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)
- 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
- wifi – devices
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
plan was for 200 maybe 300 to attend.. 800 showed up.. lasted all day.. all of a sudden these totally radical and crazy ideas were no longer crazy or radical.. they were things that other people had done..
80+ of them now.. [denmark]
..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):
pp 80 ff – libraries.. wherever there are people… move with the people…
adding to open ness – to open ideas.. the human library..
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
not to be confused with open library (dot) org
[or maybe so…]
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)
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)
british library fighting loneliness w public living room
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)
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)
Chera Kowalski – a life line
(@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
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.
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)
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
(@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
p 6 – gaiman read law
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
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
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)
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
NationSwell (@NationSwell) tweeted at 5:03 AM – 25 Oct 2018 :
#Libraries are becoming hubs for shelter, opportunity, and even healthcare. https://t.co/VTdngwHznw (http://twitter.com/NationSwell/status/1055414419356815361?s=17)
Some of these patrons are homeless and are looking for a safe place to stay for the day. Others are actively looking for resources, such as showers and food, or just a place to warm up for a while.
No matter their need, Esguerra embraces them all. “Public libraries are sometimes called the last bastion of democracy,” she says. “It’s a community living room where everyone is welcome.”
Esguerra is the nation’s first official library social worker.
Almost a decade later, Esguerra is still at the main branch of the San Francisco library. And as the number of homeless patrons has ticked up, so has her staff — Esguerra currently oversees a team of seven people who are employed as part-time health-and-safety associates, all of whom have some experience with homelessness themselves.
Similar library-outreach programs have sprung up in other big cities over the past few years, among them Denver, New York, Philadelphia and San Diego, as well as in smaller communities like Pima County, Arizona, and Georgetown, Texas.
Maurice Freedman, a former president of the American Library Association, echoes that sentiment. “Libraries are the great democratic equalizer, as anyone can just walk in and sit down,” he says. “It’s the only public service agency that’s not interested in your name and address.”
huge… space sans bureaucracy
“There was a great need in the community to be able to sit down one-on-one and talk [to an expert on healthcare], to find options tailored to them,” Moultrie says. “We found that in addition to people needing info about the market, some people also needed help with signing up for food stamps, housing or getting bus tickets so they could look for jobs. If they come through our doors, we do our best to help them.”
The library also loans out bicycles, hosts live music events and has a “mobile library” for patrons who have mobility issues.
The San Francisco library has partnered with organizations like Lava Mae, which brings buses outfitted with free showers to the library every week, and they also organize a “pop-up village” every two months where people can get access to resources like free dental care, glasses and the like.
“It’s all about our community, and right now our community is in need,” Keys says. “So we let people know that they have some place to go.”
ReadingasfastasIcan (@melisapressley) tweeted at 8:32 AM – 19 Nov 2018 :
At my library we have an upright piano that the public can “checkout” for 2 hours. There’s a homeless patron playing the most beautiful concerto–he told me that he misses his piano most of all. Never underestimate the resources your local library has to offer. #librarylife (http://twitter.com/melisapressley/status/1064541834809090048?s=17)
Jarrett Lerner (@Jarrett_Lerner) tweeted at 8:25 PM on Fri, Nov 23, 2018:
I just learned that a library in the city next to mine has a Library of Thingsdepartment, filled with expensive kitchen appliances and household tools and gadgets that you sometimes REALLY need but rarely need often. So you can just BORROW them.
Another reason I love libraries.
18 min – if we didn’t have the library today.. it’s not the kind of thing we’d create in this time when we trust market/tech.. to spend money building beautiful buildings and giving people stuff for free.. i don’t know if library could exist if not invented already