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New Nashville library director is big on outreach

New Nashville library director is big on outreach | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Profile of new Nashville TN Public Library Director, Kent Oliver

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He emphasized literacy and technology improvements there, and also broke with tradition to establish a library branch within a nature park.

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Libraries don’t just hold books anymore. They can help teach and foster a sense of place, he said. And that goes for everyone.

“I really believe, strongly, the library is the most important public gathering place,” he said.

The library as the most important meet-up spot? Really, these days?

Absolutely, he said. And then he pointed out his office window to the library courtyard, where more than 700 people had just gathered for a free lunchtime concert and announcement about a new citywide reading program.

“We are certainly a place where everybody is welcome,” he said. “Regardless of their economic circumstances or their social circumstances, we are here to serve the public. That is why it’s so critical that we keep our doors open.”

-- spotted by Gary Price (@infoDocket)

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Apprentices of the Book Empire

Apprentices of the Book Empire | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Unique youth programming workshop where participants become the illustrator/authors and libraries are the publishers, with the participants having the option to have their works circulate as part of the library's collection.

-- @tulipsfromputin

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11 Most Surprising Items You Can Check Out of a Library

11 Most Surprising Items You Can Check Out of a Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The 11 "surprising items" are:

 

1) Therapy dogs,

2) Tools,

3) Hobby supplies,

4) Artwork,

5) Musical instruments,

6) Gadgets,

7) Cooking tools,

8) Toys,

9) Land ( eg, garden plots),

10) Telescopes, and

11) People ("Living Libraries")

If you are a system doing these things, or live in a community with such a system, congratulations. If you're not, what are you waiting for?

-- Originally spotted by @philshe

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Utica library to feature youth artwork during November

Utica library to feature youth artwork during November | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Last year, 132 people submitted artwork.

“I would say the majority of people take it very seriously, and you'll also get the grandparents dropping off their grandchild's Crayola doodle,” [Joshua] Carlson, [the library's director of Youth Services] said. “I think it's a really good blend.”

Carlson has worked at the library since 2009 and said the artwork gets better every year.

“Last year we were just blown away by the numbers of pieces that were really, really good,” he said."

-- Utica Observer Dispatch

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It's Nice That : East London library archive plundered for supercool collage project

It's Nice That : East London library archive plundered for supercool collage project | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Interesting way to open up your local archival collection, CLR James Library in Dalston, east London let local artists make collages out of their image collection.

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The next chapter for libraries | Association for Project Management

The next chapter for libraries | Association for Project Management | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Profile of new Library of Birmingham, which means to revitalize the city centre and become a model for public libraries with archival storage, exhibition space, and outdoor amphitheatre. 

"This is not just about building a library -- it is about place-making, about what the library can do for the city's quality of life"

-Brian Gambles, Project Director quoted by Lucy Clay in Association for project management blog 

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Fine Free Friday! Every Last Friday turn those overdue library items in! | San Diego Deals and Steals

Fine Free Friday! Every Last Friday turn those overdue library items in! | San Diego Deals and Steals | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The good folks at the San Diego County Libraries offer Fine Free Friday every last Friday of the month.

Bring in those overdue library items – books, movies, music, etc on the last Friday of the month and they are kind enough to forgive your fines!

*remember this is County Libraries (not City or private Libraries)*"

-- spotted by Moms Going Green @moms_goinggreen

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The Story SailBoat

The Story SailBoat | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"The Story Sailboat is a independent bookmobile on the water that will set sail around the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento Delta in the summer of 2012 setting a course that promotes literacy and libraries. Our goal is to give out 1,000 books and install 100 small, easily accessible libraries through our Guerrilla Library and Book Seeding Campaigns. We want to remind people that reading is one of the most fundamental influences on in a person’s life and we will do this through promoting reading and libraries."

--spotted by Susan ‏Broman @waffles via instagram ( http://instagr.am/p/OfMblHtw6A/)

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The Case For Keeping Libraries Alive

The Case For Keeping Libraries Alive | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Profile of the Beyond Access program supporting libraries as centres for social and economic change around the world:

"It’s not about checking out more books. An initiative is focusing on libraries around the world as centers of social and economic change, as well as centers to help the most disadvantaged citizens."

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Inflatable outdoor screen: A breath of fresh air at library for local movie buffs

"The Conneaut OH Public Library recently purchased an outdoor screen that requires only puffs of air to showcase films."

-Mark Todd,  Star Beacon. Spotted by  StephenK @lisnews

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Library to Create Entrepreneur/Hacker Space

Library to Create Entrepreneur/Hacker Space | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Danbury [CT] is working to create the "Danbury Innovation Center," as part of the Danbury Public Library ...

The innovation center, Danbury's first, is a combination technology space and business incubator for helping small businesses get started. Similar spaces exist in Watertown, Westport, Meriden, Stamford, Hartford, New Haven, and Providence, RI, among many others nationwide."

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"It will be open to the community," Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said. People who use the Danbury innovation center will pay a monthly fee. The hours and fees have not yet been set, and once the center is running, both the hours and fees are likely to change. The idea is the space would offer high speed computer access and machinery, including woodworking machines and others, such as a 3-D computer printer to help create objects or products. Welding, ceramics and other fields may be added as needs evolve. "This would be a workshop of ideas."

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Leighton Twp. Library becomes a village post office

Leighton Twp. Library becomes a village post office | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

On Aug. 1, the Leighton Township Library became the first library in United States to be designated as a 'village post office' by the USPS.

--spotted by American Libraries Direct

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Designing Libraries - The Queen and the Hive

Designing Libraries - The Queen and the Hive | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

UK/Europe's first fully integrated and jointly-run university and public library opens in Worcestor, England, called The Hive

"The Hive brings together books, documents and archives from both organisations under one roof. It houses one of the largest children’s libraries in the country, affording the opportunity for children to grow up with the library, from infant to undergraduate.

Staff from both the public and university libraries will work side by side, trained to deliver an extended range of services to all users from a combined stock."

--spotted by Punch Jackson @punchj

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A New Issue Brief From ALA Highlights Innovative Practices in Libraries | LJ INFOdocket

A New Issue Brief From ALA Highlights Innovative Practices in Libraries | LJ INFOdocket | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"Libraries continue to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities. Some of the highly innovative services described in the report include:
* Creative technology incubators such as the Maker Station at the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library, where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and expertise. “Maker spaces” allow users to collaborate and create, expanding the parameters of information access at the library.

[Another institution experimenting with Technology and Maker space is Cleveland's TechCentral, who's Felton Thomas I interviewed with Kayhan B and Erin Anderson on our podcast Bibliotech http://dquarium.com/bibliotech/bibliotech24]
* The application of QR (Quick Response) codes by the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library delivers instant access to library materials and services to cardholders with a mobile phone. More public libraries are adopting mobile technology to increase community interaction, enhance access to services and improve channels for information dissemination.

[Gary Price also profiled a study called "QR Codes in the Library: are they worth the effort?" which I would recommend to anyone thinking of looking at the issue further http://www.infodocket.com/2012/09/22/article-qr-codes-in-the-library-are-they-worth-the-effort-analysis-of-a-qr-code-pilot-project/]
* To help local businesses gain a competitive edge, the Library System of Lancaster County (Pa.) offers the MarketEdge Competitive Intelligence Certification Program, which teaches people to perform effective competitor research. In effect, libraries are serving as small business incubators, providing a wide range of support including assistance for business plan development and current legal and financial databases."
From ALA's U.S. Public Libraries Weather the Storm

-- Spotted by Gary Price (@InfoDOCKET).

 

 

 

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Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design

Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Denver Public Library's plan to develop branches which appeal to the specific demographic and user patterns for their local communities is profiled.

-- spotted by Mal Booth @malbooth

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Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library

Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"In recent decades, much has been said about the demographic changes that New York City shares with the rest of the world. Yes, we are getting older!
One widespread response has been a surge of programs to promote creativity in mid- and later life."

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"The success of all of these classes, and the enthusiastic response of library staff witnessing them, has spurred us on to again join with Lifetime Arts — this time with several library systems throughout New York State — to participate in Creative Aging in New York State Libraries in 2012-2013. This will enable us to offer about 18 Creative Aging courses in 2013. Branches hosting the classes will be announced in January 2013."

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“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project

“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The “Come Write In” initiative is a sub-program of NaNoWriMo that encourages writers, or Wrimos, to use libraries as writing studios during NaNoWriMo. The initiative is part active programming, part marketing campaign – meaning that libraries can get involved to whatever degree they are comfortable with and however works best for their programming schedule

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NO MEAN CITY: York University Learning Commons

NO MEAN CITY: York University Learning Commons | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Profile of York University (Toronto CA) new Learning Commons, described by Brock James (partner with firm Levitt Goodman),

"[It] is not so much about books as about bringing together all the student supports on campus -- and giving a place for students to work together".

--Alex Bozikovic Spacingtoronto.ca

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Library, community center, preservation and more through creative partnership

"We each saw the potential to create a cultural or community center by joining the Speakeasy Movie Theater, library, community meeting and special event rooms, kitchen facilities and additional office spaces that will be available for other community organizations in the renovated building [heritage building]."

--  spotted in the SummitDaily.com

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Scarborough Centre Public Space & New Public Library Plan

Scarborough Centre Public Space & New Public Library Plan | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Central Scarborough (my hometown) is finally getting a central library, with the planned 15,000 sq ft expansion to the historic Scarborough Civic Centre.

-- spotted by peersmorgen

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Tourism and community training come together at Gregory Public Library

Tourism and community training come together at Gregory Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Gregory Public Library SD's community engagement initiative is profiled in SDSL August newsletter column  "Why Didn't I think of that?". Part of the initiative were: collecting menus from local restaurants for tourists and visitors to the library; and advertising libraries at local lodges and motels.

-- spotted by Zola M. on the LinkedIn WebJunction Group Members

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Curitiba Cable Car Transforms Into A Library Train

Curitiba Cable Car Transforms Into A Library Train | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

"After serving as a humble train wagon, the cable car was installed in 1973 within the center of Curitiba, Brazil, in an attempt to provide entertainment in the heart of the city. It has had many after-lives ever since. [...] As of 2010, the wagon was transformed into an open library train providing books for local residents."

--by Clement Adam Popup City

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Get a Thingamagoop at the library

Get a Thingamagoop at the library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Unique tool lending library started at Ann Arbor District (MI) with a new collection called "Music Tools."

"The small collection features quirky instruments and sound processors. It includes items with futuristic names that make sounds like hovering spaceships and funky clicks and clacks."

-- spotted by Gary Price (@InfoDOCKET) 

 

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Closure of Opawa Toy Library 'huge blow'

Closure of Opawa Toy Library 'huge blow' | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Sad news from Christchurch, NZ, where a very popular toy lending library has been forced to close due to new building standards forced their building closed. The building was damaged in the 2010 Earthquake, and city council will not even decide whether to repair it for two to three years, due to the backlog.

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15 Libraries Taking Summer Reading to the Next Level

15 Libraries Taking Summer Reading to the Next Level | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Here we highlight some of the libraries we think are going above and beyond in their summer reading initiatives.

--spotted by Beyond the Margins @BTMargins

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