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U.S. Public Libraries Saw 1.39 Billion Visits In 2015, A New Report Finds

U.S. Public Libraries Saw 1.39 Billion Visits In 2015, A New Report Finds | Library Futures | Scoop.it
Public libraries in the United States were visited a total of 1.39 billion times during FY 2015, according to the Public Libraries Survey, out this week. Almost 311 million Americans lived inside a public library service area during 2015, up from around 306 million the year before.
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Artificial Intelligence | McKinsey & Company

Artificial Intelligence | McKinsey & Company | Library Futures | Scoop.it
AI is moving from the lab to the workplace, with profound implications for business and society.
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Libraries as innovation incubators

Libraries as innovation incubators | Library Futures | Scoop.it
entrepreneurship are natural results. One such example is the hummingdoc, a stethoscope adapter for earpods
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American Futures

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Dispatches from around the U.S., with stories about resilient people, successfully reinventing themselves and their towns.
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Four of the UK's most innovative libraries

Four of the UK's most innovative libraries | Library Futures | Scoop.it
From robot building to cooking lessons, public libraries are creatively staving off the threat of closure
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A new role for local libraries and museums

A new role for local libraries and museums | Library Futures | Scoop.it
A new program is promoting how these neighborhood institutions can join—and even lead—comprehensive community development initiatives.
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Libraries as Community

Libraries as Community | Library Futures | Scoop.it
"Libraries as Community" Information Resource Center Directors (branch libraries in US Embassies) from East and Central Africa, U.S. Embassy, Kigali (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: As professio...
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Another fantastic video from Dave Lankes on the role of library in building communities

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The Future of Libraries as Discussed in Webcast by American Libraries #ALLive

The Future of Libraries as Discussed in Webcast by American Libraries #ALLive | Library Futures | Scoop.it
"The Future of Libraries" was the topic in yesterday’s free webcast by American Libraries Live on which I had the honor of speaking. Other panelists included Marshall Breeding and BohYun Kim (Flori...

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nickcarman's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:03 PM

Thanks to @silviakspiva for this link.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Librarians Take On New Roles In Digital Age

INFOGRAPHIC: Librarians Take On New Roles In Digital Age | Library Futures | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that technology has had a lasting impact on libraries. Once thought to be going the way of traditional bookstores, libraries have rebounded and are thriving in a technology fueled world.
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How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities | Library Futures | Scoop.it
54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.” Most say libraries are very important to their communities.

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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Library Futures | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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America’s Star Libraries, 2013: Top-Rated Libraries

America’s Star Libraries, 2013: Top-Rated Libraries | Library Futures | Scoop.it
The constellation of Star Libraries changes dramatically from year to year.
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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Library Futures | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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The Internet of Things: Five critical questions | McKinsey & Company

The Internet of Things: Five critical questions | McKinsey & Company | Library Futures | Scoop.it
How do industry experts view the development of the Internet of Things, and what would they change?
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Artificial Intelligence | McKinsey & Company

Artificial Intelligence | McKinsey & Company | Library Futures | Scoop.it
AI is moving from the lab to the workplace, with profound implications for business and society.
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California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities

California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities | Library Futures | Scoop.it
In Winters, California, a library, a swimming pool, and a school make a big difference in the quality of life.
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Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries

Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries | Library Futures | Scoop.it
I don’t normally talk about library types. For me all libraries (really librarians in all contexts) serve a community, be that a community of citizens, students, faculty, lawyers or what have you. ...
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A new role for local libraries and museums

A new role for local libraries and museums | Library Futures | Scoop.it
A new program is promoting how these neighborhood institutions can join—and even lead—comprehensive community development initiatives.
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Are tiny neighborhood book boxes changing the library ecosystem?

Are tiny neighborhood book boxes changing the library ecosystem? | Library Futures | Scoop.it
Two poets will travel on a tandem bike from Boulder to Beloit, Wisconsin, building miniature libraries in small towns along the way.
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Business Hub @ Dunedin Libraries - Dunedin Public Libraries

Business Hub @ Dunedin Libraries - Dunedin Public Libraries | Library Futures | Scoop.it

Looking to expand your business and need competitor, company, industry or product information? Thinking about a career change? We can help you with a range of different resources. Book a librarian, business booklist, magazines/newspapers, directories, digital resources.

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Great service from the always innovative Dunedin Public

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The Top 10 Library Stories of 2013

The Top 10 Library Stories of 2013 | Library Futures | Scoop.it
PW takes a look back at 10 big library stories of 2013, and a look ahead to what might be on the horizon in 2014.
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Libraries and librarians are more relevant than ever in the digital age | Impact Lab

Libraries and librarians are more relevant than ever in the digital age | Impact Lab | Library Futures | Scoop.it
Harold Washington library in Chicago. The need for libraries, and librarians has been placed under scrutiny due to the advent of the internet. Everything in
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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | Library Futures | Scoop.it
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.

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What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

"Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the library as a hub for community-based knowledge creation and discourse."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:12 AM

Great talk about the relevance of libraries!

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Community is Key to Successful Library Maker Spaces | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift

Community is Key to Successful Library Maker Spaces | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift | Library Futures | Scoop.it
The most important resource for creating a successful library maker space—whether in a school or public library—is one’s own community, according to librarians Justin Hoenke, Amy Koester, and Michelle Cooper.
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