Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Dr Wendy Schulz describes four versions of libraries in To a Temporary Place in Time. I think library 4.0, the neo-library will become the most important in the future. Libraries should and will take a page from bookstores and make the library a place where patrons can relax and feel like they are at home, except without screaming kids, the list of household chores needing to be done, and surrounded by people who share similar interests. The library will become the modern day bar for non-drinkers. Library 2.0 will take a vital part of creating a global community in the local library through checking out book and movie reviews before borrowing them, to checking out what other local libraries have to check out. The librarian will be there to facilitate finding information, as well as organizing and planning community event to take place at the library. The library is quickly becoming a central part of our communities just as churches and bars were decades ago.