Late last year I attended several inspirational conference presentations about the changing nature of libraries. These included the Presidential Address from Laurinda Thomas, keynotes from Nat Torkington and Penny Hagen at LIANZA 2013 Conference, and Mal Booth at Telsig 2013 Forum.
Key messages I absorbed are that although our ‘artefacts’ are changing libraries are still essential services with the potential to change lives. We are no longer just book and text based warehouses, but community based cultural hubs where new knowledge and insights are created. Our communities should be active participants in designing new services. I realised we could do more in my organisation to engage and involve our students and staff in planning new services.