How technology will transform libraries April 10

You probably know that the Fond du Lac Public Library offers more than just books. You can borrow e-readers, audio books, DVDs, CDs and a lot more. But these options just scratch the surface of what’s to come at the public library of the future.

From 3D printers to tablet PCs, robotics to custom professional cake pans, the technology world is helping to transform 21st Century libraries into vibrant, creative community spaces, rich with opportunities to make, share and collaborate.

The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library will host a fast-paced and entertaining presentation, More Than Just Books: How Technology is Transforming Today’s Libraries, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Speaker Jon-Mark Bolthouse will lead the audience though a variety of cutting-edge technology services available in libraries around the world today, and he’ll project how technology will transform the public library in the future.

As technology projects manager for the South Central Library System, Bolthouse and his team of technology experts support 54 libraries in seven Wisconsin counties. Bolthouse also is co-creator of The MacGyver Librarians, a group of volunteers that provides libraries with technology services, software products and collaborative consumer electronic projects, “one roll of duct tape at a time.”

The presentation is the Friends’ annual meeting, held in recognition of National Library Week, April 8-14. Information about the Friends organization will be available, but membership is not required to attend.


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