Wisconsin: Appleton Public Library Director Colleen Rortvedt Explains the Library of the Future
The interview transcript appears on the Appleton Post-Crescent web site.
The interview begins with Rortvedt mentioning some recent changes at the library including:
We’ve also changed around some of our departments. Our reference department is now known as Community Partnerships, and that’s really to emphasize our increased collaboration with the community and the importance of having the library not just be a building in the community but to be out and about and a part of the community.
Then, an exchange about the changing roles of libraries.
Q. Is the role of the library changing?
A. It really is. A fundamental shift is that libraries have historically been designed around materials and artifacts and things, and libraries are now increasingly flexible and designed around people and activity and interaction. That’s the way that you’ll see libraries all across the country changing.
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