8-5 isn't all bad...

Check out what I saw this morning!

The balloon was right above our heads this morning. Totally awesome. :)
Sorry about the pixelation. I took the pics with my phone.


Moving Around

Monday's and yesterday's "Unshelved" are excellent examples of Old Guard versus the Library 2.0 initiative.

Hit the jumps and come back.

Old Guard librarians remember a time when people came into a library quiet as a mouse, disturbed little, and left with a few checked out books. Dealing with young patrons who see the library as a public space which can be manipulated for their own benefit frustrates them. Chairs being moved around frustrate them!

But it's not about the chairs, it's about how everything is changing. When they were young, change came slowly. Now, equipment is obsolete the moment its bought. The sudden and rapid changes are frightening to anyone who grew up learning to use a typewriter in college. It's a frightening and fast evolution. And they don't want to do it.

With the refusal to evolve comes some very arbitrary rules. Rules strictly enforced when dealing with young patrons and suspended for donors.

What a great way to make future donors put their dollars elsewhere!

As the world changes, we need to live in the Library 2.0 experience. It's what our patrons want and what we need to do to continue to be relevant.

The Old Guard is not concerned with being relevant: most of them are close to retirement. They want everything to stay the same for the sake of memory. There is a way it should be. And the Old Guard is a proponent of it:

Libraries should be quiet places where the common patron comes to worship the written word.

Libraries are NOT houses of worship. They are places people come to access the larger world. The library is a gateway. Even the Old Guard believes that you go to a library to expand your horizons.

This is the place where we meet.

Us 2.0ers need to exploit this. We can't send young minds away closed because times change. This is the moment libraries must step up, take our patrons by the hand, and lead them into the future of information. If we sit back, arbitrary policies will kill us and our beloved libraries.