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He explains why it’s worth your time to check out what’s new at the library

“The Chicago Public Library is becoming less the hushed repository of static media and more like a coworking space for customers under commissioner Brian Bannon, who took the helm in March 2012 amid layoffs and budget cuts. Since then, he has installed popular office-productivity software for patron computers and expanded computer training classes, and he’s working on a three-year workforce-readiness plan. When he opened the Maker Lab as an experiment in the Harold Washington Library Center last summer with equipment such as 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters and a milling machine, the lab earned a Chicago Innovation Award for social innovation. Bannon shares lessons from the Maker Lab and how he managed change at the library.” (via Blue Sky Innovation)

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