|BUILDING LIBRARIES WITH FACTS NOT ASSUMPTIONS
In his book Factfulness, Hans Rosling describes instincts people rely on when there is a challenge. Librarians risk relying on the “single perspective” instinct, but we can’t go on with business as usual. Our libraries need adaptive strategies, and new rules will apply.
It’s tempting to say that library should be exclusively digital. But the library has great potential to provide both digital services and physical spaces. Rosling states, “we find simple ideas very attractive. We enjoy that moment of insight, we enjoy feeling we really understand or know something. It saves a lot of time to think like this.” But he points out that most problems can’t just solve themselves with simple ideas.
The development of the next-generation library is not a simple task. Your library will thrive when you invite multiple perspectives into the conversation. It requires your patience, dedication and investment to improve.