This morning the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) officially opened The Digital Commons on the first floor of their main branch, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. This creative space is designed to encourage collaboration and innovation through technology, unique workstations and more.
The Digital Commons houses more than 70 computers loaded with software like Adobe Creative Suite but this is not simply a computer lab. Patrons will also be able to access tools including a 3-D printer and an Espresso book machine as well as enhanced meeting spaces.
Other features of The Digital Commons includes patrons’ ability to try out devices before deciding to purchase them from retailers, access Skype stations and get help from staff to publish out-of-print novels. Users will find meeting rooms complete with collaborations tools like SMART boards and projectors and patrons can attend staff-hosted technology classes ranging from overviews of hot apps such as Vine, creating ringtones via Garageband, primers on Adobe Illustrator and much more.
During the opening day festivities library staff, patrons and media had the chance to try out OverDrive Media Station, the in-library discovery tool designed to bring the digital collection inside the physical library by enabling users to browse, sample and enjoy digital titles.
To learn more about DCPL’s Digital Commons check out http://dclibrary.org/digitalcommons.
Adam Sockel is a Marketing Communications Specialist with OverDrive