Libraries

Help an Interior Designer Help Libraries

Hello everyone! Today’s post comes from Danielle Lewis, an interior designer in NY and a friend of my co-worker Becky Stahl. She’s doing some research to help out libraries and I’m sharing her survey with y’all here. Please give this survey a few minutes and help someone out!


My name is Danielle Lewis – I’m the interior designer at LaBella Associates, D.P.C.​ in Rochester, NY. I’m reaching out because I’m currently working on research related to “Libraries of the Future” for a blog post and wanted to get your take on library trends.

Below I’ve included some questions that I’d love to get your response on. If you’d like to, please feel free to fill out your responses in red directly in the email below or send as an attachment.

If possible, your response is needed by next Monday, September 25th. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Name:
District or Branch:
Years of Experience:

What are the primary functions in your library? (Highlight those applicable)
– Providing books
– Providing videos
– Providing Audio/E-Books
– Internet Access
– Community meeting Space
– Public Classes
– In-School Classes
– Makerspaces
– Other ____________

Which of these functions are the most prominently used on a day-to-day basis? (Please rank Top 3)
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2-
3-

When you started your position, which of these functions were most prominently used on a day-to-day basis? (Please rank Top 3)
1-
2-
3-

About how much traffic do you estimate your library gets in one day? (Best guess, number of people)

Has this number increased or decreased since you started your position?

What technology is currently used by visitors at your library? (Highlight those applicable)
– Desktop Computers
– Laptop Computers
– Tablets
– Smart TVs
– Apple TV
– Chromecast
– Free Wireless Access
– Paid Wireless Access
– Virtual Reality
– Smart Furniture (i.e. tablet tables)
– Other ________________

Aside from technology, how has library usage changed during your tenure?

What trends in library usage/design do you see as being the most impactful?

Briefly, how do you define the “Library of the Future”?

If required, can we quote you directly in our blog post? (If not, your opinions will be kept anonymous)
Yes
No

PLEASE SEND YOUR RESPONSES TO:
Danielle M. Lewis, Assoc. IIDA, NCIDQ
dlewis@labellapc.com
http://www.labellapc.com

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Chattanooga Public Library, Libraries, MAKE!, Technology, Teens

The 3 D’s of 3D Printing (Version 1.0)

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Megan Emery teaches a group of tweens and teens about 3D printing on The 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library

Over the past month, we’ve been working on a 3D printing program for the 2nd Floor called the 3 D’S of 3D PRINTING

The idea came out of brainstorming session between myself and Megan Emery.  While we were super excited to offer 3D printing to our tweens and teens, it got to be a lot less fun and more of a 3D printing factory.  We wanted to capture the excitement of the 3D printer, give it some guidlines, and help streamline the process.  What came out of the brainstorming session was this:

To introduce tweens, and teens to 3D Printing, they must go through three steps:

1. DUPLICATE

  • Tweens and Teens will use Thingiverse.com to locate an item they wish to 3D print.
  • Tweens and Teens will download the STL file.
  • Tweens and Teens will load the STL file into Makerware, resize the object, and make the object into an X3G file to be 3D printed.
  • 3D printed in 20 minutes or less

2. DESIGN

  • Using Tinkercad.com, Tweens and Teens will create a basic design that can be printed in 30 minutes.
  • Tweens and Teens will download the STL file.
  • Tweens and Teens will load the STL file into Makerware, resize the object, and make the object into an X3G file to be 3D printed.

3. DREAM

  • • Using Tinkercad.com or Thingiverse.com, Tweens and Teens will create and/or download a object and have the object print in 1 hour or less.

RULES:
• You must be present for the print
• The tweens and teens get a card that shows their progress (located at the 2nd Floor Workspace). Staff will mark their progress on the card using their initials.

Over the past month, we’ve beta tested the program with 22 tweens and teens (so far!) and have closely looked at where the program works and where it doesn’t work.  We’ve got some fine tuning to do over the next few months so stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated.  In the meantime, have fun 3D printing!

Libraries, Technology

DEV DEV: init the hack

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Remember DEV DEV: summer of code where we took 50 teens and taught them HTML, CSS, Python, and Robotics in the summer of 2013?  The DEV DEV team is back and proud to announce the next program in the DEV DEV series, DEV DEV < init the hack />

What is DEV DEV < init the hack /> ???

WHEN: Friday November 8 @ 6pm till Sunday November 10 @ 6pm
WHERE: Chattanooga Work Space, 302 West 6th Street Chattanooga, TN 37402

DEV DEV (developing developers) collaborators Engage 3D, AIGA, and the Chattanooga Public Library are hosting a hackathon. Having benefitted through collaborations of our own, we want to provide a space in which Chattanoogan developers and designers can meet each other, learn about what others in the community are working on, and collaborate.

 We want a healthy mix of participants including designers, developers, innovators, writers and others of diverse experience levels so please don’t be intimidated. One important part of collaboration and developing a strong community is education, and hackathons are a great place to learn.

If you are interested in simply learning about what a hackathon is but don’t necessarily want to participate or just want to learn about the community, please come to the ceremonies.

 If you are interested in either of the session topics and want to enhance your skills, come as a session attendant. The morning session will be an introduction to JavaScript and the afternoon, a session on how designers and developers can work together better.

Have questions about DEV DEV: init the hack? Contact James McNutt

To register for DEV DEV: < init the hack/ > please visit: https://initthehack.eventbrite.com/

DEV DEV is a partnership between Engage 3D, AIGA Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga Public Library.

 

Chattanooga Public Library, Libraries

Saturdays at the Library #1

The coolest things happen at the Chattanooga Public Library on Saturdays.  Every Saturday that I work I am blown away by all the cool folks coming into the library to do various neato things.

For social media/blogging/all things internet, Saturday tends to be a slow day.  To make up for that, I’m gonna start a new segment on my blog called Saturdays at the Library. It’ll be a very brief recap of what went on, some photos and videos, and whatever else happens.  Without further ado:

A few of us played Settlers of Catan to start off the afternoon.
A few of us played Settlers of Catan to start off the afternoon.
Our creative stations and 3D printer got a lot of action through the whole day.
Our creative stations and 3D printer got a lot of action through the whole day.
At the end of the day we all busted out our Nintendo 3DS systems and shared information, became friends, and more!
At the end of the day we all busted out our Nintendo 3DS systems and shared information, became friends, and more!
Libraries, Social Media, Technology

Introducing Prefab: the Library Website Service

I have to admit: I am in library love with Aaron Schmidt and Amanada Etches, aka INFLUX.  They always do beautiful things to make libraries a better place for the community and that warms my heart.

So naturally when they announced PREFAB: THE LIBRARY WEBSITE SERVICE this week I was over the moon.  What is it?

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How it works

Sign up, fill in your content, launch. All in the same day, if you’re motivated!

Prefab is designed for libraries:

  • Easy catalog search integration
  • Simple item promotion
  • Events advertising space
  • Responsive design – looks great on all devices
  • Powered by WordPress
  • Easy links to social media profiles

What you get with Prefab:

  • Hosting
  • A back end training session
  • Email and phone support
  • Information Architecture and navigation suggestions
  • Help arranging your domain

Stop the madness

Libraries across the country are all working – with limited resources and skills – to solve the same, basic library website design problems. It makes no sense! So we did the design work and created a template that’s appropriate for many different libraries.

Justin here again: this is awesome.  It cuts out all the little things you shouldn’t be worrying about anyway and lets you focus on giving your community the INFORMATION THEY NEED.

Learn more about PREFAB here

Learn more about TEAM INFLUX here

 

Libraries, Pittsburgh, PA

MAKESHOP at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

 

I was very impressed by the MAKESHOP in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. It had a great setup that invited all ages to participate.  At one point, my three year old son, myself, and my father were all fiddling around with circuit boards trying to make neat noises come out of the circuits.

None of the projects were too difficult to start or finish which really made it inviting to everyone that entered the space.  The space also had an area reserved for participants that wanted to put a little more effort into a project; they could sign up to work one on one with one of the staff members.

To view more pictures of the MAKESHOP, click here