Why Libraries?

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Introduction

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Collective Buying Agent

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Economic Stimulus

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Center of Learning

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Safety Net

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Steward of Cultural Heritage

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Cradle of Democracy

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Symbol of Community Aspirations

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Read This:

Suggested Readings:

The argument for better libraries: expect impact in Lankes, R. David (2012). Expect more: demanding better libraries for today’s complex world. Riland Publishing, Jamesville. pgs 9-25.

Explore This:

Philaplace.org: PhilaPlace is an interactive Web site, created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, that connects stories to places across time in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. PhilaPlace weaves stories shared by ordinary people of all backgrounds with historical records to present an interpretive picture of the rich history, culture, and architecture of our neighborhoods, past and present.
Human LibraryThe Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.

 

Slides (PDF versions of the slides used in this module.)

Why Libraries? A Short Introduction

Why Libraries? Collective Buying

Why Libraries? Economic Stimulus

Why Libraries? Safety Net

Why Libraries? Stewards of Culture

Why Libraries? Cradle of Democracy

Why Libraries? Aspirational Symbol

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