The ideal library is a cooperation network rich in electronic resources. It enables everyone’s active participation in cultural and life-long learning processes and brings to fruition personal and community aspirations.
The network should be generously funded and promote cultural variations by region. In Latvia, I work on reading promotion programs which involve thousands of children as active readers and critics of the latest books. With that in mind, I see the ideal children’s library as hospitable place, both a virtual and a physical, with books and other media and information platforms. It should provide everyone with media creation opportunities regardless of whether the resulting product is a newly composed musical recording, a theatre show, writing, visual arts, an animation or a documentary. In this environment, every child would be knowledgeable and would feel confident of personal ability. The librarian would feel the same. The questions to ponder while I cycle:
- How to accelerate the development of child and teenager user services in the libraries?
- How to extend the day to 28 hours?
- How to successfully participate in social networking, without using too much time on them?
National Library of Latvia, Library Association of Latvia