Tonight’s the night for the Library! This evening we have the first big meeting on the Sunnyvale Library of the Future. We're expecting about 80 or more participants after having sent over 2,000 notiifications, emails, and posting notices at the Library and other locations. I hope everybody shows up, we really need to hear new ideas and find out what the public wants from its future library.
It’s taken weeks to get started on this blog. It’s a bit scary - the blend of professional perspective and personal voice, or vice versa. The idea of a blog came up because we are experimenting with new ways of communicating with the public and I thought it would be “fun” to share what’s involved in this type of project from the beginning stages to the end. Having worked on teams developing new community libraries in the past, I’ve experienced the ups and downs, moments of disappointment and the sheer excitement of a new library for the community. Looking back though, the anguish and problems that occurred in the process are swept away and everything looks so-o-o, so-o-o easy now. Gone are the budget problems, the fits and starts and restarts, collaborations gone bad, etc.
So, this time around, with the possibility of blogging, it seems fitting to share as well as commemorate what it’s really like to examine long-term community library needs and work toward a solution. What the results of the process will be are unknown - will there be a new library? Maybe, maybe not. This is going to be all about the journey, and this evening is the start. We’ll see what folks from the community have to say tonight… If you're not going to be here with us, please at least wish us luck, or maybe send in a comment :-)