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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com

With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Public libraries are at a crossroads. Overall circulation and visits are down over the last five years. But libraries continue to supply another community need: a place to contemplate and collaborate.
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Future libraries!

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The Public Library Wants To Be Your Office, by Anita Hamilton

The Public Library Wants To Be Your Office, by Anita Hamilton | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"D.C. Public Library president Richard Reyes-Gavilán defends libraries’ growing role as business incubators, despite their tenuous connection to books, literacy, and information access. “Libraries have always been a place for personal betterment. We are providing a space for people to get a leg up on their lives, whether that’s someone running their own business or getting their library card for the first time so they’re better able to tackle first grade.”

Adds NYPL President Marx, “libraries should be providing free access to information and physical space to engage in the life of the mind whether it is a new business idea or thinking up a new novel.” It’s a nice idea. But as demonstrated by the failed plan to gut the stacks at the crown jewel of the New York Public Library system, trying to accommodate everyone in a finite space is just begging for a turf war."


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The case of the library as office space! Definitely the library of the future! There should be a work-around between the library loyalists and the library as community space enthusiasts!

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nickcarman's curator insight, August 12, 2014 12:49 AM

Libraries are becoming de-facto business incubators, and a few are actively targeting that market.

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The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities | American Libraries Magazine

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Saturday morning’s panel session, “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities,” hit home with an engaged crowd and a passionate panel. The ALA President’s Program was cosponsored by the Public Information Office.

ALA Past President Molly Raphael opened the session by focusing on the community’s aspirations, noting, “Aspiration looks for the best in us, and brings people together. There’s a tendency to say 'We have a problem. How to we fix it?’ But turning outward is how to do something with a community rather than to them.”

Each of the panelists (including President Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President Molly Raphael, Iowa State Librarian Mary Wegner, Penn State Abingdon Associate Librarian Alexia Hudson-Ward, and the Harwood Institute’s Rich Harwood) spoke about how they had used methods learned in Harwood Institute workshops to engage their communities, whether a city, a university, or a school."


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Libraries transforming communities > future of the library!

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, July 1, 2013 8:29 AM

Best quote from the panel "The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities" comes from Rich Harwood, of the Harwood Institute, 

 

“We cannot become captives of our building. You work as much in the community as in your building.”
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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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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 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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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