Today’s G&M: WE NEED LIBRARIES, NOT LIKES

WE NEED LIBRARIES, NOT LIKES Social media, for all their powers, cannot give us what we get from churches, unions, athletic clubs and welfare states. They are neither a safety net nor a gathering place.  Despite some CEOs’ claims, platforms such as Facebook and Instagram aren’t driven by the desire to create social infrastructure. http://globe2go.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx “Author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, from which this essay was adapted.”...

A Place to Just Play: A New, Vital Role for Public Libraries

A Place to Just Play: A New, Vital Role for Public Libraries (Free Play: free choice, free time, stress free, no expectations, no grades, no instruction. It arises spontaneously …) A Place to Just Play: A New, Vital Role for Public Libraries, Part 1 https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/?p=23528 A Place to Just Play: A New, Vital Role for Public Libraries, Part 2 https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/?p=23530 “Peter Gray, a psychology professor at Boston College and author of the book, Free to Learn, spoke on the topic of “Play Deficit Disorder: A National Crisis and How to Solve It Locally”. … One way to solve the problem of the “play deficit” locally is… the public library itself.” “This is Free Play: free choice, free time, stress free, no expectations, no grades, no instruction. It arises spontaneously and when it has run its course, it fades. Its process is discovery, and its only standard of measurement is how much fun it is. We encourage visitors to: create their own games develop relationships with people of all ages pursue their own interests read just for fun enjoy unstructured time in a non-homework space”...

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most. “But the problem that libraries face today isn’t irrelevance. Indeed, in New York and many other cities, library circulation, program attendance and average hours spent visiting are up. The real problem that libraries face is that so many people are using them, and for such a wide variety of purposes, that library systems and their employees are overwhelmed. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, about half of all Americans ages 16 and over used a public library in the past year, and two-thirds say that closing their local branch would have a “major impact on their community.”” “Libraries are an example of what I call “social infrastructure”: the physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact. Libraries don’t just provide free access to books and other cultural materials, they also offer things like companionship for older adults, de facto child care for busy parents, language instruction for immigrants and welcoming public spaces for the poor, the homeless and young people.” “Libraries are the kinds of places where people with different backgrounds, passions and interests can take part in a living democratic culture. They are the kinds of places where the public, private and philanthropic sectors can work together to reach for something higher than the bottom line.” “Today, as cities and suburbs continue to reinvent themselves, and as cynics claim that government has nothing good to contribute to that process, it’s important that institutions like libraries get the recognition they deserve. It’s worth noting...

My IFLA Global Vision campaign

My IFLA Global Vision campaign Dear colleague, You did it! IFLA Global Vision received over 22,000 votes from a total of 213 countries and areas of the world! This is a fantastic response that could not have been achieved without your support. You mobilised your members and your communities to get involved and motivated them to share with their friends and colleagues. This is exactly what a united library field looks like!   Thank you so much. The voting may be over, but the discussion is still ongoing. Please find attached the details of our fun social media campaign, called #MyiflaGlobalVision:https://www.ifla.org/myiflaglobalvision. We hope you will get involved and we ask you to share the attached message with your members and your communities. You will find the attached message translated in the seven IFLA official languages. Select your preferred one and share the news. With kind regards, Gerald Leitner IFLA Secretary General Get involved in #MyiflaGlobalVision An incredible 213 countries and areas of the world voted from ALL continents for the IFLA Global Vision! What’s next? Now, IFLA is analysing all the data and has also launched a fun social media campaign called #MyiflaGlobalVision. Let’s keep the discussion ongoing, until we know the results!   How does it work? The campaign takes the form of a challenge that snowballs across social media. You are being asked:  “What does IFLA Global Vision mean to you? Share your experience. Your thoughts. Your ideas.” It’s quite simple: Sounds great! When can I get involved? Now! Have fun challenging! Find out more and see other people’s...