As Miley Cyrus (2017) says, “change is a thing you can count on.” Everything must change and evolve to fit and thrive in the current situation and environment. Denning (2015) states that to stay relevant institutions libraries must “change or die.”
Denning (2015) echoes the YouTube video by Booth, McDonald, and Tiffen (2010) and describes the traditional model of the library, with a bureaucratic breakdown of employees from top to bottom, and how that model just doesn’t work anymore. Whatever you want to call the new model, Denning’s (2015) “creative economy” or Booth, McDonald, and Tiffen’s (2010) collaboration and communication model, both promote flexibility in staffing and communication between all library employees. Both models seek out new and innovative means to serve communities through technology, communication, and collaboration.
Much of the reading for this module echoed the readings I did in INFO 232: Issues in Public Libraries which called for a re-branding of the library and radically changing verbiage to extol the library as an educational center and hub for the community.
In the library system I work for, we are currently trying to move out of the old library model and into a more updated one. The process has been fraught with complications as many librarians are a bit “old school” in their views on what a library should be and what a library should look like. I think back on a quote by a student I read about in INFO 261A saying that many kids didn’t like going into the library because it was the librarian’s home, which is exactly the opposite of what the hyperlinked library is trying to promote.
The library shouldn’t be a place of rigidity. It should be a place of exploration and creativity welcoming anyone and everyone. That won’t look the same for every community but that’s the beauty of it. Change is inevitable but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Yes it’s scary but it’s also exciting. Why not hop on the roller coaster of change and see what happens?
Booth, M., McDonald, S., & Tiffen, B. (2010). Library of the future in plain English. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLelhZHb3G8
Cyrus, M. (2017, August 17). Younger now. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LX2kpeyp80
Denning, S. (2015, April 28). Do we need libraries? Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/04/28/do-we-need-libraries/#1fe4ef446cd7
Stephens, M. (2016, November 17). Open to change. Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2016/11/opinion/michael-stephens/open-to-change-office-hours/#_
Matthews, B. (2010, June 21). The unquiet library has high-schoolers geeked. Retrieved from https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2010/06/21/unquiet-library-has-high-schoolers-geeked/