Dedicated to supporting learning, creation and entrepreneurship, the library’s purpose is to ensure that everyone knows how to use the rapidly changing and evolving technology that they need to meet their own needs. Each library building is a technology commons.
Libraries make available technology, skilled staff, and different types of spaces for using technology alone, with a tutor, or with a small group. Space in libraries is designed to support individuals in their learning, career, and business goals. The space might include a cyber café, a small business center, or a teen media lab. Depending on the availability of ultra high speed broadband, the Library is the backbone of the community’s broadband access outside home and business.
SPPL provides the types of technology that people don’t have at home because they cannot afford it, there are competing demands for technology at home, or because the technology itself is too new, sophisticated and expensive for individual households to own. The types of technology available include tools for production, content creation, publishing, composition, invention, and preservation. The Library might host community servers to facilitate the learning, document, and product development that the public needs for education or entrepreneurship.
The Library offers classes on the use of different types of technology for individuals and groups. It offers labs for new kinds of reading experiences. Staff may help people learn how to participate in telemedicine; use their school’s parent portal; book on-line travel; or use new complex new tools for searching by sound, texture and smell.
Staff offers technology support and instructions, helps people understand and use emerging technology, and connects patrons with the special expertise they need.