Anywhere in the universe: a mission for libraries by Matt Finch

Please make sure that you take a moment out of your day today to listen to and read Matt Finch’s excellent post. There’s so much great wisdom in this piece and I believe it to be a great unifying and inspiring thing that librarians of today need in their lives. Anywhere In The Universe isn’t just another post that will come across your feed; it’s a document that recognizes where we are and points towards the future we can all be a part of if we chose to go down this path.

What’s more, great libraries recognize that they require a diverse workforce. Information, knowledge, and culture are things which are lived, felt, and experienced by all of humanity. The wider the range of experiences and identities represented by the library staff, the better understanding they will have of the diversity of human information, knowledge, and culture, and the more ways they will have of relating to the communities they serve.

-Matt Finch

This is just one of the great and inspirational moments from the piece. As I read it I felt quite a few things: that it felt familiar to me, that it inspired me to move ahead, and that it was the culmination of a lot of things happening in libraries all around the world at the moment. Matt’s piece captures a moment in time perfectly and propels the reader towards an uncertain but exciting future. We are all a part of this great thing and we all have a hand in shaping the positivity we can bring into the world if we chose to do so.

Great libraries devise new opportunities to celebrate, provoke, challenge, and pique the curiosity of their community. They acquire, preserve, and develop collections to serve their communities’ needs; they negotiate with peer institutions and publishers for access to more information; they devise systems and procedures to share their collections and borrow from others as needed.

-Matt Finch

Today’s librarians may carry the same title as those that have come before in the profession but that’s where the similarities stop. It’s a necessary evolution in a profession that has constantly been evolving. The recent rate of transformation in this profession can be dizzying and that’s where Matt’s essay comes in as super inspirational: it is a reminder that the work librarians are doing matters, that it will never stop evolving, and that it is vital to the health of all of our communities.

Read and listen to Anywhere In The Universe by Matt Finch today.

One comment

  1. Reblogged this on Dawn of the Unread and commented:
    At Dawn of the Unread we value books. Libraries have undergone some horrendous cuts in recent times as a result of government policies. We’re interested in the role that libraries have to play in the 21st century and so welcome manifestos and mission statements that help debate the value of these important institutions.

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