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New GVSU library's design based on student habits

New GVSU library's design based on student habits | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Study spaces at the new Mary Idema Pew Library on the main campus of Grand Valley State University were designed around students' habits. The design team from SHW Group observed the way students used the campus' Zumberge Library. Its findings influenced the design of all areas, from seating and …
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Check Out the New Library | A vital, multiservice hub for all generations

Check Out the New Library | A vital, multiservice hub for all generations | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Our preconceived notions of what libraries “are” have created barriers to engaging them in strategic problem solving and community building. Now is the time to step back into your library to recognize and strategically plan how libraries can help with community issues.

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ICMA provides a city manager's POV on partnering with "new" libraries. Examples presented include the Miami Public Library and the Sacramento Public Library.

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Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers.

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Illuminating the rare manuscripts at Penn— A modern rare-book room

Illuminating the rare manuscripts at Penn— A modern rare-book room | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Step off the elevator into the University of Pennsylvania's hallowed rare-book room at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, and you immediately recognize something is different. Where's the wood? Van Pelt...
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Step off the elevator into the University of Pennsylvania's hallowed rare-book room at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, and you immediately recognize something is different. Where's the wood?


Van Pelt is notorious for being one of Philadelphia's harsher examples of '60s-era Brutalist architecture, with walls made of bare concrete block and prison-size windows, and yet its rare-book room was always decorated as though it were part of some English manor house. Deeply carved, 16th-century oak paneling greeted visitors in the entryway. Dim and a little dusty, the mood was a cross between a Borgesian labyrinth and Dumbledore's attic. You were never sure what might lurk around the dark corners.


So when the elevator slides open now, it is a surprise to confront a shimmering glass screen, etched like crystal. Bright sunshine beams around the space. To the right, a glassed-in porch beckons. Arranged with elegant modern seating, it could be a swank condo lobby, except that it is filled with students sprawled on the sofas with their laptops.


Forget that stuffy collegiate style of yore. This is what a rare-book library looks like circa 2014.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"With the development of technology and the advent of e-readers, the classic paper books gradually became extinct. But for someone, traditional tomes are not just a source of knowledge, but a fetish."

 

 

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SCUP staffer Terry Calhoun spent several years in one of those libraries. Go Blue!

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Donna Bryan's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:42 AM

With all our online access, these libraries still call me. 

Wong Hwee Leng's curator insight, November 3, 2014 4:17 AM

For book lovers, not to be missed beautiful places to visit when you travel to those countries.

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Learning space attributes: reflections on academic library design and its use

Even though students are not using the print collection, they still choose to go to the library for academic pursuits. The continuing preferences of students for library space can be examined in the light of a hierarchy of needs made up of layers of access and linkages, of uses and activities, of sociability, and of comfort and image. A space which combines attributes from all four levels is an ideal learning space.

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Quite a few other, related articles can be accessed through this link to the Journal of Learning Spaces

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Crossing Thresholds and Learning in Libraries

"Threshold concepts aren’t new. Originally proposed by Jan Meyer and Ray Land, they have been adopted by faculty in many disciplines. Essentially, they challenge us to identify places where students typically get stuck as they wrestle with a way of knowing that they find unsettling and troublesome. These concepts, when grasped, so profoundly change the way students think that they are transformative and irreversible. Meyers and Land also believe them to be integrative, yet uniquely tied to a particular discipline."

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Note that word, "integrative."

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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.
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It’s a race among vendors, and it’s going to cost your institution a lot of money to help people better search your library. But, is Google search “just as good”? A look at how libraries are looking ahead, and an admission that Google is easy and works well: “‘I kind of hate to say it, since I am a librarian,’ one interviewee says. ‘We pay a lot of money for discovery tools. And then I go off and just use Google Scholar.’"

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Stephen Williams's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:33 AM

A very interesting article that suggests that tools meant to make searching easier may in fact be having the opposite effect.

Loretta VU's curator insight, April 25, 2015 2:18 AM

We try to encourage our students to use other research tools but "Google' is just too convenient and familiar with their generation.  

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Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct?

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.

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Interesting programming breadth and scope is only part of what this article covers:


By being responsive to the unique needs of their communities, libraries have taken on sometimes surprising roles. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, for example, the central branch of the City-County library has a case worker from the state’s Family and Children Services agency on hand four hours a day, five days a week. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, you can check out musical instruments, microscopes, telescopes, and home tools. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York libraries offered direct assistance to residents who needed help rebuilding. The Sacramento Public Library in California hosts Punk Rock Aerobics, led by one of its librarians. Outside Rochester, New York, you can check out fishing poles. In Dallas, Texas, a public library facilitates Coffee and Conversations, one-hour sessions for the homeless; more than 70 people attended the second meeting. And in Woodbine, Iowa, you can borrow cake pans.

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, September 22, 2014 3:30 PM

So you really think libraries are over?

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A different kind of deferred maintenance? Born Digital, Projects Need Attention to Survive

A different kind of deferred maintenance? Born Digital, Projects Need Attention to Survive | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
For one, they may require continuing maintenance to remain useful and accessible.
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Build the costs into the planning?

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The Plugged-In Library of the Future | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

The Plugged-In Library of the Future | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
If you thought the success of the iPad, the Kindle, and Google Books had resolved whether electronic books did the job of physical books, forget that ...
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I wouldn’t think of even expressing an opinion on whether these writers are correct, but it’s for sure the people building the just-opened James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University see things differently.


Its creators say the Hunt will be “nothing less than the best learning and collaboration space in the country” as it opens.

And it’s a closed-stack library.


I have myself yelled loudly against the very concept of closed stacks, and others are raising the same issue about the New York Public Library, so when I got the chance to wander around the James B. Hunt Library with the people behind the design of its systems, I jumped.This video gives a sense of what I saw."

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