In the Hyperlinked Public Library there were a lot of mentions of the the Pew Poll that found that there are 9 different attitudes towards libraries in America (see image), and the majority of people like libraries (Rainie, 2014; Zickuhr, 2014; and Zickhuhr, 2014). One of my take-aways from the readings was that it isn’t just old people that like libraries, but people from all walks of life including tech savvy types, those without internet in their own homes, students, families and more. And they all come to the library for different reasons.
This presents a challenge when building a new library because we need to be able to meet the needs of our patrons. Zickhur (2014) states that libraries are becoming houses of access, allowing patrons access to the internet, printing services, and a wide variety of other services that they don’t have at home. One thing we have talked about in relation to this is getting laptop “vending machines” to open up all the space taken up by desktop computers. This would allow for more flexibility in how our spaces can be used as well as allow for more computers since a single laptop vending machine can hold 12 laptops and take up the same amount of space as a single desktop workstation.
Our city and my manager are stressing points that are coming up in the readings, that the library is a community. The design phase for the new library is going to take nearly 18 months because they want an iterative process where the community provides input, the architects create a design and explain their choices, the community provides feedback, the architects incorporate the feedback and again explain their choices, and then the community has one last chance to give feedback before the architects solidify the design of the new library. It is a lot of work, but as my manager says, “It is worth taking a few extra months to get it right since we will be living with this building for 50+ years.”