News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 08/27/2010
Subject :

Community Forum on Technology and Community Libraries
Contact : Diane Jennings, Library Director    650-329-2403

Palo Alto, CA – The Library Advisory Commission and the Palo Alto City Library invite the public to a community forum to discuss technology and libraries. Visionary leaders from the technology and library worlds will provide perspectives on current and imminent technology trends, offering insight into what these trends mean for public libraries. The discussion panel will feature: Sandra Hirsh, Director of the San Jose State School of Library and Information Science; Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, Inc.; and Cathy Sanford, Deputy County Librarian for Contra Costa County Library. Jay Thorwaldson, editor of the Palo Alto Weekly, will moderate the discussion.

When: Tuesday, September 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road

Today’s technological innovations, such as mobile devices and e-books, raise fascinating questions about the future of library collections, services and spaces. This discussion will focus on the exciting possibilities and important issues, and will provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and share insights.

Valerie Stinger, Library Advisory Commission vice chair, comments, "A priority for the Commission is to explore service and program options for our new library facilities. One important component is looking at changing technologies and how they complement and advance the role of community libraries. In this panel, we hope to engage the community in discussion to explore how and what we incorporate into a library of the future, and what programs and services accompany the introduction of new technologies and best serve our dynamic population."

The panel’s discussion of ideas will be followed on Thursday, October 7, by a "Technology Petting Zoo" program from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library. The Technology Petting Zoo will provide a hands-on experience exploring more than 20 new technology devices.

Please visit the Library web site or call the Reference Desk at 650-329-2436 for more information about this and other Library programs and services.