We are living in a changing world where the internet is readily available and easy to use. Sure most people use Google to do their research instead of using the library’s materials. In my opinion libraries are still important for the communities in which they reside in whether it’s a public, academic, or special library. Libraries are changing to reflect the needs of their patrons. Even though some library staff members would rather continue what they have been doing for the past (blank) years, because they have a “mind-set focused on the past, not the future” (Stephens, 2014a). Maybe being in a library is not for them because libraries are planning for the future and whatever it might hold.
Stephens wrote in his article:
I believe the library—all types of libraries—can be a focus, a hub for the potential for people always to learn. Think about how you might encourage people to learn and be curious, to show them how things work, and show them how to find their way (2014b).
I think this is true for library patrons as well as library staff members. Librarians and library staff members should have a passion for learning, trying new things, being curious about what the future holds and should not be afraid to fail in their library. The future of the library is dependent of a library’s ability to provide a learning and communal environment. Whether that means incorporating a Makerspace or simply having workshops that bring people together to learn from each other.
Stephens, M. (2014a). Always doesn’t live here anymore. Library Journal. Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/10/opinion/michael-stephens/always-doesnt-live-here-anymore-office-hours/
Stephens, M. (2014b). Reflective practice. Library Journal. Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/01/opinion/michael-stephens/reflective-practice-office-hours/