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Shirky, of course, advocates that we embrace “as much chaos as we can stand.” In this scenario, staff is encouraged to try out a new thing without regard to the way “it’s always been done.” This is messy, scary, and probably unwanted in most institutions.  Ideas above are from: Cognitive […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens (PART 3)




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I have read quite a bit lately about the concept of social curation and sites such as Pinterest, a “virtual pinboard” for organizing and sharing images. ”Curation” is very much the nom en vogue these days for a number of disparate activities, and I imagine many librarians roll their eyes when they see this term used to […]

Pinterest and the New Meaning of Curation – A TTW ...




GetGlue and LibraryThing got me thinking about how we could make the library an even neater place if we could somehow integrate these services into what we do.  Imagine going into a library and heading for the catalog.  You start your search and because of LibraryThing you can read other […]

Enriching the library experience: an idea



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(for the first post in this series, please click here) Once I had the idea for lending out iPods with pre-selected apps to teens, I had to do some investigating and thinking about how these devices would be used. I would describe the iPods as “locked down”.  By that, I […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens (PART 2)


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We can talk all day about whether or not it’s a good idea to lend out devices to patrons, but in the end action is better than any kind of talk.  After listening to both sides of the lending devices story for a few weeks, I decided to say the […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens



Don’t miss this article by Åke Nygren at InformationToday Europe: http://www.InfoToday.eu/Articles/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=80411&PageNum=2 Åke explores how Stockholm Libraries are responding to e-book stagnation: Since 2010 the Stockholm Public Libraries have been working hard at coming to grips with the conflict between a growing public demand for e-books and the devastatingly low percentage of […]

Overcoming e-book ‘stagnation’ by Åke Nygren


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Don’t miss: http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=2045 TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke answers some questions about the library as a creation space for teens: How do artists use your library? Every day after school we get anywhere from 30-60 teens using our teen library space.  I see the teens making music, art, and videos on […]

Make Something … at Portland Public Library