What is the "new normal" at our libraries? Join us on 11/13 at the Cranston Library to find out what's really happening in library land these days.
RILA, the Coalition of Library Advocates, and the Office of Library and Information Services are joining forces to present a forum designed to shine a spotlight on emerging library trends by showcasing innovative projects and initiatives at libraries across the state. Designed to expand awareness of what's happening in libraries today with an eye to the future, this event will be of special interest to trustees, friends groups, and library stakeholders, as well as librarians. A dynamic collection of short presentations by speakers from a variety of libraries and demonstrations of projects at libraries will inspire you to think differently about library services in your community:
How do you create learning spaces in your library? Jack Martin discusses how Providence Public Library created a Learning Lounge in unused space to create an innovate learner-centered environment that encourages peer-to-peer learning along with hands-on tech experiences for teens through adults. Traditional classes cover the gamut from literacy to workforce assistance to digital exploration.
What are the challenges of developing a maker space in your library, and why should you try? Luke Owens shares how Newport Public Library created a maker space without a space, and ran a camp for children last summer in partnership with FabNewport and Middletown and Portsmouth Public Libraries. Steve Heath of FabNewport will discuss the importance of skills developed through maker technology.
How do you take your library from an errand to a destination? Melissa Chiavaroli and Jenn Cournoyer went undercover and visited multiple libraries to observe how atmosphere, displays and programming impact the user experience. Their discoveries helped them create an innovative action plan at Cumberland Public Library. Learn how minor changes can transform your library, no matter how small your budget or big your dreams.
How do today’s libraries support the Information Literacy continuum (K-college & lifelong learning) and why is this important? Mary Moen of Chariho High School and URI GSLIS, and Mary MacDonald of URI University Libraries share how librarians work together to provide ample opportunity for skill building as students transition from elementary and secondary education to higher education and beyond. Learn about the role that schools and libraries play to ensure we are an informed citizenry equipped with skills to compete in the global economy.
In addition to short presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to see a 3D printer in action, use an Overdrive Media Station to order digital media, and view local history projects developed with digital tools. In addition, there will be plenty of time to network with library advocates from across the state.
Bring your trustees, your friends, your local officials, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about what the new normal is for libraries!