From preserving the past to embracing the future

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When the Victoria Avenue branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library was built in 1974 it included the Sir Harry Oakes Room, an area filled with local history books and other paraphernalia.

    Forty years later, the collection was relocated to a larger, climate-controlled area of the building in order to preserve the historic items.

    Library staff soon realized the empty space would make an ideal location for a new digital media lab.

    “As the library moves forward in the 21st century, we have identified the need and demand for improved technology access and training,” said Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, CEO and chief librarian.

    “Our feeling was that we really wanted to empower the community by focusing on content creation.”

    Over the past few months, the room has been transformed into the new Oakes Room Media Lab.

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