Today I will go see something I hope doesn’t disappoint. There is a city near here called st gallen, and in it is one of the top ten libraries in the world. i am not sure if it is for age, design, artifacts? but i am willing to go explore and learn.
While I have lamented that the library of the future will be a far cry from the what we had to do as libraries, searching for books and having stacks of printed materials coming forth, I get just as frustrated today with people who don’t embrace the amazing tools of the internet and electronic publishing to garner more information in far less time. I scour the world for old card catalog cabinets, not because i liked them, but they make great wine cellars. each old draw re-purposed to a new use.
I was in one of the original Carnegie libraries once outside a town called Bayfield, Wisconsin a few years ago. They were one of the few places that had a live wifi signal and ironically, were one of the original Carnegie libraries from the early 1900’s.
I guess libraries hold a special place for me. I have to say the most amazing one on the planet I have been in is the libraries of congress in Washington, dc. When I still had a burning dream to make toys and understand licensing of properties and goods, and the computer was not where it is today, I would take about 300 dollars of dimes with me each Friday after work, head off to study, learn and work. I was amazed at how much was in the library, as well as how good the librarians were at pointing me in the direction to look for answers to my questions.
Most of the time I was between the periodicals room, where I think the librarian said 89,000 different publications came in each month, the copyright library and then the law library, of which I am grateful to all the various law students and lawyers who took the time to explain merchandising law to me in a language that made sense.
that was my nerd weekends in washington, dc. when others would go out an party, i would be going between the three library of congress buildings trying to learn.
I am not sure what the library of the future will be? A series of Internet portals? Will net 2.0 or 3.0 simply be access to universities and their data where the newest research is kept from the masses? I really don’t know.
Today I will go in, hopefully I can take some images of a place that has been around several hundred years and contains ages of history in it. Call me a geek, but i am excited to see the library.
It is funny; when we live close to something amazing we tend to take it for granted. I can’t tell you how many people in phoenix, Arizona have never been to one of the greatest landmarks in the world – the Grand Canyon.
Here is one of the top 10 libraries in the world. Everyone knows where it is, but I ask, “Have you ever gone in it?”
“No, but I know where it is!”
Life is indeed funny with how we spend our time and what each of us values. Here is the neatest online library, go visit and browse. www.IPL.ORG (internet public library)