What’s your vision for York’s libraries of the future?

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October 8th, 2013
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Does the future of our libraries revolve around books? Are there better ways of organising and distributing knowledge? What other services would you like York’s libraries to offer?

These are just some of the questions asked by the latest challenge on York’s crowdsourcing platform, GeniUS!

The latest challenge went live on Monday 7 October and focuses on York’s libraries and archive services to shape the important role they will play in the community for future generations.

The dynamics in UK library provision are changing. Ever evolving digital technologies are improving public access to a wide range of information which, when combined with funding cuts to UK councils, makes this the ideal time to collectively focus on redefining the future of our libraries.

York is already taking steps to future-proof its services. On 1 April next year, York Libraries and Archives will transfer from the council to form a new social enterprise – Explore York Libraries and Archives. This is a staff-led “spin out” supported by the Cabinet Office and will be the first libraries and archives service in the country to take this bold step.

This GeniUS! York challenge is designed to ensure the York community can play its part in this new phase of library development. The GeniUS! York approach will bring library service professionals and library users together with technically and creatively minded businesses and individuals to help create new and innovative ideas.

Over the next four weeks the GeniUS! York team is inviting you to take part in this collective process by adding your thoughts and ideas to the discussion on www.geniusyork.com. At the end of this ‘shaping’ phase, your ideas will be taken into a workshop environment in order to develop practical solutions to the challenges above. The best solutions may well be piloted in York.

The ideas will be discussed in our future libraries event ‘Synergy Sessions: Reimagining Libraries’ held on 11 November in the Acomb Explore Library. If you’re a creative, digital or design professional interested in taking part in the event, get in touch with the GeniUS! team at innovate@scy.co.uk

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