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Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana

Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
‘Europeana Open Culture’ introduces you to hand-picked and beautiful collections from some of Europe’s top institutions, and allows people to explore, share and comment on them. Designed by Glimworm IT during a Europeana hackathon, the app provides an easy introduction to Europe’s glorious art treasury through five specially curated themes: Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of the Past, Treasures of Nature and Images of the Past.
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Downloaded and it looks like a very rich collection!

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Ambient Exchange: Helsinki Library - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Ambient Exchange: Helsinki Library - eVolo | Architecture Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are increasingly the places in which culture is produced, collected and disseminated. The Ambient Exchange designed by Synthetiques & minus Architecture studio {MAS} promotes a culture of collaboration, creative inquiry and community engagement through provision of functional and exuberant spaces that engage the strong social and craft-oriented traditions of the Finnish built environment.
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Truly inspiring concept and use of space for the community in a library!

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Organizational culture (and change) in libraries, by Jason Martin

Organizational culture (and change) in libraries, by Jason Martin | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @libtekhed: “Organizational culture (and change) in libraries http://t.co/6jGvIm7X...

 

By Jason Martin:

"Rites and rituals are a powerful tool of organizational culture. They require members of the organization to participate in a performance that reinforces the norms of the culture. Rituals can take many different forms and serve various purposes. Most rituals have a manifest purpose which contributes to the functioning of the organization, but the real importance of rituals lies in their latent purpose and what values are being celebrated. Library administrators who understand these latent purposes will better understand"

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How Libraries Are About More Than Books

How Libraries Are About More Than Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This is the third installment in our series 'Libraries in Crisis.' The opening piece, about how cuts threaten the public library, can be read here.

"So the question, and it's a huge question, is, 'What even is a library anymore?'" said Cesar Pelli, the world-renowned architect and designer of the Minneapolis Central Library.

While this large urban library has greater resources than many of its suburban and rural counterparts -- the building itself, which opened in 2006, cost some $138 million -- librarians across the country are looking to institutions such as this to show the way forward. For their part, the librarians here say their hope is that this library can be more of a cultural center than a book repository.

When visitors walk into the Minneapolis building, the first collection they see is about 300 computers, each of which is in use about 90 percent of the time. Nationwide, the number of physical books borrowed from libraries is slowly declining, although books remain a core reason why people visit their libraries. The staff in Minneapolis estimates that computer access is the primary reason that most patrons, especially low-income and unemployed people, visit."

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Culture professionals network | The Guardian

Culture professionals network | The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Analysis, news, comment and jobs for arts, museum and heritage professionals

 

Free membership: https://register.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals

 

The Guardian Culture Professionals Network (CPN) is an essential meeting space for arts, heritage and culture professionals, offering commentary, community engagement and access to a range of perspectives and best practice from across your sector. Our content is international, open and dynamic.

We also provide connections. As a network member, we will connect you online and offline with peers and partners across a range of disciplines and departments - people who are looking to share ideas and make things happen.

Whether you work in audience development, arts marketing, venue management, fundraising and finance, cultural policy or - like so many culture professionals - you're a creative freelancer with a portfolio career, you'll find the Guardian Culture Professionals Network an invaluable source of knowledge and contacts for your professional life.

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Receive an ebook from CultureLabel: "Focusing on the consumer trends that are reshaping the landscape open to the cultural entrepreneur, this exclusive book explores the opportunities available to you and organisations that embrace these new realities, along with the potential pitfalls that may befall those who don’t."

 

Valuable for librarians/archivists as well!

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Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily

Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Liu Xiangrui in Dar es Salaam:

"A China library opened within Tanzania's national library in the African nation's capital of Dar es Salaam on Monday.
The China library is a part of the Experience China in Tanzania program, a large cultural exchange initiated by China's State Council's Information Office. It is co-hosted by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and several Tanzanian government agencies.
With a total donation of around $300,000, the State Council's Information Office has provided the China library with 20 computers, 1,000 paper publications and DVDs, and more than 100,000 digital publications related to Chinese politics, economy, culture, history, arts and science.
Zhang Yanbin, director of a bureau under the State Council's Information Office, said the China library will serve as a means for Tanzanians to understand China.
"To maintain long-term cooperation, the China library is collaboratively built by us and the Tanzanian cultural ministry, instead of purely with our donations," Zhang said. "This is a creative move in China's cultural exchanges with other countries."

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World Digital Library

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"The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information.

 

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

•Promote international and intercultural understanding;

•Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the
Internet;

•Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general
audiences."


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Library as Incubator Project - libraries & artists working together

Library as Incubator Project - libraries & artists working together | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

@NorfolkLibs @TheForumNorwich Museums & libraries well placed to collaborate, check out this project http://t.co/yDmoB5BB.

 

The Library as Incubator Project was created by Erinn Batykefer, Laura Damon-Moore, and Christina Endres, three graduate students at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies.

 

The Project highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together and features:

 

Visual artists, performing artists, and writers who use libraries in their communities for inspiration, information, and as gallery spaceCollections, libraries and library staff that incubate the arts, and the ways that artists can use them effectivelyFree-to-share resources for librarians looking to incubate the arts at their librariesIdeas for artists looking to connect with their communities through library programming

At a time in which both libraries and arts organizations are often having to do more with less, it makes sense for these two parts of our culture to support each other. The Library as Incubator Project calls attention to one of the many reasons libraries are important to our communities and our culture, and provides a dynamic online forum for sharing ideas."

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