It’s Time to Reboot – Libraries

 Maybe  –  It’s Reboot Time. 

It’s a new year, a time to take stock, decide about the good things and troubling things we face. For some personal reasons I had taken some time off from this blog and airing my views and ideas. Part of my reboot process is to get my thoughts back out into the library public. Many of you know, I have regularly expressed my concerns about the general state of both public and school libraries for these past few years. Is there enough money, leadership or general support for libraries? The answer is emphatically NO. That is both the current state of affairs as well as the likely short and medium term future.  Acknowledging that – it is time to move forward.

Breaking away from the gloom and doom of funding, staff cuts, lack of leadership and support requires another reboot for libraries – a mental reboot. Rebooting usually requires an action – in this case – it is just requires a  new and different perspective. Let’s think about:

A bonanza of opportunities

This thought comes from the recent publication 10 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2010 by Trendwatching. Check out “Massmingling” or “Tracking & Allerting”. They publish a number of trend reports throughout the year as they identify and report on changing trends and ideas. You can subscribe to their free email listing.

They have a sister publication called Springwise. Here they list the Top 10 Business Ideas for 2010. Think about the “Sampling” or “Connecting Consumers” ideas. You can also subscribe to their free resources.

With both a personal and professional reboot in progress, I am confident we can all work to make 2010 the start of new and exciting ideas, plans and actions for ourselves and our libraries.

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