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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

| June 18, 2014 | 17 Comments

A school library blossoms from a quiet reading and research space to a full-scale “Learning Commons.”

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Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries

Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries

| June 18, 2013 | 4 Comments

A startup charity is hoping to create a mobile learning library in the cloud that can help turn access to tablets, smartphones, and legacy phones into useful content at resource-starved schools in developing countries.

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In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library?

In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library?

| May 31, 2013 | 22 Comments

The main reason most parents go to libraries is to get books for their kids. So what becomes of the magic of being surrounded by books when e-readers become more prevalent?

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Publishers and Libraries Clash Over E-Books

Publishers and Libraries Clash Over E-Books

| June 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Jenny Shank A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Libraries, Patrons, and E-books, offers a glimpse at the current state of American libraries and finds them eager to lend e-books but struggling to do so, primarily because of budget limits and restrictions publishers place on e-book lending. Of America’s 9,000 […]

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Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

| May 7, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Jenny Shank Public libraries are a major hub for Americans to gain access to e-books and other digital resources. But the nation’s recent economic troubles and the transition to digital books are creating major difficulties for these public institutions. Last month, the American Library Association released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, and […]

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The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts

The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts

| January 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

Arguably, those who believe a public library is simply a repository of print books haven’t been to a public library lately. Here at MindShift, we’ve been covering the ways in which the library is evolving to change the demands of digital technologies and of its patrons: libraries are becoming learning labs, innovation centers, and makerspaces. […]

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Creating the Library of Tomorrow from the Ground Up

Creating the Library of Tomorrow from the Ground Up

| January 12, 2012 | 5 Comments

Flickr:Paul Lowry By Laurie Putnam The public library hums. Readers peruse e-books and job seekers attend workshops. Teens organize poetry slams, and students work together on school assignments. Librarians plan programs, help researchers online, and digitize collections of all shapes and sizes. All around the world, today’s libraries are serving their communities in new and […]

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Books and Band Saws: the Future of Libraries

Books and Band Saws: the Future of Libraries

| December 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Flickr:Toolstop By Jon Kalish, NPR As information becomes more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create “hackerspaces,” where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise. The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in […]

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Don’t Shush Me! In Some Libraries, It’s OK to be Loud

Don’t Shush Me! In Some Libraries, It’s OK to be Loud

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

By Nick Pandolfo Buffy Hamilton, who calls herself “The Unquiet Librarian,” holds the phone receiver away from her ear at Creekview High School library in Canton, Ga., revealing a cacophony of noise in the background. “It sounds like that a lot of the time,” says Hamilton, who welcomes what she calls “the hum of learning”—students […]

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The Public Library, Completely Reimagined

The Public Library, Completely Reimagined

| November 9, 2011 | 54 Comments

You’ll hear a lot of talk about the “death of the public library” these days. It isn’t simply the perpetual budget crises that many face either. It’s the move to digital literature, and the idea that once there are no more print books (or rather if there are no more print books), the library as […]

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