Friday, April 18, 2008

Encourage the Heart

Not a bad message for National Library Week. Not a bad thing to remember as we plan for next week's public meeting on our library's facility needs... part of a presentation “Transparency, Planning & Change: See-Through Libraries” by Michael Stephens and Michael Casey at the Computers in Libraries Conference. It's 154 slides with lots of 2.0 examples, some cautionary notes, and some good advice. This is one of my favorite slides, because it speaks simply to the transformative power of libraries, and the need to be mindful:

Encourage the heart

• The physical space
• The “feeling”
• Interaction with staff
• Discovery...Curiosity...Self-Actualization
• Emotion...support...enrichment
Other slides include "rules of innovation", "five things I never want to hear in the library", etc. Worth a read and reflection.

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