One of the causes of the library’s current problems is its inability to change. I suggest that the library develop a policy of constant flux, in line with web 2.0 principles. This essentially means constantly re-questioning various existing systems, and encouraging a culture of experimentation and autonomy.
An artist studio in the library endows the responsibility of constant change to one person – also producing a space for prototyping and informality.
The library could organise life drawing classes. This kind of content challenges pre-concieved notions of what a library can be, and is low cost and high impact.
Perhaps in the future, the library might run ethics courses – when the internet isolates our experience and universities are too expensive or exclusive, a library may become the most important indoor forum for societal ideas.
These kinds of courses could refer back to consistently changing media, for instance, the way that skill based work has moved from social exchange, to formalised knowledge in print, to amateur tutorials online.
News is an important part of library reader’s content – bringing important news to the fore (which is always changing) provides content for constant debate.
Flux can also refer back to the libraries programs themselves. A flexible service like making zines demonstrates the flexibility of information, and the role of the reader becoming active as a remixer, not just a receiver.
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.
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