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Carving new roles in the library - ANALYSIS - Research Information

Carving new roles in the library - ANALYSIS - Research Information | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

How important are libraries, and how important will they be in the future? These were key questions asked at the Online Information conference held in London in November. Those worried by these questions may be somewhat reassured by some of the answers.

 

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New Report from CLIR: “Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings” | LJ INFOdocket

New Report from CLIR: “Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings” | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.

Participatory design is a relatively recent approach to understanding library user behavior. It is based on techniques used in anthropological and ethnographic observation. The report’s editor, anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster, led several participatory design workshops for CLIR from 2007 to 2013.

The report is based on a series of presentations at the second CLIR Seminar on Participatory Design of Academic Libraries, held at the University of Rochester’s River Campus June 5-7, 2013.

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An Urban Librarian's Manifesto to SXSW Interactive

An Urban Librarian's Manifesto to SXSW Interactive | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Find a librarian at SXSW Interactive -- there are going to be a lot us there. Your perceptions and expectations of the profession will be challenged. There is a good chance that the librarian you meet will be much cooler than you expect....
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Library has testing materials to help in any field

Library has testing materials to help in any field | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Terrebonne Parish Library System staff assists people who need to take tests or need help with improving skills.
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Free David Lankes Book Download: Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World

Free David Lankes Book Download: Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World
http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=4598
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Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity.
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Reaching All Users | Office Hours

Reaching All Users | Office Hours | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, includes this finding: “Some 90 percent of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63 percent saying it would have a ‘major’ impact.” What’s intriguing is that only 29 percent reported that it would have a major impact on the respondent and respondent’s family. In other words, 90 percent of folks do not want the library to close, but many fewer would feel the negative consequences.
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North Carolina State University Libraries Now Lending Google Glass | LJ INFOdocket

North Carolina State University Libraries Now Lending Google Glass | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Three weeks ago we posted that the Yale University Library had started lending Google Glass to student and faculty groups.

Today, word that the North Carolina St. University Libraries Technology Lending Service has also launched a Google Glass lending program.

Initially, our Google Glass pilot program will be available to selected faculty and graduate students with an urgent research need for the technology. In mid-March the Libraries will begin accepting requests from other researchers working with augmented reality, innovative computer interfaces, and other key uses of the new tool.

Currently the Libraries lends over 200,000 technology items a year, including everything from DSLR cameras and e-readers to digital media equipment, design and modeling tools, and electronic prototyping platforms such as the Arduino and MaKey MaKey inventor kits.  Adding the Google Glass helps to ensure that our researchers have access to a key tool that is promising to dramatically change how humans interact with computing resources.

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Books take a back seat in this proposal to redesign Washington DC's historic library

Books take a back seat in this proposal to redesign Washington DC's historic library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries haven't been just about books in a long time. They've developed into research spaces, safe places for kids, and casual meeting spots, but the current design of most libraries doesn't make...
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Bookless library brings the future of learning to local community News - YouTube

BiblioTech, the only public bookless library, was built in a community where many residents do not have Internet access at home.

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3D printing isn't the digital literacy that libraries most need to teach

3D printing isn't the digital literacy that libraries most need to teach | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Here's a story that's playing out in libraries everywhere: Library Unveils 3D Printer Keene residents now have access to a 3D printer allowing everyone the ability to turn the digital into the phys...
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This is a post from january this year (2014). Before starting with 3 D printing it's good to ask if there aren't opportunities much closer to the library's core competencies.

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Libraries Serve As Health Insurance Info Hubs - Kaiser Health News

Libraries Serve As Health Insurance Info Hubs - Kaiser Health News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

What can’t librarians do? Many are now becoming health insurance guides.

The buzz at the American Library Association's winter meeting recently wasn't just about the annual awards (a.k.a. the book award "super bowl"); the Affordable Care Act was also on the agenda. Libraries across the country have been trying to meet a growing demand for health insurance information.

 
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Infrastructure, engagement, innovation: library directions

Keynote presentation at Montana Library Association meeting, Helena, 7 February. It looks at public and academic library directions in a network environment.
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In Toronto, the library of the future is here

In Toronto, the library of the future is here | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Toronto Public Library now serves up E-books, 3-D printers, and lots of gathering space (plus, still, many books)
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Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews

Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.

A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:


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Karen du Toit's comment, February 28, 2014 4:05 AM
Changing the name to incorporate all the new functions /spaces/services the "library" offers! To get past the stereotypical idea of a "library" with only books and a quiet place of study!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:19 AM
Rebranding Removes the Term Library
LibrarianLand's curator insight, March 1, 2014 6:37 PM

This is really b.s. The term library and it associations are still very important and vital to the institution in most of its forms. "Digital Idea Space" or "Ideal Village"  or "You can make it happen here!" or what ever the heck you want to rebrand it does not convey the wonderful history and values that make libraries great and sound trendy and hollow.

 

I agree that libraries need to be marketed better and often times differently but just as importantly they need to hire and retain the best and brightest who will actively provide and support the creation of new knowledge. A trendy new name that obliterates a very powerful concept in many folks' minds, LIBRARY, does not do the history or values of the idea justice. Perhaps a hybrid name that involves both is OK, like "Library Resource Center" or "Digital Learning Library" or even a name that does not include the word but clearly markets the traditional values of intellectual freedom, equity, learning, and yes, still preserving and collecting traditional things like books.

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Interesting Idea! Anti-URL Shortener Promotes Books Through Web Links | LJ INFOdocket

Interesting Idea! Anti-URL Shortener Promotes Books Through Web Links | LJ INFOdocket | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Respublica [a bookstore in Russia] wanted to show that books and the longform format still have value, so they came up with the web page ‘URLiterature‘. This enables people to paste any URL, choose the book they want to promote, and share it with their friends. The opposite of a URL shortener service, it lengthens them before they are shared by embedding pages from Respublica’s books in the link, giving others a sneak peek at a range of stories.

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VALA 2014 Joe Murphy on Library Future

VALA 2014 Joe Murphy on Library Future | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Joe Murphy Library future is not about setting the agenda or predicting where we will go, its about enabling and managing the changes that will come.  The main aspect that we should encourage is an.

 appetite for curiousity about the future.  While structures and traditions may go, we retain vision and opportunity.  We start from a point of reading and literacy, and add on inspiration.

 

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Social Media Week: Library 3.0 — Introducing the Social Catalog

Social Media Week: Library 3.0 — Introducing the Social Catalog | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Traditionally, library catalogs allowed only one-to-one relationship between the library and patrons who wanted to search and find media for research or leisurely reading, listening, and watching. The recent introduction of social features, such as friending, following, and public bookshelves and reading lists, now allow patrons to engage with other readers and librarians, making it a truly social interaction.

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'We built it, and they came'

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UI officials praise Main Library Learning Commons during official grand opening

t's not often that college students say the coolest place on campus is the library. But that's what you'll hear at the University of Iowa.
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City expanding library program connecting teens, techology - Chicago Sun-Times

City expanding library program connecting teens, techology - Chicago Sun-Times | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The program will be expanded to six more Chicago Public libraries — with “pop-up” programs at a dozen more — thanks to a $2.5 million expansion unveiled Thursday.
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NYPL Tweetwall

NYPL Tweetwall | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Find out what we're reading and talking about right now.

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The NYPL Tweetwall presents content from library collections that are currently being discussed on Twitter

Credentials for several APIs are required to update the Tweetwall:

TwitterBiblioCommonsNYPL Digital Collections API

 

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IdeaConnection: Open Innovation success story: Crowdsourcing projects Transforms Old Library into an Arts Center

IdeaConnection: Open Innovation success story: Crowdsourcing projects Transforms Old Library into an Arts Center | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
IdeaConnection: Share your open innovation success stories with innovators and inventors.
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A starting point blog | National Library of Australia

A starting point blog | National Library of Australia | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
There are so many stories about Australia yet to be told. Trove’s job is to help you find them.

In preparation for this shiny new blog we spent a fair bit of time hunting through the Trove pictures zone looking for an image we could use to represent what it is we actually do. What is Trove? You can see one of the photos we found below. This, I suspect, is how many of our users see us – purveyors of Australian newspapers to the world. And fair enough. The Trove newspapers zone currently contains more than 120 million articles and receives about 70% of our web traffic. But Trove is much more.

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Rethinking the library - Focus

Rethinking the library - Focus | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Skillful service design comes to life in Finnish libraries.
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Tammy Morley's curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:16 AM

Love Scandinavian design in general and this doesn't disappoint.

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7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres | ICT Works

7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres | ICT Works | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

As those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities (e.g. Telecentres) is how to ensure sufficient sustainability, organizational stability and programmatic flexibility to allow for survival once the immediate round of funding which helped them launch, runs out.

 

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DO LIBRARIES NEED A USER MANIFESTO? Policies that inspire rather than prohibit - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

DO LIBRARIES NEED A USER MANIFESTO? Policies that inspire rather than prohibit - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Inspiration for libraries ? The User Manifesto of NuSpark (pre-incubator for startups in Blacksburg)

Create and innovateAlways add valueEncourage others to express their thoughts and opinionsActively listen to feedbackHold information of others in confidenceValidate ideas with customer inputDon’t be afraid to fail and try something differentSeparate your opinions from customer and market factsLook for opportunitiesRespect others in the spaceRespect and contribute to the community space. As a user you share responsibility for the health and success of this user community

 

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