Although heavily advertised as such, the internet does not contain all information available. The library has become an alternative rather than the main source of knowledge. How can I inspire users to reconsider the printed paper ? Perhaps by promoting the hybrid solutions already in place like online catalogues and databases. How can we do that in a playful and attractive way ?
In many parts of the world people do not have access to libraries or knowledge in general. It is our responsibility to help and assist these people. This improves their life but and has also an influence on the western world in more ways than we can imagine. How can we do that ? But even more important: How can we bring and keep this fact in our awareness, because it is so easy to slip back in our own little patterns of life.
In India there is a word that perfectly describes my vision: “Acharia”. It means teaching by example. Distributing information is just one shackle. The manner in which we do that, our conduct, our philosophy, our respect for the ‘other’, our friendliness and openness, will have a far greater impact, especially on the young people we meet on a daily basis.
Which brings me to my final point. Students of all ages are rapidly becoming accustomed to a host of online technologies from web 2.0 to the many social networking platforms. How can we best plug-in these opportunities to interact with our users?
Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg, Media, Arts & Design Faculty Bibliotheek