For those of you with a taste for a bit of GLAM in your life, you might enjoy this 50+ page presentation of the 2030 strategic plan for Victorian Public Libraries
http://www.plvn.net.au/sites/default/files/20130527%20FINAL%20VPL2030%20Full %20Report_web.pdf or you can settle for my quick summary and still have time to watch the Tour de France tonight: The focus will be on: * creativity, * collaboration * brain health * dynamic learning * community connection. Which will be manifested by libraries having fewer books (or at least fewer books on site) and a lot more "spaces" (see note below) and activities for creative pursuits and community engagements. For those of you in sunny Queensland, you will probably be aware of the changes at the State Library of Queensland that demonstrate this same trend, more auditoriums and meeting rooms, more lounge areas, the development of The Edge as a digital creativity space http://edgeqld.org.au/ musical events, yarning evenings, etc. For example in the past month or two at the State Library of Queensland, I've done 3D printing, feeding slime molds and transferring jellyfish DNA into bacteria to make it glow in the dark - it's a library with a lot more to offer than just books. And, as most of you are probably aware, SLQ has been partnering with WMAU in relation to image donations to Commons, regional edit training, etc. So for those of you in freezing Victoria, it looks like there are exciting times ahead in your public libraries. While the report is not about the State Library of Victoria as such, nonetheless SLV folk were very involved in the project so I am guessing that SLV's own future trajectory might be similar. So this could be a good time to explore if SLV or the Victorian Public Libraries might be interested in getting involved with WMAU as SLQ and SLNSW are doing. Kerry Note. Once buildings had rooms. Now buildings have spaces. The difference is that rooms have walls but spaces don't have walls. Spaces are the parts of rooms that extend to but do not include the walls. I am unsure if spaces have ceilings and floors. Probably spaces extend up and down to but not including the ceilings and floors. However, given the forces of gravity, physicists continue to recommend that library spaces should be immediately vertically positioned above a floor, physicists being very down-to-earth kind of folks.
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