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Wisconsin’s Libraries Embrace New Ways To Meet Public’s Needs

“Inside a branch of the Milwaukee Public Library on the city’s upper east side, Rachel Collins is giving a demonstration of how to use one of the facility’s kiosks — one that dispenses neither books nor periodicals, but laptop computers. The branch manager lets a reader scan her library card, and soon after, the machine ejects one of the computers. “(They’re) a little heavier than you would think,” she said.” (via Wisconsin Public Radio)

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Hey Airbnb, take it easy on libraries, they’re leading the charge in tech more than ever

“Last week technology giant Airbnb was heavily scrutinized for a series of advertisements that took a jab at libraries and other taxpayer-funded institutions placed around the company’s home city of San Francisco. Airbnb is valued at close to $25 billion and it has raised nearly $2.3 billion in funding since 2008. The advertisements on billboards and posters around San Francisco were placed in response to Proposition F, an amendment that would tax and regulate Airbnb inside the city of San Francisco by restricting the number of days a private residence can be rented, and requiring renters to file quarterly reports with the city. The advertisements mocked public services allegedly funded in part by the company’s recent $12 million tax bill (though some disputed how far Airbnb’s tax contribution actually went). (via Tech Republic)

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The role of libraries in times of crisis

“Libraries support their communities in many different ways. Whether through times of humanitarian or political crisis, civil unrest or even the personal crises that affect all of us, libraries can be places of comfort, safety, reconciliation and hope.” (via CILIP)

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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus

“Today’s libraries aren’t your grandmother’s library. The role of libraries is changing to meet the new demands of the communities they serve. With the Internet providing unprecedented access to information, libraries are no longer the only nexus between the masses and information. Correspondingly, attendance at libraries across the nation is wavering. Utah has seen 8.5 percent fewer visitors to libraries per year from 2010 to 2014, according to Utah State Library statistical reports.” (via KSL)

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‘Libraries are forever’: The future of libraries in the digital age

“We tend to think of libraries as collections. But the libraries of the future will be more about connections, said Harvard professor Jeffrey Schnapp on Wednesday. He spoke on a panel discussion for HUBweek, co-founded by the Boston Globe about the next generation of libraries. The event was hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The challenges facing libraries today are no secret. Panelist Dan Cohen cited chronic underfunding as one example. Cohen is the executive director of the Digital Public Library of America, a project that helps people access public-domain and openly licensed works. Another challenge to libraries is the transition from print to electronic media, Cohen said.” (via Beta Boston)

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Libraries Find Creative Ways to Color Outside the Lines

During the week of Sept. 13 to 19, 2015, more than 270 libraries across the U.S. and Canada (and even one from Australia) participated in an aggressive PR campaign to break down negative perceptions and celebrate “the innovation and creativity happening in libraries” today. This is the second year that all types of libraries reached out “to their communities in new and engaging ways,” with the shared event Outside the Lines. Its motto is “Libraries Reintroduced,” and it is “a weeklong celebration to reconnect you with the creativity, technology, discovery and all of the fun and unexpected experiences happening in libraries today—think: 3D printers, ebooks, woodworking classes, personal job search help, laptop checkouts, biz incubators, seed libraries, recording studios … the list goes on.” (via Infotoday)

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Keep the Library, Lose the Books

“Americans love libraries. No, wait, scratch that. Americans love the idea that they love libraries. A new Pew survey published Tuesday finds that while people report feeling strongly about the importance of public libraries in their communities, those people are actually using libraries less and less. It appears the share of people visiting libraries has “edged downward” over the past three years, though researchers at Pew say it’s still too soon to know for sure that this is a trend. (Incidentally: Women, parents of young children, and people with higher levels of education were all more likely than other groups to have used a library in the past year. Of people who use libraries, Hispanics visit them most frequently, Pew found.) – (Via The Atlantic)

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Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries

“Libraries are in great flux as information is shifting from the analog age to the digital age, as people’s need to acquire knowledge shifts, and as Americans’ interests in personal enrichment and entertainment are reshaped. The findings from a new survey by Pew Research Center highlight how this is a crossroads moment for libraries. The data paint a complex portrait of disruption and aspiration. There are relatively active constituents who hope libraries will maintain valuable legacy functions such as lending printed books. At the same time, there are those who support the idea that libraries should adapt to a world where more and more information lives in digital form, accessible anytime and anywhere.” (via Pew)

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With no fixed address, two men start Toronto’s only underpass library

“Al is an avid reader. He estimates he reads a different book every two days. He reads so much, people give him new books all the time. Al had so many books, he and a friend decided to start their own library. Only Al has no fixed address. He lives on the street, and so his upstart library is also on the street. Toronto’s new library is under a small bridge on Lower Simcoe Street in Toronto.” (via CBC)

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The public library in an Internet age: Walton Erickson Public Library

Although Walton Erickson Memorial Library in Morley is one of only six libraries left in the state that uses a physical card catalog instead of an automated one, that doesn’t mean it’s technology deficient. The library has six computers, often occupied by patrons who come to file their taxes, book bus and plane tickets, or do homework. Morley is a rural town an hour north of Grand Rapids, dotted with cornfields and farm stands full of fresh produce. The library serves an area of 9,800 people, including a sizeable Amish population.” (via Michigan Public Radio)

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