November 17, 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?”

Madison Central Library To Host Local Public Access Channel

Madison, Wisconsin’s struggling public access TV station, WYOU, has a new lease on life, courtesy Madison Public Library. The station, which has been limping along since a 2010 state law cut its funding, has been welcomed into the new Madison Central Library branch. Library staff and station volunteers described the new partnership as a win-win situation that lets the station eliminate its rent costs and take advantage of the library’s media lab and equipment, while the library gets a batch of potential new volunteers and media teachers with years of experience, and the chance to experiment with serving as an incubator for community-produced media.