The current money system in the library allows members to print, buy coffees, pay for overdue books, borrow dvds and other small services for small costs. However, this value system in the library is contrary to its commodity – knowledge. Consumers vote with cash, voters show their support with votes, but culture’s currency is discourse and opinions.
I propose a new currency system for the library. This currency would be equal to the euro, but only usable within the library, and non-transferrable outside of the library. Members can earn credits for tasks which the library values in terms of increasing the knowledge capital of the library. To earn credits, Members could review books, take part in discussions, or leading them, cleaning the library or sorting books.
This gives value to these tasks, and invites the members to reclaim the library as their own. The information and tasks which are performed add to the ‘collection’ of the library. This user generated content also builds the library as a platform for original work. Perhaps later in the future, people could write books for credits. These credits can be spent in the library on services, borrowing books or food. This keeps the economy of the library hyper local, and their value system in line with their actions.
This video was part of a short assignment in the Eindhoven public library to help them deal with changes brought about by cuts to their budget.