Active learning can ignite your library’s physical space, inviting community members to co-create, participate in hands-on learning, and strengthen their social connections. Learn about the dynamic experiences of fifteen small or rural libraries who re-imagined and reconfigured “smart spaces,” using placemaking and design thinking principles and strategies. Through a guided innovation process that centered on “the community is the expert,” these libraries transformed their physical spaces and the way community members interact with the library and each other. The before-and-after photos tell their vivid stories — from surplus book storage to creative makerspace, from little-used corner to lively teen space, from static shelves to multi-purpose activity center ...and more. A community that learns together and from each other is a community with the strong social infrastructure and resilience needed to go boldly into the future. In the words of one participant, “asking the community to get involved in co‐creating space was a win‐win for us and we will utilize this community buy‐in perspective with all future projects.” Get inspired because you too can follow this process to more dynamic, engaged use of your space and connection with your community.
Betha Gutsche– WebJunction Progams Manager, OCLC, OCLC/WebJunction