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Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk

Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report The recommendations are made in the Independent Library Report for England, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year.
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Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:38 AM

Эпоха библиотек как молчаливых читальных залов с книгами в качестве единственного продукта закончилась, и для того, чтобы выжить, они должны стать "живыми и привлекательными эпицентрами деятельности общества».



RuthEastham's curator insight, December 22, 2014 8:46 AM

...ibraries ........must become “vibrant and attractive community hubs”

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More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal

More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In the past few months, LJ has looked at how libraries of all kinds can improve the way they serve their patrons by gathering better data on what their communities want and need. 

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“Librarians need to be gathering data on the people who are not coming into libraries,” says Gary Price, editor of infoDOCKET.

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Using data to drive decisions about what programming to offer and where to spend resources isn’t just for big regional players. With numerous assets available for free or little cost and requiring little special training or technical expertise, the knowledge librarians need to make big changes in small communities is already largely at their disposal. And while being able to access those statistics and make the most of them are two different things, if any field is prepared to do its own dirty work in discerning what complicated information means and how best to put it to use, it is librarianship."

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Practical suggestions on how to collect data about the library community!

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The Journal of Community Informatics

The Journal of Community Informatics | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Journal of Community Informatics provides an opportunity for Community Informatics researchers and others to share their work with the larger community. Through the Journal's application of a rigorous peer review process, knowledge and awareness concerning the community use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is being brought to a wider professional audience.

In addition, the Journal makes available key documents, “points of view”, notes from the field and other materials that will be of wider interest within the community of those working in Community Informatics.

Original funding for the Journal was provided by the Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), a project funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

Statistics concerning the readership of individual articles may be found here and daily/monthly journal access statistics may be found here.


Editor-in-Chief 
Michael Gurstein, Ph.D. 
Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training
Vancouver, CANADA 
gurstein@gmail.com

The current issue (Vol. 10, No. 1): http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/issue/view/48

 

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"Community informatics (CI), also known as community networking, electronic community networking, community-based technologies, community technology orgrassroots computing..."(Wikipedia

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Marketing Your Music Through Your Local Library - Clyde Smith at hypebot

Marketing Your Music Through Your Local Library - Clyde Smith at hypebot | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"NPR recently ran a feature about local public libraries building streamable and downloadable collections of digital music from local musicians. It's a powerful way for libraries to serve members of their community. In fact, even at libaries that don't have such special programs, there are a variety of ways you can promote your music through normal things libraries do.

Clay Masters profiled public library music programs starting off with the Iowa City Library Local Music Project. It's a program featuring free downloads of over 100 albums from local musicians."

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"Libraries of all kinds tend to do similar things relevant to music marketing:

maintain collections for a community's access and use,

create displays related to the library's collection or broader mission,

offer public presentations that can range from speakers to performers.

All three of these areas offer ways to market one's music:

donating one's music to a local library's collection,

volunteering to provide materials for displays related to local music,

performing for free in a library venue."

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Music marketing through the local library! 

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Mario Mendoza's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:08 PM

explore all avenues for promotion

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Libraries must remain community hubs despite technological change > report says > LocalGov.co.uk

Libraries must remain community hubs despite technological change, report says http://t.co/64d7kM38Ys

 

Jonathan Werran

Public libraries will have to cope with technological advances yet remain the hubs of community life, Arts Council England has reported today.

In a major research project entitled ‘Envisioning the library of the future’, the quango sets out four priority areas for development; placing the library as the hub of the community; fully exploiting digital technology; ensuring libraries are resilient and ensuring librarians have the right skills.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said. ‘Envisioning the library of the future has shown us that collaboration is key.

‘If everyone with an interest in and passion for libraries works effectively together, we can help the sector to develop and respond to the challenges and opportunities that are presenting themselves,’ Mr Davey added.

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Libraries of the future > community hubs!

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Parents feel special bond with libraries and what they offer to children, families | Deseret News

Parents feel special bond with libraries and what they offer to children, families | Deseret News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Lois M. Collins:

Parents value libraries as a safe place for children, a source of education and entertainment, a tech hub. They feel great affection for a library's ability to instill a love of reading in young minds, too, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life project.

In fact, 94 percent of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79 percent say "very important," according to the survey of 2,252 Americans 16 and older conducted last fall, including 584 interviews with parents of minor children. "Parents" in the results refers only to those children younger than 18.

The survey found that among all adults, parents are more likely to have library cards, visit the library, use the library website and participate in programs there, said Lee Rainie, who directs the Internet and American Life Project for Pew.

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Libraries are truly community spaces for families!

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Libraries have more to offer than books - ABC30.com - "a community cornerstone for social networking"

Libraries have more to offer than books - ABC30.com - "a community cornerstone for social networking" | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Liz Harrison

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN)

Libraries have always been known for a wide selection of books but some Valley residents have discovered it's a great place for social networking- both in person and online.

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Libraries a place to network - personally & online!

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Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces

Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Cynthia Nikitin and Josh Jackson
...new libraries serve as centers of discovery and communication–places where people gather and where information comes alive through teaching and personal interaction. Indeed, to distinguish themselves in a world where Google is well on its way to digitally scanning most of the books ever written, libraries are learning to take advantage of the simple fact that they are centrally located in almost every community. In other words, libraries now see success being linked to their role as public places and destinations.
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Three libraries that incorporates projects attracting users to their places/spaces:

 

1. Charlotte, North Carolina

Bringing Stories to Life

 

2. Frankfort, Indiana

A Library That Presents Life as a Work of Art

 

3. Santa Fe Springs, California

Learning in the Heart of Town

 

 

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Bringing stories to life.

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The New Librarianship Worldview, by R David Lankes

"Your worldview dictates what is possible and often without even knowing it. Presentation at the Library 2.012 conference. Describes the rising view within librarinship focused on knowledge and community."

 


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Digital Preservation 2012: The Power of Community « The Signal: Digital Preservation

Digital Preservation 2012: The Power of Community « The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Digital Preservation 2012 conference (July 24-26 at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington)

by Butch Lazorchak:

"While Web 3.0 technologies will undoubtedly make our lives much easier, they’ll never replace the power of real community achieved when people get together in person to discuss issues, share ideas and work together on solving shared problems."

 

"Follow the action at #digpres12 on Twitter, but attend in person if you can. There’s nothing like the power of face-to-face community."


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Canadian Libraries: Innovating and creating inclusive services

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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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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - KQED (blog)

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - KQED (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new

 

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a report just released by the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries asks us again to reconsider how the library can serve communities in the 21st century. “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” aims to “capture the momentum and excitement of the innovations taking place in public libraries across the country, and the impact these are having on communities,” said the group’s director, Amy Garmer. The report asks: With all the new technology and layered networks, what can be done beyond current advancements?

“We are a place for the curious, for creativity, a place for learning, a place to experiment. It’s always been the mission of the library. We’re just using different tools.”

The Dialogue on Public Libraries group is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program and is made up of 34 library field leaders, business executives, government officials, education experts and community development visionaries. The group aims for more than just holding up great examples of libraries working well in the digital age.

“We want to provide a catalyst for new thinking about libraries as platforms for learning, creativity and innovation in their communities, and the creation of new networked forms of libraries,” Garmer said. If the report could spark engagement at the local, state and national levels to rethink how to use libraries and then constructively act on it, Garmer said, then the group’s goal will have been achieved."

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Great end-of-year question regenerate services for next year!

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Libraries invite artists and musicians to move in upstairs - Brooklyn Public Library

Libraries invite artists and musicians to move in upstairs - Brooklyn Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Bands and painters will soon be able to get their artistic groove on above the stacks at libraries in Williamsburg and Red Hook.

Spaceworks, an organization tasked with using taxpayer money to create art spaces around the city, plans to build practice and studio spaces in the Williamsburg and Red Hook branches of the Brooklyn Public Library. Taking over the public space for private use is the perfect way to provide much-needed cheap digs to creative types, an organizer said.

“We were created to address the issue of affordability for artists,” said Spaceworks executive director Paul Parkhill. “We are looking to do projects that are 15 or 20 years at least to make sure they are stabilizing forces in the community.”

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The use of library spaces - future of libraries!

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Greek Libraries in a New World: Press Release - Future Library: BEING creative, inspiring the community

Greek Libraries in a New World: Press Release - Future Library: BEING creative, inspiring the community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Future Library
BEING creative, inspiring the community

Two years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation conceived the idea to contribute to the development of a public and municipal libraries network all over Greece, in order to enhance the significance of the libraries, as learning centers and places of creativity and interaction, in people’s minds. Thus, Future Library was born in Veria, in 2011, with the Foundation being its exclusive donor and soon was emerged as a living community that constantly embraces new cities, familiarizes their residents with the libraries and aspires to be linked to the National Library of Greece, when this moves to its new premises, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The core of the Future Library Network philosophy is human centric and consists of creative libraries that promote human values. Day by day, more and more teenagers, students, young people, undergraduates, post graduates, volunteers and creative professionals connect to the public libraries of their cities through this rapidly growing network, which at this moment consists of a lively community of 117 Public and Municipal Libraries and approximately 5.750 members.

Since 2011, the Future Library team, in collaboration with the libraries of this network, has organized more than 5.800 events in more than 100 Greek cities, with 110.000 participants in total (most of them children, teenagers and adults). They have carried out special training programs addressed to the “future librarians”, offered 36.160 books in 117 libraries, which they have also provided with technological equipment and developed major projects that promote creative thinking, the love of reading and innovation, thus transforming libraries into modern laboratories of creativity and action.

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How to put libraries back at the heart of communities, by Brian Ashley - The Guardian

How to put libraries back at the heart of communities, by Brian Ashley - The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it


"Libraries have long been social gathering centres and provided sources of information for local communities.

But how is this role changing with the financial landscape and changes in the way we consume information?

We published a report recently called Envisioning the Library of the Future. In just over a year, and after speaking to more than 800 people, we have a piece of research that demonstrates the vital role that libraries can play in the success and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

Writing this report was important to us because we wanted to bring the research in this area up to date.

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We always hoped that Envisioning the Library of the Future would energise the sector, looking beyond the immediate and important issues of funding and library closures towards formulating an approach that will ensure that libraries are seen as vital and relevant long into the future.

In the coming months and years, the aim is to see libraries at the heart of communities, helping us to understand ourselves, our place in the world, and the heritage of the communities in which we live."

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Visions for libraries of the future! 

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Designing Better Libraries » Getting Community Members Beyond The Level One Library Experience

Among the more recognized and often repeated findings emerging from Ithaka S & R’s faculty research studies, including the recent 2012 report, is the revelation that faculty primarily perceive the academic library as their purchasing agent.

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Four levels of user experience (column titled “Building Customer Communities is the Key to Creating Value“) and how to get there:


1. In Level One the organization is perceived by its customers as simply the supplier of some commodity

2. A Level Two experience would represent an improvement for librarians because it moves beyond content to a state where community members believe you help them accomplish something, but it’s more than just basic productivity.

3. At Level Three there is more engagement, emotional connection and relationship building.

4. the library achieves platform status.


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Assessment of library experiences, and how to go to an engaged relationship with users!

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what libraries deliver is a level one experience – and we need to do better than that...

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Public libraries: The new homeless shelters

Public libraries: The new homeless shelters | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
They're hiring social workers, nurses and other outreach workers to serve their neediest visitors
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How to serve a need in the community!

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Community libraries for the 21st century

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RT @WEAadulted: The importance of Community libraries for the 21st century http://t.co/5sJlRuxh

 

"Arts Council England and the LGA have developed guiding principles which will assist local authorities who are considering reviewing the delivery of their library services to work with their communities.

Some of these guiding principles include:

the importance of local authorities taking a strategic view across their whole library servicethat there is no one model recommended for community involvement – locally appropriate solutions usually work bestthat community libraries are testing new approaches to library service delivery

You can read more about the guiding principles in the report: