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Micro-Library for Rural and Minority Communities

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Micro-Library for Rural and Minority Communities

Central Arkansas Library System, Ark.

Digital Equity and Citizenship | 2020

Innovation Summary

The Millie Brooks Micro-Library model, focused on business, technology and community partnerships, will allow the Central Arkansas Library System to address the lack of accessibility to computers and Wi-Fi, office supplies and services, faxing, notary services and technical instruction in the Wrightsville community in rural Pulaski County.

Problem Statement

Residents in Wrightsville often experience instability in the areas of reliable, affordable internet services and public transportation. A Micro-Library business center approach will bring these often-unobtainable services within practical reach in a community whose residents often walk or ride-share to reach locations where services are only offered miles away from their residences.


Innovation

The Micro-Library will feature curated services and spaces, while serving as a programming outpost from which CALS will take services out into the community.

A computer lab will be central to the location, and instruction will be available. Classes will include computer literacy, resume building and more.

Services for children will include a creation station, programming and tutoring.

Books and DVDs will be available for checkout. A card catalog, holds placement and item pickup will be available.


Progress

The Micro-Library will give community members opportunities to seek and obtain enhanced training and better employment, which will improve access to basic services by increasing the tax base in Wrightsville and improve the level of physical, emotional and financial well-being in the community.

Partnerships are being sought with local business, churches, schools and the Wrightsville State Correctional Facility, which will extend the reach of the library and connect more people with its resources and services.