So after writing about the Taiga Forum’s Provocative Statements a couple weeks back, I figured it was time I came up with my own. Ergo:
The most important things in libraries are people: those working there and those visiting.
Library users should hardly know that librarians exist, unless they (users) feel a need to invent the friendliest, most knowledgeable people on earth.
The more we give up control, get out of people’s way, let them do what they want, the more important and significant we become.
Books and everything else in the library are for using. (Shout out to Ranganathan.) Having it wear out from overuse is the highest praise. A pristine book on the shelf is a sad thing indeed. A stolen book is a triumph. We should hand a book to everybody walking out the door. Our servers should feel like they are under a denial of service attack.
Libraries collect experiences. Then we lend them out to different people. The result is more experiences created, like a sourdough bread starter. We should figure out how to collect the experiences of the experiences.
Making people feel is the highest aspiration. Making them feel happy is the highest of the highest.
Format isn’t important. It’s always changing. The best one is whatever people will use.
The library environment is more important than ever, whether of bricks or clicks. The experience people have while finding information is part of the information.