once and Future Library | American Libraries Magazine

The Once and Future Library | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Charles G. Mueller
An architect’s perspective on designing for changing constituencies

 

"To some librarians it must seem like a perfect storm: Budgets are being slashed, ebooks suddenly are outselling their print ancestors, electronic movies on demand are slowing over-the-counter DVD lending..."

"Besides librarians, architects are among the people most concerned about how, and how rapidly, such trends play out. Plans made a year ago for library additions or even modest renovations—never mind an entirely new building—are probably out of date. Longstanding formulas to calculate the space required for stacks, seating, and even computer stations no longer apply. The library standards codified in many states, often a criterion for funding, would probably result in a library design that is larger than necessary, or certainly too big or too small in all the wrong places."

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Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget

Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Andy at @wawoodworth:

"Not happy with an eBook collection that has limited checkouts or paying three times the price for the “privilege”? I’m willing to bet that there are better uses for that eBook budget money that would yield a higher rate of return on investment, better community outreach and involvement, and/or make more fiscal sense for your library’s stakeholders. So, I brainstormed a few ideas but I’m hoping that you can help me think of more possible uses."

- Programming

- Hire someone

- Build something cool, like a new digital lab

- Start a new and different collection

- Start you own ebook partnership"

 

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