The title to this post is a quote from Corinne Hill, Director of Chattanooga Public Library that I just love. It’s the public library version of Google’s ‘fail fast, fail often’ mantra and it ironically reflects the reality of public library funding constraints, while also describing the creative, entrepreneurial energy her library embodies. Her inspirational approach to library innovation is something we can all learn from. We need to get away from fear of failure and move towards embracing new ideas, even if they don’t turn out to be quite the right ideas for us in the long run.
This is the library version of fail fast, fail cheap.
Based on the winners of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Library Interior Design Awards, the answer seems to be incredible, boundary pushing design.
“With the function of library spaces continually being reshaped and retooled to align with shifting end-user needs and advancing technologies, design in library interiors must evolve quickly and creatively,” said IIDA Executive VP and CEO Cheryl S. Durst.
Some cutting edge designs from libraries around the world.
From robot building to cooking lessons, public libraries are creatively staving off the threat of closure (Four of the UK’s most innovative libraries http://t.co/4h0lHd9m5a)…
See our top 12 (so far) list of new Australian libraries for 2014.
American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s public library legacy was built on a boyhood dream: to acquire knowledge. Carnegie believed in “the meritocratic nature of America,” that anyone “with the right inclination and desire could educate himself” and therefore succeed, and that libraries should contribute directly to that. So what are libraries doing lending out toys and holding game nights? Aren’t American…
This is an interesting article with lots of useful links.
Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.
A radical redesign has helped this Dutch library turn its declining patronage numbers around.
Shoving books aside to create community-centered coworking spaces doesnt sit well with some library loyalists.
Libraries are becoming de-facto business incubators, and a few are actively targeting that market.
Insert “library” instead of bookshop & I think there’s worthwhile things to take away from this article.
UX (or User Experience) incorporating usability studies, ethnographic research, and service design, is now being actively embraced by librarians. This presenta…
Not really a future trend, but I think it is a really good idea to understand the tribes that use your library.