Revolution in the stacks

June 10, 2008

There’s no question our world is changing.  In terms of what these societal and technological changes mean for libraries it is interesting to note what other libraries are doing to respond to the trends.  An interesting article entitled: Revolution in the stacks can be found in the June 2008 Governing Magazine. 

From offering music recording studios to providing a coffee shop experience there are many examples of innovative library services.  The article even discusses the merits of throwing out the Dewey Decimal system.

Now I have to admit, I’m not sure I agree with dumping Dewey!

I’m all for change, but the benefits of a system superior to the Dewey Decimal system would have to be demonstrated before I’d make that change.  (Okay, so maybe I’ve got one or two sacred cows.)

As we get set to plan our community library building we realize it is driven by the services we wish to provide today, tomorrow, and well into the future.  Thinking about the possibilities is just as important as thinking about the history.

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