Innovation

Evanston Public Library Teen Loft

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Just in time for “Teen Read Week”, Evanston Public Library, located outside of Chicago, has completed a major remodeling of their teen space. Named “The Loft”, this 2000 square foot area provides a warm, friendly atmosphere where teens can gather to socialize, study, and participate in library-sponsored programs. According to Christie Chandler-Stahl, young adult librarian, the public’s response “…has been overwhelming.  Teens love it, it has been busy, and we are so excited about all the opportunities it affords.”

Everett Public Library & Library Place Apartments

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Everett, WA with a population a little over 100,000, located about 25 miles north of Seattle has a love story to tell between its local library and the community. Within the downtown area which is slowly recovering from the impact of the economy, one finds a place where the library is the heart of the community. A unique relationship has formed out of the revitalization of this town between the library and a local real estate company, which if you're a library lover after reading this story you might discover that this is a place you want to call home.

Butler Children's Literature Center

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On January 10, 2009 the Butler Children’s Literature Center was dedicated at Dominican University.  Invited to be part of the dedication was Jon Scieszka, author of notable children’s books such as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Caldecott honor book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.   Administered by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the Butler Children’s Literature Center is located in the Rebecca Crown Library at the University’s main campus at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest, Illinois. 

High-Tech Oasis

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One of the nation’s oldest law schools has just opened one of its two new facilities. The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law’s) new Lewis Katz Building, opened in January 2009, marks a new chapter in the school’s 175-year history.

The 114,000 square-foot building is located on Penn State’s flagship campus in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State Dickinson has two campuses – one in University Park and one at Dickinson’s ancestral home of Carlisle – but operates as one enterprise with a single vision. The Carlisle campus is also building a new home around the venerable Trickett Hall, home to Dickinson’s Carlisle operations since 1918. The new Carlisle facility will open in January 2010.

YouMedia: Creating a 21st-Century Library

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YouMedia, a 5,500-square- foot room on the first floor of the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago, buzzes with teens hanging out with friends, remixing their own rock videos, tapping into the library's large collection of youth literature, and using the Internet to dive deeply into issues of interest.

Supported by the MacArthur Foundation, YouMedia, which opened in summer 2009, connects youth, books, media, and institutions around Chicago to encourage collaboration and creativity, yielding a novel 21st-century learning environment. Teenagers with a city library card have in-house access to more than 100 laptops, as well as video games and a Wii console. There are flat screen monitors on every wall, a small recording studio, performance space, and a geek-out area where they can learn about new media from adult mentors — and it is for teenagers only.

The Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project and Website

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The Oklahoma State University Library invites you to visit the newly created Women of the Oklahoma Legislature oral history project website. Between the years of 1907 and 2008 only 77 women have been elected to the Oklahoma Legislature. This oral history project explores and records the journeys of many of these women who have served or are currently serving in the Oklahoma Legislature. The website includes transcripts, audio excerpts, photographs and memorabilia collected as a result of interview efforts. Over the course of the project, photographs of all 77 women were located and are now included on the website. It is believed this is the first time a complete collection of photographs of all Oklahoma women legislators has existed in one location.

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