open library

open library graphic 2

wondering if we can access the full potential of a library‘s unique opportunity: equity .. everyone getting a go everyday

imagining the library as a means to quit putting people on (bureaucratic) hold.. by facilitating whatever it is that people need.. today..  ie: a book, a home, a hit, .. could we use tech as it could be to facilitate ourselves back/to the natural sync of an undisturbed ecosystem..? – (beyond youmedia ness – even beyond Chera Kowalski‘s a life line ness)

imagining the library with all the incredible things they already have.. plus (most below are home less heavy.. because equity):

  • check out a person/mentor (for all the things.. but thinking esp for home less trying to cut thru so many bureaucratic hoops to get answers.. not so much about what’s available.. but more.. what do you need.. here’s where that is.. or.. let’s find that.. someone who’s familiar with all the red tape or at least how it feels to have their life/day put on hold because of it.. ie: perhaps a match dot com data base for short term free air bnb ness)
  • musical instruments (piano/strings)
  • washer/dryer.. shower
  • bikes

some (most) of these already exist as community centers et al.. but not accessible to all.. ie: have to pay; have to be put in some data set; .. so big thing would be no fines.. everything accessible to everyone

[this isn’t a handout or charity .. it’s being human. it’s getting us back to meadow’s undisturbed ecosystem.. it’s how we garner eudaimoniative surplus (some call this social capital.. but usually there are strings attached.. so we never really see the thing.. the art.. that the artist can’t not do).. what we need most.. is the energy of 7bn alive people.. doing/being their art – we don’t question/inspect what that is.. or inspect it.. or measure it.. or charge for it.. or even exchange for it.. if we let go enough.. none of those things will matter..  equity (everyone getting a go everyday) makes so many things irrelevant.. and it’s the only way the dance will dance]

some of these already exist in libraries.. see below

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80+ of them now.. [denmark]

open library

..allows users to access the library space in principle 24/7 and serve them- selves with loans and return materials. And use the computers, read or maybe even set up a meeting or an event, if the space allows it. In the first instance the term ‘open library’ was chosen as the concept was implemented in libraries that had typically been branches with short – and often inconvenient – opening hours. And ‘open library’ is also a term preferable to ‘self service library’, as this concept requires another kind of professional support enabling the users to complete the necessary transactions themselves and to find their way in the library.

In a few years this concept has spread to 80 libraries in Denmark and more are planned.

ie (image below links to pdf):

nordic public libraries

pp 80 ff – libraries.. wherever there are people… move with the people…

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adding to open ness – to open ideas.. the human library..

human library

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to open library and library as hub and maker/hacker space ness..

I think the most prominent example of a democratic institution is the public library. The point about the public library is, first of all, it is professionally organized. It is not a random collection of books and learning resources. Professionally trained people properly organize it, but the professional activity stops there, at the point of having organized the places where books and things are available in a systematic way. The librarians then say, “It is over to you now, you are the learner, here are the resources, we have organized it for you. You choose what you want to learn, when you want to learn it and take the books away, or read them here. We shall not be testing you, we are not keeping records of what you are learning and it is your private business what you learn.

From Natural Born Learners by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko, Carlo Ricci

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http://www.sliptalk.com/walmart-turned-library/

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10 weirdest libraries

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not to be confused with open library (dot) org

[or maybe so…]

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city ness

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Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) tweeted at 5:38 AM – 27 Oct 2016 :

Video: “A Library For Portland’s Homeless People” https://t.co/h55DyELLa8 (http://twitter.com/Larryferlazzo/status/791605016855392256?s=17)

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KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) tweeted at 5:38 AM – 25 Nov 2016 :

A Bronx Librarian Keen on Teaching Homeless Children a Lasting Love of Books, via @nytimes https://t.co/IDXPYOaJFG (http://twitter.com/dogtrax/status/802129275944075264?s=17)

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british library fighting loneliness w public living room

http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-a-british-library-is-fighting-loneliness-with-a-public-living-room

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Matt Haig (@matthaig1) tweeted at 11:43 PM – 1 Aug 2017 :

Libraries aren’t just about books. They are almost the only public space we have left which don’t like our wallets more than us. (http://twitter.com/matthaig1/status/892621741981356032?s=17)

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Tim C (@floatingtim) tweeted at 10:11 PM – 10 Aug 2017 :

A reminder that library fines are bad practice. If your library still has them, offer your copy of #payingtheprice to lib director #DigPed (http://twitter.com/floatingtim/status/895860232634732545?s=17)

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Chera Kowalski – a life line

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(@schmidtphi) tweeted at 4:57 AM – 13 Jul 2018 :

Good example for the libraries’ commitment to providing public services to their communities. #beyondbooks https://t.co/Dm4bATINME (http://twitter.com/schmidtphi/status/1017724800142331904?s=17)

parked in front of library at 11:30pm.. to use wifi

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scripting.com (@davewiner) tweeted at 6:20 AM on Mon, Jul 23, 2018:
Libraries have a purpose I’ve never seen written up — as sanctuaries for children of troubled households. As a child, there was a safe place I could go at night, when things were crazy at home. A place they cared about kids, as people.
(https://twitter.com/davewiner/status/1021369394113515520?s=03)

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via deb kauffman rt

Rosanna Leo  (@LeoRosanna) tweeted at 10:40 AM – 28 Jul 2018 :
Today at our library, one of our regulars came in, an elderly man with dementia. He likes to colour the colouring sheets, and considers it his job. He will sit here quietly for hours at a time, and his wife knows he’s safe here.
But tell me again why libraries don’t matter? (http://twitter.com/LeoRosanna/status/1023246746309337088?s=17)

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huge:

My preferred option:

1.Run that report of kids who are ineligible to check items out.

2.Change their status to allow them to check items out.

3. That’s all. https://t.co/R52X8x8uud

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/budtheteacher/status/1027301179129094144

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Neil Gaiman‘s 20 page images on library and reading ness

 (@schmidtphi) tweeted at 5:11 AM on Fri, Sep 07, 2018:
I hadn’t seen this before. Really great collection of 20 illustrations about imagination, empathy, and freedom. And libraries of course. https://t.co/EYmpDZUsAw
(https://twitter.com/schmidtphi/status/1038021929314209793?s=03)

p 6 – gaiman read law

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paywall (doc)

3 min – nathan hall (@prof_nch): even though people not in academia may not be reading a lot of these articles.. may not find them useful.. they are still paying for them.. your tax dollars go toward govts who then subsidize uni’s who then provide funds to libraries.. who pay publishers thru subscriptions fees.. the journals and the publishers are getting your money.. everyone is paying into the system.. and the people benefitting the most are publishers

5 min – stuart shieber (@pmphlt): here’s a problem in the market.. the market exhibits what sometimes called a moral hazard.. doesn’t really have anything to do with morality.. but an econ term.. moral hazard comes about when the purchasers of a good are not the consumers of the good.. what is the good here in a traditional publishing market – it’s access.. readership access.. the consumers are people like me who want to read the articles.. the purchasers though are not me.. i don’t tend to subscribe to journals.. the harvard library spends huge amounts of money subscribing to a huge range of journals.. so i’m pricing sensitive to these journals.. because i don’t have to pay the bill

library ness.. open it up for us.. but part of the money bin perpetuation

9 min – lars bjornshauge (@elbjoern0603): students graduate.. get their masters.. flow into those spin-off co’s.. and suddenly they discover that they could not get access to the research results that they needed.. because they were no longer affiliated w the uni.. they came knocking on my door.. and i had to tell them that as a librarian i was in this awkward position that i had to block non affiliated users for access to publicly funded research and that is completely contrary to the mission of a library and a librarian.. so that was an eye opener

moten abolition law

library ness

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books/reading/library ness for incarcerateds:

thread..

Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) tweeted at 3:47 PM – 28 Sep 2018 :
The Pennsylvania Department is Corrections is banning prisoners from receiving books.
Instead, they can buy a $149 e-reader, and pay between $2-$29 for e-books of work largely in the public domain. There are no dictionaries available
https://t.co/buGqLcl1vq (http://twitter.com/mollycrabapple/status/1045792061960716294?s=17)

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Helene Meisler (@hmeisler) tweeted at 5:21 AM – 10 Oct 2018 :
I love the library!
Need a Handbag or a Tie to Land Your First Job? Borrow One With a Library Card https://t.co/defeVPHICy (http://twitter.com/hmeisler/status/1049983203103137792?s=17)

cool..

though the fact that we think we need to earn a living and that we get those job opps by having handbags and ties.. ridiculous

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Nancy Kerr

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