October 26-28 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A301 - Fitting New Service Models Into Small Libraries

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
DeAnza I & II (Portola)
Ken Roberts, Consultant, Ken Roberts Library Consulting & Former Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library

Library reports repeatedly outline new, emerging roles for public libraries that stress library as place and a creative collaboration community hub. These new service models fit more easily in larger library buildings in urban communities. How, though, do rural library systems, with small physical buildings, adapt new service models to fit their more limited physical space? The Canadian provinces and territories have launched a national initiative to look at best practices and potential service models that translate trends into reality for small library systems with sometimes inadequate library facilities. Roberts heads the project and shares what inspired this project and the major findings.

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