Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries
Close the crisis center. Take down the picket signs. Please proceed to un-occupy the library. It is time to stop trying to save libraries. No, this is not another bait and switch act of verbal irony about how libraries are obsolete. Where did they get the idea that libraries are sinking? This messaging is insidious. “Best Days of Librarianship are Ahead of Us We are the Right Profession, Uniquely Positioned to Lead in the Knowledge Age However, We won’t get there Following Current Trends and with our Current Focus on ‘Recorded Knowledge’ and Buildings” It looks initially as a nice little uplifting piece of fluff, but it is really an implied threat. We must take on Google (or be like Google, or build our own Google) to save libraries! We must be on Facebook (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, MySpace, Geocities) to save libraries! Screw that! To be sure libraries need more funding, they need modernization, they need a shifted identity in the minds of our communities. Find a thriving library.