Texas: Austin's New Central Library to Go Beyond Just Books
From the Austin American-Statesman:
John Gillum started working for the Austin Public Library system in 1979, the year what’s now the John Henry Faulk Central Library opened.
At the time, the city was less the half its current size. The library system used computers to manage its circulation, but personal computers weren’t considered an essential service, so libraries weren’t designed or wired to accommodate them. Internet access was first provided in 1995.
Much has changed in the past 32 years, and now Gillum is helping plan and build the City of Austin what he said he hopes will be the most advanced library in the U.S. The city’s “library of the future” will provide the same information and community services that residents need from traditional libraries, with a focus on innovation and flexibility, he said.
“We realize we’re going out on a limb,” Gillum said. “We want to do our best job, and that means we do everything we can to prepare for change. We’re trying to future-proof it.”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.