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@BudgITng launches @CivicHive, a civic-tech accelerator and innovation space

@BudgITng launches @CivicHive, a civic-tech accelerator and innovation space | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
BudgIT announces launch of Civic Hive - a platform to create an intersection between citizens and the government... Civic-tech organization, BudgIT, announ

Via EngagingCities Staff
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Civic Hive is a social justice accelerator in Nigeria. Their current four fellows are: 
*Amplify, by Dotun Olatoke, is a civic tech initiative that seeks to amplify the voices of the forgotten people of Nigeria and generate support for underserved communities.
* Locate by Robert Ogbogu, a platform that helps to track missing persons easily in Nigeria
* Gavel by Nelson Olanipekun,  a platform that seeks to bring transparency to the justice sector in Nigeria
* and, Open Medic by Dennis Akagha is a civic engagement platform that seeks to have an Open Inventory platform that will enhance the accessibility of essential medical consumables in health facilities and other medical outlets in Nigeria at any given time.
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Designing Libraries - Sustainable furnishings in Stockholm's Old Library

Designing Libraries - Sustainable furnishings in Stockholm's Old Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Stockholm's National Museum reopened its doors in November 2018 following a five-year restoration by architecture firm Wingårdhs.
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Just as libraries should collect and distribute local authors back into their communities, they should also support local industries and crafts. And it should be especially true to demonstrate new and innovative ways to furnish it's spaces. Stockholm's National Museum has done just that: "To mark the occasion, the institution asked five Swedish designers to work alongside 21 local manufacturers to produce furnishings that could decorate the museum's new rooms." 

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Noah Lenstra on Twitter: "Everything you need to know about why I love libraries is in this quote: Last Saturday someone "wandered in to use the wireless internet and stayed to play mini golf." htt...

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Tweet of the Day: I second in agreement with Noah!

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Aly Velji on Twitter: "Our @torontolibrary social worker Rahma recently spoke at the @OCSWSSW Annual Meeting and Education Day on the connection between social work and libraries, and the important...

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Tweet of the Day: "connection between social work and libraries, and the important role of libraries as social and community spaces". You can read the presentation here https://www.ocswssw.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Public_Library.pdf

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Social Capital for Libraries | Princh Library Blog

Social Capital for Libraries | Princh Library Blog | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In this post, it is discussed how libraries can gain an advantage by growing and leveraging their network by improving their social capital.
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"“Unlike financial capital that depreciates with use, social capital actually grows the more it is used. Reach out with information about what libraries are doing and how they can be supported to do more. Reciprocity happens! No, it’s not simplistic thinking. What librarians make happen to others, they will help to make happen to libraries. However, when our intentions are solely to ‘use’ people to achieve what we want, it can backfire badly.”

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#1,530 – The Sketchbook Project | Greatest. Idea. Ever.

#1,530 – The Sketchbook Project | Greatest. Idea. Ever. | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Not all libraries contain literary works.  Some contain works of art.  Or at least the Brooklyn Art Library does.  For here resides a place where artists’ sketchbooks gather from all over the world as a means of documenting the human experience and providing inspiration to all who are lucky enough to gaze upon its collection. According to Atlas Obscura: “The Brooklyn…
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Libraries After Dark: a public health pilot - Jane Cowell

Libraries After Dark: a public health pilot - Jane Cowell | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Libraries After Dark is the brain child of Darebin Council Councillor Susan Rennie and Moreland Council Social Policy Officer Judy Spokes. Funded by the State Government’s Victorian Responsible…
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Do not want to start up the whole "Night Library" debate again. I will leave that to other commentators. What I will recommend Jane Cowell's study of four libraries  City of Darabin (Preston Library)City of Hume (Broadmeadows Library)Moreland City Council (Glenroy Library) and the City of Whittlesea, Mill Park Library.) and their Libraries After Dark project to offer late night programming. 

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Living Labs as instruments for open innovation and application of RRI policies: The case of the Library Living Lab

Living Labs as instruments for open innovation and application of RRI policies: The case of the Library Living Lab | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The potential of Living Labs as research tools have been of interest for the UAB since 2014 when the university...
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"In trying to describe what the Library Living Lab really is, it can be described essentially as a space of experiences. It is a place where one can explore how technology transforms the way we enjoy and experience culture and cultural content in general. This question is addressed within the frame of open social innovation, where the Public Library provides the context of a meeting point for diverse users with different perspectives. In this sense, the Library Living Lab sought to transform a library space into a place in which all the stakeholders, and most-importantly the end-users, the Library users, are invited and encouraged to participate in the definition and design cycle of new services and of an innovative experience."

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Reindahl Imagination Center would be more than 'a library in a park'

Reindahl Imagination Center would be more than 'a library in a park' | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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"When Madison Public Library staff met with neighborhood groups about siting a library at Reindahl Park on the city’s far east side, they convened in hotels, a grocery store and the park itself due to the lack of civic gathering space in the area.  

Library planner Kevin Englebert pointed out the irony.

“We offer community rooms as part of our service, and the fact that we need to meet at private establishments for that is indicative of the need for it,” Englebert said."

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Parks & Recreation Agencies and Libraries: A Perfect Match

Parks & Recreation Agencies and Libraries: A Perfect Match | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

More and more local libraries are working
with their Parks & Recreation departments to support healthy play, fitness, and access to nature.

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Was made aware of this excellent report from a tweet from Noah Lenstra (@NoahLenstra) who manages @LetsMoveLibrary, both accounts which I would highly recommend you follow, especially for health literacy in public libraries.

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Citizen Science and Public Libraries

Citizen Science and Public Libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Public libraries may find synergies with citizen science for the purpose of sowing participative scientific knowledge.
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I discovered this article from a wonderful tweet from 

Ecologia Digital @josemurilo  (June 1st): #CitizenScience and #PublicLibraries | "This article proposes defining public libraries as spaces where people, groups and communities can practise citizen science of value at the individual, community and local level."  https://twitter.com/josemurilo/status/1134778052687421440 
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How librarians can engage citizens to use open access contents and op…

Conference on Learning Information Literacy across the Globe
https://informationliteracy.eu/conference/
10.5.2019 Frankfurt am Main
#LILG_2019 #biblioVerifica #crowdSearcher #iloOER

The slides describes the BiblioVerifica blog, which is an attempt by librarians to fight misinformation by using media and data literacy, engaging citizens as awareness users of the social networks, chats and blogs.
Biblioverifica aims to be a public engagement project based on information literacy practices, implementing tips and tricks about search tools, reliable sources, verification strategies. This non-profit initiative promotes fact-checking based on open resources as data, journals, tools, etc.
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https://economia.uniroma2.it/biblioteca/lilg_2019/

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Una misión que comparten bibliotecarios e investigadores es contribuir a mejorar la sociedad. El acceso abierto es una herramienta que puede ser muy útil, pero como todas las herramientas necesita ser conocida y utilizada para desarrollar su potencial. 

Hemos de trabajar para que el contenido en abierto ayude a formar ciudadanos más informados y capaces de tomar decisiones con la mejor base posible.
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LA Plays! | Los Angeles Public Library

LA Plays! | Los Angeles Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Borrow a play kit and take it home for a week! Each play kit contains a toy, a book, and a list of suggested activities for you and your child to do at home. There are lots of toys to choose from! Now available at these locations:
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Play is vitally important in the children's development and for adults to maintain good mental health. We introduced similar kits years ago at the library system I worked at. 

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Sudan: the symbolic significance of the space protesters made their own

Sudan: the symbolic significance of the space protesters made their own | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Amira Osman takes a look at how Khartoum's military complex became a public space for protest that toppled the Sudanese government.
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"Urban public spaces may be built to represent governments, but they are often appropriated by citizens and become sites of protest. The space in Sudan has not been a gathering place before, and the roads that surround the complex actually hold no special characteristics spatially or architecturally. Yet they have been appropriated – and they have come to serve the protesters’ purpose well."

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Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life That Could Be Part of Every Learning Community | MindShift | KQED News

Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life That Could Be Part of Every Learning Community | MindShift | KQED News | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
When Emily Esfahani Smith went to college and embarked on her adult life she thought the key to a happy life was success. She was looking for the perfect job, boyfriend and apartment. But the longer she chased the things she thought would make her happy, the more anxious and adrift she felt. So she decided to go to graduate school to study positive psychology and figure out once and for all what makes people happy. But what she learned was that many people feel hopeless, depressed and alone.

"There's an emptiness gnawing away at people and you don't have to be clinically depressed to feel it," Esfahani Smith said in a TED talk.


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Libraries Without Borders on Twitter: "Welcome to Park Plaza Cooperative, where tonight we’ll be hosting a town hall to bring the local residents and the @AnokaCoLibrary to listen & learn together…...

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Twitter Thread of the Day: Wonderful to see this partnership between people (Park Plaza Cooperative), a public library (Anoka County Library MN) being facilitated/hosted by librarians (Libraries Without Borders) to build a better community. Would love to have the opportunity to participated. Great news! 

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‘A network of infrastructures’: Exploring Public Libraries as Infrastructure By Louise Rondel, Laura Henneke and Dr Alice Corble –

‘A network of infrastructures’: Exploring Public Libraries as Infrastructure By Louise Rondel, Laura Henneke and Dr Alice Corble – | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
To mark one year of Infrastructural Explorations, this CUCR blog entry reflects on our latest Exploration, curated by Dr Alice Corble. Join us for the next Infrastructural Exploration on July 26th in Beckton, East London. To sign up and for more info click here. Since June 2018, Louise and Laura have been co-curating a series…
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"Library as Infrastructure". Great further discussion which builds upon the library as platform conversation noted previously but now from sociologists rather than librarians. 

"..the library as a network of integrated, mutually reinforcing, evolving infrastructures — in particular, architectural, technological, social, epistemological and ethical infrastructures — can help us better identify what roles we want our libraries to serve, and what we can reasonably expect of them. What ideas, values and social responsibilities can we scaffold within the library’s material systems — its walls and wires, shelves and servers?"

Attend their July 25 meeting, if you can -- I will have to keep my FOMO in check and follow along from Canada.

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Simone Cicero on Twitter: "Can public institutions be platforms? https://t.co/sOQg5xdiYa In case you didn't read this awesome post by @heikkilastina take a moment to do it."

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Twitter thread: "Can public institutions [eg public libraries] be platforms?" is the essence of the ideas I am pursuing. Some great quotes here from @rdlankes ("library as platform") who participated,

"Also, recently I’ve been thinking along the lines of the library a a movement - not something librarians build for a community, but the joint action (and advocacy) of the community around learning"

"That is a tension I wrestle with a lot. What unique value do librarians bring to the participatory culture. That’s where I come back to facilitation as a skill guided by values (we have a point of view) and grounded in learning/knowledge."

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QC Makerspace on Instagram: “"Expanded Makerspace" - we like the sound of that! � #makerspace #librarylife #library #librarymakerspace #renovation #innovation #commons…”

QC Makerspace on Instagram: “"Expanded Makerspace" - we like the sound of that! � #makerspace #librarylife #library #librarymakerspace #renovation #innovation #commons…” | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
14 Likes, 0 Comments - QC Makerspace (@qcmakerspace) on Instagram: “"Expanded Makerspace" - we like the sound of that!� #makerspace #librarylife #library…”�...
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The makerspace at the Queen's College, CUNY is growing

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Journalism and Libraries: “Both Exist to Support Strong, Well-informed Communities”

Journalism and Libraries: “Both Exist to Support Strong, Well-informed Communities” | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
n Weare, New Hampshire, a small town about 45 minutes from the state’s southern border with Massachusetts, the local newspaper is largely a one-man show. Michael Sullivan is de facto publisher and editor in chief as well as reporter, layout designer, crosswords creator, printer, and deliveryman. (The one thing he doesn’t do is photography.) But …
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Alison Cook on Twitter: "The library is not just a room. https://t.co/6avFwduVTL… "

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Christian Lauersen on Twitter: "True but Library Planet is not about featuring beautiful libraries - Library Planet is about showing the diversity of #libraries and spotlighting how a tiny library ...

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Tweet of the Week goes to Christian Lauersen and Library Planet (www.libraryplanet.net).. If you haven't visited Library Planet, you are denying yourself; if you haven't contributed a wonderful library to Library Planet, you are denying the world. 

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Library "supply kits" from Ames IA Public Library

Library "supply kits" from Ames IA Public Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

I'm super excited about these supply kits we've put together. Now, everyone can access items like tampons or diapers from any of our four service desks instead of having to ask me in the teen...."

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Under Library Ideas Worth Stealing/Duplicating come this great community support and outreach. The items in these kits include toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, tampons, menstrual pads, incontinence pads in two sizes, diapers in three sizes, flip flops in four sizes, sunscreen/lotion, and wipes. Congratulations Ames IA Public Library. Discovered this through the fantastic newsletter TILT by Jessamyn West @jessamyn; if you are not already a subscriber, why not? Subscribe here https://tinyletter.com/jessamyn

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Public Libraries and Walkable Neighborhoods 

Public Libraries and Walkable Neighborhoods  | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Public libraries constitute a ubiquitous social infrastructure found in nearly every community in the United States and Canada. The hypothesis of this study is that public libraries can be understood as important supports of walking in neighborhoods, not only as walkable destinations, but also as providers of programs that increase walking in communities. Recent work by public health scholars has analyzed how libraries contribute to community health.[...] The principal conclusion of this study is that additional research is needed to comprehensively understand the intersection between public librarianship and public health.

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This journal article speaks to me on so many levels: public librarianship; community engagement; library as a destination; placemaking; and walkable cities. The authors are expanding the conversation about the health benefits of public libraries, beyond the work already done on social isolation and health literacy, towards libraries encouragement of healthy lifestyles with Storywalks, Walking Clubs centred around libraries and as walkable desitnations  in their neighbourhood. 

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PUBLIC LIBRARIES SUPPORTING FARMERS | EIFL

PUBLIC LIBRARIES SUPPORTING FARMERS | EIFL | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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"For example, in Chile, a public library agricultural information service is helping farmers in the Andes mountains keep up to date with advances in farming methods. In Uganda, a public library is helping farmers to combat plant pests and diseases by using mobile phones to connect them to city-based scientists. In central Serbia, a public library has helped revitalize a declining rural economy by teaching farmers ICT skills, demonstrating to farmers the value of online information and creating an online agricultural produce market. In Latvia, farmers now have access to regular webinars about government support and subsidies in their local libraries."

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Circus Moves on Instagram: “A fun way to #explore #physics at the Danbury STEAM Fair. #innovation #spinningplates #gyroscopicbalance #circus #catchyourbreath #adulting”

Circus Moves on Instagram: “A fun way to #explore #physics at the Danbury STEAM Fair. #innovation #spinningplates #gyroscopicbalance #circus #catchyourbreath #adulting” | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
19 Likes, 2 Comments - Circus Moves (@circusmoves) on Instagram: “A fun way to #explore #physics at the Danbury STEAM Fair.#innovation #spinningplates…”...
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Great way to introduce STEAM to students with juggling and other circus arts! Congratulations @CircusMoves and @danburylibrary at last weekend's (May 11) @DanburySTEAM Fair

 
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