October 31, 2014

Making Room for Innovation

ATTRACTION ABOUNDS At top, the 4th Floor Maker space with its 3-D printing lab was a highlight of the night at the 2013 
Tennessee Library Association annual conference held in the library space; the Labrary storefront (bottom) likewise attracted passers-by into its experimental area to see how future library design might look. 
4th floor photo by Mary Barnett; Labrary photo courtesy of Jennifer Koerberber

Two library service prototyping spaces, in two very different places, have a remarkable amount in common. Nate Hill runs and operates the 4th Floor in Chattanooga, a large public library loft space operating as a flexible community makerspace and event space. Jeff Goldenson co-ran and operated Labrary, a 37-day design experiment occupying a vacant storefront in Cambridge.

Something Old, Something New: Dicing Data At NYPL Labs | Cover Story

Something Old, Something New: Dicing Data At NYPL Labs | Cover Story

The home base for the New York Public Library (NYPL) Labs is a strange mix of old and new. A bunch of modern cubicles hover incongruously amid the stately marble walls of what used to be a courtyard in the venerable Schwarzman Building, before the need for more space convinced the library to press it into service. It’s not a bad metaphor for what the labs do: turn the library’s substantial historical holdings into something new, useful, and a little bit quirky.

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On Not Settling for Innovation | Peer to Peer Review

OK, I’ve had it. Too many meetings, too many presentations, too many blog posts, too many think-pieces along the lines of  “here’s how to fix ______” (insert your choice of system in crisis: the economy, domestic security, higher education, scholarly communication, the Euro zone, the designated-hitter rule, etc.), all of them breezily touting the same […]

No More Gatekeepers | From the Bell Tower

Thanks to a non-stop stream of talk about innovation we just start to tune it out. Let’s not give up on innovation yet. Now is the right time to find innovative ways to open our gates. Back when Americans actually had a modicum of respect for financial institutions, a certain stock broker was well known […]

NSCU Librarians Honored for Scavenger Hunt Orientation

Mobile scavenger hunt picture on iPod Touch

Three North Carolina State University (NCSU) librarians have been honored for developing the NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt. Anne Burke, Adrienne Lai, and Adam Rogers have been named the 2012 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. Winners receive $3000, which is […]

ALA Annual 2011: Urban Libraries Council IDs 11 Innovative Models

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) unveiled it’s second round of Top Innovators at its annual member meeting, held June 25 in New Orleans during the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference. The programs and strategies identified range from improvements and internal operations to outreach programs, partnerships, branding, and more. The 11 Top Innovators, by category, […]