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How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community

How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Tool libraries, which have been around since at least the 1970s, offer communities a way to share resources that would otherwise spend the vast majority of the time sitting in drawers and garages.

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Fliss Clooney's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:38 AM

Not exactly digital, but maybe something to think about with Maker spaces etc.  Personally I like this idea a lot.

Alexina's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:51 PM

Libraries continue to adjust their lending collections to the needs of their communities. The posting provides links to a free webinar about this topic and other resources. There is quite a lot to think about in starting a tool lending library at the public library.

 

In 2012 there was a Library Journal article about lending cake pans: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/06/library-services/let-them-lend-cake-pans/  

 

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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!

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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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Pupils, Pop-Ups and Prototyping: applying human-centred design to library environments

This presentation was first given at the 12th International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries.

The abstract from the conference site described it like this…

PURPOSE
This session shared the methods of two Futurelib projects at Cambridge University Library: Protolib 1 and Protolib 2. The objective of both was to explore the needs of library users and create prototype library environments that satisfied those needs. These were documented through a set of patterns that could be applied across Cambridge Libraries. These design patterns enable librarians to rollout productive and inspiring library environments. The projects challenge assumptions about what a library can be by applying commercial human-centred design methods drawn from a variety of design disciplines to:
* understand user needs from observational design research;
* create pop-up prototypes of new environments;
* evaluate them using innovative methods like eyetracking (more often utilised in retail store design).

APPROACH
Both projects used a mixed-method approach more commonly used on commercial projects.

Protolib 1 explored the needs, attitudes, behaviour and values of library users using three discovery activities: a diary study, codesign workshops with undergraduates and postgraduates, baseline assessment of candidate prototype spaces. We then created 5 pop-up library environments, evaluated them quantitatively and qualitatively, then defined a set of design patterns.

Protolib 2 focused much more on the usability of physical spaces. Eyetracking was used in conjunction with shadowing to witness how people navigate the physical library space and find library resources. Wayfinding prototypes were deployed into representative libraries and evaluated by repeating the eyetracking and shadowing. This showed that our design interventions reduced the time taken to find a resource by 40%-60%. Results were documented as a set of design patterns for wayfinding.

FINDINGS
The key findings relate to how people work, select a working environment, use that environment and how libraries can be better designed to meet those needs. In addition, the findings provide a number of easy steps that can be taken to make libraries easier to use.

Our design research indicates that there are five factors which dictate an individual’s working behaviour. their location, their daily routine, their attitude to work-life balance, their attitude to habit and their approach to planning. This workshop explores how these factors influence their working behaviour and their needs for work spaces.

People in our design research chose their working environment based on 3 factors: their intended length of stay, their activity and their own sense of wellbeing. We will explore the implication this has for the design of library spaces. Although the specific tasks and behaviours are different for each person, most academic work involves a hierarchy of primary, secondary and tertiary activities and these affect where and how people choose to work. We will define primary, secondary and tertiary activities and describe the requirements for each. We will describe how we saw people switching between these categories of task to extend their own focus and productivity and the correlation with a change of physical environment.

Our design research found that environments were defined by their level of intensity. We will define intensity and the characteristics of high, medium and low intensity spaces. We will describe how the intensity of a space influenced how people use the space and how we designed spaces with particular intensity profiles.

In addition to our findings that relate to working behaviour, the projects also uncovered some lower level findings directly related to the design of working environments. These included:

Small elements of personal control over their working environment creates a disproportionate sense of satisfaction with an environment (even if those features are not used).

Location and context are important indicators as to how spaces will be used.

More chairs does not mean a higher level of occupancy for a given space.

The purpose of a space should be clearly defined.

Boundary delineation increases the popularity of workstations.

There are two models for how students navigate a library space depending on their previous experience and mental model of a library.

IMPLICATIONS
We believe that the findings of our design research and the design patterns that we have created are applicable beyond Cambridge. Our findings provide a deep understanding of how people select library spaces in which to work based on observation design research. They have the potential to inform how we think of designing library spaces. The methods used provide an approach for assessing the usability of any physical library spaces. The design methods used for prototyping physical library spaces provide a cost-effective and rapid approach to developing library spaces that better meet the needs of students and researchers.

CONCLUSIONS
The result of these projects was a set of design patterns for library environments that document the different types of space that all libraries include. A design pattern is a re-usable solution to a design problem. An organised collection of design patterns that relate to a particular field is called a pattern language. These patterns describe how library spaces can be designed to meet library user’s needs and make a library more usable, more comfortable, more productive and more inspiring.

Protolib 2, specifically, also created a detailed package of macro- and micro-level signage patterns, the thinking behind which could easily be applied to any library environment.

The session will…

…describe the innovative methods of design research, prototyping and evaluation used. The methods will be applied to measuring the usability of physical library spaces and improving them qualitatively and quantitatively. The methods could also be applied to cost-effectively and rapidly prototyping new types of library spaces.
share the findings of design research which describe users’ space needs and patterns of use. These are likely to be common to researchers and students at other institutions.

…share the resultant design patterns which describe the important factors to consider when designing particular types of library environment. These design patterns have been tested using pop-up prototypes and shown to increase the usage of spaces and satisfaction with them. The session will explore how they can be applied to many academic library environments.

Participants will be given the opportunity to explore this project in an interactive workshop format through a mixture of presentation and practical exercises.
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Presentation regards design research don by Futurelibs at Cambridge University Library. It presented the needs of their particular library users towards creating a prototype library that reflected that needs assessment. Again, while it was particular to Cambridge University students, there are some generalized  takeaways in the design summaries and wayfinding solutions. In general, user research works and should be undertaken by every library to understand and in turn serve their communities better. 
Originally spotted by Christian Lauersen (@clauersn) on Twitter (https://twitter.com/clauersen/status/892864198149120000)
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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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Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, November 9, 8:26 AM
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

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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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Homeless Worry About The Loss Of A Gathering Space As MLK Library Closes | WAMU

Homeless Worry About The Loss Of A Gathering Space As MLK Library Closes | WAMU | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in downtown D.C. has long served as an informal gathering place for the city's homeless residents, but a planned three-year closure has those users scrambling to find other places to go during the day.
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Impact upon the Washington D.C.  community as it's "home away from home" the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes for three years planned renovations. The title focuses upon homelessness, but the article talks about many different communities which use the library's resources for entertainment and job creation. 
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