Army Master Sgt. Benjamin A. Stevenson, 36, was on his tenth tour of duty in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq when he was killed Thursday in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan.
The library is no longer a warehouse for dead books. Just in time for the information economy, the library ought to be the local nerve center for information.
We all love the vision of the underprivileged kid bootstrapping himself out of poverty with books, but now (most of the time), the insight and leverage is going to come from being fast and smart with online resources, not from hiding in the stacks.
The next library is a place, still. A place where people come together to do co-working and coordinate and invent projects worth working on together. Aided by a librarian who understands the Mesh, a librarian who can bring domain knowledge and people knowledge and access to information to bear.
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.
Could you make me a sweet little landing page for *new client you’ve never heard of*?
I’d like something that I could easily put offers and contact forms in. It doesn’t have to be fancy but I know that what you make will look good
Can you give me an eta on that?
So Monday’s off to a great start. No content, no theme, no guidelines, purpose or guidance, or anything. I bet this will turn out great. Currently I’m contemplating just sending him a blank page.