From the outset, the Library’s Board of Trustees charged the project design group with achieving a LEED Gold rating for the building. While the Gold Rating remains our minimum requirement, we are striving for a Platinum LEED rating. This would be one of only a handful of LEED Certified Platinum buildings in the state and one of the most sustainable libraries in the country.
On January 7, FEMA changed its policy to recognize libraries as essential community organizations, thus making them eligible for temporary relocation funding in times of disaster or emergency. Under section 403 of the Stafford Act, which is the statutory authority from which FEMA derives the majority of its policy, only essential organizations are eligible for temporary relocation funding during major disasters through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
The first renderings of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library were approved by the Board of Trustees on January 6 during their regularly scheduled meeting. The two images reflect the design of the Library from the front, facing Greene Square Park; one during the day and one at night.
I received a call today from a gentleman named Charlie who lives in British Columbia. He is part of an organization working to build a new library and he wanted to know what type of digital content and new media they should be thinking about when they design their new building. I was caught slightly off-guard, to be quite honest, but the question got me thinking. What comes to mind when you think about technology at your library? How would you answer Charlies’ question?
With all of the questions we are getting about ebooks and how to download them to personal devices, we thought it would be helpful to provide some additional links to information by OverDrive, the company we work with. They have wonderful tutorials online to help get you started on using your device with our “virtual branch.”
One of the hottest items this year for gift-giving was some form or e-Reader. The Metro Library Network (MLN) which consists of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Libraries offer free downloadable eBooks (and Audiobooks) to library card holders through the OverDrive network.
The holidays are a time of sharing, of getting together with family, and usually, of traveling. The Cedar Rapids Public Library has a variety of audio books (both in cd form and downloadable) that can help make a trip more tolerable.
Another way in which the Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) will be using technology to make the library more efficient and to help get materials back on the shelf a little faster is the installation of an automated sorting system. Th
Self check is easy and convenient at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. To show you just how simple it is, check out our quick 30-second video. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjc3Z6Xj1NA&hl=en&fs=1]
The Cedar Rapids Public Library West has been working towards this transformation for several weeks and today things are looking completely different! Our self-checks are now installed and working and our circulation desk has been moved to its new location to act as a laptop bar.