Libraries Need to Be Cool! March 7, 2007Posted by sharynheili in Uncategorized.
Libraries need to be Cool. Libraries need to Rock. I am committed to fight for libraries. Why? Because I am a Librarian.
Our customers need us to Rock. People who aren’t our customers need to look in our direction and see us in new ways, and give us some of their attention, some of their valuable time. We desperately need their devotion for life. So much is vying for their attention. We need to get their attention……and keep it. Libraries need to rock, to be cool. Why? To survive…to thrive…to be valuable….to be essential for our customers.
I have heard many librarians proclaim arrogantly that we are not in competition with the video store, the DVD store, Google, iTunes, and YouTube. But we are! WE ARE!
Libraries desperately need to be cool. We need to take off our stuffy hat, get out of our safe box, and provide cool things for free, even something simple like downloadable audio books, videos, and music. We need to be the “funnest”, coolest place in town and on the Net. We need to constantly WOW our customers. We need to WOW each other. We need to be the best. We need to win over our customers.
We need to love libraries so much that nothing is going to get in our way. Let’s commit to this. Let’s Rock! Let’s make sure libraries have a “Second Life”.