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The Perfect Library

Here's what @KCLibrary librarians are putting in their perfect library for the Pin Your Perfect Library contest for National Library Week. #nlw12 Rules:

TACIM2 Wallbox This is what we're using at one location - users can scan their library barcode (or key it in) and have it confirm with our library database that they are a real library card holder. This in turn unlocks the front door to one of our unstaffed locations.

I saw one of these in Ashland, OR this weekend. Would libraries be appropriate sponsors for something like this at our locations?

The Mediabank at Apache Junction Public Library provides 24/7 access to DVDs, CDs, and video games.

This digital library is in the Bucharest subway. It is a Vodaphone promotion, with with some ideas libraries could consider for ebook access. #alia2012bd

Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries | The Unquiet Librarian. A great post about education and makerspaces that uses the Library as Incubator Project definition of makerspace: "Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills… makerspaces are not necessarily born out of a specific set of materials or spaces, but rather a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation."

I like how they built a "future use" space that they think will be used like the Apple Genius Bar - anticipating growth in use of unique items, and the "try it out" function of a library is really cool.

Magazine storage is logical and low-maintainence. Maximizes the front cover better than any other periodical display I've seen. (magazines are very smartly stored by The Shifted Librarian, via Flickr)

Quite the party piece! MultiTouch Table

Olivia's No. 1 Rule of Decorating: any space that can be filled with a bookshelf, must be filled with a bookshelf.

Beautiful library fountain in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Josh Meier