Bill Derry talks about moving libraries from thinking "collection development" to "connection development." What does that mean? I think it means actively seeking out the people in your community who have skills to share and people who need to learn those skills. Then providing the community with a place and resources to facilitate making things.
He juxtaposes these old vs. new library polarities:
- Library Centric vs. Learning Centric
- Language Literacy vs. Multiple Literacies
- Answers vs. Questions
- Library as Grocery Store vs. Library as Kitchen
- Little time for Science vs. Emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
Enter the new library. Place to learn and create, all at your own pace and featuring the freedom and support provided by the ever-evolving public library.