Try typing Libraries are into Google.
If you’re expecting your results to be positive, something like Libraries are thriving you’re in for disappointment. My first Google search told me that Libraries are dying and then that Libraries are obsolete.
I’ve also been hearing that libraries can be replaced by the internet, and school libraries are unnecessary as all students are now carrying one in their pocket … a mobile phone.
Ok, so libraries are dead.
Long Live the library.
Just hold on a minute! Let's look a little closer at this.
What is a library?
What do we mean when we talk about the library?
Are we referring to buildings stacked full of books?
Spaces bathed in hallowed silence where food, drink, and social interactions are banned?
Places where librarians sit behind desks and services are accessible only by being physically present, within business hours?
By thinking this, are we conforming to and perpetuating an out-dated stereotype?
Imagine instead, if we questioned and challenged that perception and wondered out loud what libraries really are, and as communities we visioned and brought to life what they could be?