That opportunity came knocking in 2011 when Missouri's Springfield-Greene County Library
District sought new ways to engage young readers during the summer months.
Sarah Bean Thompson is a youth services manager for the Springfield-Greene County Library
. She served on the 2013 Printz Committee and blogs at http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.com.
Thanks to Springfield-Greene County Library
head Annie Busch (who "thinks outside the books") and the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet, the state's education network, connected to Internet2, one of the U.S.'s next-generation research and education networks), her library patrons were not only able to gather to hear a local author talk about a book he had written about the cave, they also were able to see (via fiber-optic cables hooked up to remote cameras) parts of the cave itself, and interact (via videoconferencing) with the lead paleontologists at the cave site.
Annie Busch leads the Springfield-Greene County Library
, which serves a quarter of a million people in the Springfield, Mo., metropolitan area.
With over 30 years of experience in library service, Annie Busch, executive director, Springfield-Greene County Library
, Springfield, MO, has seen how libraries have adapted to new technologies and changing needs.