Rethinking Libraries for the 21st Century
What have we already learned?
In August 2007 a telephone survey conducted by the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at UWM, and focus group sessions held in September 2007 revealed the following:
What the Public Wants:
Lots of parking
Meeting rooms of various size
More technology – PCs, WiFi, Laptop connections
More space to work, Segregated quiet space
When asked: Would you prefer many limited-service
libraries or a smaller number of full-service libraries?
Fewer full-service libraries (62.5%)
Many limited-service libraries (26.8%)
When asked: Would you prefer a stand-alone library or a
library located in another facility?
Stand-alone library (63.4%)
Library located in another facility (20.4%)
A Community Visioning Group made the
Expand partnerships and pursue opportunities to
Redefine the library’s service concept.
Become “anchors” of learning campuses in
neighborhoods around libraries.
Pursue big ideas, enlist partners, garner new resources to support libraries.