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The Future of Libraries

Originally aired on October 27
Re-release November 30

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Throughout history, the role of the public library has adapted to the times and the community it lives in. Perhaps the most dramatic shift has occurred within the last 20 years. In Canada, the local library is often the first place new Canadians visit, as a place to learn about the community, join language classes, and to receive crucial access to the internet and other technologies that assist with job searches and networking with others. The support and access models of libraries, such as the Oodi Central Library in Helsinki, Finland, are increasingly going beyond book lending, to provide additional resources such as sewing machines, music studios and tools. Are libraries taking over where community centres left off? Are books being pushed off the shelves? Pull up a chair to this lively conversation between experts from some of the most progressive libraries in the Nordic region and Toronto, about the renewed goals of libraries and their impact on education, innovation and community development.

Participants include:

Ronni Abergel, Founder, The Human Library Organization
Ann Dixon, Author, Friends of Homer Library bookmobile
Sarah Ham, Library and Archives Canada’s Youth Advisory Council
Anne-Rachel Schiffmann, Director at Snøhetta

This event will be moderated by Janet Smyth.

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This Nordic Talk is presented in partnership with Harbourfront Centre as a preview to Nordic Bridges.

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The Future of Libraries

Originally aired on October 27
Re-release November 30

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