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Community Engagement: Tools & Tips | David Lee King

Community Engagement: Tools & Tips | David Lee King | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Community Engagement Tools & Tips from David King Rudy Leon and I gave a pre conference workshop at Internet Librarian 2014 on Community Engagement.
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Why university libraries are tossing millions of books - CSMonitor.com

Why university libraries are tossing millions of books - CSMonitor.com | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

FEBRUARY 7, 2018 INDIANA, PA.—A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favor of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled.

Libraries are putting books in storage, contracting with resellers, or simply recycling them. An ever-increasing number of books exist in the cloud, and libraries are banding together to ensure print copies are retained by someone, somewhere. Still, that doesn't always sit well with academics who practically live in the library and argue that large, readily available print collections are vital to research.

"It's not entirely comfortable for anyone," said Rick Lugg, executive director of OCLC Sustainable Collection Services, which helps libraries analyze their holdings. "But absent endless resources to handle this stuff, it's a situation that has to be faced."

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What changes will 2018 bring to libraries? - directly from library experts

What changes will 2018 bring to libraries? - directly from library experts | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Wondering what changes will 2018 bring to libraries? Stephen Abram, Jane Cowell and Laurinda Thomas shared their thoughts with us. Read their insights here!
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How public libraries are reinventing themselves for the 21st century

How public libraries are reinventing themselves for the 21st century | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

On any given day, in one of the world’s busiest urban library systems, 50,000 people come through the doors of the Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches, while 85,000 make an online visit. The walk-ins bring their coffee and their lunches; they talk and watch TV while charging their phones; they do their homework, often via thousands of computer sessions; they make videos or create objects with 3D printers; take classes in computer coding or yoga; attend author talks or listen to experts offer advice for those looking after elderly relatives; access video tutorials on everything from website design to small business management from Lynda.com (an American online education giant that offers 3,600 courses taught by industry experts). Together with their online fellows, they borrow musical instruments, passes to the city’s art galleries and museums, WiFi hotspots, lamps that battle seasonal affective disorder, Raspberry Pis (small, single-board computers primarily used for coding training), DVDs, more than 12,000 ebooks and—of course—plain old print-and-ink books, a good 90,000 of them every day. All at no cost.

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Dartmouth 'blazing a trail' with new outdoor library | by Justin Trudeau Stories - YouTube

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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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A Night of Philosophy and Ideas at the Brooklyn Public Library

A Night of Philosophy and Ideas at the Brooklyn Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Written by John Seroff January 25, 2018
A Night of Philosophy and Ideas is a thinker’s lollapalooza. The free, 12-hour weekend lyceum at the Brooklyn Public Library includes spirited debate, live music, theater, performance art pieces, and film screenings. At any given hour, five or six different events will be taking place simultaneously. Visitors are encouraged to come and go as the spirit moves them.
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Future Ready: The Emerging New Library/Librarian Experience

Future Ready: The Emerging New Library/Librarian Experience | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries and librarians are all about experiences. How would you describe the experience of dealing with you? What are the benefits? In this post, I’d like to explore the knowledge experience and how it has changed over the years with respect to the library/librarian value proposition. As we enter an era of new opportunities it’s wise to see how we got to this point.

First, let’s start with an assumption and my bias. I don’t believe that you can call anything a library unless there’s an information professional (librarian, technician, archivist, records manager, etc.) involved. In the old days that would have been merely a book room or warehouse for paper. It wasn’t a library at all and wouldn’t be today. Today, a web presence without the involvement and animation of an information pro is just a website—truly plain and simple. A search box simply doesn’t meet the mark in rising to be a true modern library experience, since there’s not, to my mind and opinion, enough value-added in the experience. In order to define something/somewhere as a library there must be some personal increase in the value received in the experience that results in the transformation of the user.



Stephen Abram describes the 4 stages in the history of physical and virtual library experiences: Stage 1: access to library books Stage 2: services added to the book foundation Stage 3: library services differentiated based on service design Stage 4: libraries co-create experiences with our users Stephen Abram describes the 4 stages in the history of physical and virtual library experiences: Stage 1: access to library books Stage 2: services added to the book foundation Stage 3: library services differentiated based on service design Stage 4: libraries co-create experiences with our users


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Photos Show the Light and the Dark in Zaha Hadid Architects' Vienna Library

Photos Show the Light and the Dark in Zaha Hadid Architects' Vienna Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Edwin Seda's photographs explore the impact of light on Zaha Hadid Architects' Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna.
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New program puts social workers in some First State libraries

New program puts social workers in some First State libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services and the Division of Libraries are teaming up to make some state services more accessible.

A pilot program is bringing state social workers to a handful of libraries across the state on a weekly basis.
Two social workers from Division of Social Services’ Community Partner Support Unit will be available at seven different libraries once a week for three hours.

Division of Social Services director Ray Fitzgerald says many people they serve already look to libraries for resources and are comfortable going there.

“Libraries have computers and other resources – and it’s a warm place.  Some people who are homeless may frequent there.  We know libraries provide services to everybody, but some of the people, low income families we’re attempting to reach frequent the library so we figure that would be a win-win," said Fitzgerald.

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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

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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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