1/28/14

UPDATING by Jon Walker

Libraries are changing. Just as the manner in which people obtain information is evolving, so, too, libraries are adjusting how we help ensure members of our community enjoy free and open access to information. About a decade or longer ago, we began to see traditional reference books and periodicals replaced by computers and online resources. The latest in this transformation is the emergence in the recent few years of ebooks, streaming video services, and wireless handheld devices.

These new forms of information delivery mean the physical library begins to look different. In years now gone by, for example, our libraries housed shelf-upon-shelf of volume-upon-volume of encyclopedias, directories, dictionaries, almanacs, indices, bound periodicals and newspapers, and so on. Now these are largely gone, replaced by row-after-row of computers and other information technology such as printers and copiers.

Today, the next generation of library permutations is emerging. PCCLD began this latest metamorphosis a couple of years ago when we made ereaders, laptops and iPads available for checkout. We have added 3-D printing. We also have ebooks as an option via OverDrive and Freading. You can now stream emusic and evideo courtesy of the library. Technology training classes are a regular part of what we offer.

In 2014, we are taking an important next step. Library design experts are working with us to renovate space on the 2nd floor at the Rawlings Library. This change is intended to position the library to be able to more fully utilize technology to better engage and encourage self-paced, lifelong learning. Individuals and groups can gather to study, exchange ideas, and collaborate using library makerspaces and tech bars. These will represent contemporary places in the library targeted to encourage self-initiated experimentation, tinkering, and participatory learning.

In February and March, the 2nd floor of the Rawlings Library will close for about four weeks as we work with construction contractors and technology experts to begin to make these design concepts real. The renovation will include moving bookshelves and other exciting updates. Pardon our progress, but please look forward to a great new look and cutting-edge services coming soon!

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