Author Archives: Charlie Wapner

New season, new entrepreneurship opportunities

A young girl works in the "Fab Lab" at Orange County Library System's Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center.

This is a strange time of year. The days are still long and hot – at least here in D.C. – but the Labor Day promos and pre-season football games signal the start of a new season. It’s around this time that I usually reflect on the waning summer. Having just gotten back from a long vacation at the beach, ... Read More »

Libraries cheerlead for fair copyright

I’ve written a lot about 3D printing on the District Dispatch. One of the most unlikely topics I’ve discussed in connection with this technology is cheerleading…That’s right. If you’re a loyal DD reader, think back to May. If you’re hearing bells ring, that’s because the first week of that month, I outlined a court case between two manufacturers of cheerleading ... Read More »

OITP releases entrepreneurship white paper

Photo by Reynermedia via Flickr

In recent District Dispatch posts on National Start-Up Day Across America, the George Washington University Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference and National Small Business Week, I’ve made  the case that libraries are indispensable contributors to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. These posts offer broad-brush descriptions of the library community’s value and potential in the entrepreneurship space. Nowhere, however – on the District ... Read More »

Ready, set, #Readathon2016

National Readathon Day logo.

Saturday, May 21, is National Readathon Day 2016 – an opportunity for readers of all ages to come together at their local libraries, schools and bookstores to celebrate reading and raise money for early literacy. Proceeds from the event will benefit ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which supports literacy skills among children from birth to age 5. Leading ... Read More »