September 19, 2011
Librarians love to interact with people. Think about it–patrons come to them asking questions about topics they’re researching for school, seeking help tracing their genealogy, locating resources for career advancement, and so much more. In a sense, librarians actually get to be Google. When it comes to finding information and learning about new subjects, libraries have always provided the necessary sources with the social interaction and human connection faithful library patrons have come to appreciate.
In an effort both to re-humanize the information gathering process and to bring more patrons into the library, the City Centre Library in Surrey, British Columbia is introducing its Living Books program. This program aims to tap into the wealth of information that exists in the human mind and disseminate that information through social gatherings among program volunteers and library patrons. Volunteers will consist of local people, drawing their expertise from careers, academic concentrations, hobbies and life experiences. The volunteers agree to share their information, and library patrons can make appointments for 30-45 minute conversations.
The Living Books program sounds like a great way to gather information with the nuances of real, human experience mixed in. These days, there’s an app for just about everything, but I’ve yet to see an app that can deliver all of that!
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