News

  • Community of Practice for Telehealth at the Library

    Even before the pandemic, Pottsboro Library in Texas had begun to focus more on health, through their community garden, and programming like cooking classes for families on a SNAP budget. But when director Dianne Connery witnessed the added challenge...

  • Smart Space Transformations Transcend Library Closures

    In the spring of 2020, the 15 small and rural libraries participating in WebJunction’s Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project were on the verge of activating their newly transformed smart spaces with collaborative community programming;...

  • Taking the Plunge into Prototyping

    After opening up a world of possibilities with community discovery and ideation brainstorming, the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces libraries were ready to move on to the next step in the design thinking process: prototyping. Creating a prototype ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...