Community is at the core of the existence of public libraries. They’re an important hub for local communities and, in turn, become a community of their own, where people learn and share.
Many libraries are safe, inclusive spaces where diversity is on display. If you are new to the area, or even to the country, libraries help you connect with your new community. If you are a member of a marginalized group, libraries can provide vital support. If you have a disability, libraries offer access to tools and services that improve your quality of life.
How do libraries create those spaces? That’s what I’m talking about with +David Lee King
, the digital services director at the +Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
, and a recognized leader in the use of emerging technology for libraries. Plus:
• What is a digital library branch?
• How the library’s online efforts are impacted by seeing so many of their patrons face-to-face
• What online community pros can learn from libraries