Notes of a Binge Thinker

Thoughts from NTLP's Executive Director

The Library as the Community’s Education Cornerstone

 Happy February! I am tired of the winter. It has snowed twice this week. I live in Texas because I don’t want to deal with snow and ice. Please go away.

If you remember from my column last week, I am going to focus on five guideposts that NTLP feels libraries need to follow in the next decade when planning their service offerings. Here are the five guideposts again as a refresher.

The Library of the Future increases the overall value of its community by:

Guidepost 1: facilitating access to education as a service to the public.

Guidepost 2: staying aware of current interests within the community, finding information
relevant to those interests, and making that information publicly available.

Guidepost 3: ensuring easy public access to information in all its forms.

Guidepost 4: encouraging civic participation through public information campaigns that explain
matters of public policy, informing public decisions, and maintaining awareness of public
services (including its own services).

Guidepost 5: maintaining its standing of public trust by operating as an independent “third voice”
in its operations as well as its communications, and meeting on neutral ground.

Each month I will focus on one guidepost. I will highlight a library that I feel is following that guidepost closely and doing something innovative to make the guidepost a reality. I will then give some benchmarks (examples of what libraries can do to follow the guidepost) that the NTLP staff has developed.

This month, I am highlighting the Lewisville Public Library, lead by Library Director, Ann  Wiegand. Ann was kind enough to be interviewed about what she is doing to make her public library a cornerstone for education in her community. I personally believe that what she has done in Lewisville could be one model for libraries to follow in the future.

Basically, Ann has changed the language of her library to be more education-centric. She has changed her job titles, job description, and programming descriptions to language that more closely matches that of a school setting than what you would expect from a public library setting.

Read the rest of the column here.


Written by amwlkaw

February 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Posted in Misc

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