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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