Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

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  • Turning Community Input into Workable Ideas

    In their community discovery process, the 15 libraries participating in the second round of Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces learned that community input is likely to lead to more questions than neat, complete answers. In sorting through the tangl...

  • Small Libraries Discover Their Communities

    The design thinking process begins with a deep investigation into a community’s values, needs, and interests before rushing to develop space and service transformations. Forging connections and starting conversations with your community are essential...

  • Activate Your Space with Programming

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. There are many sources of ideas for programming —the internet, your library colleagues,...

  • Create and Implement a Project Plan

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. You have now arrived at the point where all the preparation to collect community input ...

  • Discover Community Needs and Interests

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. If active learning seeks to involve community members to co-create and collaborate arou...

  • Find Community Collaborators and Partners

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. As you interact with many members of your community through a variety of discovery stra...

  • General Resources on Design Thinking and Transformation

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. The resources in this section are offered as more general resources on the topics, as w...

  • Rethink Use of Your Physical Space

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. It might seem ideal to be able to build a whole new building or at least a large additi...

  • Sustain Your Smart Space Efforts

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. All your efforts to collaborate with your community to create a space for participatory...

  • Test Ideas with Prototyping

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. After opening up the world of possibilities through creative ideation and brainstorming...