MOREnet Announces Library Research Project Partner

Immediate Release:
MOREnet Contact: Sherry Loyd, Executive Assistant, (573) 884-2666, loyds@more.net
University City Contact: Patrick Wall, Library Director, (314) 727-3150, pjwall@ucpl.lib.mo.us

 

MOREnet to Partner with University City Public Library on a Three-year Project to Advance Technology in Missouri Libraries

Columbia, MO (September 26, 2013) – The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) is pleased to announce University City Public Library (UCPL) has been chosen to partner with MOREnet on a project for 21st Century library services.

With the endorsement of the MOREnet Council and the Missouri State Library, MOREnet announced in May it was budgeting up to $330,000, over a three-year period, to support a research project proposal from a public library to be selected for partnership.

The University City Public Library’s winning proposal will develop a technology MakerSpace with a variety of equipment and software for use by all library patrons. UCPL’s physical and digital MakerSpace will include facilities, equipment and software for audio and video recording and editing, and equipment and software for 3D modeling, printing and fabrication, providing the tools and resources to enable limitless creativity.

The Library will work directly with MOREnet and will engage other community partners to provide learning opportunities related to this new equipment and software. In addition, the library will develop a digital repository for work generated by members of the community, including digital images, documents, audio files and videos, that will help preserve and explore the community’s collective past and document their present lives while imagining and designing a shared future. It is UCPL’s desire to build on the creativity of their residents and existing partnerships with community groups to make this project successful.

“We’re thrilled that the University City Public Library has been chosen to work with MOREnet on this exciting project,” states Patrick Wall, Library Director. “We really think this is going to have a huge impact on the lives of our library users and people who will come to the library to try our new software and equipment.”

MOREnet and UCPL’s shared goal during the three-year project is to remove technological barriers from people’s lives and work towards identifying and creating a set of tools and services that more Missouri libraries can use in coming years.

“We are pleased with what this partnership means to Missouri libraries,” states John Gillispie, Executive Director of MOREnet. “We look forward to working closely with University City Public Library and believe the outcome will benefit all Missouri libraries as they advance the knowledge of how to use emerging and state of the art technologies in their communities.”

About MOREnet
The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) is a member-driven consortium serving Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, state and local government, teaching hospitals and clinics and other affiliate organizations. MOREnet, which operates as a separate business unit within the University of Missouri, was created in 1991 to deliver secure, reliable and robust Internet connectivity to its members. Today, MOREnet has evolved from an Internet service provider to an organization deploying and supporting the technology resources its members need to be successful. MOREnet provides technical support, videoconferencing support, technical training, hosted and managed cloud services, disaster recovery services and network security. MOREnet is committed to supporting and enabling its members’ missions through the use of technology to enhance opportunities for public access, learning and research. For more information visit www.more.net.

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