• What are essential tools for a library?

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  • If you were starting a library at a primary school from scratch how would you do it? In particular, what kind of digital tools would best organize and showcase the collection?

    But in a wider sense I want to make a library for tomorrow and am open to any tips. I have a clean slate here which I think is an amazing opportunity. I don't want to make a dusty old room. I want it to be fresh and inviting.

    Perhaps there are innovative programs building unique community spaces, or networks of professionals aggregating best practices, or blogs written by the underpaid next generation staffers who would fashion something that we might not even recognize as a library.

    KK has inspired me to make something like a Material & Kinesthetic Library - combining Wink-like Books, art class, Drama lessons, school zoo and community garden... I'm open to any wild ideas you might have.

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    Question by lionel
    03/10/2015

I designed some shelving for a small temporary ”branch” of the Reanimation Library. I had many discussions with the curators and director of the library and we decided that the shelves themselves could be used to stimulate interest in the books. So I routed imagery I found inside the books into the backs of the shelves so as books were removed you would get a tiny slice of an intriguing image on the back of the shelf. I thought this might in some small way encourage folks to pull books of the shelves (the primary goal of a library! ha!). We also decided that showing the covers of books really encouraged browsing. I realize you don’t have infinite space for this. But we found it very effective. I designed the shelves with a bit of tilt to books would lay nicely on the shelves facing outward without risk of tipping forward and onto the floor.

I also routed imagery from the books onto the tables and chairs of the library as another way to generate interest in the books themselves. There was little cards on the walls next to the furniture pieces so you could go find the exact book and page number of the image I used to create the furniture.

Answer by robray
03/28/2015
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