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Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore — The Digital Shift

Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Pat Losinski

 

 

"OK, it’s time for a little tough love for public library leaders. We haven’t been as visionary, vigilant and assertive as we need to be when it comes to mapping our future in the ebook world. And unfortunately, too much of our time has been spent reacting to business models that seemingly reflect only commercial interests, rather than boldly advocating for business models that also serve the public’s interests.

Our primary role is to champion the rights of access for our users. Our ebook strategy needs a serious overhaul, and it needs to happen right now. Unless we move quickly, the technology divide that we’ve all been battling the last 20 years will look like a minor skirmish compared to the content divide that is mounting."

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7 Things Library Customers Want NOW | Customer Service and Library Patrons | Text a Librarian - Text Messaging for Libraries

7 Things Library Customers Want NOW | Customer Service and Library Patrons | Text a Librarian - Text Messaging for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lisa Carlucci Thomas:

"What attracts library customers to today’s libraries? The rise of mobile culture and the smart phone society brings a dynamic shift in expectations about how, when, and where to access information. Endless media streams, interactive news feeds, and autonomous research options provide numerous avenues for information-seeking customers. What factors draw their attention to the library, rather than a crowdsourced data channel, commercial service, or search engine?

1. Convenience.

2. Community

3. Immediacy

4. Accuracy

5. Customization

6. Privacy

7. Service"

 

Read more: http://www.textalibrarian.com/mobileref/7-things-library-customers-want-now-customer-service-and-library-patrons/

 

 

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The Town that Turned Its Walmart into a Library - TIME

The Town that Turned Its Walmart into a Library - TIME | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

After the superstore changed locations, this Texas town turned the space into a 124,500 square foot library.
By AMY FRIEDMAN

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/09/the-town-that-turned-its-walmart-into-a-library/#ixzz206sRb0dO

 

"Have you ever walked into a Super Wal-Mart, looked around at the warehouse full of everything you could ever need and thought, “Wow, I'd really love to plop down here and study for a few hours”?

 

Check out the new library designed space: http://www.psfk.com/2012/06/abandoned-wal-mart-transformend-into-a-beautifully-designed-library.html#ixzz1zZavQETZ

 

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San Antonio Public Library Wins Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council

"The San Antonio Public Library has been named a 2012 Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for its health and wellness partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. The awards were announced on June 22 at the ULC Annual Forum in Newport Beach, California. Library Director, Ramiro S. Salazar attended the conference and accepted the award in person on behalf of the Library and the Food Bank.

The award recognizes the San Antonio Public Library’s program to provide area teens with nutrition education, better food choices, cooking classes, and summertime meals and snacks – information that could be crucial to residents of a city facing all the issues arising from a growing obesity problem. The healthy eating program content was based on the ideas and recommendations that came out of regular discussions with teens. As a result of those discussions, the Library’s Teen Services department enlisted the skills and expertise of staff at the San Antonio Food Bank, which provided a licensed nutritionist who supplied guidance to teens and librarians and taught them about making healthy meal choices that would appeal to a teen’s palate."

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Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space" - The Hour

Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space"- The Hour

 

"The "Maker Space," located in the Great Hall of the Westport Public Library, provides a place for people to tinker with their ideas by taking them on a journey from imagination to actual production. Unveiled on July 2, the space is the first of its kind to be opened inside a library in Connecticut under the notion that libraries should adapt to meet the modern needs of the people they serve."

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"Equipped with a 3D printer, which creates three-dimensional objects from digital files, the interactive workspace crafted to resemble a house, is chock full of technology to help bring your invention to life. In essence, the Maker Space acts as a home for the "garage inventor" and tinkerer who uses technology to create something new."

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Technology Game Changers for Libraries

Technology Game Changers for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dr Steve Matthews:

"A recent article by Technology writer Christina Farr for GOOD Technology titled The Top 10 Technology Game Changers for the Next Decade sparked my interest, since technology is changing the game in libraries.

 

"There were at least three of her 10 that I felt directly impacted libraries and the way we will have to do business. They are:

1. Visual Learning Robotics

2. Internet Data Expansion

3. Voice Recognition"


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Privatization of Public Libraries: How It Works and What You Can Do, by Nancy Bolt

"CLA Conference 2012 Privatization of Public Libraries: How It Works and What You Can Do Presented by: Nancy Bolt (Nancy Bolt & Associates)"

 

"To avoid privatization, Bolt recommends:

- Shape up problem staff or ship them out.
- Get the board, staff and support groups to advocate for the library in the community.
- Build business partnerships.
- Have library plans (collection development, marketing, strategic, etc.) in place.
- Tout your successes.

 

Despite your best efforts, if local government still decides to proceed with a privatization RFP:

- Library director and board members should ask to review the RFP and make suggestions for inclusions.
- Criteria should be specific and measurable (number of hours library will be open each week, number of staff to be rehired, number of programs to be given each year.)
- With the help of the board and friends group, submit a proposal, addressing each component of the proposal."

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Harford libraries to serve as cooling stations Friday and Saturday

Harford libraries to serve as cooling stations Friday and Saturday | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"With heat index values expected to reach nearly 105 degrees on Friday, June 29 and Saturday June 30, Harford County Public Library's 11 branches will serve as cooling stations for Harford County residents in need of relief from the heat.

Each Harford County Public Library will be open to the public during normal hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The one exception is the Darlington Library which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Branch location information can be found at http://hcplonline.org/locations/branches/

 


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