San Antonio Public Library Director Presents at International Library Forum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

November 19th, 2014

San Antonio Public Library Director Ramiro S. Salazar recently traveled to Kaohsiung, Taiwan as an official City of San Antonio Representative to present at Flipped Libraries: International Forum on New Paradigm in Space and Services of Public Libraries. Salazar shared with approximately 400 attendees from all over the world what SAPL has been doing to reimagine public library spaces in the digital age. He also participated in a facilitated forum of world library leaders.

"The San Antonio Public Library has been the beneficiary of Ramiro being a leader in the global movement by expanding and redefining public library spaces and enhancing the reading experience," said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.

Public libraries, including SAPL, that have made innovative strides in space design and service planning from the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia participated in the forum.

The forum took place at the opening of the new main library of the Kaohsiung Public Library, which has been designed to be "a conducive reading environment amongst books and trees." The design emphasizes the desire to break down people's traditional image of public libraries and transform it into a green book, a free library, a cultural landmark, a friendly environment, and an excellent place for reading.

"I am extremely honored to be representing San Antonio in an international forum," said Salazar. "I hope the innovative work and accomplishments of the San Antonio Public Library as a department of the City of San Antonio will inspire other public libraries around the world."