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5 Elements To Keep In Mind When Measuring Your Library’s Success

5 Elements To Keep In Mind When Measuring Your Library’s Success | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Every library should have some key performance indicators that help evaluate the effectiveness of its strategy. Yet, libraries can struggle in proving their importance to policy makers and to the community.

As we analyzed the library trends of 2017, it is clear that the focus of libraries and the challenges they face have remained the same as in the previous years: the continuous need to involve the whole community in the library’s activity and to target the services to their changing needs and also the imperative need to keep up with the tech changes nowadays.

So, how can libraries measure their success in this challenging time when their very existence is being questioned?  What makes a library successful?

How can #libraries measure their success in this challenging time when their very existence is being questioned? 
1. Collections
2. Services and programs
3. Users and communities
4. Technology
5. Staff

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October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate?

October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate? | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Pew recently reported that health information is the second most searched online topic (1). Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs of their communities. Public libraries are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution (2).  Technology and media literacy are important aspects of health literacy. Over 75% of those seeking health information start a search engine and don’t check the date or the source of the information they encounter! (3).

October is health literacy month and a great time to step up your health game at your library. Some ideas:
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Thanks to Tech Upgrades, Millennials Love Public Libraries

Thanks to Tech Upgrades, Millennials Love Public Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

New tech like makerspaces and 3D printing, as well as back-end infrastructure revamps, are playing a role in the next generation flocking to libraries.


If you thought millennials were going to be the end of public libraries, think again.
A new study by the Pew Charitable Trust finds that the millennial generation is more likely than any other to use public libraries. According to the study, 53 percent of millennials said they had used a public library or bookmobile in the last 12 months, compared to just 45 percent of Gen Xers and 43 percent of baby boomers.

How Libraries Are Becoming Tech Hubs

While books are a draw for the younger generation, technology seems to be a major factor in their decision to frequent the local library and peruse the shelves. One harbinger of this is that more than 40 percent of millennials said they had used a library website in the past 12 months, compared to just 24 percent of baby boomers, according to Pew’s most recent report.

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What is Inevitable about UTS Library (Pt 1 of 3)

What is Inevitable about UTS Library (Pt 1 of 3) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Last year I read Kevin Kelly’s book The Inevitable and I was struck by the way he described the 12 technological forces that he thinks will shape our future. The forces are named in the image above, but they’re not all that easy to understand. I’ve thought more about them and believe that at UTS Library we are actually making progress in all these areas, not always exactly as he describes, so I’ll outline what some of our initiatives are in the following images and text. For the sake of brevity, the only force I won’t be illustrating is Tracking, but rest assured that we are already doing some of that too and in fact you can see it in some of the examples I am using.

I am concentrating on three major areas: discovery and search; open access; and cultural and artistic stimulation.
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Free Web 2.0 Tools for Libraries

Free Technology and Web 2.0Tools for Your Library Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. teresa.welsh@usm.edu Stacy Creel, Ph.D.

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Slideshare of free Web 2.0 tools for the library! Great resource!

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Future of Libraries | Arup Foresight

Future of Libraries | Arup Foresight | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries are evolving to meet the changing needs of the cities they serve, in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer. Future of Libraries examines the key trends that are influencing the transformation of libraries in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer.

Best practices and signals of change in future libraries

The increasing movement of people into urban areas has resulted in governments investing more resources in the construction of resilient cities. In this context, the role of libraries in helping to catalyse community cohesion and wellbeing is more vital than ever. Libraries are evolving into hubs for education, health, entertainment and work. They are becoming strategic city assets, designed to stimulate cultural exchange and economic prosperity, as well as nurture new community foundations and connections. The key function of libraries, to support lifetime learning and build stronger communities, aligns closely with Arup’s own drive to deliver a social purpose in its building, planning and consulting work.

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Libraries and Self-Publishing | Lulu.com

Libraries and Self-Publishing | Lulu.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries. A time honored monument to our desire to preserve our past and share our stories. Since people first began setting down their stories on paper, the idea of a library as both a physical place and an institution has been central to how we organize society. The details change over time, but the purpose remains the same: store and make available to the public the knowledge and stories of the past and present.

Some years ago, as the Internet worked its way into our daily lives, there was an undercurrent of fear that the usefulness of libraries might have begun to wane. The information they stored in vast stacks of books could be digitized and presented in the palm of your hand. The questions that could absorb hours of scouring books were answered in moments with a Google search.

Thankfully we know that the Internet won’t directly be replacing libraries any time soon. What the Internet revolution taught us about libraries is that the institution still serves many vital purposes in their communities. From a place to go for a new novel, to a central locale for research, libraries evolved into a hub for information, web access, and a dedicated ‘maker-space’ for do-it-yourself minded people.

Sounds like a place perfect for self-publishing, doesn’t it?

Yet self-publishing and libraries have been slow to connect in many of the ways you would expect. Happily, we can observe that trend changing, as more libraries around the world are finding ways to incorporate self-publishing. The movement to promote community involvement and foster a creative world is one shared by both libraries and self-publishers; this connection alone is reason enough to recognize the need for libraries to embrace self-publishing.
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8 innovative technologies to implement at the library of the future

8 innovative technologies to implement at the library of the future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Librarians should lead the way in technology use among fellow residents and gain more time for the most important activity: helping patrons. Since the main mission of most libraries is to offer equality of access to information for every citizen, then why not be a trendsetter in digital use and implement innovative technologies?

This article presents a range of relevant and useful innovative technologies to implement at the library. We focus on the technology’s applicability for the library and not on the potential budgetary impacts of said technologies.


1. Library mobile apps 

2. Library bookmark apps 

3. Augmented reality app. 

4. Self-service printing, copying, and scanning solutions 

5. 3D printers 

6. Robots 

7. Book delivery drone 

8. Digital interface for printed books

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Teacher-Librarians

Teacher-Librarians | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Here's a megalist for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I wil
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