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Innovation in Public Libraries by Kirstie Nicholson

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Trends in international innovation

Abstract

Several trends can be seen to influence the recent activities of public libraries. These trends are evident in the range of innovative services and projects developed by libraries. In this chapter, the trends of making and creating, participation, partnerships, learning and new outreach are identified and discussed, with insight into their background and development, and examples of how these trends are manifesting in libraries. The trend of making and creating shows the influence of the maker movement on libraries. Participation demonstrates how libraries are moving towards a participatory model, positioning themselves as collaborators. The trend of partnerships shows how libraries are increasingly ...

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