I want to shift tone in discussing libraries. Instead of looking at what students and faculty want from a library, or what successful vs unsuccessful libraries look like, I want to step back. If there were no budget issues or politics involved, describe your dream library.
See it take shape on the edge of your imagination. Does it provide open access to all information? Is it a community gathering point as well as a node in the network? Is it light-filled and comfortable? Are the staff friendly, knowledgable, and professional?
This is an invitation to be ridiculous, to dream big, to not let the normal cynicism hold you back. Sidestepping reality for the moment, help us map out the blue sky library. What’s your vision?