Alison J. Harris



Collaborative Spaces in Public Libraries

I was lucky to attend an excellent presentation at this year’s FLA Conference about Orange County’s new Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity. The 26,000 square ft area will have a studio for sound, film, and photography along with a 3-D printer. These makerspaces make me absolutely excited for Librarianship, but it will take time for the technology to develop public libraries with budgets still recovering. There’s a brief article in the Orlando Sentinel here.


Preliminary design plan for space.

Soon after the conference I learned some details of the remodel happening at my branch in Hillsborough County. The Talking Book Library has moved from my building to right across the parking lot, so the newly reclaimed area will turn into a Mediascape with flat screen monitors and comfortable seating conductive to collaboration.


Steelcase furniture for media:scape.

The media:scapes will be provided by Steelcase. The device will allow customers to “plug and play” with device electronic devices, including laptops as well as tablets and smartphones.

The area will be used for customers to use at their leisure to collaborate with groups and for library staff to teach technology classes. When not in use, one of the monitors will double as an eBook browsing area for our Overdrive catalog. Exciting times!






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