Now we explore new models of service, ideas outside the box of traditional library land thinking, and the popular Anythink libraries. As a source of inspiration, I want to highlight the work of Anythink Libraries and the Outside the Lines initiative. Below are “Things to Explore” resources provided by Stacie Ledden. Then, please explore the other links to see new models of service in action.
Things to Read:
- Peet, L. (2018). Libraries and Social Infrastructure.
- Anythink Libraries. Anythink announces Nature Library in partnership with City of Thornton.
ANYTHINK Resources by Stacie Ledden* to Explore
- Anythink Tank (Clearinghouse of Internal Documents)
- Anythink Strategic Plan
- Anythink’s Strategic Plan (through 2015)
- Anythink Staff Manifesto
- Anythink Staff Competencies
- A Day in the Life of an Anythink Library
Things to View:
- What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh:
- Get To Know Your Neighbor – Anythink Libary:
Even More Things to Explore:
Libraries making a Difference:
- Clarke, S. (2015). Bike Library scheme looks to extend across Yorkshire
- Monaghan, E. (2016). The Library is In.
- Sullivan, B., Sclippa, E. & Riley, T. (2016). Librarians, The Gathering
- Rees, M. (2018). No Permanent address? No Problem. Berkeley Library makes it easier for those without homes to get library cards
- NYPL Staff (2018). Insta Novels: Bringing Classic Literature to Instagram Stories
- Sacramento Public Library (2022). Read and Ride Aboard the Rolling Library.
A Different Look at Libraries:
- Alderman, N. (2015). The First Great Works of Digital Literature Are Already Being Written.
- Lipsey, R. F. & Madera, F. (2015). 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries.
- Mathews, B. (2015). Think Like A Startup: 3 Years Later
- Stephens, M. (2019). “Hygge State of Mind” in Wholehearted Librarianship, p. 63
- National Literacy Trust. (n.d.) Video games and literacy.
- DoSpace. (n.d.) DoSpace homepage.
Designing the Library Space:
- Agresta, M. (2014). What Will Become of the Library?
- Mabaso, A. (2014). Building the library of the future here in Philadelphia.
- Wickner, A. (2015). Designing Library Spaces.
- Holmquist, Jan (2016). Open Libraries.
- Peet, L. (2016). The Future of Futures: Designing the Future.
- HBM Architects. (2023). Centering Your Library Around the Community.
- Price, G. (2023). This Super-Cool Futuristic Library is Opening in the Bronx by 2025.
Going Beyond Books:
- Michaelson, E. (2013). Toronto’s Kitchen Library Brings Appliances to All.
- TKL (n.d). Toronto Kitchen Library
- S., M. (2014). Come see what’s cooking: Announcing our new Culinary Literacy Center!
- Hood, G. (2014). 5 Ways Colorado Libraries Are Going Beyond Books.
- Putnam, L. (2016). How Libraries Are Curating Current Events, Becoming Community Debate Hubs
- Staffer, C. (2016). Sweating in the Stacks.
- Ewen, Lara. (2018). A Moveable Feast
- CBC. (2021). How a restaurant-library partnership made food and culture accessible.
- Free, C. (2023). Tools Are Costly and Take Up Space. Tool Libraries Are Popping Up So People Can Share.
*Stacie Ledden is the Director of Innovations and Brand Strategy at Anythink Libraries. After joining the district in 2008, Stacie assisted in launching the Anythink brand that in 2011 garnered the John Cotton Dana Award for Outstanding Public Relations in Libraries. In her position at Anythink, she has filled the role of event planner, webmaster, brand champion and Anythink cheerleader. Previous to her work at Anythink, Stacie was an editor for a global news wire service, freelance writer and faithful library customer. In 2012, she helped launch R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference, which focused on creativity and taking smart risks to move libraries forward. Stacie was named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers for 2013.