We do love libraries, and I have to share this article by the architecture critic of the Financial Times, “A turn-up for the books,” because it relieved my mind about the state of libraries in the UK (my other home). I had read about the rebranding of urban libraries as “Idea Shops”–in fact, I see they use US terminology and call them “Idea Stores.” This sounded quite desperate, and I was told the surge of US interest in libraries as vital civic spaces didn’t seem to have resonated over there (perhaps because the British have pubs!). The community building aspect of libraries is something we are only beginning to understand–and build upon. Now that I think about it, Berkshire needs to turn its appendix from the Encyclopedia of Community about how libraries can build community into a free ebook. Coming soon….
Libraries are the “public power houses of the information age”
About the Author: Karen Christensen
Karen Christensen is the CEO of Berkshire Publishing.