Wednesday, February 8, 2012

90 sec. Elevator Speech

From working with Phillip today, and further studying the essay, Library as place, I learned many things...

Reflects emphasis and trends in libraries, especially the transformative social and technological changes that have demanded increasingly innovative thinking about what a library and a librarian should be.

We must think broadly and creatively about our options.

The librarians are now challenged to think about customer service.

The images people have in their minds about space can have much or little to do with reality, for they are partial and may be either exaggerated or understood.

By finding ways to shrink space and speed up commerce, we have arrived at a point where space and time are transformed. Modern communication technologies allow us to now do anything instantly from anywhere.

We have barely begun to develop sophisticated framework for the future of the library as a physical space.

The digital world is replacing libraries, as they must now work to remain relevant and find reason for their now overall existence.

Representation of space is conceived spaces and involves complex symbolism.

We live in an age of human migration. Adaptive and flexible identity to negotiate the complexity of modern spaces has thus given rise to many important themes in theories of space.

The librarian becomes a cultural worker, aware of cultural and personal borders, aware of the nature of people as constantly between stages of development and struggling to- ward fulfillment.

Space can encourage reciprocity, break-up the ossification of culture, and encourage exchange and creative instability.

However, it is crucial that in our competition with commercial entities we keep our focus on being libraries and librarians, and it is especially crucial that we not give up on the search for understanding what those concepts mean. A library is a fundamentally different place than a bookstore or the cloud, and one profound difference is the presence of librarians. If we allow our space to become abstract, then we will lose that difference.

...I know that these ideas can all be applied to my project with Jackson, as well as Phillips project with the Music Library.

...I also learned that


seconds is


a long time.

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