In our opening post, we touched on the many different forms the future library might take and what types of services they might offer. Although it is almost certain that books will remain a large part of a libraries content the digitisation of journals and other stock has created space which in turn opens up opportunities for new services to be adopted by libraries.
If new technology means that we are moving from merely consuming to interacting and ultimately producing information, then it seems logical that the library will become one of the critical places where new ideas are born. Maker Spaces and FabLabs are a popular option for libraries looking to expand their services.
Maker Spaces and Fab Labs are technology-rich places where people gather to co-create, share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network and build. Typically users can access a variety of specialist hardware and software that can assist with anything from animation to drone piloting, and 3D printing facilities are usually a central feature. Exhibitions, science fairs, workshops and tutorials are all embraced by Maker Spaces and enrich the library identity further.
Other design craft activities are also often supported with technology such as vinyl cutting or specialist sewing machines. Practice and performance spaces for actors and musicians and ever food preparation spaces are also becoming a popular addition to libraries who will host performances in the evening and run cookery workshops.
These are just some of the ideas that new libraries are considering, but we really want to know what you would like to see included in your future library. Leave your comments below or tweet your ideas to @WarwickLibScape