From The Calgary Herald:
In a new report detailing plans for the $245-million East Village facility across from City Hall, the bookshelves and materials will be gradually drawn down in a library made for the digital age.
The floor space will be 54 per cent larger than at the current main branch, but when it opens around 2018 it will retain the current collection of 600,000 physical volumes — books, CDs and the like. That’s in the short term.
The philosophy of this approach can be found in a recent speech by interim library CEO Ellen Humphrey. Her talk was entitled “Libraries of Today,” and she delivered it while standing next to a pile of books.
“Libraries really aren’t about these things that we see here on the stage,” Humphrey said. “These are tools, and we have new tools, and an expanding range of tools today. Libraries are really about people.”
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Here’s the Master Plan Report That’s Referenced in the Article.
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February 7, 2013