"As the library works to implement the master plan, the public must remain engaged in the conversation. At budget time, the library is often among the first things on the list for cuts when there is a funding shortage. Many residents, however, have made it clear that they see libraries as an "essential service" the city must provide.
Fort Worth is a great city. Great cities have great libraries."
Hotel libraries, little letterbox libraries on street corners, and now another version of the "book littering" concepts with the rather wordy International Public Space Library.
Love the idea of getting books into the hands of people, and just wondering if libraries themselve might do something similar. Also love the quote "Libraries are not made; they grow." (Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), Chief Secretary of Ireland)
We've been seeing (and reporting) lots of news about local libraries closing, library budget cuts and layoffs in our communities. In light of this, we think it's important to remember everything that we cherish about our libraries.
When considering a new library, Andy Woodworth (Agnostic,maybe) says, "What matters here is the community, not the expectations or opinions of remote colleagues or antiquated notions as to what a public is or is not."
"A library is not the sum of its books. It’s a place in which people can access information. This increasingly includes programming, especially for teens and children. For many young people, the library is the only safe space they can go to after-school. Librarians are stepping up to the challenge to make the library a cool place as well. Teen librarianship is one of the fastest-growing segments of librarianship because the profession has recognized a need to more comprehensively serve this population..." via @librarybeth
"Bar Rayon’s library [Ukraine] is one of approximately 1,800 that will receive public access computers, training, and support from the Bibliomist program. Currently, the library is a hub for the community to share expertise and to keep up to date on new opportunities. The librarians use the computers to search for grant opportunities and post them on a community blog."
"So the question, and it's a huge question, is, 'What even is a library anymore?'" said Cesar Pelli, the world-renowned architect and designer of the Minneapolis Central Library.
While this large urban library has greater resources than many of its suburban and rural counterparts -- the building itself, which opened in 2006, cost some $138 million -- librarians across the country are looking to institutions such as this to show the way forward. For their part, the librarians here say their hope is that this library can be more of a cultural center than a book repository."
"[Mark] Pesce [a futurist and honorary associate in digital cultures at the University of Sydney] said the responsibility to educate the public on such tools could fall on librarians, who use search tools as part of their job."
"Librarians shouldn't have to educate everyone. They should simply be capable of training people who can then train other people."
"I've been thinking about content creation and libraries lately. Right now, we collect content - hence our shelves of stuff. Yes, we do many other things too. But if you look at our buildings, they have been, by and large, designed for collections of stuff – for collecting content."
"There was an incredible amount of stuff in this collection, which probably dated from the late ’90s until the late ’00s. There were comics I didn’t even know existed and plenty of things I kept threatening to take (but I didn’t. You’re welcome, America)."
"How do you invite a participatory culture in your library? For me, this is a term that is an embedded part of my philosophy. I strive to find ways for students to have multiple opportunities to connect, participate, collaborate, and create in the media center throughout the year. [...]
After several impromptu conversations with parents and teachers recently, I’ve come to value the power of library sponsored literacy contests and reading promotions."
"“This is a great opportunity for partnership in our community,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling. “The library will be a great resource for students, and provide a gathering space for the community to use and to enjoy the programs offered by the public library board.”
A public library branch will create stronger connections in the community and emphasize the importance of literacy and education in the community, said Lawrence Lee, Board Chair of the Red Deer Public School Board."