Community Dialogue Space
On behalf of all citizens who seek more opportunities for reasonable public dialogue and discourse, please consider the following renovation:
Make that section of the library that houses the Alaska Collection into a multi-use area capable of hosting community dialogues.
The inner circular area in the lower level of this section is well-suited to dialogues.
The upper level circular area could be reconfigured to accommodate break-out groups.
This change would not require major structural work. Some removal of fixed furniture and reconfiguration of electrical fixtures may be required. The purchase of moveable tables and chairs designed to accommodate facilitated group dialogues would also be suitable for the needs of students and researchers. Improved electrical, internet and audio visual technologies would improve the experience of all users.
Use of the facility to accommodate community dialogues would occur, most often, during evenings and on week-ends. This would be very compatible with present use of the facility for research and study during normal library hours.