Sunday, 21 September 2008

Change or Be Changed?

It's great to see more publicity about 'modern' libraries but what interests me most about this article from The Times is the comments that have been left. It's not uncommon to hear librarians complain that Libraries are something that "people want to have, not to use" - that is to say that a library is a sign of a healthy society, even if it's empty.

Lots of the comments reference Camden's approach as "dumbing down" or attempting to pander to the "lowest common denominator" but the fact of the matter is if people want libraries to stay as quiet places of 'serious study' they need to start using them! You can't blame us for trying to actually get people to use Libraries can you?

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