Toronto Public Library Launches First Ever Digital Innovation Hub
Toronto (Tuesday, February 4, 2014) – Toronto Public Library’s first Digital Innovation Hub is now open at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). Part digital media lab, part maker space, the hub contains a range of digital technology that allows people to learn, create, and explore in a fun and welcoming environment.
While the Digital Innovation Hub provides access to new technologies like 3D printers and scanners, Raspberry Pi computers, Arduino kits, high definition video cameras and audio mixers, it is also intended to be a collaborative space where people can connect and learn from each other. There will be meet-ups, speaker events, and free classes on everything from 3D design to computer programming.
“The opening of our first Digital Innovation Hub is an important step to broadening access to emerging technologies. To succeed in today’s digital world, Torontonians need the opportunity to use emerging technologies in spaces that encourage collaboration and creativity,” said Jane Pyper, City Librarian. “We’re looking forward to welcoming many people to Toronto Reference Library’s digital innovation hub, and to hubs opening later this year at Fort York and Scarborough Civic Centre branches.”
Eric Boyd of the popular Toronto Mini Maker Faire announced that the next Maker Faire would take place November 22 and 23, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library, enthusiastically saying that “Toronto Mini Maker Faire is glad to be partnered with TPL because it’s a fantastic opportunity to reach a wider audience in Toronto”.
Coming up in March, the Library will launch its inaugural Innovator In Residence program. For six weeks, the Innovator in Residence will offer classes, demonstrations, and appointments with library customers on 3D design and 3D printing projects.
The Library thanks the Metcalf Foundation for its generous contribution and support for the Digital Innovation Hub.
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