The Chattanooga Public Library is in a unique position to be innovative. On the one hand, having an #_">award-winning and future-focused leadership team makes it possible on a daily basis by creating a vision and a culture that is adaptive and entrepreneurial, like a start-up. But we are also located in a city whose current transformation and tempo encourages innovation in a multitude of ways.
Chattanooga, a city with the fastest internet in the western hemisphere, actively seeks and supports start-ups and the risk-taking spirit needed to move our city forward. As the only public library in the country offering free access to high speed broadband, we have quickly become a solid and active community collaborator helping to answer the question: What in the world do you do with a gigabit network? And perhaps more importantly, how can a gig library in a gig city leverage that network to benefit the community?
To that end, the Mozilla Foundation and the National Science Foundation launched the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund here (and Kansas City) in February to help answer that question and to encourage innovative pilot projects that use the gig as an education or workforce development platform.
Today, we couldn’t be prouder to announce that the Chattanooga Public Library is at the center of the fund’s first grant awards, announced this week. Along with several community partners and anchor institutions, the library will be helping pilot three exciting and innovative community education projects that use the awesome power of the city’s gig network:
- Hyperaudio Hyperlocal, a content remixing curriculum that uses locally produced content from partners including the Library, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Public Education Foundation, and the Chattanooga History Center
- Adagio, a collaborative, cloud-based music education app to be piloted with the Library and a local public elementary school
- Viditor, a new online video editor piloting at the Library’s teen center and at the art and design classes at Baylor School.
We're looking forward to cultivating the gigabit hive learning community in Chattanooga, and can’t wait to share the progress as these projects develop. Meanwhile you can read more about the fund and inaugural projects on the Mozilla Blog.
It’s going to be a busy summer!