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The role of public libraries in smart, inclusive, and connected communities: current and best practices

Smart community is a term that has been recently used to characterize efforts to transform communities and make them more sustainable, efficient, transparent, and where citizen participation is the norm. Information technologies are many times seen as enablers of these potential changes. In smart communities, the role of public libraries is key. This poster analyzes current practices in public libraries and identifies the expertise, knowledge, and background that help them contribute to citizen engagement in smart community initiatives.

How Can We Fail?" The Texas State Library's Traveling Libraries and Bookmobiles, 1916-1966

The Texas State Library's multicounty bookmobile program and its earlier "traveling libraries" program had similar missions: to reach rural Texans deprived of proper library service. In both programs librarians faced inadequate funding and the daunting task of sending books over the vast distances of the Lone Star State. Ultimately, Texas's traveling libraries and bookmobiles introduced the pleasure of reading to families in the state's isolated farms and ranches and garnered support for today's county libraries.

Libraries and the homeless: Experiences, challenges and opportunities - socio-economic background of homelessness in Croatia

Purpose The purpose of the study is to present three models of organising library services for the homeless. The work experience of Zagreb City Libraries in each of the models provides a better insight into the challenges of each model and into the ways of overcoming them. Furthermore, it may indicate to others what to expect during the implementation of such models. Design/methodology/approach The study presents first‐hand real‐life experiences in organising the project for the homeless and its programs.

Not just a place to sleep: homeless perspectives on libraries in central Michigan

Purpose This study aims to focus on a qualitative and quantitative assessment of how homeless people in the USA use libraries. Libraries, especially in urban areas, have a complicated relationship with homeless patrons. It is easy to assume that homeless populations use libraries as a safe place to avoid the elements or to sleep. This paper considers the other ways that people without permanent housing are using libraries, how they perceive libraries, and what their specific information needs might be.

Public Library Services for the Poor: Doing All We Can

Among public institutions, the library has great potential for helping the poor and disenfranchised. For many, the library is the only refuge for information, literacy, entertainment, language skills, employment help, free computer use and even safety and shelter. Experts Glen and Leslie Holt, with decades of service to inner city communities between them, challenge librarians to do more for poor people.

Smart and sustainable library: Information literacy hub of a new city

Our paper presents a proposition for the new approach to the role of library in a sustainable city. An in-depth literary review on smart library concept is presented along the comparative insight into contemporary smart city and sustainable city literature. Based on these findings a proposition is depicted for smart and sustainable library as a central public institution of a sustainable smart city. Several library services of the new generation based on cutting edge technologies and user participation are proposed.

The Role of Libraries in Advancing Community Goals: An analysis of factors influencing local officials’ responses in the ICMA/Aspen Institute/PLA Libraries Survey

Analysis of Local Libraries Advancing Community Goals, 20161 ,the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) survey of local government officials’ perspectives on libraries, reveals several factors that shape respondents’ views: • The population of the respondents’ community • Whether local governments have a governing relationship with libraries • Whether the library receives a funding allocation from the general fund

Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts

Museums and libraries have long served as place-based hubs for members ofthe public to engage in informal learning, access collections for educational oraesthetic purposes, and participate in civic dialogue. Across the country, changingcommunity needs and priorities along with new modes of engagement have createdan imperative to connect with and serve the public in ways that extend beyondtraditional institutional formats and settings. Museums and libraries have begun torespond to this imperative.

Smart Cities” Meet “Anchor Institutions

The concepts “smart city” and “anchor institution”—both popular in policy circles—intersect at broadband infrastructure in ways that highlight the importance of civil society institutions to digital networks. Given the close alignment of broadband and smart city policy goals, the centrality of connectivity to the smart city vision, and the importance of anchor institutions to broadband, it is surprising that the smart cities discourse does not engage more directly with the role of anchor institutions.

Diversity and inclusion in libraries: three examples of good practice

The smell of new and older books, the joy of browsing row upon row of titles and the excitement of connecting with people who share our literary preferences: whether we’re young or old, the library is a place where we come together to lose ourselves in good literature. But how can a library make itself even better for everyone? How can a library become more diverse and inclusive? Let’s share three examples of good practice that have already been adopted by some libraries. 



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