Libraries are awesome! Even as society undergoes continuous change, the public library continues to be considered by so many as a much-loved and respected institution – even those who have never used it can still see its wider democratic and civic value. The public library is still widely and globally recognised as a catalyst for change, facilitating social, economic and cultural development and supporting communities to take advantage of the opportunities afforded them by a modern society. We know libraries build better, fairer stronger communities. Working more, and more in partnership they make huge differences to health and wellbeing, to early learning, to digital access and skills and to an informed citizenry.
We’ve chosen just a few snippets in case you need reminding!
LIBRARIES, COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLBEING
LIBRARIES READandFEED, LENDandMEND
LIBRARIES LEVELLING UP
LIBRARIES , COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLBEING
LIBRARIES AND COMMUNITY POWER
LIBRARIES AND DEMENTIA
LIBRARIES KNOW THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
LIBRARIES AND MEDIA LITERACY
Tomorrow’s libraries need leaders who understand new technologies, the changing and future job market and the future skills citizens will need for that. Undoubtedly, these new leaders must find a united, big, loud voice to sell the vision. We must transform public perception of our role and relevance and become the thought leaders to support, protect and empower people in a digital age. We must enable the learning required to create new jobs and a new skilled, entrepreneurial, adaptable workforce. Importantly we need to create the fantastic spaces in which people feel they can just ‘be’; places they own, want, need and can mould.
Rapid pace of change is now our only constant. Shifting our role towards people-connectedness, equality of access, content and skills development should enable a much more rapid adoption of new and innovative technology.
We have a real opportunity to reinvent our role as the ‘digital powerhouse’ and develop as real catalysts for equality and societal change. We must find new ways of working that ensure no one is left behind. Our public libraries are ideally situated to create the conditions for harnessing the benefits of economic growth and we need to ensure everyone knows it! WE NEED TO FIND A LOUDER VOICE!