Five Things Community Leaders Should Know about Libraries and the Public

Via Blake at LISNews:

http://www.publicagenda.org/research/pdfs/long_overdue_five_things.pdf

Libraries are highly valued
Libraries are important 21st Century resources
Voters love libraries
Libraries use tax funds wisely
The public welcomes a greater role for libraries (includes a safe and engaging place for teens!)

So much to say about this but for now:

Attention public library adminstrators: if you are not avctively building an engaging, welcoming space for teens to congregate, staffed with librarians who can interact with them and guide them as needed through all the information that bombards them, you are sadly missing the boat. (and the Cluetrain!) Gaming initiatives, teen advisory boards, group blogging, podcast recording, wiki-building and just general hanging out should be on your teen-friendly agenda. And yes, skateboards too!

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