Canada: Interview With Vancouver Public Library’s Chief Librarian Sandra Singh
In an interview with the Georgia Straight in her seventh-floor office in the VPL’s central branch, she said that 20 years ago, people would visit libraries to study or work individually. Since then, she noted, pedagogy has changed in the schools to promote more group projects, and teamwork has become the norm in many workplaces.
“The types of furniture we offer and the types of spaces we create need to really reflect the diversity of needs that people have,” Singh said.
On Tuesday (May 5), the next step in the VPL’s digital revolution will take place with the launch of its Inspiration Lab, which will occupy 7,500 square feet on the third floor.
Modelled on the Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia lab, it will include software to enable patrons to create oral histories and edit films, sound, and photos. Whereas the digital facility in Chicago is restricted to teens, the one in Vancouver will be open to people of all ages.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) 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.