Category Archives: Community Connection

beyond landmarks

Much is made of the grandeur and significance of many contemporary library buildings. Often stunning, these architectural statements are seen as an inspirational symbol of a city — landmarks that elevate the conversations about the importance of knowledge, the intellect and … Continue reading

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connecting with community

The following is abridged from The New Library: plus ça change blog posting on the BC libraries’ Commons site. In the end, our anchors must be our mission and our community. The clarity and breadth of our mission allows us to see past what … Continue reading

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open doors, open minds

At the Changing Times, Inspiring Libraries summit in December, David Lankes told us that “a library shapes itself around the community, not the other way around.” The idea is for the library to figure out the priorities of the greater community, then … Continue reading

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we need more helens

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a librarian. Icons in the library world tend to be book people. At one time, the most venerated librarians were book scholars who knew the publishing trade inside … Continue reading

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Big Ideas for Libraries in Communities

I had the very great pleasure of attending several events at the SFU Public Square Community Summit, held over six days in September. The Public Square initiative was designed to “spark, nurture and restore community connections, establish Simon Fraser University … Continue reading

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