At a tween-only library in Stockholm, the only patrons allowed are children between 10 and 13—a group that often feels too old for children’s sections but not yet ready for full-on YA experiences.
Skillful service design comes to life in Finnish libraries.
It’s got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named “shush.”
Out with the tomes, and in with the 3d printers and sewing machines..
rarWith nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.
Coverage of libraries in the press seems to have turned a corner in the last year or so. Instead of being irrelevant and being in danger of going extinct we are back in vogue.
I think this is partly because the public library’s core mission has always been relevant, but also because we have been anxious to adapt to our customer’s changing needs. Finding new customers and new ways of adding value seemed like a good way to retain funding, and this has not gone unnoticed. Good news!
Euro pallets packed to the rim with used go-cart tires, defunct computer components, washing machine drums and ancient electric domestic …
This is a makerspace which is not so much about 3D printers, but re-use of materials which would otherwise be thrown away.
“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…
Thanks to @silviakspiva for this link.
Timely advice on whether or not librarians ought to learn how to code. It includes suggestions about which languages you should learn too.
As librarians, we’ve long championed fair-use causes, and last week’s US District Court ruling in favor of Google’s book scanning project drew great interest from librarians. I think it’s exciting,…
Ryan Hess suggests libraries need to update their cataloguing habits to better meet customer needs.
The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age.
Physical To Virtual Libraries – Creating a balance between physical facilities with the increasing demand for digital materials
Individual To Community Libraries – Accommodating the needs of individuals in concert with community engagement
Collection To Creation Libraries – Transforming libraries into facilities for media creation, not just consumption
Portal To Archive Libraries – Balancing the needs for physical and digital archives
Professional librarians need to be prepared for continuing change in their work environment.
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
Wikipedia is trying to face up to its internal challenges.