Conference Paper: “Make New Friends, But Keep The Old: Introducing Digital Innovation Services at the Toronto Public Library”
The following paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 taking place August 3-19, 2016 in Columbus, OH.
Make New Friends, But Keep The Old: Introducing Digital Innovation Services at the Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library has embarked on a significant series of organizational, operational, and service delivery changes to offer more technology based services to customers, while maintaining traditional public library services. This paper explores three approaches to staff roles, branch design, and user education that have been successfully introduced in the last two years. The introduction of 3D printing and design services in 2014 at the Toronto Reference Library have been expanded to include mid-sized neighbourhood branches as well as mobile Pop-Up Learning Labs. The role of partnerships with the maker communities and technology companies can be applied to other public libraries.
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More to Come
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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. 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.