I just read Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, by the Aspen Institute.
On page 15, they talked about the library as place. I was struck by this:
The library as it exists within virtual space must be considered as a wholly independent but highly integrated experience; that is, the library’s virtual presence must be as engaging as its physical space and fully serve the library’s mission built around equitable access, learning and civic development.
Wow. Did you catch that? ” … as engaging as its physical space…” and “fully serve the library’s mission …”
Are we there yet? Look around your building, your service points, your programs. Your most popular stuff. Then look at your digital spaces.
Are we there yet? I don’t think so.
Pic by Quinn Dombrowski