Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Seth Godin on "The Next Library"

I have a Seth Godin action figure.  I don't always read his blog, but this post has been linked to by lots of people including The Tempered Radical who adds a really nice phrase.  Having this library will help students avoid being froze in "intellectual amber."
The next library is a house for the librarian with the guts to invite kids in to teach them how to get better grades while doing less grunt work. And to teach them how to use a soldering iron or take apart something with no user serviceable parts inside. And even to challenge them to teach classes on their passions, merely because it's fun. This librarian takes responsibility/blame for any kid who manages to graduate from school without being a first-rate data shark.

The next library is filled with so many web terminals there's always at least one empty. And the people who run this library don't view the combination of access to data and connections to peers as a sidelight--it's the entire point.

Wouldn't you want to live and work and pay taxes in a town that had a library like that? The vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate raconteur of information? There are one thousand things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value.
 Based on local events of the past few months, I think Godin's a bit out of touch on how people feel about taxes.

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