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Library as Innovation Lab

Wednesday, March 08, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Greenville Public Library
Series: Adult Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Patrick Rashleigh, Data Visualization Coordinator, Brown U. Library; Beatrice Pulliam, Director of Technology & Information Services and Don Gregory, Technology Teacher, Providence Public Library

While involved in digital projects for many years, Brown University Library has only recently started to construct public spaces for the express purpose of supporting patrons' engagement with technology. The first such dedicated space was the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, completed in 2012, which feature a 16x7 foot collaborative display wall. In March 2016, the library opened its second, larger space, the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio, which features an audio/visual recording studio and a "makerspace" with a large format 2D printer and full-color 3D printer. Rashleigh will cover some of the history and design decisions behind these spaces, an assessment of their performance so far, and some lessons and tips that the University has learned along the way.

Providence Public Library is undergoing a series of space renovations and the innovation lab will assume a significant position in the new library blueprint. Pulliam will share the library's vision of an innovation lab in the new space. She will present the efforts leading toward the final design and highlight some existing programs.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Staff

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