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ASU, Scottsdale library launch first collaboration space in Alexandria Co-Working Network

April 24, 2013

ASU and the Scottsdale Public Library are partnering to create the first collaborative workspace in the Alexandria Co-Working Network, a new ASU initiative that brings together inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in collaboration spaces in community libraries across Arizona.

Named for the world’s first library in Alexandria, Egypt, the initiative is designed to create a statewide network of collaboration spaces for public use. It combines elements of co-working spaces with expert library fact-finding services and ASU startup resources in one place where innovators, entrepreneurs and others can gather to share ideas and work together. The collaboration spaces are free and open to the public during normal library operating hours. In addition to meeting space, there will be featured speakers, mentors, tools to help entrepreneurs move their business ideas forward and access to critical information.

The Scottsdale Public Library is the first library to join the Alexandria Co-Working Network. Other spaces will be launched in libraries throughout Arizona on a rolling basis.

The grand opening of the Scottsdale Public Library's new collaboration space will take place Thursday, May 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new space and hear remarks from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and ASU Senior Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Development Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan. There also will be an announcement about which Arizona libraries will be next to join the Alexandria Co-Working Network.