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15 February was a busy day online as we shared information about the Port Hills Fire – 38,759 impressions on Twitter and 40 tweets.
Think about the library as a network hub, a place where the community hall is merged with the library, and social services are also activated there. So you have life-long learning, you can learn motor mechanics, flower arranging, yoga, you can get a book, you can get a class on languages, you can get government services. So it really becomes a hub, and it becomes one of the few places where you see multi generations of people, people of different languages and backgrounds, all coming under a service that is supplied in their community and neighbourhood.
And it helps with this idea that the library is more than just a container for books, which is really a post-war idea to do with educating and edifying communities, but the library has become in our communities a place where communities overlap and children and adults overlap, a place which can edify and continue life-long learning, which we know is now incredibly important. It’s no longer just getting your education till your eighteen or twenty and then that’s it. There’s so many technological changes, information is changing so much, that life-long learning is part of our way of life in big cities.
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Visited four amazing libraries yesterday -full on day, see second post for branch libraries. The Toronto Reference Library was reminiscent of our old Central Library with a 70s look but refreshed and inspiring. Lovely atrium creating the sense of where to next! Also glass lifts if you don’t wish to use the stairs. No escalator and while at the time this was seen as short sighted now it’s viewed as progressive.
Light, airy, and a wide variety of happenings for the customer in terms of specialist collections, programmimg and reference support. The learning centres are varied in purpose from computers in dedicated spaces, dedicated rooms for learning and a maker space staffed by Digital Design Technicians who deliver programmes, assist customers with 3D printer and design help, customers printing their own books – real cool along with audio and video production.
These DDT staff also support the branches with pop up mobile labs that are out on rotation with the DDT to facilitate drop ins, books ins, programmes and staff learning.
Collections – approximately a third on display, the rest elsewhere but can be accessed on request. Lots of compactums. Arthur Conan Doyle collection a highlight – dedicated themed space and a librarian with the true gift of storytelling. Anyone can pop in, relax and select from this wonderful collection. You can also loan musical instruments – well used and valued resource.
The Reference area is also a seller for weddings with the couple married at the top with guests seated below – nice little revenue earner.
Technology pervasive. Lost count of the screens and number of computers. Cool lighting as well.
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Iconic building and external design features with wow- linking Civic buildings and Library. Emphasis on people places, digital literacy, settlement services,outreach and programming.
Poopulation 55,000- membership 45,000. Living room of the community. Connecting with you, the community and through technology. 1400 walk in and 1000 digital library usage per day. Opened 2008 and responding to customer feedback re services and space. Digitization room heavily booked.
The library resources are visible on street walks – authors and books profiled on street lamps, how cool is that! Hold this thought: great idea to re-engage our community with Central City Library and have fun. Make it interactive with elements similar to latest Pokemon Go. Amazing aboriginal Storyteller in residence.
Accessible services for all: print/perceptual disabilities access to over 200,000 items in accessible formats
This library is about to embark on a makeover to increase floor area children’s, innovation lab, specialist heritage collections. These rennovation will also increase flexibility of floors 7 and 8.
Clear lines of sight, beautiful and functional design, clutter free, intuitive way finding, natural light, STEM and Maker Spaces programming highlights, strong brand and smart messaging are the first impressions of this strategic focused network of libraries.
On listening to the passionate staff these impressions are quickly linked with evidence of connecting community, building relationships, consistency of service and key messages, flexibility to respond to customer needs, ability to initiate changes and a focus on agreed network priorities as outlined in the Strategic Plan – “present ourselves as one library and one staff”.
The three branch libraries are wonderful community spaces. The Central Library equivalent Stanley A Milner Library is about to undergo extensive refurbishment, closing in approximately four months. A bigger Maker Space and Children’s areas will be two of the significant changes.