Jon Kalish brings us the latest DIY trend: hackerspaces popping up at public libraries across North America. He’ll tell us why the re-purposing of public libraries is revolutionizing the way we think about libraries, turning them into places where we can make things.
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How will libraries of the future adapt to the changing needs and desires of the public? What happens to the physical space of a library as its holdings become increasingly digital?
To find out, Nora talked to Gerry Meek from the Calgary Public Library. A shorter version of this interview will air on Spark 117, but you can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 15:24]
Last week, Nora interviewed David Weinberger about libraries of the future. David is a writer, a senior research at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and he’s the co-director of The Harvard Library Innovation Lab. Nora and David discussed two projects the lab is working on, both related to metadata – information about information – and how it impacts the ways we find and navigate knowledge.
So if you were waiting for a public radio podcast about library metadata (and really, who hasn’t?) today’s your lucky day.
Credibility, FOMO, and Retrieval. McLuhan, Social Media and hacker Spaces. http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2011/05/spark-149-–-may-22-25-2011/