Smart city strategies can improve government services and the quality of life for citizens.
These strategies have started to receive increased federal funding.
Often industry- and government-driven, smart city innovations have not really focused on community needs nor all-inclusive answers that can benefit from smart technologies and services.
Public libraries have been largely left out of the ongoing dialogue about smart cities.
Public libraries are digital, knowledge and creative infrastructure for smart cities. Libraries can play a critical role in involving the community and addressing its needs.
This project - submitted by CTG UAlbany in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA)’s Center for the Future of Libraries - aims at better understanding how public libraries can advance their role as community anchors in smart city initiatives by contributing to the community’s understanding of and participation in such initiatives.
The project addresses two questions:
To address these two research questions over the next three years we plan to do:
The intended outcomes for public libraries, local governments, and researchers include:
This research is supported by the expertise of an Advisory Board which will provide strategic advice for multiple stages and activities.
CTG UAlbany is partnering with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Center for the Future of Libraries.
Through this partnership, Center Director Miguel Figueroa will serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the project’s research team.
To learn more about the ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, please visit www.ala.org/libraryofthefuture.
Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. IMLS grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.