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The New York Public Library: The Macaroni and Cheese Challenge

The New York Public Library: The Macaroni and Cheese Challenge | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
It is no secret that The New York Public Library has a hearty appreciation for food. Our current exhibition, Lunch Hour NYC, contains a healthy dose of material about the quintessential mid-day meal -- including menus, lunch boxes, even an Automat! But that's not all! Next week, the Library will be enjoying a particularly tasty week of programming.

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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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Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks

Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Breakerspace. Toy Takeapart. Break & Make, Appliance Autopsy, and Deconstruction Station. Whatever you call it, a breakerspace provides students with toys, electronics, or appliances and lets them carefully take things apart to see what makes them tick.

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Great way to introduce students into "Right To Fix"!
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A Night of Philosophy and Ideas at the Brooklyn Public Library

A Night of Philosophy and Ideas at the Brooklyn Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A Night of Philosophy and Ideas an all-night into an all-morning symposium of music, theater, activism, film and philosophy.
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Hope that everyone had a great time this past weekend, as Brooklyn Public Library keep their doors open for what is called "a thinker’s lollapalooza". Certainly an Idea Worth Stealing
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Tale of 2 polls: What do librarians have that journalists don’t?

Tale of 2 polls: What do librarians have that journalists don’t? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Tale of 2 polls: What do librarians have that journalists don’t?
BY DAVID BEARD · JANUARY 19, 2018

America’s journalists, relentlessly attacked by President Trump, are also taking a beating in public opinion. However, their information-gathering cousins, librarians, are riding a cloud of popularity.

Is there something journalists can learn from librarians?
The Knight Foundation and Gallup gave the latest bad news to journalists on Wednesday, weighing in a mammoth poll showing only 33 percent of Americans have a positive view of the news media. Of 18- to 29-year-olds polled, only 22 percent trust the media.

By huge majorities, Americans see major problems with:
Owners of news outlets attempting to influence the ways stories are reported.
News organizations being too dramatic or too sensational in order to attract more readers or viewers.
Too much bias in the reporting of news stories that are supposed to be objective (only 44 percent can think of a news source that they believe reports the news objectively).


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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.

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Bookmarking Librarian
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David Stapleton's curator insight, November 26, 2017 2:46 PM
Education is yours and your brain needs it
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 8, 2017 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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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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Pico Branch Library / Koning Eizenberg Architecture

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Completed in 2014 in Santa Monica, United States. Images by Eric Staudenmaier. Conceived as a community living room, this branch library engages its park setting to encourage the use of an educational resource in
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Another public library which embraces the term "community living room" has been integrated into its park surroundings and community, 
"The library’s siting preserves existing green space while repurposing underutilized space to activate the park's event plaza. On Saturdays the front door opens to the edge of the local Farmers Market, creating a resonance around which librarians have developed programs about food and health. The building jumps a fire lane to the west to find space for a community room and amphitheater, further engaging existing buildings that offer programs for teens, children, job seekers and seniors. A photovoltaic canopy spans the fire lane, offsetting carbon footprint while enhancing walkability."
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#defensiveTO

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Documenting the use of defensive urban design in Toronto, Canada and beyond (defensive architecture, unpleasant design, hostile architecture)
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Discovery of the day: #defensiveTO, a site about documenting defensive urban (hostile architecture) design in the Greater Toronto Area by @CaraChellew . She is showing the ugly side of urban life, continuing the work of Holly Whyte and the advocacy of Project for Public Spaces. I'm a new fan
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Barcelona’s Decidim: An Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects

Barcelona’s Decidim: An Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The word Decidim translated from Catalan means we decide, and it's the name of Barcelona's digital infrastructure for participatory democracy.

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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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