A newly opened library in the Carver County city of Victoria is being touted as a prototype for achieving the maximum amount of community benefits from a minimum amount of space.” (Star Tribune, May 14, 2015)
While there are some pretty cool libraries out there, when faced with only a tiny space and an enormous need, challenging issues revolving around use need to be tackled in an innovative way. And I really like some of the solutions adopted here:
- flexible design allowing use for varying purposes without the need to rearrange furniture
- introduction of a ‘digital-in-person’ concept: using library space for people to interact with each other
- providing a delivery service link from a nearby library in place of storing expansive books collections
- computer stations in the library to allow patrons to easily browse our eBook collections
- long, farmhouse-style tables equipped with power and data connectivity which can be used by individuals and small groups to classes of up to 24 students; space is “flipped” without any rearranging
- using colourful furniture to create zones and define spaces
- adaption of the Apple stores’ Genius Bar tech support counter to assist library patrons navigate the digital library
The notion of adapting ideas from Apple into our schools and libraries is something I enthusiastically blogged about some time ago: What Apple can teach us about learning! so, as you can guess, I’m a big fan of the idea of introducing the ‘Genius Bar’ as a tech support counter to assist library users.
Being able to teach patrons how to better use the library in a ‘spiced up’ manner has to be a win-win for Teacher Librarians. Imagine teaching a dedicated/attentive small group
- how to search the catalogue
- how to download e books and other materials
- how to use e-resources
- how to effectively run a search
- ensuring patrons feel ‘at home’ and comfortable in the library
Yes – I know this is what we do now, but giving the process a ‘facelift’ can go a long way.
Guess it’s time for a change!