ROCK’N THE LIBRARY EXPERIENCE

We live in times of massive disruption but for me never more exciting or fascinating! The world of libraries and information has changed hugely over the last decade and is continuing to be disrupted and develop at a very fast pace into something possibly quite unrecognisable. Clearly the private sector sees potential and opportunities as Amazon and […]

SITTING ON AN UNTAPPED GOLDMINE

Smart libraries build smart communities and smart cities In order to be a leader in the global knowledge economy, we know we need skilled workers. We know that online services are faster and cheaper and that more people online opens up new markets and enable businesses to respond quickly with innovative new products and services. […]

WHEN THINGS GET BACK TO NORMAL, THEY WONT BE!

Libraries must start now to plan for “The New Normal” because when they do get back to normal they won’t be! People will be hungering for social interaction and connectedness, for kindness, trust, community and social gatherings and we can plan for that now. We are all already hungering for human contact, and places just […]

DISRUPTION, THE MALL AND THE LIBRARY

At the weekend I walked through my local almost- deserted shopping centre and I thought that if the impact of coronavirus has taught us anything it’s that most people’s habits, behaviour and confidence can be changed very, very quickly when necessary. It was saddening to me, as a once very happy shopper I wondered if […]

BUILDING, RENOVATING AND DESIGNING EXCELLENCE THROUGH COVID

Wow- Just take a look at what Matt Pascoe and his fab and very busy team have done in Ipswich Libraries. Between mid-2018 and mid-2021, they we will have refurbished 2 libraries and launched another 4 new facilities. They somehow also found time to rebuild all our major digital properties, kick-off the very successful Marketplace […]