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The Big Issue

Christine Ro

14 July 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The first Human Library emerged in 2000 in Copenhagen, and has since exploded in popularity to the point of operating chapters in more than 70 different countries. The concept is that readers should not judge a book b...

Civic Hall

Jessica Mckenzie

3 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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New York Public Libraries are closing the digital divide by offering tech trainings, that have already been very successful as indicated by their long waitlists. Attention is now turned towards growing these programs,...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

11 March 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Throughout the country, libraries are hosting “maker spaces”—places where patrons can use technological tools to develop and fabricate their ideas and use the library to not only consume but create.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 February 2016

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In the aftermath of the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, the city relies on the public library as a grounding location that welcomes all. Though the library has seen drastic cuts in funding and staff, it invests in co...

NPR

Tony Gonzalez

24 December 2015

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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In addition to lending media and information, libraries are now lending the means to access media and information by allowing patrons to borrow wi-fi hotspots.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

2 August 2015

Bend, Oregon, United States

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Staff members at a library branch in central Oregon take steps toward community engagement and participation by crossing the barrier from employee to neighbor. By building personal relationships with other community m...

The Huffington Post

Sara Panagiotopolou

4 March 2015

Greece

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The Future Library Network has revitalized Greece’s community library system through collaboration, sharing of resources, and investment in technology for patrons to use such as recording studios, maker spaces, and ro...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

6 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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A public library in Columbus, Ohio stays ahead of the curve by investing in new technology as well as expanding outreach efforts to people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic class. The library offers rigorous, hand...

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