"How do you design a library when print books are no longer its core business?"
Check out what the University of Amsterdam did to its 27 000 square-foot library: “Instead of stacks, the place is littered with workspaces. And instead of lending bureaus, it’s got a so-called red room: a space filled with more than 100 plastic red crates, where students can pick up books they requested online (the university’s physical collection is stored in various closed repositories and book depots).” Co.Design
“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.” - What is NaNoWriMo?
“Left to his own devices, NPR host Scott Simon admits he would regularly confuse Monet, Manet and Matisse; Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal; Socrates and Sophocles; Crete and Sicily; and Grover Cleveland and William Howard Taft. Thank goodness for librarian Kee Malesky — who, for 20 years, has been saving NPR’s hosts and reporters from themselves. Malesky is the organization’s longest-serving librarian, and Simon says he suspects that she is actually the source of all human knowledge. In her new book, All Facts Considered; An Essential Library Of Inessential Knowledge, Malesky catalogs some of the facts that she has researched so dutifully over the years.”—'All Facts Considered' By NPR's Longtime Librarian : NPR
“But those who would like to see the street rolled back to its previous form — restored traffic patterns, no big green bike lane — found themselves vastly outnumbered by cyclists and other bike lane supporters who came from nearby and around the city to guard their gains. If roughly 50 to 70 came to protest the lane, at least 150 to 200 came to support it.”—Dueling Protests Over a Brooklyn Bike Lane - NYTimes.com
For the size and type of library that I will most likely find myself at post-library school (fingers crossed), there will probably be some type of WYSIWYG system in place. Even so, I have found this html tutorial quite useful/informative.
"Each artist is sent the same blank Moleskine sketchbook. We’ve only got two rules: first, the book must be used in some way - no sending us back an empty book or a completely different book! Second, the sketchbook must stay within its original dimensions (because we don’t want to have to provide an extra suitcase just for your book while we’re touring the country).
Each book will be given a barcode so we can easily catalog it into The Brooklyn Art Library system. Once we catalog it, artists will be able to track where on the tour their book is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf - we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!” (The Sketchbook Project)