Programming Library spaces to improve learning activities can be in different sizes and shapes. According to Aaron Cohen AIA, the library is an incubator and a place for interaction. It is a space that allows for playful activities. Below are images that represents the playfulness of furniture and the types of visualizations during programming we provide to our clients.
It is important to remember that funding a library improvement project does not have to follow a prescribed linear course. In Crowdfunding the Library, we noted that librarians and educators can generate interest to improve libraries.
Crowd-funding is a way to kick-start a library building improvement plan. For example, there are web sites (kickstarter.com) and if you are an academic library Bill Gates recommends (microryza.com). Both are websites offer funding opportunities with a solid plan.
Organizing the funding process can trigger additional opportunities that will gain traction in your community. One way to begin this process is to ask the community – What makes a beautiful library? “25 Stunning Libraries From Around The World” provides inspiration – ideas that you can use to get people excited about libraries.
Remember libraries are not just about books or e-books. They are social spaces, places for tutoring and collaboration, culture and programming. We are planning libraries that are digital as well as social. They are integrated with library information systems that enable circulation, reference, access and ebook access. According to Publishers Weekly – Bookstats trade publishing “Total e-book sales rose 44.2% in 2012, to $3.04 billion and accounted for 20% of trade revenue in the year, up from 16% in 2011.” The 44% increase in e-book sales is an important indicator that access to the library is digital as well as physical. Kick-starting the fundraising process will help the community understanding that these changes are an opportunity.
The practice of library master planning helps and supports local fundraising efforts. The studies help answer questions about the future, providing opportunities to align the community. Fundraising effors will help your library solve problems and generate experiments with new services.
Kick-start the programming process and start communicating new ideas. Use Kickstarter to get the ball rolling, enabling your library to create an improvement plan. If you are a global library in need of support, Deborah Jacobs blog about the development of libraries with Gates funding may be a starting point.
The BCPL developed a children’s library model called Storyville. It was designed to foster early literacy and school readiness skills. It was developed specifically for children birth to five.
We know through scientific research that success in school begins at birth and that the ages of birth to five are critical learning years. For this reason, we recommend this model as a beginning point. It is for librarians who are looking to be innovative with their children’s service.
Virginia A. Walter’s article, “The Children We Serve.”
The examples of different types of children who should be served:
the child as reader
the child in the information age
the child in the community
the global child
the empowered child
what about the gamer child..
“In everything bad is good for you” (Riverhead, 2005), Steven Berlin Johnson contends that video game players create new skills. In fact, many experience high levels of virtual decision-making that improve cognitive abilities.
Each child should have access to a myriad of learning spaces – blended with books, computers, notes, cell phones and calculators.