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21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews

21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Here are some images from numerous resources that typify something unexpected in a library. They draw attention to libraries and open up the idea of "library" to new understanding and new customers...
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Bright ideas of libraries doing it differently!!

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Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management by LIBER

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management by LIBER | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The LIBER E-Science working group has published its final report on research data management. LIBER installed the ‘E-Science working group’ in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first dur-ing the LIBER-conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER-conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER-community. The “10 recommendations for libraries to support re-search data management” were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.

Full Report: http://bit.ly/NKMXiO

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"The role libraries can and should play in E-Science"

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Silence is not so golden in the modern library

Silence is not so golden in the modern library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Catherine Armitage:

The State Librarian of NSW, Alex Byrne, says librarians no longer expect or want libraries to be places of quiet solitude. Rather than walking around saying ''shhh'' and waving their steel rulers to enforce silence, he said contemporary librarians understand that ''using information, learning and reading are not just solitary activities''.

''We have quiet places in the library for people who want to concentrate but we don't insist on quiet libraries. That is because we realise it is a social activity'', Dr Byrne said. In navigating the complex new world of information overload, people don't just read books any more. They interact with information, and with each other to make sense of it.

Thanks to the public library's role as a gateway to e-government services, a librarian today is as likely to help you apply online for a parking permit or submit a legal form digitally as find you a book. They are the ''third space, not business, not the home but a third and neutral working space'', said Dr Byrne: ''We like to think it is a mall of ideas and knowledge.''

Silence is not so golden in the modern library...

 

Librarians no longer expect or want libraries to be places of quiet solitude. Rather than walking around saying ''shhh'' and waving their steel rulers to enforce silence, he said contemporary librarians understand that ''using information, learning and reading are not just solitary activities''.


Via Leanne Windsor, Anjan Das
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Of course! Just a great reminder!

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Cambridge libraries go beyond the bookmobile with Ideas Unlimited

Cambridge libraries go beyond the bookmobile with Ideas Unlimited | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jeff Hicks:

"Some libraries are solemn stone penitentiaries for bound pages and gagged mouths. (Cambridge libraries go beyond the bookmobile http://t.co/Ig3OfiXR7a Congrats to @CLibraries An innovative place!

 

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Ideas Unlimited has been their slogan for two years.

Cambridge staff even wear clothing with the slogans. No other library in Canada has its own fashion line.

[...]

A first-floor library dining experience is on the menu. A teen dungeon will spread across the basement. A family library and terrace promises second-floor views up and down the Grand River. A digital lab on the top floor pledges a mash up of 19th century columns and high-tech gadgetry.

This will not be your grandma’s library, crammed inside an 1884 heritage building.

“It’s a great idea,” Ridley said. “I hope they can pull it off.”

And ideas, not books, are the foundation of their business."

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The slogan is "Ideas Unlimited", with big plans in the future!

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Libraries are reinvented for the digital age - 3 ways

Libraries are reinvented for the digital age  - 3 ways | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Better off Read: Municipalities are reinventing libraries for the digital age: http://t.co/RKv1DxdjwL

 

Three reinventions:

1. San Antonio’s BiblioTech

2. Project Ingeborg

3. Underground Library 

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Three ways libraries are being reinvented for the digital age!

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LS5043-2014's curator insight, November 6, 2014 6:37 PM

Each of these library's policies should be explored.

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5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have To Die

5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have To Die | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stan Alcorn:
1: THE BOOKLESS LIBRARY
2: LIBRARIES AS SCHOOLS

3: LIBRARIES AS MAKER SPACES

4: POP-UP LIBRARIES

5: THE OCCUPY WALL STREET LIBRARY

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Libraries are innovative! Not new concepts, but worth citing as reasons why libraries are still relevant!

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2013 Marketing Trends that Matter for Public Libraries | Marketing News for New Jersey Librarians

2013 Marketing Trends that Matter for Public Libraries | Marketing News for New Jersey Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
These are the #marketing trends that will matter for #libraries in 2013: http://t.co/1qdDgQGe

 

by tmcclary:

Here are three trends that public library directors can use to their advantage:

- A focus on brand experience.
- Mobile marketing
- Content is king

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Marketing for Public Libraries

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Over 50s take Facebook training in Nottingham libraries

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A group of over 50s have become students of Facebook after taking part in a training session at Bilborough Library.

Six adults, all aged over 50, have signed up for a two part training course where...
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Training in social media at the library!

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Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline

Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Katie Kormann:

"Fort Smith Public Library cardholders can now do more than check out books. The library has partnered up with Freegal Music – a combination of the words “free” and “legal” – to offer its cardholders access to millions of free songs."

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Freegal free music at the library - available online!

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Libraries offer weird things to draw new borrowers - USA TODAY

Libraries offer weird things to draw new borrowers - USA TODAY | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Greg Toppo, USA TODAY:

In Ann Arbor, Mich., the library circulates three kinds of energy meters that patrons can take home to test how much juice their appliances use. On a recent Monday, 27 of the library's 30 meters were checked out with the 28th on hold, said Celeste Choate, associate director for services, collections and access.

Later this year they plan to begin circulating science equipment — oscilloscopes, microscopes and perhaps even a few life-size models of the human skeleton — so students can shine at science fairs. "Sometimes you need tools in order to do cool science projects," Choate said. "Not everybody can afford a pH meter."

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Weird things that can be borrowed at a library!

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The future of libraries? In Japan, elevated study pods encourage conversation

The future of libraries? In Japan, elevated study pods encourage conversation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Japan’s Seikei University has ingeniously designed isolation spheres which can be used for meetings or for group work.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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Isolation spheres > Interesting concept!

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Libraries of the future [cartoon]

Libraries of the future [cartoon] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Tom Gauld has created a new fantastic cartoon. This time we can see how he imagines the library of the future.
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Library of the future!

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"The Inside Out Library: Scale, Learning, Engagement" Slides Explain How Today's Libraries Can More Effectively Respond to Change, by Lorcan Dempsey

"The Inside Out Library: Scale, Learning, Engagement" Slides Explain How Today's Libraries Can More Effectively Respond to Change, by Lorcan Dempsey | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC's Vice President, Research and Chief Strategist, presented these slides in his keynote on 23 January 2013 at the 21st annual BOBCATSSS Conference in Ankara, Turkey. In his presentation, Lorcan compared the  traditional "outside-in" library model and the new "inside-out" model, evolving as the library positions itself in a changing network environment. The traditional library was built on an "outside-in" model: information materials were brought to the institution and made available for use. This was appropriate in an age of information scarcity and high transaction costs. The only way effectively to interact with a large body of knowledge was to have it assembled close to the reader.


Download: http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/presentations/dempsey/insideout.pptx


Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/lisld/the-inside-out-library

"Once the library assembled a collection and people came to the library to use it. Now, people build communication, workflows and behaviors around a variety of network resources. The library needs to think about how it is visible and relevant in those workflows and behaviors."

 

 

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The new "inside-out" model for libraries!!

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The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic

The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With the rise of online resources, public libraries are facing the challenge of having to adapt in order to remain engaging in their communities. Take a look at this infographic to see how they are making their mark in the digital age.

 

'This infographic examines the current use of public libraries and challenges to their preeminence as providers (and symbols) of knowledge."


Via Michelle Bourque, Robin Illsley
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Public libraries making it in the digital age! - Infographic based on a 2012 Pew Research study of American public libraries.

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:47 PM

An infographic based on well researched data and cited appropriately - nice to see as a best practice.

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Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries edited by Peter Hernon and Joseph R Matthews

Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries edited by Peter Hernon and Joseph R Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Academic and public libraries are much different today than they were even 15 years ago. And with even bigger changes on the horizon, what lies in store? In this systematic attempt to speak to academic and public librarians about the future of library services, Hernon and Matthews invite a raft of contributors to step back and envision the type of future library that will generate excitement and enthusiasm among users and stakeholders. Anyone interested in the future of libraries, especially library managers, will be engaged and stimulated as the contributors:

Examine the current state of the library, summarizing existing literature on the topic to sketch in historical backgroundProject into the future, using SWOT analysis, environmental scans, and other techniques to posit how library infrastructure (such as staff, collections, technology, and facilities) can adapt in the decades aheadConstruct potential scenarios that library leaders can use to forge paths for their own institutions.

The collection of knowledge and practical wisdom in this book will help academic and public libraries find ways to honour their missions while planning for the broader institutional changes already underway.

http://bit.ly/15Wbo4U

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Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough libraries embrace open-source software

By David Brooks:

Why would your local library, a symbol of print-on-paper respectability, embrace open-source software, a symbol of the digital world’s most anti-establishment streak?

Money, mostly. Open-source software, which can be used and tweaked by anybody and which carries no corporate charges, is reasonably close to being free.

But that’s the only reason, say some area librarians who are about to switch circulation, acquisitions, Web development, and other functions to one of two major open-source systems for libraries, called Evergreen and Koha.

“With proprietary (software), if you want an enhancement, a new feature, you’ll have to wait until demand builds for it. With Evergreen and Koha, you have access to a developer network worldwide that can work on it,” said Charlie Matthews, director of the Rodgers Library in Hudson. It is about to switch to Evergreen, originally developed for the Georgia state library system.

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Open-source  > it makes sense!

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10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013 - iLibrarian

10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013 - iLibrarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Ellyssa Kroski

Info Today’s informative Computers in Libraries conference just wrapped up yesterday in Washington, DC. If you didn’t get a chance to attend you may want to check out these terrific presentations by talented info pros!

 
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10 presentations from the most recent Computers in Libraries 2013 conference > Great content!!

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