“People do not think of the library first when they need information,” (Stephens, pg. 56, 2016).
Because most people do not know what a library is or its possibilities. Most believe libraries are for books and those who like to read.
Professor Stephens mentions a staff member from the DOK Library who emphasized, “libraries for people, not books.” I have learned that libraries are more specially for getting information to people, for storing it, for providing access to it, for translating it, for showing how to best use it for content creation.
But Stephens points out that, “participation requires engaged participants who feel welcomed, comforted and valued,” (2016) in turn my local library (Fresno County Public Library) cannot firmly announce, “We stand with you. You are safe here,” as the Marin County Free Library does because those who most frequent the library are those experiencing homelessness and some librarians working there as well as fellow patrons see them as a problem, not as patrons needed help and resources. I also know that FCPL wants to bring in more teens, which shouldn’t be a problem since there are plenty of schools around the area, but I think that focus is the problem. Instead of thinking, “kids need interesting and safe things to do,” only the safe part is focused on which in turn gets translated into boring (Casey, 2008).
Overall, each library has its areas where it struggles, and it succeeds regarding its database and services but if the public doesn’t know what it can offer then it is not considered a resource for them and they will not participate.
Whereas there are some people who want to participate but do not feel comfortable doing so. Therefore, most libraries will benefit from marketing themselves in a way the generates interest and allows people to understand what libraries can do and also make sure they cater to ALL.
P.S. Is it just me or do these readings call for a more considerable amount of thinking that needs to span well over 200 words?
Casey, M., & Stephens, M. (2008, May 15). Embracing Service to Teens. Retrieved from https://tametheweb.com/2008/05/15/embracing-service-to-teens/
Stephens, M. T. (2016). The heart of librarianship: attentive, positive, and purposeful change. Chicago: ala editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.