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Nashville Public Library Foundation


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Nashville Public Library Foundation

  1. 1. Learning Labs Grantee Convening Team Nashville February 12 - 13, 2013 Washington, D.C.
  2. 2. Project Information Our VisionWe envision a plan for a Learning Lab at Nashville Public Library thatwill enable us to powerfully engage an increasingly diverse youthpopulation in Nashville in learning with new media and related arts. Bymarshaling together the insights and expertise of youth, communityorganizations, librarians, educational and architectural consultants andtechnology experts, we propose to plan a space of youth activity andlearning that is culturally and socially relevant, that draws on thedistinctive strengths in media and the arts within Nashville, and thatproductively and imaginatively bridges—in its design—physical anddigital spaces.
  3. 3. Project InformationProject & Community Partners
  4. 4. Project Information Physical Space LocationWith a successful teen center in place at its MainLibrary, the library has identified a 2,667 square-foot space immediately adjacent to the 7,412square-foot center that can be remodeled forseamless integration with the existing space.
  5. 5. Making Progress: Space Design
  6. 6. Making Progress: Youth Engagement • Steering Committee • Surveys • Focus Groups • 1-on-1 Interviews • Prototypes
  7. 7. Making Progress: Structured Activities • Writing • Music • Gaming • Making
  8. 8. Lessons Learned Excitement:“ I think the most exciting thing for me has been beingat the table with so many people with diversebackgrounds who all have an interest in kids and wantto make this the best experience we can for the teensof Nashville.” Dr. Kevin Leander
  9. 9. Lessons Learned Challenges:• Bridging the Physical and Virtual Spaces• Articulating the project to potential funders• Determining amount of funding needed
  10. 10. Lessons Learned Wish we’d known:• Full 18 month planning period is needed!
  11. 11. What’s next? Goals in the next 6 months?• Complete Prototypes• Complete Space Design• Name for Space• Promotional Materials• Finalize Budget