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20 Years Photographing Public Libraries - Robert Dawson - SFGate (blog)

20 Years Photographing Public Libraries -  Robert Dawson - SFGate (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I first met photographer Robert Dawson in the late '80s when he was working on a monumental work called “Water in the West.” 

That project is still going after 35 years so I was not surprised to learn that he has spent the last 20 years working on a book called “The Public Library.”

Criss-crossing the country he he shot 557 libraries and topped 250,000 miles in his Toyota Camry. The book will be released April 8, just in time for National Library Week, April 13-19.
Check out the photos above or the video below and you are excused from checking out a book during library week.

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10 photos on the blog post! I would love to see the book.

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The most spectacular libraries in the world - The Telegraph

The most spectacular libraries in the world - The Telegraph | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

From Rococo fantasies to nests of twigs and steel, we present a selection of the world's most beautiful libraries (http://t.co/oWneP5w7Me)...

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Great to see these libraries!

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National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers ...

National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
From the architect. The National Library of Sejong City is the first branch facility of the National Library of Korea and is planned to be built in the Multifunctional Administrative City of Korea, also known as Sejong City. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers with the motif of a book page being turned over, a simple geometry of a gently curved paper forms the basis of the design and creates a unique outline that is easily recognizable as one of the landmark buildings of the city. As one of the strategies in designing the building, the library was also planned to become an Emotional Library, a place where analogue and digital formats converge for the convenience of the users and to maximize the possibilities of the library.
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Inspiring library architecture!
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Research Article: “Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning” | LJ INFOdocket

Research Article: “Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning” | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The following article appears in Library Hi-Tech (Vol. 31 No 2).

We’re sharing the full text of the “accepted for publication” version of the article.

Title

Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning

Authors

Mark Bilandzic & Marcus Foth (2013) 


Abstract: "This paper aims to inform design strategies for smart space technology to enhance libraries as environments for co-working and informal social learning. The focus is on understanding user motivations, behaviour, and activities in the library when there is no programmed agenda. The study analyses gathered data over five months of ethnographic research at ‘The Edge’ – a bookless library space at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, that is explicitly dedicated to co-working, social learning, peer collaboration, and creativity around digital culture and technology. The results present five personas that embody people’s main usage patterns as well as motivations, attitudes, and perceived barriers to social learning. It appears that most users work individually or within pre-organised groups, but usually do not make new connections with co-present, unacquainted users. Based on the personas, four hybrid design dimensions are suggested to improve the library as a social interface for shared learning encounters across physical and digital spaces. The findings in this paper offer actionable knowledge for managers, decision makers, and designers of technology-enhanced library spaces and similar collaboration and co-working spaces."

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How to improve the library as social learning space! 

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University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures

University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

We invited you to help us document the university library of the 21st century. From the uber-traditional to the downright quirky, here's a selection of your pictures featuring some of the most interesting designs

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Photos of university libraries of the future - selected from photos submitted by readers of the The Guardian

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The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book

The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A look at how America's central libraries are struggling to adapt their forms and functions to a rapidly changing world (RT @WSJ: The future of libraries isn't an open book.

 

By JULIE V. IOVINE:

"The relevance of these gloriously inflated book boxes is being questioned in an age that looks to the Internet for its intellectual resources."

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The changing library challenged by a constantly changing environement. The goal posts are moving the whole time!

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20 mesmerising modern libraries from around the world

20 mesmerising modern libraries from around the world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Piotr Kowalczyk:

A list of most tremendous examples showing how modern libraries are shaping the way we learn and enjoy reading in the digital age.

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Inspiring modern libraries!

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The World’s Coolest Libraries

The World’s Coolest Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The books found within them are fascinating, but the buildings that store 'em can be just as cool. 

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Coolest library buildings!

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Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com

Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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TONIA MOXLEY 

Welcome to the modern research university library, where new skills and even new spaces are being developed to serve the needs of scholars, scientists and students working in the digital age.

From a digital-ready classroom to furniture reminiscent of the starship Enterprise, library officials say they are developing new ways to serve the campus, and the public.

As libraries transform for the digital age, “it’s an exciting time,” said Judy Ruttenberg of the Association of Research Libraries, a membership and advocacy organization for 125 of the nation’s largest research libraries, including the Library of Congress.

“When university libraries housed large print collections and people had to come there to use them, that was a different model. Now students, scholars and researchers have many options, and the library serves in a different way,” Ruttenberg said.

To keep libraries relevant amid the rapid expansion of Web-based information, Tech officials are using architects and student advisory committees to develop spaces and services that draw the campus into the library.

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Libraries of the future! Collections, spaces and services look different!

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Library Love: Library Spaces In A Virtual World

Library Love: Library Spaces In A Virtual World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Bonjack

Here’s my theory: the proliferation of "shoppes" and "towne centers" may have satisfied a need (or collective desire) for designer sunglasses, fusion restaurants, and relaxing places to drink coffee, but commercial spaces will never satisfy all of the needs that a library can address. A great library has the potential to serve as a community hub, where resources and services intersect with work, learning, and culture. A space designed to facilitate such interactions while making the patron feel something – inspired, creative, curious – cannot be replicated commercially.

Image: Jose Vasconcelos Library


Via Miguel Mimoso Correia
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Good argument for saving libraries!