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Archives for October 2013

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Fall 2013

Librarians who have participated in recent renovations and building projects call out some of their favorite furnishings, fixtures, and products, from the Fall 2013 Library By Design supplement to Library Journal.

Random House Acquires Figment Online Teen Writing Community

Random House Children’s Books has acquired Figment, an online teen community for readers and writers that features more than 300,000 registered users, announced President and Publisher Barbara Marcus.

Libraries, User Needs, and Aesthetics | Not Dead Yet

Despite the increase in remote services libraries offer, I think “the library as place” is gaining in importance in the real world of library life. It may be that I think that because I am lucky enough to work in a magnificent library that recently underwent a top-notch renovation, making it an even more beautiful, comfortable, and useful place to do research. But I don’t think that’s the only reason, because much of what I’m reading in the library literature describes how libraries now being built or renovated are changing their spaces to suit actual user needs, as well as the needs of the library to do its work. And in my opinion that’s a good thing.

Make It @ Your Library Launches Maker Space Project Website

Make It @ Your Library, in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, has finally launched its searchable website, makeitatyourlibrary.org, for librarians seeking maker space ideas and projects. Make It @ Your Library—an initiative developed through the ILEAD USA program over the past year—aims to help librarians realize maker projects in their own communities at low cost.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

New hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15 issue of Library Journal.

Launching Later This Week: New York Public Library’s Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive

The site will go live this Thursday (October 31, 2013). Until then, you can learn more about the project here. From NYPL: The New York Public Library’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle is proud to announce the launch of the Shelley-Godwin Archive, a new digital resource that will comprise the manuscripts […]

Same Budget, New Branches | Library by Design, Fall 2013

Can your library afford new branches or even operate existing facilities? Many libraries still struggle to meet increasing demand with flat or falling budgets and outmoded facilities.

Illinois: Maywood Public Library Shuts Its Doors Due to Lack of Funding

Note: The Village of Maywood, IL is located just west of Chicago. From WGN-TV: The public library in suburban Maywood closed its doors Saturday and will not reopen until funding can be secured. It’s a place to read, use a computer and for teens to stay out of trouble. But now, the Maywood Library is […]

Metadata: Pinterest and Getty Images Announce Partnership

From the Pinterest Blog: We are excited to announce a partnership with Getty Images to learn more about the images you pin. Getty Images is one of the industry’s best and broadest collections of imagery created by a community of hundreds of thousands of contributors. Their collection not only includes great images but also data […]

Embracing Austin, Inside and Out | Library by Design, Fall 2013

With a rooftop reading garden and reading porches on three floors, the new Austin Central Library, TX, in the city’s downtown will embrace the community’s love affair with books and nature. “Austin is an outdoor kind of city,” says John W. Gillum, Austin Public Library (APL) facilities process manager. “We tried to bring the outdoors indoors in this building.” Construction started in May on the as-yet-unnamed $90 million, 198,000 square foot new Central Library, which will be built of wood, metal, and native limestone. (Gillum says that the APL Friends Foundation, a merger of the Friends and the foundation, is working on getting a large donation and that may result in a name.)