Are you …

  • Always thinking about new ways to engage your community with your library’s services?
  • A big-picture thinker who can also manage minute details and get people excited about long-term projects?
  • Looking for an opportunity to reinvigorate your library space to support active learning in your community?

Then read on! OCLC’s WebJunction program, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is accepting applications from small public libraries (serving communities with fewer than 25,000 people) interested in engaging their communities in a process to transform physical space and to support active learning at the library.

Submit an application by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, January 18, 2019. A PDF of the application is available to review the questions before beginning the application process.

Smart library spaces are places designed to meet the needs and desires of diverse communities. Smart spaces are where discovery and community intersect, fostering social connection among people of all ages by providing opportunities for active learning.

During the first iteration of this project, 15 small public libraries serving rural or otherwise remote communities were selected to participate in an online orientation and community of practice facilitated by WebJunction, OCLC’s public library program. They worked with each other and their communities to reimagine and reconfigure their library spaces as hubs of active learning and engagement. OCLC is pleased to announce that thanks to a supplemental IMLS grant, WebJunction will be able to guide 15 more small and rural libraries through the transformation process to create smart spaces.

The Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project is made possible by support from OCLC and by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Other questions? Email project manager Brianna Hoffman at hoffmanb@oclc.org.

This blog post was shared from “Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces: Participant Overview,” on WebJunction’s Website