Doug Mirams

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Switching it on is only the start

Brian Ashley, our Director of Libraries, blogs about why ‘Free WiFi’ isn’t always free, and how libraries across the country are going above and …

Books

Libraries Opening Paths to Knowledge: The Data Literacy case

I’m attending the LIBER Conference 2016 on June 29 – Juli 1st in Helsinki, Finland, with a Poster Presentation together with data literacy partner in …

Renegade Librarian Jessamyn West On Information, Access And Democracy

Meet Jessamyn West, the radical librarian. She just got a big award from the Vermont Library Association for her role in the selection process for …

Almost Home: How Public Libraries Serve Homeless Teenagers

<b>At the Seattle Public Library, young adults, some experiencing homelessness, play a fast-paced card game with staff from a local youth shelter.</b><p>A STEM …

Libraries bolster Idaho talent pool

Idaho doesn’t have the workforce to sustain the jobs we need to fill. Desirable talent such as engineers and other skilled workers isn’t widely …

Education Technology

Is this the world's wildest library? Geelong's $45 million 'big brain' about to open up to the world

Designed by ARM Architecture, which last week won a major national award for its redevelopment of Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, the spherical …

Architecture

Here’s Why Libraries Could Be The Best Solution For The Nation’s Homeless

LIT_Blog_DTOP_BelowTitle_336x280<p>It’s easy to walk past a public library without giving it a second look. After all, we live in an era where millions …

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Why the Tel Aviv Library Made Room for Tech Startups

They turned a library into The Library, a high-tech incubator space.<p>TEL AVIV, Israel—For Yehuda Sabag, the biggest fear about launching a tech startup out of a public library was the noise.<p>That might seem like a strange concern: Libraries, after all, have a reputation for silence. But this isn’t …

Madison Public Library to debut ‘Spoke-n-words’ micro-library on a bike

Love this idea (full disclosure: working on a similar idea for my own employer)! Best quote from the article is:<p>“The Spoke-n-words initiative gives …

Iowa barber gives haircuts to children in exchange for them reading stories to him

DUBUQUE (AP) | Children who read books to a local barber have received a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families …

Nonprofits

A Library of Good Ideas

Formula for success in Central Oregon: know the users, spot the opportunities, act with vigor.<p>In 2010, the administrators of the Deschutes Public Library system, in the beautiful high desert region of central Oregon, had a great idea. As part of their extensive research about their patrons’ library …

Makerspaces

Between digital tools, palms and LEGO – the decor of Digital Social Science Lab

At The Faculty Library of Social Sciences, Copenhagen University Library, we’ve made some great progress over that last couple of months with the …

New York City Putting Libraries In Homeless Shelters To Make Sure That Homeless Children Have Access To Books

It's a well established fact that reading is good for kids, but lots of kids don't have consistent access to books outside of school. That's why it's …

Sowing the seeds of collaboration – The Library Lab as digital Incubator

<b>New York City and The Labs – day 2: The NYC Media Lab, The MAGNET and Urban Future Lab</b><p>– <i>Written by Library Lab Fellow Michael Svendsen – project head</i> …

Wireless canopy will turn Bristol into a living lab

A city in southwest England will soon be covered by a wireless umbrella designed to connect everything, allowing enterprising researchers to find new …

Learning Hub / Heatherwick Studio

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), designed by Heatherwick Studio and …

Students turn food trucks into mobile libraries

December 12, 2013<p>Three enterprising Arizona State University students capitalize on the food truck craze by devising a plan to convert old trucks …

Food Trucks

Make libraries a part of your health and fitness efforts

Reading is intellectually active, but physically requires very little movement. Watching movies and listening to audiobooks are mentally …

Macquarie University Social Learning Space / Bennett and Trimble

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Macquarie University has redeveloped their former library building as a series of social learning …

Australian Universities

KQED

It’s well known that public libraries are no longer just about the books — even e-books. Many community libraries are receiving 21st century …

SLC Public Library considering opening 24 hours a day

SALT LAKE CITY - The downtown branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library may soon be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.<p>John Spears, Executive …

Licking library now loaning guitars

NEWARK, Ohio - Newark's musical claim to fame might be that it was a childhood home for Vegas showman Wayne Newton. But if the Licking County …

Edmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New Branches

One of the many reasons Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) was chosen as Gale/<i>LJ</i> Library of the Year for 2014 is its commitment to community …

Imagining the Design of the Library That Does Everything

<i>The Architect's City, a monthly series on Curbed National, invites an emerging architect to reimagine an existing structure in his or her city. This month's column considers New York's public libraries.</i><p>A proposal for the future of New York City's libraries. All images courtesy of SITU.<p>The …