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Two Canadian cities have world's best public libraries, survey finds

Two Canadian cities have world's best public libraries, survey finds | innovative libraries |
Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal , have the world’s best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers .
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Future of Libraries | Arup Foresight

Future of Libraries | Arup Foresight | innovative libraries |

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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Making light work: grand designs at Bodø's Stormen library and cultural centre

Making light work: grand designs at Bodø's Stormen library and cultural centre | innovative libraries |
On the waterfront in the coastal town of Bodø, Norway, just north of the Arctic Circle, the £110m Stormen (storm) library and cultural centre stands out against the bland surrounding buildings.

Designed by London-based DRDH Architects, the modern cluster of cubist buildings have white concrete surfaces varying from matte to polished, and long windows that flood the interior with light. Much of the town was destroyed in a Luftwaffe attack in May 1940 but the rapidly built prefabricated homes and public buildings are now slowly being replaced by more permanent structures and Stormen, opened in 2014, takes pride of place.

The architects cited “the luminosity of the Nordic summer night” as an influence in the design, and chose the materials for their responsiveness to light conditions. The exterior subtly changes colour with the sky, radiating a pinkish glow with the setting sun.
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Libraries of the Future Focus on Digital Collaboration and Scholarship

Libraries of the Future Focus on Digital Collaboration and Scholarship | innovative libraries |
Some big-name libraries have gone digital with their resources. Recently, the New York Public Library went live with more than 187,000 digitized items in very high resolution.

“The web has become a vibrant cultural commons, and I think that we’ve seen that —whether they’re legacy cultural institutions like libraries and museums and archives or more internet-native public institutions like Wikipedia, Wikimedia and the Internet Archive — more are offering unrestricted open content into the web,” says Ben Vershbow, the former director of NYPL Labs, a digital innovation team at the library.

Harvard University Library has also taken advantage of technology to make operations more efficient across the more than 70 Harvard Library units through a new cloud-based tool, Campus Technology reports. The tool handles all resource types — from electronic and digital to print. By putting the resources from all library locations in one place, it can encourage more collaboration.
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China's Futuristic Library: More Fiction Than Books

China's Futuristic Library: More Fiction Than Books | innovative libraries |
A futuristic Chinese library has wowed book lovers around the world with its white, undulating shelves rising from floor to ceiling, but if you read between the lines you'll find something is missing.

Those rows upon rows of book spines are mostly images printed on the aluminium plates that make up the backs of the shelves.

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Pictures of the sleek Tianjin Binhai Library have gone viral on Chinese social media and abroad since its opening last month, with headlines trumpeting it as the "world's best library" and a "book lover's dream".

On weekends, an average of 15,000 visitors flock to the six-storey space in the eastern port city of Tianjin.

Designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, the building looks like an eye when viewed from the still unfinished park outside, with a spherical auditorium as the iris at its centre.

The library contains 200,000 books and it has grand ambitions to grow its collection to 1.2 million.
But readers expecting to pluck tomes from most of the terraced shelves are in for a surprise. Most books are in other rooms with more classic library bookshelves.
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Hack the Library: Relic or Springboard? - TechNotes Blog - TCEA

Hack the Library: Relic or Springboard? - TechNotes Blog - TCEA | innovative libraries |

Today’s libraries are in flux. Hacking libraries for a changing future remains essential. In the minds of the uninformed, libraries are a relic of a bygone age. The value of a school or community library often relies on the community’s ready access to technology. For example, libraries can cater to those in most need of access to:

Charging stations for mobile devices
Computers to complete an online job application
Access to job certification study materials and/or online exams for college students
General research
Censored content banned in other venues (e.g. schools)
Safe, private environments
While these are important needs, they are insufficient for the future. As technology access becomes more mobile and ubiquitous in the United States, libraries serve as the final refuge of the poor or disenfranchised, those who seek free access to an increasingly digital world. It should come as no surprise that funding has been cut as other programs enhance home technology and internet access for these populations.

This blog entry seeks to answer the question, “How can libraries hack themselves and ultimately reshape themselves into a future-ready learning environment?” In this blog entry, we’ll explore two hacks libraries can use to grow.

Hack #1 – Job Certifications and Learning Center

Hack #2 - Arts and multimedia Center

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The Healing Library: Kits for Family Healing

The Healing Library: Kits for Family Healing | innovative libraries |

To assist families in healing, libraries can assemble kits from The Healing Library’s free resources.

The Healing Library offers an encompassing resource for those looking for more than just a couple books on a topic. I’d love to see The Healing Library find a home in libraries everywhere— it is such a wonderful resource for patrons and communities.
—Bonnie Thomas, Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Consultant on The Healing Library
The Healing Library offers for the following family hardships:
The Healing Library: The Death of a Loved One
The Healing Library: The Death of a Pet
The Healing Library: Alzheimer's & Your Family
The resources in each kit include:
— How to Use This Kit: Suggested use for both families & librarians
— Discussion Guide: Best practices in speaking with a child
— Activities Guide: Art and play based therapy activities
— Acts of Kindness Guide: Topic relevant acts of community support
— Community Helpers Guide: Where families can seek assistance
— Book Discussion Guides: Curated list of picture books with discussion questions and conversation starters

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Convening Community Conversations | Programming

Convening Community Conversations | Programming | innovative libraries |

Libraries can be trusted places for users to share opinions, questions—even politics—with librarians facilitating the process and keeping it civil.

It can be challenging to start a substantive conversation, not just small talk, among people of differing experiences and opinions, even—or especially—when they are neighbors. But libraries, as institutions used and trusted by a broad cross section of the population, are uniquely positioned to convene productive dialog that can help patrons abandon the “echo chamber” and start talking to one another.
Libraries nationwide are doing just that, training staff as facilitators, organizing thought-provoking discussions, and going out into the community as well as bringing users inside. Here, we share some examples of how and why to tackle the tough questions, as well as how to prepare for and avoid common fears and pitfalls.

CIVIL SERVICE Nashville PL’s civic spaces provide settings for meaningful dialog (top): Members of Metro Nashville Police’s Citizens Academy participate in a “Civil Rights and a Civil Society” workshop; the Civil Rights Room in action.
Top photo courtesy of Nashville PL; bottom photo ©2017 Bob Schatz
Apart from structured programming, creating a space where everyone in the community feels comfortable can foster dialog and a feeling of connection to neighbors and local history. Many of the library staffers who spoke to LJ emphasized the value of having a safe space set aside where patrons know they can voice their opinions and converse honestly. Taking the community room concept a step further, the Nashville Public Library (NPL), the 2017 LJ Library of the Year, has, through private funding, created a Civil Rights Room, which provides a space for exchanges about the role of Nashville in the civil rights movement. NPL’s Civil Rights and a Civil Society Initiative, the Civil Rights Room’s online storytelling platform, has a staff committed to outreach, public programs, and education.

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Libraries are as relevant as ever

Libraries are as relevant as ever | innovative libraries |

My two days attending the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey last week reminded me of something that a lot of people already know. Despite predictions that they would be rendered obsolete by technology, libraries remain a vital part of our communities.

If anything, they’re more important than ever as I reminded attendees when I addressed the group. Libraries encourage and help satisfy curiosity and the search for truth and meaning. Along with schools, the arts and the news media, they offer our citizens not just knowledge, but entertainment, understanding and the critical thinking skills we need to make good personal and collective decisions in how we live our lives and govern our collective selves.

Jane Cowell's curator insight, October 27, 9:02 PM
The relevance of libraries has been hotly debated in 2017. - good to see evidence that libraries still provide significant impact in communities 
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Balancing Connections and Collections | Library Design

Balancing Connections and Collections | Library Design | innovative libraries |

Making space for users to interact with materials—and one another

It’s a regular day at a regular not-so-quiet library. The tables are full
of groups collaborating on projects. All the study rooms are booked
solid with small meetings and individuals seeking a quiet refuge.
Large gathering spaces are bustling with programs, classes, and
community events. More than ever, users crave places to collaborate, interact, build community, and contemplate.
It’s therefore no surprise that in many types of libraries nationwide, staff are trying to make more space for people. Increasingly, libraries support learning that is social and emotional as well as intellectual, carving out room for Maker spaces, learning commons, flexible spaces, quiet contemplation, and active collaboration. Row upon row of tall bookshelves are not conducive to these emerging uses. “People do not hang out in the stacks,” says Dri Ralph, facilities design coordinator at Washington’s King County Library System (KCLS), who has been involved in 46 library building and renovation projects. Not only is the area for stacks being reduced, what shelves remain are often being lowered to allow for natural light and improved sight lines.

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ACRL announces the release of Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research

ACRL announces the release of Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research | innovative libraries |

ACRL announces the release of Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research. Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders. The full report is freely available for download on the ACRL website.
Now more than ever, academic libraries are being asked to demonstrate value to their institutional stakeholders, funders, and governance boards. Academic Library Impact builds on ACRL’s 2010 Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report and the results of the subsequent Assessment in Action program. It demonstrates how libraries are now measuring library contributions to student learning and success, and recommends where more research is needed in areas critical to the higher education sector such as accreditation, student retention, and academic achievement.

Academic Library Impact captures the incredible strides made by the profession in assessing and demonstrating the contributions of academic libraries to the academy, and creates a path for moving us into the future via new research avenues,” says ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis.

This action-oriented research agenda includes:

a report on all project phases and findings; a detailed research agenda based on those findings;
a visualization component that filters relevant literature and creates graphics that can communicate library value to stakeholders; a bibliography of the literature analyzed; and
a full bibliography of the works cited and reviewed.

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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 |
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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Stuff That Works: A Funder's Valuable Advice for Public Libraries

Stuff That Works: A Funder's Valuable Advice for Public Libraries | innovative libraries |
In his recent piece on Alberto Ibargüen, David Callahan dubbed the Knight Foundation’s long-serving CEO and president "The Futurist" for good reason. The foundation has been working for years to help key institutions in U.S. society navigate an age of disruption. 

Callahan also noted that Ibargüen wanted to move the foundation beyond its constant experimentation and start doubling down on the stuff that "really worked." If the past year is any indication, Ibargüen has been true to his word. Knight has been active in identifying "stuff that works" across several areas—including libraries, an American institution beloved in theory and embattled in practice. 

In June 2016, the foundation announced the winners of its News Challenge on Libraries, which posed the question, "How might libraries serve 21st-century information needs?" The eclectic mix of grantees offered a range of possible ideas.

Related: What Should 21st Century Libraries Look Like? Here are Fourteen Answers.

Knight has also been keen to connect American libraries with trends worldwide. Earlier this year, the foundation sent a cohort of U.S. librarians to the Next Library Conference, an annual gathering held in Aarhus, Denmark, that brings together global leaders to "spread best practices in library innovation, while helping libraries' capacity to meet new digital age demands."
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AIA/ALA Library Building Awards | American Libraries Magazine

AIA/ALA Library Building Awards | American Libraries Magazine | innovative libraries |

The following libraries are winners of the 2017 Library Building Awards, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association’s Library Leadership and Management Association. The biennial award recognizes the best in library architecture and design and is open to any architect licensed in the United States. Projects may be located anywhere in the world. The recipients of this year’s award include library designs that reflect the needs of their communities.

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Autism friendly libraries | Autism friendly libraries | Coventry City Council

Autism friendly libraries | Autism friendly libraries | Coventry City Council | innovative libraries |

n January 2017 Tile Hill Library became the first ever autism friendly library in Coventry. With ideas from parents and specialists the library has been redesigned and features:

Open plan children's area                                                                                                                                                                                  The children's area has been moved to the front of the library, allowing more space to read and relax! A map of the Library's new layout can be found below.

Specialist signage                                                                                                                                                                                             Autism friendly signage to all areas of the library including a staff welcome board with pictures.

Specialist stock                                                                                                                                                                                                   New books for all areas of interest have been added, which include books on autism and asperger's syndrome.

Autism friendly hours - Every Monday from 4.00pm - 6.00pm, Tile Hill Library will be completely autism friendly with lower noise levels, extra furniture available such as special bean bags, sensory tents, iPads with specialist apps available and designated chill out zones.

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Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science? | innovative libraries |
As many education tools go digital, some people have feared that libraries may go the way of the dinosaur. However, the skills that students need to thrive in a modern world continue to adapt, and they need places where they can learn such skills. Libraries have the opportunity to become havens of future-ready skills lessons to meet that need.

Libraries Ready to Code, a program from the American Library Association and Google, aims to do just that by making sure “libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking and computer science among our nation’s youth.”
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Fayetteville Public Library launches movie and TV hotspot devices

Fayetteville Public Library launches movie and TV hotspot devices | innovative libraries |
Library patrons can now check out a hotspot device that can stream movies and TV shows anytime and anywhere without the need for an internet connection.

Officials this month announced the introduction of GoChip Beam devices into the library’s collections as a new way for lending entertainment options. Each device contains a small Wi-Fi router with a rechargeable battery, and comes preloaded with either five feature-length movies or an entire season of a television series.

After downloading an app and connecting to the GoChip Wi-Fi signal, up to eight simultaneous users can stream the movies or TV shows. Supported devices include Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets, as well as Mac and Windows laptops and desktop computers.

“We are excited to be one of the first libraries in the United States, and the first in Arkansas, to provide this great new technology,” said Heather Robideaux, the library’s manager of adult services. “Allowing cardholders access to content in new and convenient ways is part of our overall mission. We’re certain the GoChip devices will be a big hit with our patrons.”
Jane Cowell's curator insight, November 28, 1:52 PM
Library collections expanding to include devices to ensure eResources can be accessed by everyone
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mecanoo presents masterplan for the new york public library

mecanoo presents masterplan for the new york public library | innovative libraries |

The new york public library has unveiled plans to transform its famed ‘stephen a. schwarzman building’ on fifth avenue and 42nd street. the $317 million USD masterplan was developed by dutch architecture firm mecanoo and includes the restoration of historic rooms and increased public space, improvements designed to ensure an enhanced visitor experience. the project, which would be carried out in two phases utilizing private funds, calls for future investment beginning in 2018 and continuing through 2021.

In developing the masterplan for the new york public library, mecanoo teamed up with new york-based firm beyer blinder belle. specific improvements to the schwarzman building include the transformation of former staff or storage spaces into public areas for research, exhibitions, and educational programs, as well as a new entrance on 40th street with a plaza and elevator bank to ease congestion throughout the building. the plans also include the addition and modernization of infrastructure with a new café and bathrooms, and an expanded shop.
‘we have developed a masterplan that inherently adheres to the logic of a beaux-arts building,’ said mecanoo’s francine houben. ‘our changes are both subtle and clever — to direct the flow for different user groups, for example, or to improve the quality and function of currently underused spaces.’

‘for over a century, the schwarzman building has been a beacon of open access to information and a tireless preservationist of the world’s knowledge,’ adds new york public library president tony marx. ‘we have a responsibility to preserve its architectural wonder and its role as an important civic space, while also preparing it for the future, and another century of best serving the public.’

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Not Just Science Fiction: Incredible Futuristic Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV

Not Just Science Fiction: Incredible Futuristic Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV | innovative libraries |
Looking like something out of a Kubrick film, the new Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV and local firm TUPDI features cascading floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that double as benches centered around a luminous sphere. From outside, the library has the appearance of a mysterious eye, with the layered interior elements acting as louvres for the facade. Gaze up at the walls from ground level and it seems like the books just keep going and going, all the way to the ceiling. The library contains an incredible 1.2 million books.
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The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families | Infopeople

The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families | Infopeople | innovative libraries |
More than ever people are turning to libraries during times of crisis. As library workers, how can we ensure we care for our communities while supporting (and not replacing) our local wellness professionals?

The Healing Library is a project that has been developed by librarians, a children’s literature advocate, and a holistic art and play therapist to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children. Currently three free lendable kits have been developed, including: The Death of a Loved One, The Death of a Pet, and When a Loved One Develops Alzheimer's

In this webinar, presenter Megan Emery will discuss the topics and contents of the three kits, and how libraries can download them for free to begin assisting their communities with healthy journeys of healing.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

Understand what The Healing Library can and cannot do for their communities
Have knowledge of the three kit topics and the contents of the kits
Understand how to download the kit contents for free and begin assembling the kit that is right for their community
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Partners in Art: Wells Public Library and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Partners in Art: Wells Public Library and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art | innovative libraries |

Today I am thrilled to share a conversation with Andrea Kazilionis from the Wells Public Library in Wells, Maine. Andrea fills us in on a partnership with the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, a local art museum. This is a great example of a library working closely with an arts institution to offer high-quality, expert cultural and educational programming. Enjoy! ~Laura

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Can you give us the elevator speech for the Wells Library / OMAA programming partnership? What kinds of events or resources make up this partnership, and what outcomes are you hoping to see as the result?

Andrea Kazilionis (AK): The Wells Public Library partnered with the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in order to offer a four-part “Arts and Education” program series. This series features two art history lectures at the library followed by two site visits to the museum. We hope that this program series will allow library patrons to indulge their artistic interests and gain some in-depth insight into the current exhibits at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. We also hope to raise community awareness about the museum and its stunning collections.

LAIP: What was the impetus for forming this partnership / program?

AK: This partnership began as I explored ways to develop cultural education programming at the library. I know from conversing with patrons that the greater Wells region is home to many artists and art enthusiasts.

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Get Moving | Library Design

Get Moving | Library Design | innovative libraries |
Get Moving | Library Design
By Traci Lesneski on September 26, 2017 Leave a Comment
Encouraging activity in today’s libraries

Quality 21st-century library design focuses on human health and well-being. Creating healthy indoor environments that physically connect us to the outdoors, offer access to daylight and views, and motivate us to move our bodies more is critical, since, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, on average, Americans spend 93 percent of their lives indoors. The focus on prioritizing daylight and views and incorporating biophilic tenets (which acknowledge the role of nature in human comfort and productivity) has increased awareness about the critical role the building plays in wellness.
The next frontier in creating buildings that support human health is encouraging more movement. Sitting for hours at a time is hard on our bodies, which are more suited for an active lifestyle. But standing all the time isn’t healthy either. Research supports the need for active learning or working environments; those that keep us changing our postures and get us moving throughout the day support wellness. Sit-to-stand desks are becoming ubiquitous in staff areas and increasingly common in public areas of libraries. Although these desks allow ease of alternating between sitting and standing while working or studying, they don’t address the need simply to move more often.
A few minutes of activity can reap benefits such as increased focus and improved mood, according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. For more ideas on how to get your users moving, Lets Move in Libraries shares stories of how libraries across North America are encouraging users to move their bodies. The site includes an interactive map of Canada and the United States that highlights movement-focused programs and services, so one can learn what colleagues at nearby facilities are doing or testing.
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Library and Information Science Videos

Library and Information Science Videos | innovative libraries |

200 Most Fantastic Library and Information Science Videos Every Librarian Must See

Library and Information Science Videos is an initiative of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog to showcase the finest LIS videos for librarians, catalogers, metadata, archives, and knowledge professionals. The videos are sourced from Librarianship Studies & Information Technology YouTube Channel which are organized based on the categories (or labels) of Librarianship Studies blog.

A featured video will be displayed in this blog post along with a brief summary. It will also be displayed at the bottom of the blog in a large view (recommended).

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Tucson’s seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert

Tucson’s seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert | innovative libraries |

In front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library in Tucson, patrons can claim round concrete landscaping beds for free and create their own gardens with seeds from the library’s seed collection. Some of the three-foot-wide planters are festooned with exuberant jungles of squash, flowers and trellised bean plants, while others look more Zen garden than vegetable garden.

In addition to books and DVDs, in 2012 the Pima Country Public Library system became one of the first in the nation to circulate seeds. Aspiring gardeners can look up varieties electronically, put seeds on reserve and check out 10 packs at a time. Availability changes with the seasons: By mid-September, tomato seeds are long gone, but many other seeds — including dill, arugula, cucumbers, the flat white teardrop shapes of squash seeds, and the small dry beads of tepary beans — rattle in paper envelopes. Participating branches offer support as well as seeds, such as gardening classes, brochures, and, of course, books. The greenest beds flourish with flowers, herbs, vegetables and an idea: That public libraries can be resources for local food growers as well as local readers.

The Seed Library is a free service where patrons can check out seeds just like they would check out a book. When they have harvested the fruit or vegetable, they can return their new seeds to the library.
Now, five years in, Pima County librarians hope more growers will start bringing back seeds from the plants they grew, making the collection stronger and better adapted to local conditions over time. "Only maybe 40 percent of the donations we get are from local growers,” says librarian Betsy Langley, who helps manage the seed program. “We want to increase that and have a larger proportion of our circulating seeds be from local gardeners, because one of our goals is to have healthy seed stock and plants that are acclimated to Tucson.” 

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Here's How You Can Use Google to Find eBooks Available at Your Local Library

Here's How You Can Use Google to Find eBooks Available at Your Local Library | innovative libraries |
A new Google Search feature is making it easier for users to find digital copies of their favorite books that are available at their local libraries.
Google said on Monday that the online search giant has added a new feature that will now show up in the search results for any book title, listing local public libraries where users can borrow the title in ebook form.
The list of libraries with available ebooks will appear as part of Google's "Knowledge Graph" cards, the boxed-off sections that appear either above or next to the regular list of search results, which already offered information on searched-for books, such as a description of the book, the author's name, GoodReads ratings, and options for purchasing an ebook.
Google users will find the list of libraries carrying a specific ebook title under a section titled "Borrow ebook," which the company displayed in a Tweet on Monday that featured a screenshot of a mobile search for an ebook version of the children's book Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics.
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Libraries and Self-Publishing |

Libraries and Self-Publishing | | innovative libraries |
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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