At a time in which both libraries and arts organizations are often having to do more with less, it makes sense for these two parts of our culture to support each other.
The Library as Incubator Project calls attention to one of the many reasons libraries are important to our communities and our culture, and provides a dynamic online forum for sharing ideas.” (More about Content Creation, Media Labs, and Hackerspaces) Several libraries and schools have programs where children read to dogs, such as the Fairfax Community Library’s “Read To A Dog” Program and the therapy dogs at the Princeton Public Library.
At the Ohio State Library, “professional librarians are available to answer your reference questions and to assist you in finding information. The librarian will share expertise and provide high-quality, authoritative web sites and online database resources via web addresses within the chat.” The New York Public Library’s “ask a librarian” texting service, “Ask NYPL,” “is a virtual reference service of the New York Public Library that allows patrons to submit research questions to trained information specialists via phone, chat, email, and text.
The service is one of the busiest of its kind in the United States. Every day, except Sundays and holidays, anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world can reach the library via various methods, including by phone, text message, and online chat.” The Library as Incubator Project “highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships.
The free CCPL Mobile smartphone app features a Digital Books & Media channel that makes finding and downloading e-books and e-audiobooks from the library’s collection.