Rutherford County, Tennessee Library System Opens “Shelfless Digital Public Library” (aka Technology Engagement Center)
For the first time in 26 years, a new library is opening in Rutherford County. But there’s something you won’t see there: books. Or, bookshelves. The Technology Engagement Center is designed as a trendsetting library that focuses on digital literacy, computing skills and “maker” spaces.
Librarian Kathleen Tyree will manage the center. She prefers to call it “shelf-less,” since books — in modern form — are here.
“We do not have physical books,” she said. “We have e-books, e-audio, but we don’t have shelves and shelves of books.”
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.