10 ways public libraries help build social capital

  1. Provide access to information and assistance in finding information to build a better informed community
  2. Provide training  in seeking information to build a more self-cufficient community
  3. Provide recreational material to build a happier engaged community
  4. Provide equitable access to virtual communities to build a connected community
  5. Provide training to build a community which has a voice using all communication channels
  6. Provide opportunity to access electronic servicse to build a serviced community
  7. Provide a safe and pleasant environment to visit to build a supportive community
  8. Provide a safe venue to meet with others to build a connected community
  9. Provide trusted advice to build an informed and trusting community
  10. Provide training and access to training to build a community that is learning

New job title – new focus

One of the advantages I have found to getting old is the depth of experience that I have available to draw on when faced with new challenges and new environments. Since starting my new job, I’ve needed to shift my focus and reflect and question, and I have found it useful to think back across all those years of varied experiences and to draw on successes and failures from the past, reshaped for the present or the future. Sometimes I get odd comments about someone my age being involved with new technology, but as long as I keep an open mind, am willing to learn and question, experiment and listen, I don’t think my age should have anything to do with how effective I can be.

So what does innovation mean? Has the meaning changed over the last 20 years? I don’t even remember the term being used 20 years ago in the same way it is now, especially in libraries. I think we felt that our role was clear, that we knew what our customers expected of us and the technology (such as it was). The internet and more importantly, the interactive web, has changed all that.

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