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Top 3 fantastic kids’ library spaces

Posted: August 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: city library, design, libraries | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Hello, hello! As I said on Wednesday, I’m privileged to be involved in creating a new, purpose-built central library. Awesome, huh?! To create the best library we possibly can for our community, I’m asking for your help please. I’m starting operation #crowdlib! By crowdsourcing ideas for library design and programming, I hope we’ll all share knowledge, learn things, and get inspired. As a massive bonus, my community will score the best.library.EVER!

Borgarbókasafn Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik City Library) photo by me!

I’d love you to let me know your Top 3 kids’ library spaces by:

  • tweeting using #crowdlib
  • leaving a comment here
  • mentioning or direct messaging me on twitter @dpgreen

Please get involved, share and follow the #crowdlib hashtag.
My learning is your learning!

My community and I thank you in advance :)


Crowdsourcing library design and programming ideas

Posted: August 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: design, libraries | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

AN OPEN LETTER TO

AWESOME PEOPLE

Your library needs you!

Image from New York Public Library on Flickr.

Dear Friends,

I am in the enviable position of being able to help plan a new, purpose-built central library. Seriously! It’s a massive task, and I am so excited to be involved. Quite probably it is a once in a career opportunity. As a Children’s and Youth Librarian, my areas of focus are designing two AWESOME spaces: one for children 0-12ish and one for young people 12-18ish. I’m also extremely excited about creating a maker/hacker/content creation space for digital ‘things’, fine arts, and group learning through play and discovery. I’d love to please ask YOU for inspiration, help and information. For, as you know, “everybody is smarter than anybody”.
Did I mention we have a bottomless pit of money?!* So shoot for the moon!

I’m really hoping this crowdsourcing experience will benefit us all; we will all learn and be inspired :) So please, share with me. Let’s you and I create the best library with the best programs!

In the next few days, I’m hoping to pick your brains so we can all learn excellent examples of:

  • library design best practice
  • brilliantly designed libraries
  • spaces for children, and, spaces for young people
  • hacker/maker/content creation spaces
  • programming for children, and, programming for young people

To keep requests bite-sized, I imagine I’ll ask for your Top 3 responses to future posts and tweets.
When you’re answering my calls for help please use #crowdlib.

Please do what people-who-work-with-and-for-people do best – please help and share, so together we can learn and create something beautiful, and essential.
My community and I truly thank you in advance.

<3 David.

p.s. For those mega eager to help, how about leaving me a “Here to help!” comment, or tweet me mentioning #crowdlib. Thanks party people :)

 

*actual pit is far from bottomless, but aim HUGE anyway 😉