Here is a list of what came out of the brainstorming session:
What do you see as the library’s future?
· “Go to” place for all county
· Oconee county develop Wikipedia/history
· Physical Google
· Involve the community with technology
· Resource for new comers
· Greater accessibility – more computers/hardware
· Location for all to come together to use technology/meeting place for technology
· Social interaction and going beyond that with technology/neutral place where this can occur
· Training center
· Check out a book/check out a library
· Hardware – look at what’s available and test it out
What are the partnership possibilities?
· Business industry group/plant managers – help drive infrastructure with broadband, etc.
· Schools/k-12/adult education – eliminate duplication and meet people where they are.
· Employment security commission – people coming in looking for jobs – getting email
· Economic Development – how to sell ourselves and selling technology and having the library as a recruiting tool (PR/Marketing)
· Chamber of Commerce – retail/service sector – more industry
· Foundations – non-profits – for fundraising – how can we get money?
· Higher Education – Clemson adult education (co-sponsor workshop on library resources)
· Arts Community
· Heritage groups
· Legislative Delegation
· Youth in the Community (gaming – xbox wii, etc.)
· Diversity – bringing community together
What do you want to see happen by the end of 2011?
· Pilot project for technology iPads or kindles, etc.
· Groundbreaking for new library (Seneca)
· Center for the county’s outreach of technology
· Improved relationship with local government
· Video on library service
· More targeted to the community to let them know what the library does
· Determine how to get more money/funding
During the session when we were discussing what might be broken and how to fix them, I recommended they watch Seth Godin's "Broken" presentation: Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.
We also took a look at the State Library's two new web sites: StudySC.org and WorkSC.org.