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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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Exploring New Forms of Collaboration Through Do-It-Together (DIT) Architecture

Exploring New Forms of Collaboration Through Do-It-Together (DIT) Architecture | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Yet collaboration with people from different backgrounds, disciplines and social status isn’t always easy as it may seem.

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Library Kressbronn a. B. / Steimle Architekten

Library Kressbronn a. B. / Steimle Architekten | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Completed in 2018 in Kressbronn, Germany. Images by Brigida Gonzalez. Public reuse of the former barn at Hemigkofener Straße 11. The guiding ideas for this design were to treat the architectural heritag
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Retrofit barn becomes community's library. and community centre.

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The Hope for Lasting Change from a South Dallas Mobile Food Park

The Hope for Lasting Change from a South Dallas Mobile Food Park | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The city doesn't make it easy to start a food truck business, especially if you live in South Dallas. The organizers of the MLK Food Park are hoping to change that.
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One of my favourite sentences: "There is potential in a vacant lot."

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Seen on Twitter: "Is there a better way to reach the end of this half term than sticking 160 bags to your school fence, each containing a new book, a hot chocolate and a bookmark..." https://twitte...

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Great share from @CaraMarvelley about a school placing giveaway bags for students and their families to come and pickup. Easy way to make a very high impact. #IdeasWorthStealing 

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5 Things I Miss About the Library | Learning Innovation

5 Things I Miss About the Library | Learning Innovation | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Looking forward to a post-pandemic return to campus.
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The Five Things I Miss About the Library which the author Joshua Kim says (and I heartly agree with -- along with a few minor corrections), are,

1) Student Energy (I would include client energy -- even when we were open for quick browsing and computer use, was missing the buzz since people were very quick in-and-out)

2) Random conversations (This would have to be my number one thing that I miss).

3) Librarians (and other colleagues -- closer than two metres and able to see their enitre faces)

4) Books (and not just objects of possible dread or carriers of some virus)

5) Magical spaces

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Books Fill the Aisles at this Supermarket-Turned-Library

Books Fill the Aisles at this Supermarket-Turned-Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
A grocery store temporarily houses this Indiana library during a building renovation.
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Best quote from the article: "This project shows how resourceful libraries can be.”

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BIG Selected to Design a Socially Engaging Hub for the Johns Hopkins University

BIG Selected to Design a Socially Engaging Hub for the Johns Hopkins University | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Johns Hopkins University has selected BIG to design its new Student Center, regenerating the heart of its campus and reviving the social experience.
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Nice to see an optimistic future is planned for the campus of Johns Hopkins University with "The Village." And why they want to continue on such a path is explained by Leon Rost of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group:

"Often the greatest ideas and breakthroughs occur away from the desk, when minds have a chance to wander, to play, to riff with others. The new Hopkins Student Center is designed to provoke the sometimes-necessary distractions that complement rigorous academic life - a place for a future generation of Salks, Curies, and Cricks to unlock their next great discovery."

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Trees planted for edible orchard in Stratford PEI 

Trees planted for edible orchard in Stratford PEI  | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

The Town of Stratford (PEI) has planted the seeds of a project that it hopes in the future will bear plenty of fruit for the community.With the help of Tree Canada and the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group, the town recently planted 20 fruit...

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Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement Now Online

Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement Now Online | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
From the JLOE (via Illinois Open Publishing Network) Web Site: The Journal of Library Outreach & Engagement (JLOE) is the premier peer-reviewed, open access interdisciplinary journal to advance library outreach and engagement. JLOE provides a platform to disseminate original research that examines public and community engagement initiatives and stimulates a forum to discuss the methodological […]
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Though mostly aimed at the academic library, there are some good content for public libraries here also, such as:

* Highlighting Heritage: Promoting Collections through Pop-Up Libraries at the Multicultural Center (Kara Flynn and Marianne R. Williams)

Con-vergence: Bringing Libraries and Popular Culture Conventions Togethere (Sierra Laddusaw, Jeremy Brett)

Supporting Student Wellness and Success Through the LSU Libraries Relaxation Room
(Randa Morgan) -- something I have shared,

Idea Lab: Outreach in the Time of a Pandemic
(Dianne Connery, Elizabeth Pierre-Louis, Jason Kuscma, and Claudia Serbanatu) about examples for continuing outreach in this unsettling times.

Good Read!

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Tweet of the Day: Celebrate Science Literacy Week with Ottawa Public Library

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Science Literacy Week event from Ottawa Public Library @opl_bpo supporting our need to maintain habitats for pollinators. #LibraryIdeasWorthStealing

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Let's Move in Libraries: "In cooperation with @SpfldCollege, @PlymouthLibrary offering a free workbook to anyone who registeres for the program. Participants will receive free coaching with a physi...

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Libraries: The New Engine of Community Engagement and Walkable Neighborhood Advocacy | AmericaWalks

Libraries: The New Engine of Community Engagement and Walkable Neighborhood Advocacy | AmericaWalks | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Tweet of the Day: When COVID closed the library: staff call every member of Victorian library to say hello

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What a powerful and loving thing to do #LibraryIdeasWorthStealing

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Missoula Library "planting" trees and good feelings for spring

Missoula Library "planting" trees and good feelings for spring | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
It's a sure sign of Earth Day this week, and the imminent re-opening of the Missoula Public Library, as the library passed out hundreds of trees and science kits.

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Some libraries give out seeds, Missoula MT gives out trees! Definitely a #LibraryIdeaWorthStealing. 

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Outdoor Reading Rooms Delight at Brooklyn Public Library

Outdoor Reading Rooms Delight at Brooklyn Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Brooklyn Public Library is welcoming visitors to enjoy the bliss and safety of reading outside by installing outdoor reading rooms.
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Some great stuff is coming out of Brooklyn Public Library lately. First, Whispering Libraries bringing audio readings and podcasts into their communites. Now, a comfortable and physically distance way to enjoy reading outdoors. Thank you Jane Cowell @janecowell8 for spotting this article.

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Make the world a kinder place, starting at the library

Make the world a kinder place, starting at the library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Abilene Public Library is teaming up with Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for a series of kindness-focused events.
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#LibraryIdeasWorthStealing

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Seen on Instagram: @bplboston Roxbury Branch introduces new "Nutrition Lab"

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Online Learning Opportunities for Babies » Public Libraries Online

Online Learning Opportunities for Babies » Public Libraries Online | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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The current pandemic has forced all libraries to go online. As we rushed to reconnect with our clients some very good advice about what we need to keep forefront in our minds. 

I was especially struck by their second guideline of Make sure library collections, rooms, and areas become familiar, 

      "If possible record and run virtual library programs in rooms that the program would normally be held in or near a collection babies would normally look through such as board books. Take a moment in the video chat to give a little tour and description of where you are."

 

The need for comfort and the familiar has often been put aside in the technology. 

 

And the issue of fatigue in their last guideline "If you notice library usage slipping in this demographic, it is time to do more outreach". Outreach and promotion is always necessary. The "Field of Dreams" ("If you build it they will come") is best left to movies not libraries.

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'Take us into account when designing public space': young Londoners launch new campaign

'Take us into account when designing public space': young Londoners launch new campaign | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Young people in the north London borough of Brent have launched the first phase of a public campaign calling for major changes in the way that public spaces are planned and designed – in order to be more inclusive of their needs. It follows a research and engagement project titled ‘Seen and Heard’, which was commissioned by Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, and focused on the rapidly transforming neighbourhood of Wembley Park.

With the pressures of private development and disappearing space in London, creating and maintaining public space that is safe, creative, programmable and welcoming to young people is a growing challenge. The Blueprint Collective – a part-pressure group, part think-tank that comprises over 100 people aged between 15 and 24– says that it’s critical to take young people’s particular needs into account.

Through workshops and activities in collaboration with Brent Youth Parliament and urban design researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE), the Blueprint Collective developed the ‘Blueprint Charter’ – a manifesto calling for the needs of young people to be at the heart of the design of public spaces in Wembley Park, Brent and beyond.


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Designing Libraries - Winning proposal for Ibsen Library

Designing Libraries - Winning proposal for Ibsen Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Kengo Kuma & Associates' design proposal has been selected for the new Ibsen Library in Skien, Norway, Henrik Ibsen's birthplace.
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A beautiful library in an idyllic setting (like most architectural renderings), this library is also beautiful on the inside. From the post:

"The ambition is for several services and functions to be co-located and integrated:

  • Library
  • Henrik Ibsen dissemination centre
  • Local residents’ services (expanded service centre), and individual advisory services provided by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration
  • Tourist information and visitor centre
  • Facilities for voluntary groups and associations"

 

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Community feedback strengthens Takapuna town square design

Community feedback strengthens Takapuna town square design | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

More planting, seating and the addition of bike and scooter parking are some of the changes that will be implemented in Takapuna’s town square design, following public consultation.

Over 100 submissions were received in the public consultation from 20 July to 14 August 2020, along with feedback from organisations and groups who will use and operate in the future space.

Feedback was received on various aspects of the design, including its capacity to hold events, suitability for the Takapuna Sunday Market, safety, greenery, seating, wind and shade.


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Tweet of the Day: Concord Free Library MS uses sidewalk messages for placemaking

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Fishing Library: Outdoor-oriented, covid-friendly innovation for kids

Fishing Library: Outdoor-oriented, covid-friendly innovation for kids | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Oregon state/coastal county partnership provides unique lending library and learning opportunity for tomorrow’s anglers...
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Partnership between Oregon State and local libraries extend fishing lending library.

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Tweet of the Day: "My library is in a food desert, so I pitched the idea fro some small local food trucks to set up at the branch."

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Check Out Telemedicine’s Next Frontier: Local Libraries

Check Out Telemedicine’s Next Frontier: Local Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
During the coronavirus pandemic, the popularity of telehealth has skyrocketed. But many lack what’s required to access it. A UVA nursing professor has a solution.
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This research project from the University of Virginia looks at the issue of reliable access to medicine for rural patients and finds local libraries. 

 

"University of Virginia associate professor of nursing Pamela DeGuzman says that libraries may provide the key for rural patients’ ability to access to telehealth. According to an analysis just published in the Public Health Nursing, DeGuzman found that the vast majority of Virginia libraries had the four components necessary for telemedicine to work well: fixed broadband, computers, technologically savvy staff and private spaces where telehealth visits could take place."

 

While the study did report that libraries closed during the pandemic, and were not available for any use, it does hint at libraries remaining open at a future time.

 

"“Pam’s research is a great starting point,” [...] “and while libraries do a lot of things, this definitely fits into our mission. We’re at a baseline, at a beginning point of saying, ‘Hey, we have this crisis; how can we help people get through it?’ This research is really innovative, and I’d like to see it explored more.”

 

It will be interesting to see how municipalities, state/provincial governments interpret this research to allow libraries and staff to be available during crises like COVID-19.

 

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