October 13, 2015

Washington: Tacoma Public Library’s StoryLab Opens Up Digital World

From The News Tribune:

The [StoryLab] digital program [a program geared toward teaching digital media to Tacoma’s youths] was funded by a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation with matching funds from the library. When it was formed, library officials said at the time, it was only the third digital media center in the nation provided by a library.

The grant expired Dec. 31, but library officials say the program will continue, even if the funding isn’t there.

“We’ll find the money to make it work because it’s that important,” library spokesman David Domkoski said.

The library will again apply for an Allen foundation grant, this time $150,000 over two years, to keep the program running.

“There’s no guarantee that we’ll get it, but they respect what we’re doing, and they see the importance of it,” Domkoski said.

In the three years since the lab’s inception, word of its success has spread across the country. Teen Services Librarian Sara Sunshine Holloway has received calls from several library officials, including one from New York, asking about the program.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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