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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]
Despite the growth of e-readers and digital technology, New Yorkers are spending more time in libraries than ever.
That’s according to a new report out today from the Center for an Urban Future about the changing role of our city’s public libraries in the digital age.
This week on WNYC’s New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi delves into the topic and finds the contemporary library is about more than just digitizing documents and lending e-books to patrons on their Kindles and iPads.
The Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library are even undergoing renovations of their physical buildings that will help them better cater to a 21st century clientele.
Plus, a visit to the New York Public Library Labs: a small department where developers and designers work closely with the library’s curators to turn documents, like maps and menus, into a new kind of searchable collection for the internet.
World Voices caps a rich day of programming at LIVE from the New York Public Library with a conversation between Festival Chair Salman Rushdie and his compatriot Amartya Sen, who will turn around the cultural telescope and question some cherished orthodoxies regarding multiculturalism, identity politics and liberal values.