November 20, 2017

Trent Miller | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

When the Madison Public Library began planning its new Central Library in 2011, “Trent [Miller] was part of a small group of creative thinkers who addressed several questions,” recalls Library Director Greg Mickells. “How could we reach the 18- to 29-year-old audience our library was missing? How could we offer innovative programming that promotes creativity? And how could we take advantage of the Maker space movement without a large dedicated space or specialized knowledge of technical equipment?”

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library

Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books.