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How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology
Commissioned by the Wyncote Foundation
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In recent years, the Chattanooga Public Library has transformed itself to become the community’s primary catalyst for life-long learning “that results in a more vibrant community.” Instead of excelling only at providing for the consumption of knowledge and primarily through print materials, the library is promoting active engagement and creation, and expanding access to new technologies. Featured in the National Journal as “What the Library of the Future Will Look Like,” the library’s efforts are exemplified by its 4th floor. This 12,000 square foot center is a public laboratory and educational facility dedicated to design, technology, and the applied arts. The floor houses a 3D printer, a vinyl cutter, a laser cutter, and design workstations and promotes production, connection and knowledge-sharing among Chattanooga residents. Along with the City and the Open Chattanooga Brigade, the library is a core collaborator in Open Chattanooga, an initiative to empower citizens by providing easy access to city data.