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Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see. Libraries lead the way to digital citizenship.

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

They should be the first places where most advanced technologies are implemented. Today, libraries are not only about lending books. They are creative spaces, not only for individuals, but also teams. They are economic incubators and learning hubs. Most of all, the libraries are the entry points to the digital world. Therefore, to improve technological literacy of local communities, libraries should be equipped with relevant technologies. In this articles you won’t find examples of how to use Google Hangouts for library meetings, or Pikochart to create library infographics.

Instead, I would like to go one step further and present technologies – some of them in a concept phase – that could be used in the future. And instead of general ideas, like wearables or augmented reality, you’ll see here real examples. The article is designed to spot technologies that will be relevant and useful in the libraries as they move along their digital roadmaps. I Freaking Love Libraries.

16 Incredible Library Bars In London. 10 Quirky Mobile Libraries and Bookstores. Books change our lives, expand our horizons, and make us better persons, but it’s not just the authors we have to thank, but also those who facilitate our access to them and instill in us the joy of reading.

10 Quirky Mobile Libraries and Bookstores

That’s why we’ve rounded up a list with some of the most ingenious nomadic bookshops and libraries from across the globe. Il Bibliomotocarro, Italy Much more than just a mobile library, Il Bibliomotocarro is a charming Italian story about books, children, and friendship that would have never been possible without retired Italian teacher Antonio La Cava and his noble purpose of spreading the love of reading to the little ones. Since early 2000s, he travels the small villages of Basilicata with its cute library on three wheels to promote reading for pleasure among the local children. The Book Barge, UK Street Books, Portland, USA Created especially for people who live outside, Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library in Portland.

La Carreta Literaria, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Text is Beautiful. About. Founded in 1989, OPM is an independent, employee-owned research organisation and consultancy.


We work with leaders, policymakers, regulators, commissioners and providers – as well as service users and communities – to ensure that services are designed and implemented efficiently, effectively and in the public interest. Untitled. Design Thinking for Libraries. Secret Libraries of Paris. From majestic medieval towers and chandelier-lined 17th-century reading rooms, to medical collections that will make your skin crawl, Paris boasts some of the world's most impressive bibliothèques.

Secret Libraries of Paris

Some are more hidden than others, so here are secret libraries to seek out for some city solitude. 'Chut! Je lis…' (Shhh, I’m reading.) Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève10, place du Panthéon 75005 Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève reading room (photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia) Born from the ashes of the medieval Abbey of Sainte-Geneviève, the 1850 façade of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève seems to gleam in the sunlight. The top 100 papers. The discovery of high-temperature superconductors, the determination of DNA’s double-helix structure, the first observations that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating — all of these breakthroughs won Nobel prizes and international acclaim.

The top 100 papers

Yet none of the papers that announced them comes anywhere close to ranking among the 100 most highly cited papers of all time. Citations, in which one paper refers to earlier works, are the standard means by which authors acknowledge the source of their methods, ideas and findings, and are often used as a rough measure of a paper’s importance.

Fifty years ago, Eugene Garfield published the Science Citation Index (SCI), the first systematic effort to track citations in the scientific literature. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. Reanimation Library. Katie Paterson, Future Library. VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER by Roni Horn, Stykkishólmur, Iceland. VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER is a long-term project conceived by Roni Horn for a former library in the coastal town of Stykkishólmur in Iceland.

VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER by Roni Horn, Stykkishólmur, Iceland

The building stands on a promontory overlooking the ocean and the town, and houses three related collections - of water, words and weather reports - which reflect Roni Horn’s intimate involvement with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland... Water, Selected is a constellation of 24 glass columns containing water collected from ice from some of the major glaciers around Iceland. The glass columns refract and reflect the light onto a rubber floor embedded with a field of words in Icelandic and English which relate to the weather – inside or outside. The sculpture installation offers a space for private reflection whilst accommodating a wide variety of community uses. Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation - Ethos. By Kevin Michael Klipfel19 August 2014 One of the first things you learn as a professional librarian is that very few people have any idea what you do.

Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation - Ethos

In fact, enough people who actually want to become librarians are sufficiently in the dark about the nature of the profession that many Information and Library Science graduate programs explicitly require their prospective applicants to state in their applications what interests them about the field other than loving books. In fairness, the whole “librarians love books” thing isn’t entirely misguided. The very etymology of the word ties librarians to books, and, when Emerson famously announced the need for a “professor of books,” it was a role librarians consciously sought to fill. 10 vintage library infographics from the 30s and 40s (pictures)

Libraries are doing extremely well in using infographics to promote their services to communities, and reading in general.

10 vintage library infographics from the 30s and 40s (pictures)

The infographics shown in this post are not “vintage-style”, like the one we created to analyze love in famous classic novels.

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ReMix: ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank. ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank By David A.

ReMix: ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank

Jordan (comment to author) Libraries Rock! 17 More Essential Altmetrics Resources (the Library Version) As promised, I have compiled some “required reading” related specifically to altmetrics and their use in libraries. These articles and blog posts actually comprise a majority of the writing out there on altmetrics in libraries–there’s surprisingly little that librarians have written to date on how our profession might use altmetrics to enhance our work. Ironically enough (given librarians’ own OA advocacy), some of the articles linked below have been published in toll access library science journals.

Musings about librarianship: 8 surprising things I learnt about Google Scholar. Google Scholar is increasingly becoming a subject that an academic librarian cannot afford to be ignorant about. Of course, researchers including librarians have taken note of this and there is intense interest in details about Google Scholar. I noticed for example in April.... Recently, I've been fortunate to be able to encounter and study Google Scholar from different angles at work including. Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries. Photo by Flickr user Ryan Keene, used under a Creative Commons license Many readers took heart in the news last week that museums in the U.S. outnumber McDonald's and Starbucks restaurants — combined.

But like so many other quantifiable preferences that Americans have, there's a political dimension to the affinity for museums. Just last week, a Pew Research Center survey found that liberals are much more attached to their museums than conservatives are: 73 percent of "consistently liberal" Americans say that being near museums and theaters is an important factor in choosing where to live. Only 23 percent of consistently conservative Americans say the same. Considering that divide, I thought it might be useful to map museums and libraries against an institution that conservatives might be more fond of: gun stores. Evolution of libraries highlights values of books. Libraries are in transformation. From a library open around the clock to one specialized in travel books, new types of libraries are opening up across Korea. The Forest of Wisdom library, which will open in Paju, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), on June 19, and the Hyundai Card Travel Library in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul, are leading the library's evolution.

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The Oberlin Group Statement on Ebooks & Libraries. The Oberlin Group has endorsed the following statement dated March 2014: On Ebooks & LibrariesA Statement by the Oberlin Group of Liberal Arts College Libraries Colleges and universities, democracies, and civil societies thrive only when information moves readily between institutions and peoples. No institution is self-sufficient, and none can fulfill its members’ needs in isolation. The same is true for academic libraries. The libraries that governments will burn in the future - Waterfox. Well he better move the thing away from the coast or global warming will make his argument mute. 15 Curious Things Found In Library Books. Installation Of The Week: Luzinterruptus Fills Melbourne Streets With 10,000 Unwanted Books. All images via Luzinterruptus. University libraries: 10 global portraits. America: New York University library. 25 Most Popular Apps Used By Librarians.

Thank you for all your great feedback! We updated our list to include even more great apps! Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped - Emily Badger. Dewey Decimal System Meme. Interesting Search Engines. Open Letters: An Open Letter to the Look That Slowly Forms On Your Face When I Tell You I Am a Librarian. Dear Look That Slowly Forms On Your Face When I Tell You I Am a Librarian: Libraries of the Future [VISUALIZATION] A book of my cartoons will be out in late April. 25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries.

The second best time: IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BOOKS! - A short note on libraries. (4) Twitter / Search - #LoveLibraries... Anatomy of a Librarian.

Library economics

Favorite library quotes. I work at a public library. Art Libraries. (eternally under construction) Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism. Libraries Are Obsolete: An Oxford-Style Debate. List of unusual units of measurement. Memes - how they are used by libraries and librarians. The Three Questions – From the ACPL!

Library Professional Organisations. MLIS studies. Library Cataloguing. Library design. Library software. Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library? : Krulwich Wonders... Special Libraries stuff. Library news.