- Public libraries are public institutions intended for the public good. We must ensure they remain responsive to the public.
- Public libraries have always had to respond to competing needs, but libraries must understand those needs first!
- Public libraries must remain a bulwark against digital / device divide; streaming & downloadable content don't work for all (and aren't desirable for others).
- False dichotomies (e.g. change vs tradition, analog vs digital, space vs materials) should not drive strategic planning.
- Librarians & library staff serve the public. It's not about pay or glamor or recognition. Their expertise & service ethic matter. They should not be bullied or belittled. They should have a meaningful voice in planning and implementation of services.
- Strategic planning which is rushed, is not driven by genuine needs, and fails to include stakeholder and community voices is neither strategic nor planned.
- Public libraries should steward public resources for public good. That does not mean, however, they should be run like a business.
Monday, July 8, 2013
A Few Reasons You Should Care about #BOOKGATE Even If You're Not from Urbana
I had a moment (or two) this evening. I wanted to encapsulate in a few tweets why what's going on / wrong at Urbana Free Library matters to everyone. This brief list isn't intended to be comprehensive, but I hope it will provoke conversation.
I do not want to send my LIS students out into a world of cookie-cutter, corporatized public libraries. This is my Howard Beale / Network moment: I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore.
If you're mad as hell too, do something.