NHC Library receives grant

Posted August 20, 2015 at 10:54 am     Category: LibraryNews Release

(New Hanover County)–New Hanover County Public Library has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $42,625.00 to fund a planning process that will guide the local library system’s continuing efforts to serve the needs of the community in this era of rapid social and technological change, with special attention to the development of future library facilities, resources, and services.

A symposium series titled “People, Place, and Platform: Libraries in the 21st Century” is being planned to engage citizens, elected officials, administrators, board members, library staff, and other stakeholders in the collaborative development of this shared vision.  Community Engagement Librarian Susan DeMarco is manager of the symposium.

Thomas Frey will deliver the symposium’s keynote speech, “Future Libraries and the Four Crossroads of Change,” in the main theater of CFCC’s new Humanities and Fine Arts Center on October 27. The 7:00 pm event will be free and open to the public.

Thomas Frey is Senior Futurist of the DaVinci Institute, a nonprofit futurist think tank that operates as a working laboratory for the future human experience. He is in demand as a keynote speaker at national and international business, government, education and library conferences. He has addressed the American Library Association, U.S. Department of Energy, Alliance for Information Science and Technology Innovation, GE Global Research, World Ag Expo, World Future Society, Social Security Administration, and Rockwell Automation, among many others.

Architect James Bradberry is the second expert who will be leading the symposium. In addition to two days of meetings with library staff, Mr. Bradberry is to be the speaker at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. This free event will be on the evening of November 5 at Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road.

James Bradberry’s Pennsylvania architectural firm has designed two resoundingly successful interactive learning centers called Storyville for the Baltimore County Public Libraries in Rosedale and Woodlawn, Maryland.

Other symposium events are being planned for the spring of 2016, and will be announced at a later time.

LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of North Carolina are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For information about the “People, Place, and Platform: Libraries in the 21st Century” symposium and planning process, contact Susan DeMarco at sdemarco@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6353

To learn more about New Hanover County’s four public library buildings and extensive online resources for lifelong learning, call 910-798-6301 or visit www.nhclibrary.org.

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Contact: Susan DeMarco
910-798-6353

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