– Bookworm Chengdu
Although this is not exactly a public library, it is a library nonetheless. And it’s a very difficult sort of library. Though the collection is quite small (only 5,000 books) at the moment, I found that it has a very interesting concept for a library. Besides being a library, it is also a European restaurant and a coffee/alcohol bar. In addition, the whole library has free wireless Internet access. And from the pictures on the site, they also host meetups, programmes and talks, performances and children’s story times. Hmmm … maybe the new and upcoming library@orchard can think of some similar concepts. I know in some of our libraries, we already have cafes in-built. But we might want to attract a little more upmarket type of restaurant to partner us. Worth a thought!
(via Real Public Librarian)
– Librarian … A People Job
A profile of Elissa Kinzelman, currently a librarian assistant in a medical library. She has been taking library training classes on a part-time basis and will graduate soon. The part I liked best in the article is in the last paragraph where she states that librarianship is “very much a people job“.