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Apr 16 2015 - 08:00pm
A Library That Lets You Check Out Art

Libraries are adapting to patrons’ needs in a quickly evolving media landscape. They’re not only just offering digital circulation services, they’re also building maker spaces and providing computer education classes and programming workshops. And while these are exciting learning opportunities, innovation doesn’t necessarily need to be about only digitization and new technology—it can also come from re-conceptualizing the physical resources that a library offers.

At Braddock Carnegie Library, a unique lending category has kept patrons coming back to check out more. The rule is simple: patrons browse an art collection, pick up what they like, and check the materials out for up to three weeks (with renewals up to nine weeks). In this video the program’s co-curator Dan Byers tells us that while we often hear that people need art, the reverse is also true: art needs people. This program facilitates that idea and promotes individualized art experiences by letting patrons interact with art in the most personal and accessible way.

What do you think about art lending at the library? Are there any other materials that would create social learning experiences through circulation? Share you thoughts with other educators on this Vialogue.

@01:40 johnlee: Let everyone, not only art collectors, to live with contemporary art!

@02:50 johnlee: Art lending facilitator is an interesting and critical role to facilitate conversations around arts in this program. Love this educational component of the program!

Posted in: New Learning TimesVialogues|By: Ching-Fu Lan|16 Reads