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Fernando Botero Park Library to revitalize city centre with cultural services to San Cristóbal, Colombia

Fernando Botero Park Library to revitalize city centre with cultural services to San Cristóbal, Colombia | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

This building includes  "exhibition space, theatre, music school, café / restaurant, library, dance school, plastic art workshops, multipurpose room and a playroom. All these areas are connected by interstices of public spaces; corridors, passageways and halls replicated as open galleries permitting temporary open exhibitions". "[A]imed at revitalizing the city center through the introduction of cultural facilities and services with the intent to meet the most urgent social needs of a predominantly low-income population that has long been marginalized from the social investment policies by the State." 

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Autism friendly libraries | Autism friendly libraries | Coventry City Council

Autism friendly libraries | Autism friendly libraries | Coventry City Council | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

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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Personalized Learning Should Start in Libraries

Personalized Learning Should Start in Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Can a library be the perfect place for personalized learning? We believe the answer is yes. Libraries offer endless resources, space for learning, and individuals who are ready to assist students in the learning and research process. Sometimes when professors’ office hours do not line up with students’ schedules, we often forget, that librarians are here to help us too! That’s why we have libraries and librarians! Even if we think it is intimidating to approach a librarian, it should not be, because they are the experts in libraries! Not only are librarians available to assist us, but they are also available to teach us how to use the resources that the library has to offer.

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David Stapleton's curator insight, November 26, 2:46 PM
Education is yours and your brain needs it
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 8, 3:58 PM
I agree. What is needed are librarians in schools. In the schools I taught at, there was a concerted effort to eliminate libraries and librarians. That has to end.
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Convening Community Conversations | Programming

Convening Community Conversations | Programming | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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
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Further discussion as libraries move their primary focus away from collections towards the more sustainable connections.
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TONITURE Lets Kids Build Their Own Fun Furniture Designs

G280 Studio have created TONITURE, a children's furniture line designed to spark a child's imagination as they build the pieces themselves.
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What a great addition to a Children's library to support STEM and creativity. Innovative furnishings and materials should be supported and highlighted by libraries as much as technologies like 3d printers and personal devices. 
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Proposal for Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza, Columbus IN echoes conversation pit from local Miller House

Proposal for Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza, Columbus IN echoes conversation pit from local Miller House | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Completed in 2017 in United States. IKD’s proposal for the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library plaza, titled Conversation Plinth, pays homage to J Irwin Miller and aims to celebrate the community of Columbus.

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Having just completed a project at my own branch which uses a wonderful curved bench, this proposal for the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library plaza in Columbus IN speaks to me on so many levels. It pays tribute to the past, echoing the "conversation pit" in the architecturally significant Miller House and the plinths of nearby buildings (like the I.M. Pei library). It gives it's community a lively and interactive community space, while celebrating public art. And it highlights new manufacturing uses for locally sourced Indiana hardwood through cross laminated timber or CLT. Yes, it looks great also.
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How to do public libraries - required reading: Tweet from @mickfortune

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Delivering  local solutions for public library services <http://ow.ly/ba0n30evkbj>; called "required reading? by @mickfortune and @publiclibnews seeks to provide direction to local councils in England about the heart breaking losses to English libraries. Rather than see the statutory requirements for public libraries, councillors are called upon to see these as "massive opportunities" for community building.
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How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects - MindShift

How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects - MindShift | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In recent years, libraries have broadened their scope of offerings to the local community to involve more making activities like 3-D printing and sewing. Some libraries even have a facilitator for maker projects.

At Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, maker program coordinator Nora Peters saw an opportunity to better connect the activities of the maker space with the library’s mission to promote literacy. So, she set out to build a bridge between making and reading by creating maker activities for children’s books.

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Art of Libraries – re-imagining cultural education in Gloucestershire - Libraries Taskforce

Art of Libraries – re-imagining cultural education in Gloucestershire - Libraries Taskforce | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Update and news from the Libraries Taskforce
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Art of Libraries is an exciting project from Create Gloucestershire, which is a multi-partner community-wide group including art groups and trusts,  and Gloucestershire Public Library "to develop libraries as hubs for introducing arts and culture to children and young people especially those who do not currently engage with the sector." What a great model for libraries as well as partnerships! 
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Tweet from @familiesmatter

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Play is part of the Public Library, could have the subtitle to the original Calgary Sun article about the new Forest Lawn Public Library's Nature Playground (http://ow.ly/fJsr30eo6Hv ;). A Canada 150 project, Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek explained the area as a way to highlight the importance of play to his city,
"We wanted to do something where play could connect up to early literacy and early learning, things like that. We thought, why not in Forest Lawn because Forest Lawn sometimes (it doesn't) get everything everyone else in the city gets, we got to make sure Forest Lawn gets highlighted. [...] Playing outdoors not only develops the physical literacy skills and executive brain function but also helps children learn more about the world about them."
Where is that sense of play in your library? 
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Call to Crowdsource Langsdale Library MakerSpace

Call to Crowdsource Langsdale Library MakerSpace | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces where students can gather to work on projects, collaborate, network, create, invent, and learn. They also afford students access to equipment and resources typically not available to individuals working alone
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University of Balitmore's Langsdale Library is seeking it expanding its services into a makerspace. While I don't know what other means they have sought to fund this project (eg government grants or private fundraising) they have taken on an increasingly popular method of crowdsourcing.
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Get your 'Silent Disco' dance on at New Orleans area libraries

Get your 'Silent Disco' dance on at New Orleans area libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The "Silent Disco" was the latest event in a packed Algiers Regional Library summer. The events served as a way to get community members to come through the doors and hopefully become regulars among the book racks.  Silent Disco is one of the more unique offerings. Library Associate Carlette Dennis said it's cool to see people dancing but the other library patrons hear no music. "We wanted a way to give our patrons a way to have some fun in the library, while still being mindful that they are in a library, which is a quiet place," she said. "A silent disco is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing." It's a trend that will populate throughout New Orleans area branches. "As a part of the 2017 Summer Reading Program, the New Orleans Public Library system wanted to continue with the success of this program," Dennis said
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This is a great trend in library services to youth and music lovers
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Retro Silent Disco!

Retro Silent Disco! | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - Manchester Library and Information Service presents Retro Silent Disco! - Saturday, 19 August 2017 at Manchester Central Library. Find event and ticket information.
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A Retro Silent Disco at Manchester Central Library, so much of this sounds great! Community use of a library after hours,  music and dancing in the library, and technology, with participants dancing in silence with headphones playing different dance tracks. The only downside is that I will not be able to attend.
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Incheon opens library for blind people

Incheon opens library for blind people | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Incheon opened its first Braille library in Nam-gu last month. More than 13,000 blind people live in Incheon, accounting for 10 percent of registered disabled people in the city. The district government spent 2.1 billion won ($1.93 million) establishing the three-story, 766-square-meter building. It has 3,673 books in Braille and 18,000 other books. The library also transcribes books into Braille using a Braillo 400SR machine. Once the books are in Braille, they are also made into audio books.


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Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling

Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Do you like graphic novels or comic books? Are you interested in learning to code? If you answered, yes, then you'll love Dystopia 2153! This brand new, three-episode series teaches kids the basics of coding through a digital graphic novel. It connects 21st Century skills with the love of reading. Use code to solve puzzles that help the characters overcome obstacles and escape their dystopian world.

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A more interesting and memorable way to learn coding
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A Multi-Functional Furniture Piece That Can Be Either A Chair, A Table, Or A Bookshelf

Jana Lukcova has designed BLOK 3/1, a piece of multi-functional furniture that can be used as a chair, a side table or stacked to become a bookshelf.
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All public libraries are being challenged for space. Space for collections, space for promotions, space for  clients. This modular system allows for flexibility, easily being converted from bookshelf to table to chair. 
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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 | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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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Surprise! It's the Golden Age of Libraries [If we are up to the challenge of funding them]

As more and more millennials are enrolled in virtual higher education opportunities not tied to university campuses, the public library is a central site of learning and innovation.
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Thoughtful review of university libraries re-positioning their mission to connections (and learning) from collections. Optimistic original title "Golden Age of Libraries" is from a quote by Michael Ridley (http://www.beyondliteracy.com/) which was edited out of its original context, which I have restored here. 
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I Read Because: A Book Tasting Library Orientation

I Read Because: A Book Tasting Library Orientation | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

I’m always trying to maximize what happens during library orientation each year. This year, I asked myself what I really hoped students experienced on their very first visit. Yes, there are many expectations and rules I could go over, but what message do I send if that’s how I spend our time on day 1. Instead, I wanted to focus on the power of reading and give students time to explore the genres of the library.


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@BudgITng launches @CivicHive, a civic-tech accelerator and innovation space

@BudgITng launches @CivicHive, a civic-tech accelerator and innovation space | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
BudgIT announces launch of Civic Hive - a platform to create an intersection between citizens and the government... Civic-tech organization, BudgIT, announ

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Civic Hive is a social justice accelerator in Nigeria. Their current four fellows are: 
*Amplify, by Dotun Olatoke, is a civic tech initiative that seeks to amplify the voices of the forgotten people of Nigeria and generate support for underserved communities.
* Locate by Robert Ogbogu, a platform that helps to track missing persons easily in Nigeria
* Gavel by Nelson Olanipekun,  a platform that seeks to bring transparency to the justice sector in Nigeria
* and, Open Medic by Dennis Akagha is a civic engagement platform that seeks to have an Open Inventory platform that will enhance the accessibility of essential medical consumables in health facilities and other medical outlets in Nigeria at any given time.
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Designing Collaborative Spaces

How can school librarians support Future Ready School

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Private Sezin School Open Roof Space / ATÖLYE Labs

Private Sezin School Open Roof Space / ATÖLYE Labs | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Completed in 2017 in Çekmeköy, Turkey. Images by Yerçekim. . Private Sezin School Open Roof Space is a ‘beyond-classroom’ pedagogical space with a spatially hybrid program that fosters meeting, making
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Today's Inspirational Space is from Cekmekoy Turkey, the Private Sezin School Open Roof Space. It has all the contemporary design elements: alcove seating (see photo); bench seating (see photo to right); stadium seating; large communal tables; media, woodworking and biology labs; lofts; and glassed spaces. 
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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

Makerspaces like vocational shops and science labs are great additions to schools. They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making – 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 3, 9:01 AM

"Classroom educators and librarians may wonder how they might create spaces for playing, tinkering, making, collaborating, discussing, researching, and reflecting. First and foremost, they need to develop an innovator’s mindset, one outside of the box of what a classroom should look, sound, and be like. Second, practitioners need to become intentional in insuring that a full spectrum of making skills, attitudes, and knowledge is offered to learners." (By Jackie Gerstein)

Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, July 3, 9:35 AM
Makerspaces are the next best thing in education.
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What’s this library book doing in my National Park?

What’s this library book doing in my National Park? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In early June, I was walking a trail in Land’s End in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, when I came upon a children’s book called The Fox Wish , by
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Unique partnership between National Parks and San Francisco Public Library to open up the resources and services to both client groups. 
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People, Places, and Objects – A TTW Guest Post by Anjanette Jones – Tame The Web

People, Places, and Objects – A TTW Guest Post by Anjanette Jones – Tame The Web | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Quote: "As libraries anticipate and explore new possibilities for the future, there are three areas that should be focused on for a successful transition; people, places, and objects." Great article summarizing opportunities in these three traditional areas for library service.
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