The Wvu Library in Toronto is one of the city’s oldest buildings, and the library is being touted as one of its most important buildings, with plans to convert it into a “smart” public library with an “internet of things” technology hub.
But there are some issues surrounding the library.CBC News has found the library’s online presence is sparse, the library has had only one public meeting in three years, and it is one section that is open only to library staff.
The library’s website states it is “an open public library,” but the library says its open to the public only and that there is “no specific criteria for admission.”
In a statement to CBC News, the Wuvys staff said the library, which opened in 2003, has undergone many changes over the past decade.
“We’ve expanded our collection of books, introduced new technologies, and built a new digital infrastructure to make it easier for users to access the books they need,” the staff said.
“We also added a new library digital exhibition and new programs for the children of Wuvy students.”
The library website has not been updated in three decades.
In addition, there are no plans to add a dedicated internet of things (IoT) hub in the library or on the building’s other floors.
The Wuvies said it will take “a long time to develop a technology solution that allows the WSU to have a digital hub that can connect with the library,” the statement said.
In the meantime, it is not clear what role the new technology hub will play in the WVS library, the statement added.
The university has not responded to CBC’s requests for comment.