Community Transforming Libraries

Updated: May 16, 2018

Our communities today need no introduction.


I encountered this logo on the American Library Association website on a recent research endeavor. I say encountered because of what the logo did to me as an individual. It inspired me to re-think libraries (an area I have spent about 20 years trying to both understand and defend). What are the impact of libraries on our society today. I played semantics with the phrase Libraries Transforming Communities. The question I asked myself was whether this meant Libraries are transforming Communities or whether Communities are transforming Libraries. To put it another way, are we having communities that are are being impacted upon by libraries or are our libraries being impacted upon by our communities. I did not however need a clear cut answer to this. Which ever way we look at this, Libraries affect Communities in an equal and measure as Communities too affect Libraries. Let's take a closer look at the two themes.

“BAD LIBRARIES BUILD COLLECTIONS, GOOD LIBRARIES BUILD SERVICES, GREAT LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES".

R. David Lankes


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