Community Collaboration: Phoenix Public Library Joining Arizona St. University’s Alexandria Co-Working Network
The Alexandria Co-Working Network is an ASU initiative that brings people together in collaboration spaces in public libraries across Arizona. The new space at Burton Barr Central Library will support the entrepreneurs, inventors, problem-solvers and small-business owners across the Valley who need help to advance their ideas but don’t currently have access to the necessary tools.
Named for the world’s first library in Alexandria, Egypt, the initiative, which is led by ASU’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group, is designed to create a statewide network of places for people to connect, collaborate and find valuable resources. The spaces, which are free and open to the public during normal library hours, provide access to co-working space as well as resources that people can use to move their ideas forward, including:
• experienced mentors from ASU’s mentor network
• “pracademic” (taught by practitioners) classes from ASU’s Rapid Startup School
• physical and digital assets from the libraries
The Phoenix Public Library is the third Arizona library to join the Alexandria Co-Working Network. In 2013, the Scottsdale Public Library launched the Eureka Loft at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, and the Mesa Public Library opened THINKspot at its Red Mountain Branch. Other spaces will be launched in libraries throughout Arizona on a rolling basis.
See Also: Here’s a Video Promo for the Alexandria Co-Working Network Location at the Mesa Public Library (THINKspot).
See Also: Mesa Public Library THINKspot on Tumblr
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.