Can libraries continue to endure and possibly even thrive among rapid changes in technology, shrinking budgets, and contentious world events? The hosts of the HowStuffWorks podcast Part-Time Genius say 'Yes!'
In the Part-Time Genius episode Is There a Rosy Future for Libraries?, knowledge seekers Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur explore how libraries have evolved throughout history and impact our communities today. This brief episode is packed with interesting historical facts and meaningful present-day statistics. Did you know that libraries pre-date books, or that Andrew Carnegie funded 2,509 free and open-stack libraries at the turn of the 20th century? Did you know that present-day libraries provide some amazing community-focused services? Some libraries offer book printing and binding, neck-ties for checkout, and reading services with dogs like our own Reading with Rover programs.
It is inspiring to hear how libraries have withstood the test of time and continue to change and grow with our communities. As your public library, our mission is To inspire the people of King County to succeed through ideas, interaction and information. We envision A world where knowledge allows diverse communities to prosper and grow. With this in mind, I emphatically agree that our future with you will be a rosy one!
Looking for more information on the world of libraries? Here are 2 books to get you started.
I Work at A Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories From the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
Interesting, bizarre, and meaningful interactions between library staff and their patrons happen every day. Indulge in the hilarious and weird side of public service through these short stories and touching anecdotes. If you like the book, you may also enjoy more of the same from the I work at a public library blog.
Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library by Wayne Wiegand
Weigand presents the history of the public library as a cultural institution through the voices of generations of library users. History buffs and library lovers alike may enjoy this compelling read with a broad historical view and amusing storytelling.