Libraries Lead Collaboration for Small Business

Orlando Public Library

Further, the Orlando Public Library will be home to the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity, a 20,000 square foot space to explore emerging technologies and foster learning in areas such as design and Web development. Like Chicago and D.C., Orlando’s library will house a 3D printer, as well as open source resources and services for video production and editing, audio mixing and more. The center will also have a presentation theater to provide a space for experts to share knowledge across the varied areas the center will touch.

Orlando Public Library

While it’s exciting to see these examples of traditional centers embracing emerging technologies and disciplines, not every library is financially positioned to make such a transaction. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to continue to watch this trend unfold. These collaboration and co-working hubs should fuel cross-pollination of ideas and innovation as students, tech enthusiasts and those from all walks come together in the space to build, design and more.

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Daniel Nieves
Dan is Chief of Staff at, a video review and collaboration platform for the creative community. Prior to, Dan headed up Market Engagement at Zinc, an enterprise startup transforming how we communicate in today's mobile workplace. Before his time in startups, he spent four years at Deloitte as a strategy consultant where he helped clients transform their organizations through the use of digital technology. Dan graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Maryland. Born and raised in New York, he recently returned and is now residing in Manhattan.

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