The Joint-use library
Joint-use or Combined libraries, though rare, exist. These quasi facilities are the counter stones of supporting multiple communities with limited resources. Creating a presence online not only notifies the community of their existence, but allows communication, digital sharing, and networking with the world at the stroke of a character key.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
For the next six weeks, I will analyze the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San José, California (USA). This library serves as the city’s main branch, the public university library, and a public library with a unique partnership between San José State University and the City of San José.
According to the facility’s website, the specifications include:
* It has 9 floors totaling 475,000 square feet
* Houses 1.5 million volumes
* Seats over 3,500 patrons
* Receives 2 million visitors a year
* Offers 300 public access computers and 40 group study rooms
* Displays 35 award-winning public works of art”-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Quick Facts
Additionally, the library’s special collections include:
* The California Room
* SJSU Special Collections and Archives
* The Beethoven Center
* The Steinbeck Center
* Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center”-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Quick Facts
Why this Library
One distinguishing factor for why I chose this library is its unyielding dedication to the community in diversifying programs for the inclusiveness of all ethnicities within the community. The facility separates login parameters for general patrons and enrolled students, as well as host two blogs- the San José State University library blog and the San José public library blog. The public library’s blog particularly is updated daily with relevant content. Posting TBR (to be read) lists, monthly wrap-ups, awareness month observations, and quarantine recipe tips, the blog is receptive to the needs of patrons and receptive to feedback. While blogs, in general, are a robust platform, other platforms and their user demographics should retain consideration to reach the desired target audience in this ever-changing digital age.
Improving Employability Skills
As a library science student at Ashford University, the analysis presented here will allow practicing communicating with library users and fellow professionals over the next few weeks. After all, navigating social media is a growing demand within the industry.
Of the categories of public, private, academic (school), or special, configurations of combined libraries are endless. Are you familiar with any joint-use libraries within your community?