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As libraries continue to be squeezed out of the ebook lending picture and more patrons seek out information without library assistance, what is a viable path for libraries in the future? With more tools widely available for patrons to use to create their own content, libraries have a chance to transform from institutions that are only about borrowing to institutions about experiences.
Instead of just merely collecting “stuff” and lending it out to patrons, more libraries are encouraging their patrons to “make something” at the library. Whether it be the hackerspace at the Fayetteville Free Library, the YOUMedia lab at the Chicago Public Library, or smaller programs at other libraries throughout the country, libraries are offering more programs to encourage their patrons to be prosumers instead of just simply consumers.
In this webinar, Justin Hoenke (Teen Librarian, Portland (Maine) Public Library) will discuss the current trend of content creation at libraries. He will also share details about how to start up your own content creation programs and discuss his own content creation programs such as Make Music At The Library and Game On! Envisioning Your Own Video Game. Justin blogs at http://justinthelibrarian.com.
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