The Public Library Reimagined (8/8) -- The panelists answer questions from the audience on such topics as the funding challenges of a large-city public library system, the issue of homelessness in and around libraries, the location and legacy of the Obama presidential library, and patron-driven acquisition programs.
The Public Library Reimagined (6/8) -- As libraries as institutions evolve, librarians must begin to accept new roles. They are now facilitators of connected knowledge and learning -- an integral part of the network platform that has been created between libraries, the community, and other connected communities.
There are also design challenges to creating the modern public library. Libraries are not merely a building full of books -- they now must have the ability to accommodate a plethora of different activities and programs, and have the flexibility to adjust to future programs. In accommodating these different programs, both inside and outside, libraries become an extension of the community.
The Public Library Reimagined (2/8) -- Libraries are not typical, neighborhood "community centers;" they are grounded in a series of very specific and important services that they provide to the community. They provide free and open access to information for everyone, and make the community stronger. One specific example is libraries that help people with enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. They provide support to people who do not have the digital access or literacy necessary to find the proper care. It is this support and access that make libraries more than a community center, but rather the center of a community.
Under a new $300 million plan, the New York Public Library says it will open spaces in the Schwarzman building for teachers, students and entrepreneurs and will renovate the busy Mid-Manhattan branch across the street.
If you want to print your own novel, cookbook or dissertation for under $20, you're in luck. The Toronto Reference Library has unveiled a new book printing machine that prints store-quality paperbacks.
In this paper, we discuss the major elements of that renewal as pertaining to our Library. First, we are a research library. A 21st century research institution still requires the multifaceted services of a research library. We also discuss the space of the Library itself. A library has never been merely a container for books. The physical space of the renewed Library will be the interdisciplinary platform for innovative scholarship and learning, as services expand. Finally, we discuss the role of the Library as an integrated network of resources, focusing on the important and unique collaborative services provided by Library faculty and staff. The renewed Georgia Tech Library will be the research library that Georgia Tech needs to both support and define what a 21st century research institution should be.
The Public Library Reimagined (7/8) -- There is an important community/cultural aspect of libraries that continues even in the digital era. It is a shared learning experience, bringing together people of all types to a common collaborative space. An important design aspect for the future is to encourage this type of networked, collaborative learning.
The Public Library Reimagined (5/8) -- Public libraries have begun to rent out Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing people who lack online access to enjoy the benefits of the Internet within their own home. This type of community support that utilizes emerging technologies is an exciting new venture, and indicates what future programs may hold. For smaller libraries that lack the means to begin such a program, the use of E-rate funds will be an essential tool to subsidize costs.
The Public Library Reimagined (3/8) -- Public libraries are enjoying a rise in attendance of offered programs, largely because they are continually experimenting with new services. It is true that people are reading more and traditional programs are also enjoying a bump in usership, but as the world of information changes libraries are becoming venues to facilitate learning through experience. People are excited to see the future of learning and production, and programs that allow users to experiment with 3-D printers, data visualization, and other advanced manufacturin
The Public Library Reimagined (1/8) -- As the institution continues to evolve, are libraries moving away from being mere repositories for books and increasingly becoming essential community centers? Panelists discuss the role of libraries as anchor institutions and centers of learning, and how they continue to innovate in radical ways after so many years.
Tessie Guillermo relates the important themes of "People, Place, and Platform" in public libraries, and how libraries connect people in a central, important community location, creating both a physical and virtual network that provides the platform basis.
"The Public Library Reimagined" took place on June 29, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado, as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival's Metropolis track. Sommer Mathis (Editor, Atlantic CityLab) moderated a panel with Brian Bannon (Commissioner, Chicago Public Library), Tessie Guillermo (President & CEO, ZeroDivide), and John Palfrey (President, Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School, Phillips Academy).
e want to make libraries the go-to place for financial information in every community. And so far, we’ve been met with tremendous enthusiasm – from other government and nonprofit agencies, by library associations and administrators, and by librarians themselves. That’s why we’ve put together resources and materials for libraries to use in their community.
Libraries are highly trusted in virtually every community and eager to serve more people in their neighborhoods. They’re also unbiased, so they provide a safe place to research financial options, decisions, or solutions to problems.
Coming on the heels of major announcements such as the Internet-to-Go program, the launch of a new website and smartphone apps, and the expansion of digital services and lendable technology, the Chicago Public Library’s 2015-2017 Strategy: Building the Library of the Future outlines the strategic priorities and goals of CPL service to Chicagoans. The strategy will serve as the foundation for the Library’s work plan as CPL continues to enhance its programs, services, and collection.
In the next three years, CPL’s timeless mission will remain unchanged: welcoming and supporting all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning, and striving to serve them well and effectively by providing equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources. But CPL will also respond to the current and evolving needs of patrons by focusing on three key initiatives: nurturing learning, supporting economic advancement and strengthening communities.
The quote Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community is from R David Lankes a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. If you don’t already subscribe his blog, Virtual Dave, covers many thought-provoking topics. His latest post and clip Innovation in the Country is a timely reminder to consider the needs and aspirations of your community as we grapple with what constitutes ‘maker spaces’.
Public libraries are busier and more popular with patrons than ever. Today’s library is a place for social interaction as well as quiet reading. It is a community cultural center, not simply a repository for books. It is a welcoming building with a design focus on transparency, not a series of isolated spaces. These changing operations directly affect the layout and organization of library buildings. So, libraries today must be designed to accommodate more simplified administrative operations and new staff functions.
Involving communities, taking care of your users and Library strategies & cultural entrepreneurship in tough times. This and much more in this week's episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation!
The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has intensively studied the changing world of public libraries for the last three years. The first stage of our research explored the growing role of ebooks, including their impact on Americans’ reading habits and library habits. Our second stage examined the full universe of library services, as well as what library services Americans most value and what they might want from libraries in the future.
In March, we released a report from our third and final stage of research—the fruits of a representative national survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older. It explores public libraries’ roles in people’s lives and in broader American culture—how libraries are perceived, how they are valued, and how people rely on them. The provision of digital content is certainly a key element of the services that make libraries useful. Using the data from our previous report on how people value libraries in their communities, our analysis divides Americans into nine groups that reflect different patterns of public library engagement along a general spectrum of high (30% of the population), medium (39% of the population), low (17% of the population), and nonengagement (14% of the population).