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How the Hunt Library redefined the library for the digital age

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The James B. Hunt Jr. Library in North Carolina, USA, represents the future of libraries and a true understanding of how people can thrive in a place that is built on digital.

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How the Hunt Library redefined the library for the digital age

  1. 1. Hunt Library’s Digital Transformation efforts @dadovanpeteghem @sdwouters
  2. 2. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library in North Carolina, USA, represents the future of libraries and a true understanding of how people can thrive in a place that is built on digital. We believe that not just libraries, but all organizations can learn a lot from the Hunt Library. It makes you rethink why you are here, what you want to be and how you fit into a rapidly changing, digital world.
  3. 3. Besides the digital aspects of the library, the building looks amazing and plays a big role in its success.
  4. 4. It was designed by Snøhetta, the same architects who redesigned the world famous library of Alexandria (picture). The first co-working spaces were made here 2000 years ago. Philosophers and mathematicians came together to solve the problems of their time. We’ve come a long way, but this principle has remained the same.
  5. 5. And yet, many people have stopped visiting or will never even go to libraries because of the Internet. Libraries have become associated with an outdated product in paper books.
  6. 6. The successful libraries of today go back to their co-working roots, while keeping the digital reality of today in mind.
  7. 7. How the Hunt Library is built on digital
  8. 8. It changed the experience of getting information and collaboration, by providing simplified, inspiring working spaces combined with the latest technology.
  9. 9. Data visualization labs and co-working spaces.
  10. 10. iTunes Google Play Its app guides you around the library, lets you reserve rooms or equipment,…
  11. 11. It offers a broad range of technology lending, video and audio production studios, 3D printers,…
  12. 12. The BookBot, an automated book delivery system with a two million book collection saves money, time and space. Most of its books are also available digitally, those that aren’t can be requested for delivery through the online database.
  13. 13. It uses the same platforms as its audience and encourages them to co-create the stories on Social Media. http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/huntlibrary
  14. 14. 3 Takeaways from Hunt Library
  15. 15. 1. Libraries should look at their roots and provide digitally supported co-working spaces. 2. If you want to play a role in the physical world, you need to think about how people experience your physical locations and how they interact with them through their devices. 3. You may not have the budgets for highly advanced, expensive technology, but with a good business model and information, you can start small.
  16. 16. Curious for more? Watch the video or visit their website.
  17. 17. The Hunt Library is just one of many organizations that are prepared for the digital age. Are you? Our book on Digital Transformation can help you to anticipate disruption and take your future in your own hands. digitaltransformationbook.com
  18. 18. jo@dearmedia.be +32 475 43 80 98 dado@dearmedia.be +32 474 82 68 07 Need help in your own Digital Transformation journey?

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