The library improved sightlines and the teen area and made other small changes in order to make a big impact. The library also chose a variety of active learning materials and supported the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward initiative in their active learning transformation.
Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces is a WebJunction program that led 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country to reimagine and reconfigure their libraries into smart spaces. The Association of Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) worked
collaboratively with WebJunction on all project phases and the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) provided subject expertise, consultation and instruction. The project was made possible by support from OCLC and by a grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.
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The content originated with the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project. Examples of the original 15 libraries’ successful application of the process are included in all three courses. Although the project was specifically designed to be actionable by small and rural libraries, the process can apply to any library type or size.