Public libraries are much more than just a place to borrow books. By adopting new technologies, these institutions have become a place for communities to experiment with new ways of connecting residents and providing them with cutting-edge services. As they do, libraries across the country reinforce their position as an important cornerstone of the community.
In Juneau, Alaska, for example, a new technology grant allowed the public library to be equipped with 60-inch video monitors and increased bandwidth to help bring video conferencing to the local residents, according to Capital City Weekly.
Providing online conferencing allows libraries to give more useful services to the community. In addition to helping the local government and other agencies conduct long-distance meetings, the new technology can help job-hunters connect and interview with prospective employers.
Furthermore, the technology can be used to supplement education for schools in the area. The public library in Batesville, Indiana adopted video conferencing to help local schools connect children to zoos, museums and hospitals as well as allow teachers hold meetings with educators from other areas.
With these and other creative uses, libraries across America have been using video conferencing to help their communities in new ways.