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Libraries as Innovation Hubs: Community Driven Design

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Meeting Description:
Public libraries are hubs for innovation and community engagement. Library workers must listen closely to community needs to design programs and services responsive to continuous changes in technology and fluctuations in funding. This free webinar will showcase two examples of collaborative design events used in public libraries to generate ideas, build community, and solve problems.
  • Chris Kyauk will talk about the Alameda County Library’s Innovation Fest, a collaborative team challenge for public library staff. The Innovation Fest was designed to help library staff become more comfortable with design processes and risk taking to better create solutions to serve library patrons.
  • Sarah Washburn will share Caravan Studio’s process for community centered design to develop technology solutions that solve real problems. This process has been successfully applied to projects with libraries as a key strategic collaborator, most recently in Indianapolis (IN).
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Date: Wed, May 31, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Chris Kyauk
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Chris works as an Information Systems Specialist for the Alameda County Library where he is one part librarian, one part systems administrator. Prior to Alameda County, Chris worked in academic libraries and archives. He has a deep interest in solving the problem of the digital divide and the library as community hub.

Sarah Washburn
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Sarah has spent the past 17 years strengthening communities by focusing on the power of public libraries in towns big and small. She believes libraries are the solution to achieving community priorities and enjoys collaborating with them to create tools for social good. She developed and led the library program at TechSoup, and is now currently the Director of Community Engagement for Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, where she works with communities to develop tools that help organize, access, and use local resources to address pressing problems.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and technology in public libraries. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, Infopeople, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the founder of Kixal, where she creates transformative training experiences for staff in libraries and nonprofits.