8:27 am - Wed, Sep 10, 2014

New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Card

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Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) on September 5 officially launched the “I Love My Library” prepaid Visa debit card, which doubles as a library card

Doug Mirams's insight:

Seeing an opportunity to expand it’s financial literacy programming, and provide a new revenue stream to the library Frederick County (Maryland) Public Libraries, in partnership with SirsiDynix, VISA and Card Limited to create an affinity card which doubles as a library card. FCPL also deepened its ties to local businesses through a Linkable Network feature to offer discounts to library clients using the card. 


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8:01 am

What will libraries lend next?

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Examples of uncommon collections loaned by libraries

Doug Mirams's insight:

This Pinterest Board from the American Library Association (Headquarters Library) is a great visual respresentation of special collection which libraries have throughout the United States, from sledghammers to cake tins.

— spotted by Kathleen Spahn @kmsitall


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5:38 pm - Sun, Sep 7, 2014

City Library turns out 50 pounds of honey

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Honey is harvested from hives kept on top of Salt Lake’s City Library. The hives are maintained by the city’s officially designated beekeeper.

Doug Mirams's insight:

Another example of locally grown food with public library as four communal bee hives are setup ontop of Salt Lake City’s downtown library. So successful has the project been that up to 100 pounds of honey have been collected each year, with the honey also being entered into the Utah State Fair in early September. 


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9:57 am - Sun, Aug 31, 2014
Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable.
Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable.

Seth Godin

To all the remarkable librarians I know, hoping you continue to surprise, delight and connect with your communities

8:07 am - Sat, Aug 30, 2014

News Challenge to explore role of libraries in the digital age

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Photo illustration made with images from Flickr users Thomas Hawk and Sourabh Rath. On Sept. 10, we’re opening the next …

Doug Mirams's insight:

U.S. librarians, got any ideas about how to maintain the centrality of public libraries in the digital age? The Knight Foundation wants to hear from you and starting September 10th you could win their News Challenge. 


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1:24 pm - Fri, Aug 29, 2014

Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library

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JAJA shared their latest proposal, which was awarded third prize, for a new public library in Daegu, South Korea. 


Doug Mirams's insight:

Nice to see a design which incorporates the surrounding environment. Hopefully JAJA will be given another opportunity to create a similar version of this proposed library again.

Favourite quote: “JAJA, typically noted for their form making abilities, have opted for a minimialistic formal language of the architecture, so that the streamlined library can capture the textures of the existing trees and the books within to create a cohesive experience that celebrates both.”

— spotted by Linda Green (The Library Scoop).


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8:50 pm - Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Cleveland’s Next Literary Hot Spot? Vacant Lots

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Cleveland’s Next Literary Hot Spot? Vacant Lots

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Update: August 2014

The good folks at Library as Incubator Project have posted an article by Felton Thomas Jr., CEO of Cleveland Public Library on their  Literary Lots project (http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=14987

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Do you have any underused space in your town or city? Cleveland Public Library and an arts studio plans to turn vacant lots near CPL’s branches into summer literacy festivals, with local arts and reading. If you can help out, this is also a Kickstart project http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/literarylots/literary-lots


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6:27 pm

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library | Book Patrol

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There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Doug Mirams's insight:

We’ve seen libraries on the beach and floating boat libraries serving in South East Asia, and now a floating library in Minnesota.


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9:16 am - Sun, Aug 24, 2014

Jack on Twitter: Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu

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Looking to help tomorrow? Come to the #Ferguson Public Library from 9a-4p. Community kids are being taught here. http://t.co/SRlgXEAIiu

Doug Mirams's insight:

As in previous examples during ice storms and other major disasters, libraries continue to be a tried and tested community resource and refuge. Of all the Ferguson Public Library tweets circulating I especially think this one captures that spirit and the rallying call of the library back into its community to join it. 


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