Last Friday I facilitated a workshop hosted by Catalyst where the topic of the day was: if you had no budgetary or political restraints, what would the library technology suite of your dreams look like? What would it do for you and your community, now and in the future?
The participants dreamed big, bold and beautiful leaving with a whole raft of possibilities some of which can be found in the storified tweets.
Technology is of course pretty useless without confident and capable people to harness the opportunities it offers. I have a dream of what could be if we encouraged confident and capable people to develop and share library technology.*
I have a dream that one day all community members will have a level of literacy that enables them to create and learn not simply survive.
I have a dream that one day we will relinquish the idealistic inclination to become experts in everything and instead partner with skilled community members to create knowledge and learning opportunities.
I have a dream that one day we will rigorously defend the right to privacy as being fundamental to meaningful participation in society.
I have a dream that one day we will stop kissing the backsides of vendors and offer technology solutions that are as simple and delightful to use as a Kindle or ipad.
I have a dream that one day we will have meaningful data on how our libraries are used and who uses them, not just on when they are used.
I have a dream that one day the conversations we have with community members along with the knowledge they hold and create will be part of our libraries’ collections.
I have a dream. What dreams do you have?
* This post has been strongly influenced by my recent reading of The Atlas of New Librarianship.