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The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab

The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"But for all their supposed obsolescence, libraries remain vital places, and many of them are more crowded than ever."

 

"The New York Public Library recently embarked on a controversial plan to move two to three million books off-site.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) retired its pneumatic-tube system sometime last year. It had been used to request books for more than a century. The New York Public Library opened in 1911 and that pneumatic call system had changed little since then. You still filled out a slip, and you still turned that slip over to a clerk, who would load it into a metal cartridge. The cartridge would be driven by air pressure to a station down in the stacks, where another clerk would retrieve your book, which was then sent back up to the call desk by a dumbwaiter. In recent years, this procedure would take about 20 minutes. In decades past, I’m told, it was closer to five."


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Learning to Thrive in a Culture of Change - how to geek your library

Learning to Thrive in a Culture of Change - how to geek your library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Amanda Clay Powers 

 

"The future of libraries is caught up in our ability to change and continually respond to the rapid changes around us. But in order to have meaningful change that will make our libraries thrive, rather than continually exhausting our resources, we have to find a way to discriminate among the changes we could make, implement the ones that make sense, and then keep them going while we continually evaluate them. But how can we ever keep up? And how can we become the libraries of the future when we are relied upon to be pillars of our communities, not revolutionaries? Well, lean in. I’m going to share with you the secrets I’ve learned from five years of applying social technologies in an academic library.

First—find yourself a geek with good tech radar and listen to her. Second, bring new ideas into the library any way you can. Third, set up a system to evaluate the resulting innovations that emerge from your library staff so you can sustain them. That’s it."

 

STEP ONE: CREATE YOUR GEEK FILTER COMMITTEE

STEP 2: BUILD A BROAD CONSENSUS


 

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Palm City library branch goes high tech with Idea Lab - Palm Beach Post

Palm City library branch goes high tech with Idea Lab - Palm Beach Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Michael Readling:

" The Idea Lab at the Cummings Library offers patrons the opportunity to use new technologies such as a MacBook Air, iPad, iPod Touch and even a recording studio which comes complete with a green screen for digital productions.
The lab offers the ability to get acquainted with the new technology – much of which is being taught in grade school – as well as put together productions for school projects, or just for fun."

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JFK Library to host live chat with astronauts - Boston.com

JFK Library to host live chat with astronauts - Boston.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
JFK Library to host live chat with astronautsBoston.comLibrary officials say the event, co-sponsored by NASA, is among those being held to commemorate President John F. Kennedy's dedication to space exploration.
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8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand - Mental Floss

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jill Harness:

We've covered Europe's, Asia's, Africa's, North America's and South America's most beautiful libraries; now it's time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn't technically a part of the continent, New Zealand as well.""

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A Bold Future for Public Libraries | Public Libraries of New Zealand

A Bold Future for Public Libraries | Public Libraries of New Zealand | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @lianzaoffice: Strategic Framework for NZ Public Libraries promises a bold future.

 

"Public Libraries of New Zealand - A Strategic Framework 2012 - 2017" charts the future of public libraries in New Zealand. It is designed to help libraries, and their local councils to extend their services through new technology, and improve their efficiency through partnerships and alliances.

It addresses the challenges that public libraries face in meeting the changing needs of their communities. There has been a significant shift in how people access information and interact in a digital environment. Public Libraries are responding to these changes by using technologies to deliver their purpose in new ways. This means access anywhere, anytime, via smart phone or computer, having E-books to download for free, helping local groups to record and store local history digitally so that it can be both preserved and shared, and giving people access to unique New Zealand treasures stored in other places.

 

Framework here: http://www.publiclibrariesofnewzealand.org.nz/strategicframework

 

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ALA Releases Report on Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries

"Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the ebook market, the American Library Association (ALA) released Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries, a report that describes general features and attributes of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), suggests opportunities for publishers to showcase content through public libraries."

 

Ebook business models for public libraries: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/sites/default/files/EbookBusinessModelsPublicLibs_ALA.pdf

 

"The DCWG recommends three basic attributes that should be found in any business model for ebooks:

- Inclusion of all titles: All ebook titles available for sale to the public should also be available to libraries

- Enduring rights: Libraries should have the option to effectively own the ebooks they purchase, including the right to transfer them to another delivery platform and to continue to lend them indefinitely

- Integration: Libraries need access to metadata and management tools provided by publishers to enhance the discovery of ebooks"

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Why Libraries Are Not Creative Organizations, by Steve Matthews

Why Libraries Are Not Creative Organizations, by Steve Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dr Steve Matthews:

 

- "A belief that all that is needed is more information to solve their problems. 

- Library leaders are afraid to market test anything.

- Too much emphasis on management at the expense of creativity.

- Complacency is the enemy of creativity.

- Short-term thinking focused too much on results that will satisfy funding authorities."

 

"Until library organizations – and librarians as a profession – become more creative in finding solutions to becoming more relevant to their community, we will continue to get the “Why do we need libraries?” question. Aren’t you tired of that question? I know I am."

 

For the full argument, read here: http://21stcenturylibrary.com/2012/08/20/why-libraries-are-not-creative-organizations/

 

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Digital Strategy for Libraries: The Library Website

Digital Strategy for Libraries: The Library Website | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Cecily, on An Intermittent Record: "Where does your library website fit within your organization? Is ownership and maintenance the responsibility of one department (or one person), or are responsibilities spread throughout the organization?

 

"We’re experts at gaining awareness, but I think it’s time we shifted our thinking to “how can we build influence?” Traditionally, I think there has been a lot of tension between public libraries and business thinking, but I’m happy to see that tension eroding somewhat. Libraries and librarians captured the credibility market long ago, though some of that influence has eroded somewhat thanks to the widespread adoption of search engines and the increased availability of the Internet. It’s time we started focusing on how we can convert that trust into real influence, and how to wield these weapons of influence, persuasion, and social validation to inspire and motivate people into action.

Part of that transition means moving into the marketing department. Another part is hiring someone whose job it is to figure out how to best communicate the library’s mission, priorities, and goals, to help them develop, as Erin Kissane writes, “realistic, sustainable, and measurable publishing plans that keep their content on track in the long term.” (library) (a book apart) We should continue to focus on user experience and usability (and if you aren’t focusing on that yet,you should be), but instead of an army of one, our organizations may be better served by a team of professionals from all disciplines – marketing, user experience, content strategy, business intelligence – who act as a team of traffic controllers to make sure that all of the content on our websites is going into the right channels at the right time for the maximum effectiveness."

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