New uses for libraries…

In this rapidly changing world, you must reinvent yourself or die. While I am thinking about how to reinvent myself, I am inspired by how others are doing it.

Take, for example, libraries, which will always be an important and relevant part of the human community, in my opinion. Here are two ways in which libraries are reinventing themselves in this age of the e-book: opening makerspaces, or space within the library where people can come together and learn how to make things; and loaning out seeds, much as they loan out books, for planting local gardens. Isn’t it interesting how, as our culture becomes increasingly digital and “in the cloud,” libraries are preserving old ways of doing things, such as making things with our hands and growing our own food?

Our library just got these cool self-checkout devices that look and act like something out of a sci-fi movie (they even glow blue!). I worried that they might put the librarians out of a job, but they said they would have more time to introduce new programs and services if they didn’t have to check out books. I’m excited to see what they will do. If you haven’t checked in on your local library lately, why not pay them a visit and see what they’re up to? Show your local library some love!

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2 thoughts on “New uses for libraries…

  1. Always interesting to learn reactions to the automated checkouts. My husband and best friend (both extreme introverts) absolutely love it whereas I really enjoy seeing a librarian behind the desk and getting to talk with someone and ask questions.

  2. Angie, I like talking to the librarians too, but it was quite exciting to use the machines, since they reminded me of something out of Star Trek.

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