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Visual Notes from the Rethinking the Library Junto Event

February 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments · creativity, digital divide, drawings, drawings of the week, education, event maps, Good Causes, graphic faciliation, images, kids, making the world a better place, nptech

Rethinking the Library

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Notes from the Rethinking the Library event at P’unk Avenue in Philly.

The place was packed with passionate people, who sent their ideas flying around the room about the unique institution of the American Library.

Panelists included:
Jim Pecora
Maria Falgoust
Sarah Murphy

Nate Hill

Some threads:

  • The importance of diverse space within libraries (for quiet reading, spirited conversation, teen hanging out, etc.).
  • The challenge of working with 100 year old buildings from the Carnegie era when it comes to contemporary usage.
  • Librarians as guides and coaches.
  • Usability challenges for library websites
  • Confidentiality and libraries.
  • The library as a uniquely open institution.
  • The varying needs in different neighborhoods.
  • Defining the comparative advantage of libraries in the age of Amazon and Google.
  • Libraries as places where stuff is created.
  • The library as an outpost.
  • How central are books in the mission of libraries?
  • What do upwardly mobile tech geeks want from their libraries? How do we create a library that appeals to all?
  • Innovation idea: charter libraries.


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sara MacDonald // Feb 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I had my hand up at the moment when Geoff flicked the lights and didn’t get to spout my final remark: many attendees alluded to feeling like libraries and librarians are resisting change, but I’ve joked/not joked for years that our motto is “We know what to do; now give us the money.” We WANT to change! Libraries HAVE changed enormously! Still much, much more to do, but we’re ready and waiting; give us the space/money/staff. This is such a huge topic in the library literature, and has been for many years; you can’t open a library journal, blog or magazine without reading about it.

    Love the visual notes drawing!

  • 2 jonny goldstein // Feb 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Yeah, it was hard to get a word in edgewise last night!

    I hope that some of this 900 billion in stimulus money can go to support libraries. Libraries are such an obvious community good, they merit sufficient funding.

  • 3 PLA Blog » Blog Archive » Philadelphia Junto: Rethinking the Library // Feb 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

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