DENVER POST: Rethink the library: Next gen becomes resource for tech, entrepreneurs

anythink_logo_color_rgb(Denver, CO) – Denver Post contributor Tamara Chuang provides insight into the evolution of the nation’s libraries with an article that includes the state’s Adams County library system dubbed Anythink™. Through outreach and embracing the many ways technology has changed the ways we exchange information and ideas (as well as communicate), Anythink has turned its financial outlook completely around, from being one of the state’s worst-funded library systems to becoming a national leader within a decade. Going all out to enliven its ranks with the “next gen” (next generation) using “next gen” technical know-how and interconnections, with the moxie to bring it all together, has created success.

At this week’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas, Anything’s director of innovations and brand strategy Stacie Ledden shared how joining forces with a team of enthusiastic librarians, lib*interactive, helped change things for the better.

“It’s kind of an exciting time for libraries,” according to Larra Clark, program director at the American Library Association (ALA). “Maybe what you need is a 3-D printer to prototype, or a digital media lab to cut a commercial. We want to say that these are resources that are available. We have great librarians who can help research your patents and trademarks.”

The impact is real: The number of Adams County residents with library cards has risen from around 17 percent, to 42 percent and growing!

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