Monday, September 2, 2013

Communities Have Confidence in the Future of Libraries

With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out. (NPR, 9/1/2013)

Example #1: The Central Library in Austin, Texas just broke ground on a new building that promises such new features as outdoor reading porches and a cafe.

Example #2:  In Madison, Wis., they're about to open a newly remodeled library that has, among other improvements, more natural light and a new auditorium.

Example #3: Take the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., which is in the midst of a $100 million remodeling. On the main floor, there used to be thousands of books and periodicals in the "Science, Business and Technology" section. Today, it's called the "Digital Commons," and there's hardly a scrap of paper to be found.

Other examples.

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