SXSW Interactive 2014
Creating a Gig Library with Strategic Partnerships
A year ago, the 4th Floor of the Chattanooga Downtown Public Library was a forgotten 14,000 square foot storage facility in the middle of the “Gig City’s” otherwise thriving, vibrant downtown. Today, teens are checking out a 3D printer during a break from their summer code camp. Tonight, a community of designers will host their quarterly meeting in the space. Tomorrow, a technology start-up called Engage 3D will be on the 4th Floor continuing work on their latest gigabit app. The panel will discuss how the public library was transformed into a vital community forum through engagement with the public and through the development of thoughtful public-private partnerships. We’ll explore how a responsive library can be a business incubator, maker space, and education lab in order to fulfill community needs. Library staff and Engage 3D will present Dev Dev: Summer of Code as one case study modelling successful collaboration between a startup business and a public institution.
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Additional Supporting Materials
- How can the public library evolve to meet the demands of a smart, connected city?
- What services does a public library provide when information is abundant, but tools are scarce?
- How do strategic partnerships help public institutions become agile and flexible in times of rapid change?
- What role does the public play in shaping the library of the future, and what are some strategies for engaging them?
- How can critical computer science and computational thinking skills be taught outside of traditional school settings, and what is the library’s role in this venture?
Cindy Fisher, librarian, UT Libraries