This video on the Transformation Lab: Prototyping the Future
speaks to one of my favorite topics --enriching the physical library with "2.0" experience. (Thanks to Alane at IAG
who thanks Darlene Fichter
for the link.) As long as we are meat, everything is not
online! The "Lab" is an amazing array of possibilities for the future of libraries.
However, I couldn't help seeing dollar signs all over these prototypes --kind of like the feeling I get when I'm looking for restaurants. I'm pretty much confined to the $ or $$ establishments and I'll probably never set foot in the $$$$$ places. The tools and technology toys in the video are very sophisticated and presumably very expensive.
For a refreshing contrast, check out the commentary by Amanda McKeraghan in the Radio OpenSource broadcast on Passion: Libraries!
. She is the director of the Stevens County Rural Library District
in Eastern Washington, a library system that only came into being
in 1996 and survived a heated tax-revolt challenge in 2002. It is energizing to hear how the Stevens County staff have used 2.0 tools and how the rural community has responded.