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Ways libraries are becoming the co-social (think co-working with services) platform for their communities
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Modern libraries: Moving from a transactional to a relational library | Princh Blog

Modern libraries: Moving from a transactional to a relational library | Princh Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Modern libraries are shifting from a transactional to a relational library, which creates more value for the users. How? Explore the blog post to find out!
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This quote perfectly sums up the dynamics of the library today:

"Therefore, the library's physical spaces  and the needs of the different target groups of the library must be highly considered when defining the library’s structure." 

How to strike a balance in a library where you have a musical baby program at one end and a group of adults knitting at the other end, while in between people search for jobs, day trade, play social games online or read and study for exams.  

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The difference 115 m2 can make to a community: East Street Library 

The difference 115 m2 can make to a community: East Street Library  | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Completed in 2018 in United Kingdom. Images by Jakob Spriestersbach. The East Street Library project has been delivered as part of a wider ‘What Walworth Wants’ strategy commissioned by Southwark Council an
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The difference 115 sq m can make to a community. 

"A newly opened extension – East Street Exchange – now allows the library to boost activity and host a flexible range of new uses. It offers an affordable space for local businesses, entrepreneurs and community groups; provides a much-needed flexible meeting space for groups in the area to meet (bookable even outside of normal library opening hours); and makes space for homework club and peer-to-peer language assistance."

 
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– A crowdsourced Lonely Planet for libraries <3

– A crowdsourced Lonely Planet for libraries <3 | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A crowdsourced Lonely Planet for libraries <3
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Library tourism is a "thing". Birmingham Library is the most popular tourism attraction outside of London England (https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/library-birmingham-most-popular-visitor-10996916) and Seattle Public Library is declared the "most instagramable" (https://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/article/Seattle-Public-Library-most-beautiful-Instagram-13440301.php), so why shouldn't there now be a site devoted to collecting the "world's best" libraries Libraryplanet.net. You don't see your favourite? Submit it!

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People use the built environment how they need it, not always how it’s intended

People use the built environment how they need it, not always how it’s intended | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Ever since the opening of Phase I in October 2017, the Wharf in DC has seen flocks of people at its restaurants, historic fish market, boardwalk and various piers. The “Recreation Pier” has public swings that are one of the first urban elements you see when entering the Wharf through 7th Street.

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Maker Kits | Saint Paul Public Library

Maker Kits | Saint Paul Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Over the past year, Saint Paul Public Library has been assembling kits that contain fun (and occasionally zany), hands-on activities…
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Love the sense of humour and the humanizing of technology which Saint Paul Library has put into their loanable Maker Kits. While some of these are obvious (Podcasting, Weaving, Stop Motion Animation) others are brilliant in their awareness of internet memes, like Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity and others are just downright fun Karaoke  (which includes a Karoke machine). Wish I lived near them!

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Tranquility Zone: New Library Space | The McLennan Post

Tranquility Zone: New Library Space | The McLennan Post | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Great new room opened up at McGill University McLennan Library on their 6th floor, a Tranquility Zone. 

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Separated by travel ban, Iranian families reunite at border library | Reuters

Separated by travel ban, Iranian families reunite at border library | Reuters | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Dozens of Iranian families separated by Trump’s travel ban have undertaken fraught, costly journeys for the chance of a few hours together inside a rural frontier library on the U.S. northern border.
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Great story about how a library which straddles the U.S. - Canadian border in Vermont/Quebec has been a site for family reunification, even if for only a few brief moments. 

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Growing the Civic Tech Movement – Code for America Blog –

Last month, more than 150 Code for America Brigade members from across the country gathered in Charlotte, NC for our annual Brigade Congress. What is Brigade Congress, you may ask? Brigade Congress is a gathering of leaders in the civic tech community.

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Is it Possible to Develop an Alternative to Community Radio Advertising? –

Is it Possible to Develop an Alternative to Community Radio Advertising? – | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Problem with Advertising: Community media advocates have for many years been seeking a solution to the funding challenges of running not-for-profit media projects.Funding usually comes from ma…...
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"When I spoke with Steve Faragher at Liverpool Community Radio, he used this phrase [Social Investment Communications]. Rather than asking local businesses to place spot adverts on the soon to be launched community radio station, Steve suggested that they will be asked to invest in the work of the station. Investment that would promote the social impact goals and aims of Liverpool Community Radio, which will allow the station to build its capability and to enable it to flourish as a community development project."

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Atlantic City library starts books in barbershops program | News | pressofatlanticcity.com

Atlantic City library starts books in barbershops program | News | pressofatlanticcity.com | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
ATLANTIC CITY — In an effort to promote youth literacy in the city, the public library started a program that's bringing books to barbershops.
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Libraries in the 21st century: the struggle between perception and reality | IB Community Blog

Libraries in the 21st century: the struggle between perception and reality | IB Community Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Librarians make libraries “loveable!” (Photo submitted by Carole Mondin, then at American International School of Lagos, Nigeria)


It speaks volumes when the man in charge of the world’s fourth-biggest public library insists digital technologies are an opportunity rather than a threat to libraries. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Anthony W Marx, president of New York Public Library, countered fears that they were dying:

There are people who think that the Digital Age is a mortal threat to the library. I think it’s the greatest opportunity in the history of libraries, and that means that this institution of huge scale and beloved by millions of people is also at a moment of revitalizing itself fundamentally. In my line of work, that’s an unbeatable combination.

In truth, libraries and librarians have fundamentally changed but not everyone has noticed. Those with the privilege of internet access have the ability to find every sort of information offered on the web. Much of modern global culture has been captured into bits and bytes of data, then packaged for consumption to suit every preference. The internet in these ways seems very similar to a library, or at least a repository of information, distributed on a global scale but accessed locally. However, the presence of the internet has obscured the library, making many unaware of how it has evolved, what makes it different, and why it is so important to co-exist with the internet.

Dr Marx points out this distinction:

The library is misunderstood as a repository of books. The library is a repository of information, and a sharing, and providing of access to information, and guide to using it.

Many librarians see collaboration as the most impactful aspect of their work.  The internet is no doubt a giant resource, but it does not guide creativity and understanding—it is designed to reflect preferences rather than needs. Algorithms, bots and social media tracking filter and package information based on searches but they do not highlight information that helps us to learn and grow in understanding. Humans still need to research, analyze, and ultimately decide on complex, difficult issues. Internet sources are not usually designed to assist in doing these things. In fact, they can negatively affect our judgment and restrict what we do depending on how the information is packaged.


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About Storyhouse

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Storyhouse is Chester’s brand new £37m theatre, library, restaurant and cinema. The restored and revitalised 1930s Odeon building houses an 800-seat auditorium, a 150-seat studio theatre, a restaurant and two bars plus a 100-seat boutique, independent cinema. Alongside the building, Storyhouse run a series of festivals as well as Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Moonlight Flicks.
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This great community space will be opening in May 2018. 
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Evolution not Extinction; Making the Case for Co-Locating Services in Multi-Use Buildings –

Evolution not Extinction; Making the Case for Co-Locating Services in Multi-Use Buildings – | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
By Ayub Khan Perspective There is a widely held perception that British public libraries are in decline and that the proliferation of online services and continuing financial pressures are proving too much. Similarly, people think that new library buildings are rarer than giant pandas. Neither is in fact the case. Media coverage over recent years…
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Plymouth Central Library opens doors on Christmas Day

Plymouth Central Library opens doors on Christmas Day | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Library staff give up three hours of their Christmas Day to host people with no other festive plans.
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This is the second year that Plymouth Central Library staff have volunteered to open their library to their community on Christmas Day.

"Mandy Macdonald, the head of Plymouth Libraries, said when the decision was made to open last year, staff "didn't know what to expect".

"We felt it might attract the homeless community, but on the day a lot of people came in because they had nowhere else to go or they had no company."

She said the event attracted people of all ages, from children playing games to older people who wanted a chat."

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Breaking Bread with Anythink Libraries

Breaking Bread with Anythink Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Bread has been a major staple of the human diet for thousands of years - in fact, consumption of grains can be traced as far back as the Middle Stone Age. And while this simple combination of flour, water, salt and yeast can yield many different styles and types of the food, one thing is certain: bread has played in instrumental role in bringing people together. With this concept in mind, Maria Mayo, adult guide at Anythink Wright Farms, launched “Community Voices,” an ongoing series that explores the ways in which strangers can explore and share the things that they have in common with one another. To start the series, Mayo turned to food as a means of exploring culture. On Thursday, November 30, 2017, community members gathered to learn about different cultures at “Community Voices: Breaking Bread.”

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Food and libraries, perfect ingredients for community building.

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You Gave Me Your Word: How Good City Planning Became Walkability

You Gave Me Your Word: How Good City Planning Became Walkability | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Eventually, New Urbanism “won.” Over 25 years, the idea of traditionally-organized communities moved from outsider to mainstream. The postwar sprawl model, once intellectually dominant, is no longer taught in planning schools. Instead, the principles of New Urbanism are put forth as nothing less than City Planning Best Practices.

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Five Proven Benefits Of Play | MindShift | KQED News

Five Proven Benefits Of Play | MindShift | KQED News | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The nation's doctors are being enlisted in a new fight: reclaiming children's right to play. A research paper urges pediatricians to prescribe playtime.

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Designing Libraries - Waterside Campus, University of Northampton

Designing Libraries - Waterside Campus, University of Northampton | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The design of the campus has been informed by the rethinking of the University’s organisational structures.
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The new Waterside Campus of the University of Northampton comprises three buildings which highlight flexibility ("leading to a 40% reduction in academic space.") and rethinking towards shared spaces over "owned" spaces. 

* Learning hub: Waterside Campus continues the trend to call its university library a "learning hub" as it moves away from collections to connections. Natural light, open terraces, riverside views and park settings also continues to emphasis of nature over built.

* Academic workspace: "The collaborative working environment is supported by a range of bookable rooms for meetings, or more ‘focused’ work, spaces for informal short-term work, socialising, welfare and student engagement."

*"A place - in the town, for the town, with the town": signalling the local government/university partnership the campus is not a closed off space but built to be part of its community.

"Physically, the campus provides a new publicly accessible ‘place’ within the town through a network of new pedestrian and cycle routes"

 

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Neil MacInnes on Twitter: "shouldn’t the entire library be a teen space - i hate the zoning or restricting collections to age groups and all library staff should be engaging with young people - am ...

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Love this thread about generational zoning on Twitter yesterday. 

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#RGCSCWE18: Coworking Europe researchers’ meetup [in Amsterdam's historic Boekman Library, as pat of their soft launch of their Coworking Library] –

#RGCSCWE18: Coworking Europe researchers’ meetup [in Amsterdam's historic  Boekman Library, as pat of their soft launch of their Coworking Library] – | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
On November 15, RGCS Amsterdam organized the 3rd edition of the researchers’ meetup during the Coworking Europe Conference, which took place in the historic Boekman Library in the center of Amsterdam. This was the perfect place for our event, as one part of the program was the soft launch of the Coworking Library. Around 40…
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I was made aware of this conference from a tweet by Alexandra Bernhardt @kobaltgelb who wrote: 
"You couldn't attend our #Coworking Europe researchers' meetup last week in Amsterdam? Don't worry. We wrote an article about it: https://t.co/mF9EGxMsas #RGCSCWE18 #coworkingeu #coworkingresearch https://t.co/lEBpGregP1&quot;

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Root Bench / Yong Ju Lee Architecture

Root Bench / Yong Ju Lee Architecture | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Completed in 2018 in Yongsan-gu, South Korea. Images by Kyungsub Shin, Yong Ju Lee Architecture, Dae Won Lee, Kyung Mo Choi. Root Bench is the reinterpretation of winning proposal in Hangang Art Competition. This is circle-shaped public furniture with diameter o
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What a brilliant piece of functional public art, the Root Bench.

Here is how ArchDaily describes it,

"This is circle-shaped public furniture with diameter of 30m, installed in grass, which shows dynamic shape of root spreading throughout the park. It provides visual stimulus creating strong contrast to the background of spacious outdoor park. And people can take a rest with it while sitting and leaning on its different height. The main concept continued from the winning proposal is that the organic shape sprawling out from the center creates spatial connectivity. "

I just wished I had a large enough public garden to have my own Root Bench built.

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Yes, Bookmobiles Are Still a Thing. (We Checked.)

Yes, Bookmobiles Are Still a Thing. (We Checked.) | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
MAYFIELD, Ky. — The van comes to a stop just as it reaches the hens. A bleating lamb is the first to greet Sandra Hennessee as she opens the van door and lets in the midday sun.

To get here, on an Amish farm in rural western Kentucky, Hennessee headed west from the small town of Mayfield and drove for miles on a two-lane road, passing churches, farms and open fields. With every bend and bump in the road, the wooden shelves inside the 27-year-old van creaked. With every stop, the hundreds of plastic-wrapped and paperback books on the shelves shifted.

Now on the farm, a woman dressed in a floor-length blue skirt, a black jacket, boots and a bonnet climbs inside. “Hi, honey,” Hennessee says. “What can I help you find?”

As the Graves County Public Library bookmobile librarian, Hennessee says she serves some of the most isolated areas of her community. She delivers books to some of the loneliest widows and some of the poorest children, but, according to her, “it’s not really about the books.”

“I’m a trash taker-outer, I’m a mail-getter, I’m a mechanic, I’m a social worker, I’m a snake killer,” she said. “You do what needs doin.’”

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The Human Library: Living Books movement empowers India's storytellers

The Human Library: Living Books movement empowers India's storytellers | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Initiated in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000, the Human Library Movement has expanded to around 80 countries. It has now reached India with its concept of replacing normal books with 'living books' that see individuals sharing their personal stories.
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“I liked the idea and began work to set up the Human library in Hyderabad. The goal of this event-based programme is to help people appreciate each others’ differences, understand social barriers by listening and relating to their experiences.”
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Aboriginal Storytelling Month

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Aboriginal Storytelling Month Public · Hosted by Regina Public Library...

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Regina Public Library is finishing up a month of Indigenous storytelling each Monday and Thursday night in February. They featured different musicians, storytellers, artists and elders in their main floor tipi. 
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Public and designers share ideas for a new outdoor space at Keshen Goodman Library

Public and designers share ideas for a new outdoor space at Keshen Goodman Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
If you live near Lacewood Drive, you’ve probably been to the Keshen Goodman Public Library. If you have been to the Canada Games Centre, you’ve definitely seen it. Soon, it will be better than ever. Like the Dartmouth North Public Library, Keshen Goodman is on the cusp of gaining a new outdoor space.
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“We at the library are very excited. There are so many opportunities for staff to do new and interesting things, for the public to try new things. We are a very busy location, so the opportunity to have people go outside in a really great area frees up some new space inside.”
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