It has been on my mind for a while to get an “Alexa” for my desk at the library. Honestly, if I had an actual office, not the other side of the Circulation Desk, I probably would have one. At home, we have an “Alexa” in the kitchen and bedroom, and now that my daughter is home from her dorm due to COVID, she has one in her room as well. We use her for everything: a timer, an alarm clock, to make calls, check the weather, play music, and ask her questions. We have also used her to sing “Happy Birthday.” I’m sure there’s a ton of stuff we could use her for, and we don’t. In Terdiman’s article, he tells us 41% of people feel like they are talking to a friend when they talk to their voice-activated speakers, and that is why people say “thank you” to them. All along, I thought I was the only one that did that! “72% of people who own a voice-activated speaker say their devices are often used as a part of their daily routine” (Terdiman). I know “Alexa” is part of mine.
I do think about privacy and that she is always there and listening to me. I guess I’m like all the other people and find her to be more convenient than a fear of losing privacy. My six old year has used “Alexa” since he’s been big enough to talk. In Kelly’s (2018) article, she reports there hasn’t been enough research to offer guidelines on the use of these devices and children; in 2018, the market research firm ABI predicted these devices would “be in more than 50 million homes worldwide by the end of the year.”
Kelly, S. M. (2018, October 17). Growing up with Alexa: A child’s relationship with Amazon’s voice assistant. CNN. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/16/tech/alexa-child-development/index.html.
Terdiman, D. (2018, January 6). Here’s how people say Google Home and Alexa impact their lives. Fast Company. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/40513721/heres-how-people-say-google-home-and-alexa-impact-their-lives.
I always find other libraries fascinating. I like seeing things that go on in other libraries and their way of doing things. I found Dokk1 to be very interesting; just being on the waterfront is amazing; I would love that; it is a beautiful place. “Dokk1 houses the main library and the Citizens’ Services department in Aarhus” (Dokk1 and the urban waterfront). By looking at their website, you can tell “Dokk1 was designed as the library of the future” (Dokk1 and the urban waterfront). Dokk1 has many facilities with different activities and networking. It is considered a place for “exchanging knowledge and a place of opportunity, a cultural meeting place,” which I think is an excellent thing for a community (Dokk1 and the urban waterfront). Dokk1 was built with the idea of providing the community with the things they need and want.
The following core values have been established for Dokk1:
- The citizen as key factor
- Lifelong learning and community
- Diversity, cooperation and network
- Culture and experiences
- Bridging citizens, technology and knowledge
- Flexible and professional organization
- Sustainable icon for Aarhus (About Dokk1)
Dokk1 was designed with the newest technology and accessibility. They even have an automated parking facility, the largest and most advanced automated parking system in Europe.
In Morehart’s article, Dokk1 is described “as the “living room of the city,” with less focus on books and more focus on human needs, providing space for performances, meetings, children’s activities, art installations, and general public gatherings.” Dokk1 has 4,000 visitors daily and a collection of over 300,000 books and media items. The main focus is the community, and that’s the way a library should be, in my opinion.
About Dokk1. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://dokk1.dk/english/about-dokk1.
Booklets and brochures. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://dokk1.dk/english/booklets-and-brochures.
Dokk1 and the urban waterfront. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urbanmediaspace.dk/sites/default/files/pdf/uk_ums_haefte_2015.pdf.
Morehart, P. (2016, August 17). Moving beyond the “third place”. Retrieved from https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/library-design-moving-beyond-third-place/.