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Over 50s take Facebook training in Nottingham libraries

Over 50s take Facebook training in Nottingham libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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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Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com

Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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TONIA MOXLEY 

Welcome to the modern research university library, where new skills and even new spaces are being developed to serve the needs of scholars, scientists and students working in the digital age.

From a digital-ready classroom to furniture reminiscent of the starship Enterprise, library officials say they are developing new ways to serve the campus, and the public.

As libraries transform for the digital age, “it’s an exciting time,” said Judy Ruttenberg of the Association of Research Libraries, a membership and advocacy organization for 125 of the nation’s largest research libraries, including the Library of Congress.

“When university libraries housed large print collections and people had to come there to use them, that was a different model. Now students, scholars and researchers have many options, and the library serves in a different way,” Ruttenberg said.

To keep libraries relevant amid the rapid expansion of Web-based information, Tech officials are using architects and student advisory committees to develop spaces and services that draw the campus into the library.

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Libraries of the future! Collections, spaces and services look different!

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Digital spaces. Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries

Digital spaces. Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries http://t.co/28jN8GIreH What a library will be by 2020

Via Anne Whisken
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Future libraries, with the architecture as inspiration!

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25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries

25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Alison Nastasi:

We gathered a few passionate statements from 20 writers that emphasize why libraries aren’t “sentimental” institutions. See what Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Ray Bradbury, and other writers have to contribute to the conversation, below.

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Still relevant!

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So Now What?: The Future for Librarians

So Now What?: The Future for Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Steve Coffman:

 

Today's librarians face two futures and two questions. Will we live in an all-digital environment? Can we succeed in a digital future, whether all digital or hybrid? ... SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT - The Doomsday Scenario (RT @glambert: So Now What?

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Great argument for the sustainability of the roles of future librarians!

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America's first bookless public library will look 'like an Apple Store'

America's first bookless public library will look 'like an Apple Store' | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Bexar County, Texas says that it will open the first 100 percent digital public library system in the country, unveiling plans for its first location this past week. The plan has been in the works...
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Fully digital!

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Ask a Librarian About the Odd Things Happening at Libraries

Ask a Librarian About the Odd Things Happening at Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jen Doll:

There's a piece in the Wall Street Journal today about the changing nature of libraries, as not just places where people find and check out books, but as community rec centers in themselves. But is this really new at all?

 

Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324677204578187901423347828.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_10_1

 

Brooklyn librarian Rita Meade comment: 

What people need to realize, and what the media (and, perhaps, librarians ourselves) has failed to do is effectively communicate that librarians have been evolving all along." Later, she pointed me to this piece in today'sNew York Times, calling it "an honest assessment of libraries."

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Libraries evolving and staying relevant!

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Tammy Morley's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:23 PM

Not in the future - but now!