In a fast-paced, digital age of quid pro quo, libraries stand as safe places where people help other people. Their renaissance is as much about community as their literary riches.
Being with people in a pleasant indoor setting usually carries a price of admission, whether it’s $5 for a cup of coffee in a cafe or $100 for a theatre ticket. Even in shopping malls, security guards are likely to ask you to move on if you look like hanging about indefinitely without spending money. “The public library,” says Vallance, “is the one place where absolutely everyone – regardless of their background, their wealth, their status – can be assured of a respectful welcome and a friendly reception.”
This reminds me about discussions of what will and will not be automated in the future.
At the end of the first week of school, I noticed that two or three of my students had their Kudos Cookie note slipped into their binders or hanging in their lockers. Remember — that’s a handwritten note given to them TWO YEARS ago.
When I think about the teachers my daughter has had, there are a number of things that have stood out? For me, it has been relationships and a focus on strengths.
Originally posted at Read Write Collect
The more I think about it the more I feel we need a shift to the personal side of the equation, the side where we know people and they genuinely matter to each other.
It is amazing that, in real time, we can speak to someone on the other side of the world in any number of ways but this globalisation has come at the expense of “local” on both interpersonal and societal levels.