2013 Florida Visioning Challenge Winner, Michelle Morales-Pineda, Valencia College
It would be great to incorporate into our services a way to notify patrons of new arrival books, reviews, and images that match their preferences in their profile. For example, my profile preference might be specifically children’s folklore. When a new book about children’s folklore is available, I would get an email notification with links that would direct me to a page where I can request the item(s).
2013 Florida Visioning Challenge Runner-Up, Kathy Yonce, City of Saint Petersburg North Branch Library
How about real-time online bookclubs for those who can’t physically make it to a bookclub meeting. The host could be any librarian or paraprofessional who wants to facilitate the event. Our libraries might want to have an online open Q & A once a month to answer library related questions. And finally, why not host a real-time online chat with a local or (better yet) well known author. We could archive the transcripts for patron reference.
2013 Florida Visioning Challenge Honorable Mention, Elise Aielo, Palm Harbor Library – Culture Club
At present, people go to many other places BUT the library for their dose of community and culture: movie theaters, bookstores, concert venues, Starbucks, etc. Let’s take it back. Encourage local and regional artists to give concerts at the library on weekends. Have art festivals at the library on a weekend. Have local independent filmmakers host a film festival. Host dance classes, art classes, poetry slams, and writer’s workshops. Ultimately, have a 24 hour or late night coffee shop where people can feel safe hanging out. This would be another place to host local music and artists. Take back the community, libraries!
More Visions: You can read the rest of the 2013 Florida Visioning Challenge submissions here: http://tblc.org/floridavisioningchallenge