Also of interest at the Melbourne L2 Unconference was the presentation by Mark Engelbrecht and Kim Whittington from Charlotte and Mecklenburg Public Library in the USA. With some of the largest Fortune 500 companies based in Charlotte, it is obvious this a well to do community. However, the public library has being very innovative and entrepreneurial.
For example in 2006, the library received an award for Extraordinary Public Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This award recognised the interesting and innovative work the library had undertaken with their Imaginon site. Imaginon is kind of like ScienceWorks and ACMI rolled in together with a public library and a youth theatre. As you can see from the photo, Imaginon is quite a place.
What I find interesting about Imaginon; is that in being a shared facility that is a interactive discovery centre, library, and theatre; there are some very interesting cross over possibilities. For example linking story time programmes with acting classes, or science discovery programmes with reading programmes.