I think it would be great if the library were able to offer a digital preservation drop-in center, where patrons can seek advice on best practices of managing their digital files and archives. If that drop-in center included a lab, where people can find the equipment to retrieve the content on their old floppies, or get help with other digital preservation actions, that would be even better.
Technology and Innovation Spaces
We've added a few questions to start the conversation, but feel free to add your own questions and ideas.
Bookstores are closing. If you ride the Metro look at the others who are using electronic books and media instead of paper. MLK needs to greatly expand all areas related to "e-books" and downloading electronic media. To say, "We have that now." is sadly shortsighted.
It would be a good idea to expand on the Technology/Computer areas in the renovated Library. There are no job search labs or rooms with computers in the current MLK Library at 901 G. St. NW; oftentimes it is impossible to search for jobs and apply for them in 2 hours. Public Libraries around D.C only do give to computer users including job searchers only 2 hours( 1 hour sessions) per day. This is not enough time for ...more »
I really like the idea of incorporating technology in an organic way by inviting startups and local entrepreneurs to rent co-working desk/office space in a semi-mixed-use building. Including local technology entrepreneurs in that group ensures that the "tech" that patrons are exposed to stays up-to-date (to some extent) regardless of city budgets for the library, that youth that visit get a glimpse of the kinds of evolving ...more »
I DO NOT want to hear people's conversations on cells in the library. I would like no cell phones allowed at all. Set it on vibrate and go outside if someone calls you.
I'd like advance searches on computers in the library. No broken down dbase that only find books from 40 years ago.
there should be thin clients that permit one to search from a multitude of locations in the building w/out lags, chokes, and crashes.
How can the library use this space to encourage innovation and creation?
What kinds of technology and equipment should be in the newly renovated library?