Thursday, July 3, 2008

being a kitchen

Every day I get emailed the 'Library Link of the Day' and Tuesday's article has some ideas I like:

'...libraries should be “more and more a place to do stuff, not just to find stuff. We need to stop being a grocery store and [start] being a kitchen.”
She added one “wild card,” suggesting that, as baby boomers age, a societal emphasis on wellness and health will increase: “I think there’s an under-optimized play on the library as a way to keep your brain alive. We’re a massive Alzheimer’s prevention program.”'

Later in the article, Stephen Abram, SirsiDynix’s VP of Innovation, suggests libraries keep a wiki recording ideas for programmes, so we don't have to keep making everything from scratch. I'd be interested to know what people think of the idea, especially after we hit week 5, wiki week?

Here's the article, 'At Session on the Future of Libraries, a Sense of Urgency' by Norman Oder, online at

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