A report just released by the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries asks us again to reconsider how the library can serve communities in the 21st century. “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” aims to capture the momentum and excitement of the innovations taking place in public libraries across the country, and the impact these are having on communities. The report asks: With all the new technologies and layered networks, what can be done beyond current advancements? The Dialogue on Public Libraries group is made up of 34 library field leaders, business executives, government officials, education experts, and community development visionaries. The group aims for more than just holding up great examples of libraries working well in the digital age. It wants to provide a catalyst for new thinking about libraries as platforms for learning, creativity, and innovation in communities, and for the creation of new networked forms of libraries.
The American Library is a celebration of the diversity of the American population. Printed in gold on the spines of many of the books in the installation are the names of people who immigrated, or whose antecedents immigrated to the United States. On other books are the names of African Americans who relocated or whose parents relocated out of the American South during The Great Migration.
The startup Within Limited is bringing its expertise in making experiential virtual reality (VR) to the world of augmented reality (AR). In November 2018, the company launched its first AR experience, Wonderscope, as an iOS app.
The Smithsonian Libraries is calling for applications for the 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Library in New York is the host location for 2019.