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Libraries Popping Up in Airports Offer Free Books to Travelers

Libraries Popping Up in Airports Offer Free Books to Travelers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Local librarians are soothing the aches of modern air travel with the joy of reading.
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SWIB17 - Semantic Web in Libraries | Programme

SWIB17 - Semantic Web in Libraries | Programme | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

(UPDATED) slides (download) from  the conference SWIB17 - Semantic Web in Libraries. 04 - 06 December 2017 in Hamburg.

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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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A LIBRARY BUILDING CHECKLIST 24 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY

A LIBRARY BUILDING CHECKLIST 24 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A LIBRARY BUILDING CHECKLIST 24 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY http://architectjeff.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Library-Building-Checklist.pdf Stephen Lighthouse.


BUILDING LIBRARIES; FOR LIBRARY LEADERS 

1. Make sure you are doing the 11 things in above list: Building Libraries; for Everyone. 

2. Statistics; What is the comparison of total building square feet compared to the population of the service area. This usually (but not always) wants to be 1:1 

3. Review or commission your systems wide needs assessment and master plan. 

4. Identify potential funding sources including, budgets, grants, bonds, fundraising, and philanthropy. 

5. Complete a building, cost, and fundraising feasibility study. 

6. Engage community, political, and influential leaders about their views of the library. 

7. Secure a feasible financing route and set it in motion. 

8. Begin a SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) certified public outreach process for the library’s service area. 

9. Align community visions and library services that come out of the SEED process. 

10.Complete a building program with a library programming consultant. 

11.Engage a Library Architect and Contractor to design and build your inspiring library. 

12.Be inspired by your new library!

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Progressive Web App (PWA)

Progressive Web App (PWA) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Now that most libraries have hopped on the Responsive Design bandwagon, what's the next step? I'm liking what is happening with Progressive Web App (PWA) which has some big player support. Here's a quick overview but a simple search will help you learn more. "Progressive Web App (PWA) are web applications that are regular web pages…
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Blogging as a Special Librarian (Advice Stephen Abram)

Blogging as a Special Librarian (Advice Stephen Abram) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Are you a blogging newbie? I doubt that! Been blogging for a while and now you’re feeling stuck? Has the dreaded writer’s block virus hit you? Feeling uninspired, all out of ideas, or not feeling very creative? Simply don’t know how to blog in your sector? Fear not; blogs still have some life in them!

In this post, I thought I’d offer some personal and practical advice on blogging for special librarians and information professionals. We should all be communicating with our peers, users, colleagues, patrons, markets—and just plain folks—regularly. Blogs can be part of your communication mosaic and add clear value. When they’re added to email, websites, newsletters, etc., and combined with RSS and permission-based marketing, you’ve got a powerful strategy.

Now you just need content! Ah, that’s often the rub, eh?!

I blog. In addition to Stephen’s Lighthouse, I’ve also blogged for conferences including SLA and Information Today, as well as here at the Lucidea Think Clearly blog. I microblog in 140 (now 280!) characters or fewer at Twitter and have enjoyed using hashtags at conferences and events. I also think that RSS features and the ability to cross-post to my social media sites make it way easier to post everywhere in social media land. I guess I’m a bit of an addict.

I know that corporate or institutional blogging has a different patina to it but the guidelines are pretty much the same. You’ll know if your blog needs to be limited to internal access only. You’ll know your organizational policies. I am aware that some organizations ban blogging and social media posting, but that’s loosening up as organizations see the value added in terms of improved communication, timeliness, productivity improvements and cost savings; corporate leaders are recognizing that older school blanket emails or print newsletters don’t necessarily align with our primary colleagues’ ways of using their time, nor with their own personal learning network activities.

12 pieces of advice from Stephen Abram

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How tool sharing could become a public utility

How tool sharing could become a public utility | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Here’s one you’ve heard before: the average drill is used for just 13 minutes in its lifetime. Yet many of us possess our own drill. So what if you could see which tools and toys your friends and neighbours owned, and borrowed from them? It sounds great, and has been a promise of the sharing economy. But Ryan Dyment, Founder of the Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot, says it doesn’t quite work like that.

When most people are planning a home improvement job, they don’t just need a drill. More often than not, they’ll need a range of different tools and supplies. For instance, to make and install a home-made shelf you'll potentially need 10 items including a power drill, circular saw, work table, sander, tape measure, level, drill bit, screwdriver bit, safety glasses and perhaps a ladder. With a peer-to-peer model, this would mean visiting a number of different friends and neighbours, coordinating various pickups and returns, increasing the inconvenience and cumulative transactional cost.

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The Chimurenga Library: Who Killed Kabila – catalogue now available

The Chimurenga Library: Who Killed Kabila – catalogue now available | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Chimurenga Library is a research platform that seeks to re-imagine the library as a laboratory for extended curiosity, new adventures, critical thinking, daydreaming, socio-political involvement, partying and random perusal. Curated by Chimurenga, it offers an opportunity to investigate the library and the archive as conceptual and physical spaces in which memories are preserved and history decided, and to reactivate them.

From December 13 – 17, 2017, Chimurenga installed a library of books, films, and visual material mapping extensive research that ask “Who Killed Kabila“, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. This book catalogues all the research material produced and collected for this installation.

The equation is simple: the length of a Congolese president’s reign is proportional to his/her willingness to honour the principle that the resources of the Congo belong to others. Mzee Kabila failed.

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Planning for a Library 100 Years in the Future: The Woman Behind This Massive Undertaking Explains How She Gets Things Done

Planning for a Library 100 Years in the Future: The Woman Behind This Massive Undertaking Explains How She Gets Things Done | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

How Success Happens is a podcast featuring polar explorers, authors, ultra marathoners, artists and more to better understand what connects dreaming and doing. Linda Lacina, Entrepreneur.com's managing editor, guides these chats so anyone can understand the traits that underpin achievement and what fuels the decisions to push us forward. Listen below or click here to read more shownotes.

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Brooklyn Library Launches the BKLYN Fashion Academy

Brooklyn Library Launches the BKLYN Fashion Academy | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

The Brooklyn Public Library’s BKLYN Fashion Academy is a new initiative where aspiring women’s wear designers participate in a 12-week program with assistance from the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, FABSCRAP, Made in NY, Mood Fabrics & Materials for the Arts while they create a viable fashion line. Through this program, 15 aspiring women’s wear designers will develop a miniature fall/winter collection of four pieces through a combination of courses and access to materials and equipment. BPL will connect participants to library resources and outside organizations that will help them market their brands, produce their collections, and sell their products.

Lynnsie Augustin, Programs and Outreach Specialist for the Business & Career Center at the Brooklyn Public Library says course offerings like this are very much in alignment with the Brooklyn Public Library

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Designing Libraries - James B. Hunt Jr. Library, NCSU

Designing Libraries - James B. Hunt Jr. Library, NCSU | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Versatile, stimulating and technology-focused
Libraries have evolved dramatically in recent years, moving away from introverted spaces lined with shelves, to more vibrant social and collaborative spaces, with allocated spaces for reflection. The Hunt Library at North Carolina State University serves as a comfortable living room for students as well as their intellectual base-camp on the campus.

A contemporary structure within a traditional context, the Hunt Library provides a forward-thinking platform for influencing its surroundings. Both technical and programmatic innovations are celebrated as part of the learning experience and provide a versatile and stimulating environment for the user.

Generous open spaces connect all floors of the library and open stairs emphasize an interactive and social environment alongside more focused study areas. A wide variety of study and learning environments and technology-focused experimental labs go beyond the now ubiquitous model of the learning commons. “Disruptive” learning spaces with colourful, dynamic furnishings exist adjacent to more traditional study rooms.

The building’s design recognizes the power of chance encounters and celebrates the role physical space plays in the intellectual stimulation of its users. Technology zones are integrated throughout the Library. Interactive digital surfaces and HD video display screens deliver both programmed and live-feed information. The Game Lab serves as a testing lab for video game design.


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Designing Libraries - Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Geelong VIC

Designing Libraries - Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Geelong VIC | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A regional library hub
The GRLC was formed in March 1997 to provide services for these municipalities: Borough of Queenscliffe, City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire and the Surf Coast Shire.

Through a network of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 15 community libraries, two mobiles and a website, the GRLC provides free, universal access to lifelong learning, reading and discovery. 

Featuring the major regional city of Geelong, the area served also includes rural farming areas and coastal villages as well as larger tourist destinations like Torquay and Ocean Grove. The population increases with visitors and holiday makers in the summer months.

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This is an award-winning, new, iconic building, visible from all directions, with its roof forming a geodesic dome. Inside there is a range of spaces. In its entirety, it has a serious wow factor.

The many inclusions are a heritage centre, archive and reading room, children's and youth floor, staff administration floor, 80-seat café, meeting rooms, event space and art gallery. One thing that stands out throughout the building is the extensive use of technology.

There is excellent use of colour, quality fittings, and state of the art audiovisual equipment.

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Designing Libraries - Hanly Learning Centre, St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Boondall, QLD

Designing Libraries - Hanly Learning Centre, St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Boondall, QLD | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A hub for learning
The school library is within the Hanly Learning Centre and is open from early morning into the evening for use by day and boarding students.

The Library offers a variety of spaces suited to individual study, small groups and classes in a variety of modes including collaboration, contemplation, didactic teaching and incidental learning. Students benefit from the co-location of complementary learning and support facilities such as the library, the Learning and Teaching department, IT and AV support, classrooms and cafeteria.

The Hanly Learning Centre facilitates academic events such as GPS chess, oratory competitions, debating, mooting, Readers Cup and Tournament of the Minds.

Judges’ comments
The architecture is both monumental and welcoming; a confident and handsome addition to an all-boys campus renowned for its sporting reputation. The library is at the heart of the school, taking its rightful place as the key 'resource' space for students. The centrally located facility (on circulation paths) is a beacon to legitimise the pursuit of academic learning.

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Designing Libraries - City of Perth Library, Perth WA

Designing Libraries - City of Perth Library, Perth WA | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
As a capital city library, the building needed to be many things to many people, providing flexible spaces supported by technology for the business and commercial communities; be warm and welcoming to the young; familiar and safe to the frail and disenfranchised.

Capital city libraries by their nature and location have a different user demographic from other public libraries, with a much lower residential base but high visitor base. There are approximately 25,000 residents in the City, with a daily influx of at least 125,000 workers and visitors.

To best serve the community, the City of Perth Library was designed to allow ideal use of spaces and services. In addition to the physical collections and stock for borrowing, the Library has dedicated floors targeted to different demographics. For example, a floor for very young children with appropriately designed furniture and soft surfaces, as well as a young adult floor with study rooms and recreation areas, a History Centre for quiet study, bookable meeting rooms, hire facilities and many spaces for reading, studying and relaxation.
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Libraries: a trio of European court rulings | EIFL

Libraries: a trio of European court rulings | EIFL | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
In recent years, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), Europe’s highest court, has made three important rulings concerning digital library activities in Europe.

The first of the three CJEU rulings took place in 2014, and originated in Germany in a case known as ‘TU Darmstadt’ (Case C-117/13). The ruling in TU Darmstadt is seen as a significant boost for European libraries to digitize works in their collections and to make them available in library reading rooms.

In November 2016, in cases that began in the Netherlands and France, two equally important issues were adjudicated by the Court: the lending of e-books by libraries, and author consent for the digital exploitation of their works.

In this guest blog for EIFL, Vincent Bonnet, Director, European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and Barbara Stratton, Chair, EBLIDA Expert Group on Information Law, discuss the two most recent cases, and examine what they mean for libraries in Europe and beyond.
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The Extinction of Libraries: Why the Predictions aren’t Coming True

The Extinction of Libraries: Why the Predictions aren’t  Coming True | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

When was the last time you went to the library and for what purpose?

For what purpose do libraries exist? For books, right? 

The purpose of libraries has always been a hub for information. Our need for information has not changed just the way we receive the information has.

Five years ago Forbes published an article asking this very question, “Will Public Libraries Become Extinct” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2012/10/02/will-public-libraries-become-extinct/#2d5f14b3693c) and the answer in the article was yes, in fact the prediction was that we would see a decline within 5 years and within 15 years, poof they will be gone.

Just 5 years prior to this prediction the Pew Research Center released a study that indicated that “Libraries drew visits by more than half of Americans (53%) in the past year for all kinds of purposes, not just the problems mentioned in the survey. And young adults in tech-loving Generation Y (age 18-30) led the pack. Compared with their elders, Gen Y members were the most likely to use libraries for problem-solving information and in general patronage for any purpose. Furthermore, young adults are the most likely to say they will use libraries in the future when they encounter problems: 40% of Gen Y say they would do that, compared with 20% of those above age 30 who say they would go to a library.” (http://pewresearch.org/pubs/677/in-search-of-solutions)

We have seen a surge in library usage since this study as libraries helped people everywhere during the “Great Recession” and continue to be not only valid but thriving.  Why is this?

Libraries are way more than books, they are vibrant community centers with programs and activities full of life, discovery, and excitement. Today’s libraries are places people are engaging and learning about new technology from 3D printers and virtual reality to coding and robotics. In addition to this discovery and excitement libraries are a resource for finding employment, obtaining new skills, and yes still a great place to find a good book.

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Living Libraries – Jeffery Davis – Medium

Living Libraries
I was sitting in my living room minding my own business while plotting how next to tease my three younger sisters when I was abruptly interrupted by unfamiliar voices coming from the kitchen.

As I crept quietly to peer around the corner while simultaneously trying to decipher the sounds as if I were putting together pieces of a puzzle without the picture.

. . . I should have known, it was my mom telling stories again, I was mortified. You see my mother was a story teller, a birthday clown, and an embarrassment to a young boy who wanted who was trying to be cool around his friends.

I had forgot, mom was practicing to be a storyteller at our local library and the thought of her telling stories in those silly voices where my friends might see her, well as I said before, mortifying.

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How Libraries Can Save Lives

How Libraries Can Save Lives | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Many people visit their local library to borrow books, periodicals, movies, and music. But not everyone who visits a library is on a mission to find a good book to fill the time.

Libraries serve as vital community hubs and play significant roles in community-based efforts such as health literacy – a sizable proportion of Americans visit the library for health guidance. Unfortunately, many librarians and administrators are unfamiliar with the health resources available to serve patrons.

The Library’s Role in Health Literacy
According to a 2010 study, 37 percent of library users, including 57 percent of seniors living in poverty, used public library computers to seek health information. 

In 2015, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey of Americans ages 16 and older on the role libraries play in their lives and in their communities. Nearly 75 percent of the respondents said that libraries are helpful when it comes to seeking information on healthcare. Libraries helped “a lot” for learning about healthcare information for 43 percent of those ages 65 and older and 44 percent of those whose annual household income is $30,000 or below.

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6 Library Trends Of 2017 That We Noticed

6 Library Trends Of 2017 That We Noticed | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

6 Library Trends Of 2017 That We Noticed
In this post, we’ve put together a potpourri of library trends of 2017 based on interviews with library thought leaders and what we’ve learned from innovative libraries around the world.

If you are looking for new ideas going into 2018, these could give you a great starting point!

1. Community involvement
As the number of visits to the physical library has been slowly declining, librarians have expressed the need to actively engage the community in the library’s offerings. 

2. Focus on all library groups
Another trend that we’ve noticed in the past year (but mostly during our time at the LAI Public Libraries Conference 2017 in Ireland) is the need to target the library’s services to different library groups, by creating different initiatives to personalize the library services for older people.

3. Reinvent the library’s services
Physical libraries have been struggling with staying relevant for their communities as well as attracting more visitors. One main reason for that is because people love going to the library but they also have higher expectations from libraries.

4. Know more about the library’s visitors and non-visitors
People’s needs are constantly changing and libraries need to have up-to-date information about the public’s opinion and attitudes regarding the library. 

5. Create an image for the library
When discussing the factors that lead to the library crisis in the past years, Liz McGettigan makes another great point about the poor advocacy that exists in libraries.

6. Focus on emerging technologies
As Mick Fortune, the library IT specialist from the UK, details in our interview, the main role of the librarian hasn’t changed, the media and the delivery methods are all that have really changed. 
By Petra Paraschiv| November 30th, 2017|Public Libraries, Uncategorized|


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Suburban libraries training employees to help homeless

Suburban libraries training employees to help homeless | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago libraries are trying to become more friendly and helpful to the homeless.
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The World's Most Zen Library

The World's Most Zen Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

This cast-concrete library sits on a stretch of deserted beach facing the East China Sea and features a tiered reading hall, a meditation space, activity room, and bar topped by a curving ceiling.

 Not much can be asked from a library. Silence appears second-nature in a space where serenity and zen is embedded in the environment. According to the architects, when walking into the space, one starts to feel the light, breezes, and sound of the ocean. In there, everyone can slow down the usual pace, and unfold the feeling of distance and loneliness different from the city life. It’s officially a dream.

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Innovator-in-Residence-Programm (Library of Congress)

Innovator-in-Residence-Programm (Library of Congress) | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Starting this week, acclaimed data artist Jer Thorp began his tenure as the  Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence. He will spend six months with the National Digital Initiatives team exploring the Library’s digital collections and creating an art piece that will be displayed in the Library’s public spaces.
Jer Thorp speaking at the Collections as Data symposium, September 27, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller.

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Designing Libraries - Idea Store, Watney Market

Designing Libraries - Idea Store, Watney Market | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Ideas can change your life
Bisset Adams worked with Tower Hamlets Council to design the Idea brand in 1999, an innovative transformation of the council’s library services into a rich mix of information, learning and library services. The Idea brand is about empowerment – everyone has Ideas and ideas can change your life for the better. Bisset Adams was architect on the pilot site in Bow, and is now architect of the new Idea Store in Watney Market, the first of a new generation of Idea Stores as a ‘marketplace of information’.

Based on three floors, the library is based on the concept of a ‘marketplace of information’ with the library and council services as well as a range of partners for the council, offering services with the aim of providing benefits for the local people targeted in the areas of health and employment.

The new £4.5 million Idea Store, which is jointly funded with the Big Lottery Fund, will include an integrated One Stop Shop where residents can access services, as well as space for adult and family learning.

Accessible and visible
The building is designed as an accessible and highly visible centre for the community. Its most striking feature, a landmark high performance translucent façade and green staircase visible externally, invites visitors to the upper floors within the library. The effect is a highly illuminated interior, with light green and white finishes helping to create an uplifting feel within the building. Internally, the Idea Store is designed to be highly flexible; the ground floor ‘marketplace’ can be used for a range of different services and partners. The green feature staircase and service cores are the only fixed elements of the building; all fixtures and furniture are moveable, all services visible and it is evident the user comes first.

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Designing Libraries - De Krook Library, Ghent

Designing Libraries - De Krook Library, Ghent | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

A place to read, to learn, to live – and simply to be
De Krook Library and its subsidiaries are still public libraries, but use technology to improve and diversify what they have to offer: an app to choose from their collections, to reserve or renew an item; digital files on relevant and current topics; an online recommendation tool for greater reading pleasure, tailored to personal reading behaviour.

The library itself provides room for activities, creativity and co-operation. A venue for debate and reflection, inspiration and research, discovery and meeting. The library opens its doors to all ages and walks of life, offering study and work spaces, reading and storytelling corners, exhibition spaces, workshops and fab labs, a reading foyer and an experience staircase, 6 floors filled with books, CDs, DVDs, newspapers and magazines. As the future generation, children and young people receive special attention.

De Krook is also a place where Ghent University and imec (which has an office in Ghent) can present research, and a breeding ground for pioneering ideas and innovative startups. De Krook will become the leading source of innovation for Flemish companies.

The building
The building can be read as a stack of horizontal plateaus with a view of the Scheldt, which are intended to create a city within a city. In order to realise this aim, the building also needs to function like a city with its streets and squares.

The physical link with the surrounding city is created by means of attractive views across the urban landscape. The building functions like a traditional department store, with its large atria and signature staircases which almost seem to be able to draw people upwards into the building.

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Designing Libraries - Arup Library, Sydney NSW

Designing Libraries - Arup Library, Sydney NSW | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

An internal university library
Arup has a long history, currently in its 70th year, and was founded by Danish Engineer and Philosopher Ove Arup. Arup came to Australia in the 1960s to work on the Sydney Opera House and continues to push boundaries in the built environment, thriving on projects that help shape a better world through its unique ownership structure and culture. Of the 1,700 staff in Australasia, 560 work in the Sydney office.

Arup Library (Australasia), is part of Arup University, an internal university, whose aim is to promote and achieve technical excellence through the development of its staff. The Library team is comprised of six highly skilled librarians, capable of carrying out in-depth research that supports the business. There are numerous physical collections within the region and the Sydney Library, including the Arup University space.

Judges’ comments
It has interesting spaces and furniture and the integration of the library into the workshop contemporises the special library context. The integration of the library into the 'fabric of the space' makes this library very appealing. Bespoke furniture within flexible spaces and easy accessibility from offices makes this a space that people would want to use.

The space enables serendipitous engagement with library staff and the library team is at the heart of the office. It is a flexible and collaborative space.

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Designing Libraries - John Phillips Library, Western Sydney University, Penrith Campus, Penrith NSW

Designing Libraries - John Phillips Library, Western Sydney University, Penrith Campus, Penrith NSW | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A campus library for an extended community
The current teaching areas at Penrith include Education, Science Computing and Engineering, and Design and Communication Arts. Additionally it support Western Sydney University College, and provides services for walk-in users from the local community including students from other universities.

The library provides access to over one million electronic scholarly materials, targeted physical collections, group, quiet and silent study spaces and has integrated accessible furniture as standard practice.

Judges' comments
An impressive well thought out building which blends with its surroundings. Good combination of transparency on the ground floor allowing a glimpse into the interior and the activity therein, with solidity on the upper floors demonstrating gravitas and the significance of the library building. I liked the Alsop-inspired graphics leaving users in no doubt that this was a library, and the clearly identified entrance.
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