Friday, December 21, 2007
"Taking libraries to the street", a column by Ken Gray, talks about ways that libraries can be brought to the citizens of and near Ottawa without building a brand new building http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=6f9d8819-1809-4125-a575-cf0d4288c354. I really like his ideas of kiosks placed in areas of the city, bringing the online access to the library resources to EVERYONE. If we can have ATMs everywhere, why not library kiosks? Enlarge the current system of couriers that go between branches, and have them deliver materials to doorsteps. Place secure overnight boxes in neighborhoods. I know these seem to be radical ideas, but I sure hope that those in power around the world consider alternatives to the 'big library building' that forces patrons to come to it, rather than a better service model of going to the patron.