8:21 pm - Sat, Jul 26, 2014

Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk - Library Journal

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Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk Library Journal From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning,…

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Auckland City Library “showed a little leg” when it ran it’s Dark Night series, self-described as ““a guerrilla festival of burlesque, literary, and cinematic events that question, celebrate, and challenge sex and sexuality on page, stage, and screen.”  This may not be what librarians think is a community service but as author Matt Finch put it, “ If we’re willing to stock erotica on our shelves, why aren’t we also reaching out to that audience in our programming and events? It’s about respecting all patrons’ tastes and at the same time—given that we are publicly funded cultural organizations—providing a space to challenge those who use sex and sexuality in the media for mere profit.”

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11:31 am
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Cicero “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” — Philosophical Quotes

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RT @philo_quotes: « If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. » Cicero http://t.co/SM7142UABd
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7:14 pm - Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Library launches alternate reality game ahead of Comic-Con

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SAN DIEGO — The Downtown Central Library is getting gamers geared up for Comic-Con in a unique way. The public library has launched an alternate reality game that participants say is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming four-day

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Great Library Tie-in with a major cultural event in their city, but beyond just representing themselves at their local Comic-Con, San Diego Public Library has developed an entirely new experience with their game.

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8:29 am - Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Tweet from @late2game

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From parking space & shipping container to public place! #Montreal-ers enjoying a new #parklet, via @late2game: http://t.co/Z6fNMT5Q13

Doug Mirams's insight:

This idea could easily be translated into a pop-up library and community space. Rent a flatbed trailer and this could go almost anywhere if you didn’t want a permanent solution.

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8:23 am

This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy?

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The Lexicon is costing €36.6m to build. In an interesting move, the 6,520m2 building – which will be the central library for the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – will be called the Dlr Lexicon, which reflects the fact that it offers more than a library.

It’s also intended to be a cultural centre, with a café (the tenant is yet to be decided on), a gallery, a small auditorium space, crafts spaces, a local history library, 100 parking spaces and a children’s library.

It’s hoped that this mix of facilities will attract more than 50,000 people to Dun Laoghaire every year.

Rather than being detached from the rest of the town, it is supposed to draw people into the centre of Dun Laoghaire, offering them a space to explore and enjoy before making their way into the town.

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Planned library includes a Scandinavian-inspired “taster” area, “unobtrusive and relaxed”, described by thejournal.ie
where  ”people sitting around reading newspapers, flicking through a recommended paperback, or popping in for 10 minutes respite on a busy day”.

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12:10 pm - Sun, Jul 20, 2014


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Social Innovation Relay 2014 Prestasi Junior Indonesia SMAN Sumsel Team

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Floating Library aboard boats bring books to Indonesian students and communities. 

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8:26 pm - Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust

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"The Carnegie UK Trust publication Speaking Volumes: the impact of public libraries on wellbeing shows the wide range of ways in which public libraries can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Speaking Volumes demonstrates in a clear graphical way how libraries are relevant to four main policy areas: social, economic, cultural and education policy – all of which have an impact on wellbeing.

The leaflet is based on hundreds of examples of practice throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as published evidence of impact. Databases of some of these examples show how public libraries support learning, promote economic wellbeing, act as cultural centres and contribute to the creation of strong and healthy communities.”

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4:10 pm - Sat, Jul 12, 2014

Skype-a-Docent — Library Technology Buzz

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This episode of Library Technology Buzz is an interview tiwht Lauren DeNisco about Fairfield Public Library’s “Skype-a-Docent: Museum Tours” program

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This program allows seniors at two nursing homes and an independent living facility to have access to museum collections without having to leave their homes or the local library. Using Skype as the communication vehicle it allows seniors to ask questions and explore their local cultural institutions. What a great model to be expanded to other cultural institutions and other library systems. 

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7:18 am - Fri, Jul 11, 2014


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Arts Council England: Library-Hack-Makerspace Network Download the Common Libraries - Library-Hack-Makerspace Project Report There is a growing trend internationally toward the co-location and affiliation of libraries with hacker and maker spaces – for example, in the United States, where Chattanooga Public Library has spear-headed calls for libraries to adapt to reflect our increasingly ‘read/write’ world, and […]

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Commons Futures, with Carnegie UK Trust, The Creative Coop and Colchester School of Arts, releases business plan for library-makerspace model. Love their term for this approach,  ‘borrow/barter/buy/bespoke’ .  Spotted by Gloria Davies-Coates (@gl0ria)

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9:15 am - Sat, Jul 5, 2014

Libraries and Public Placemaking Choices | Sustainable Cities Collective

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Who knew that libraries were such a hub of creative activity? Just two months after we put out our call for proposals for the 2014 Outside the Box – a partnership between library service non-profit OCLC and Redbox – the results are in!

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Followup to the 2014 Outside the Box partnership with Projects for Public Spaces and OCLC, is the announcement of the successful communities: Athens, AL; San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA; Winter Garden, FL;  Boise, ID; Hopkins Park, IL;  Bedford, IN; Rockport, IN; Olive Hill, KY; Sandy Hook, KY; Livingston, LA; Shrewsbury, MA;  Shutesbury, MA; Springfield, MA; Pontiac, MI; Westland, MI; Washington, NC; Elmira, NY; Wallkill, NY; Sevierville, TN; Pottsboro, TX; Spokane, WA; and Gillett, WI.

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