This morning I shared this article on my other jobs FB page. My other job is marking library student assessments for TAFE. So I shared the article with students.
Along with the article, I asked the students this: Discussion about public libraries often leads to phrases like community hub etc. Do you think the same applies in academic, special, and school libraries?
The students must be busy people because as yet there have been no replies. However, I am open for those reading my blog to discuss and perhaps share a comment on FB, twitter or here on the blog comments.
When I used to work in academic libraries, pre-child, the campus was my community. My coworkers were my community. Those that used the library were my community. I put this down to the campus being the main place I was spending my time.
Yes I would do my shopping etc outside of the campus, back in the suburb I lived in. But I never felt the suburb was my community until I had my daughter, went on maternity leave and started spending more time in my suburb. I stared interacting with more than the check out person at the grocery store. I attended the community nurse sessions, baby rhyme time, mother's group and the list goes on. Suddenly, I was interacting, meeting and becoming friends with people who lived in my own suburb!! In my community!!
This brings me back to the original question - do academic, special and school libraries build communities? Or have their own communities?
They all provide spaces for people to gather. They provide different programs for people to attend as groups or individuals. But do they build communities and if so what sort of communities?
I will leave this open for some discussion (I hope)!
Today's mantra: Your body deserves the best
In my case lately, my body has been having the best chocolate!! 8-)