“We must stop reacting to the world around us and start inspiring it!
For too long have we defined the core of our profession – service – as standing ready to serve. No one ever changed the world by standing ready. We do it through action. This is the time – this is the place – we are the people.” ~ Dave Lankes, “Libraries and Broadband: Forging a New Social Compact”
Changing Nature of Libraries
In his recent presentation at the Delaware Library BTOP Launch, Dave Lankes, associate professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, challenged several long-held beliefs that we as librarians have used to guide our work. He then focused on the changing nature of libraries:
- [from]quiet buildings with loud rooms to loud buildings with quiet rooms
- [from] places of knowledge access to places of knowledge creation
- [from] territory of the librarian to territory of the community
What Else is Changing?
What else have we been doing because “that’s the way it’s always been done”? When we hear that statement, we should automatically reexamine the issue at hand. This is a new day. This is a new time. And I am excited to be part of it!
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