The title of this discussion topic comes unashamedly from Molly Brown’s piece on changes in library spaces published during our 2016A round (and quite possibly already has you singing along to David Bowie).
Change is an ever present constant in libraries and it is part of nearly every discussion we have, from making deselection decisions in the collection to deciding whether the catalogue search should look more like google or not. This is a really broad topic, so to help simplify it, we’ve identified a number of broad categories that encompass change – the ones that come readily to mind include:
- library space,
- customer expectations and role of the library in meeting them with appropriate service offerings, and
- the qualifications and training of the people who work in the profession
- possibly some strange and unusual things we haven’t really thought about yet.
Over the next 2 weeks we will be exploring these themes in some more detail, looking at things from maker spaces and other trends in academic libraries to personal change in the pursuit of a library and information science career.
If you are participating in this round of the ILN, you may like to consider discussing the following with your partner:
- How do you feel about change in your place of work or study? What sort of changes have you seen that benefited staff or students? Perhaps there have been changes that didn’t work out so well – what lessons can be learned from that?
- Have you worked or studied somewhere else? What can you bring from a different workplace to help change your thinking or the way services are offered at your new place of work? Is there really a right way or a wrong way to lay out space or provide a service offering?