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3 things that inspired me this week

The Uni

Imagine having the possibility to move the library learning space outdoors to meet the people, creating a place for learning, being inspired and making connections in the community. That is just some of the things The Uni will make possible.

The Uni is a new kind of shared learning environment, capable of supporting a full schedule of public readings, talks, classes, afterschool programs, workshops, and screenings. The Uni’s books establish the tone and set the stage for a variety of street-level learning experiences, from language classes to documentary films to hands-on demonstrations.
theuniproject.org 

I think it is impossible not to be inspired by this but go to the website and see for yourself and learn more about this great project. You can help fund the project if you want, but looking and learning is free.

How did the Uni inspire me: We are constantly looking for ways to connect with the community by bringing the library where the people are. The design makes an open outdoor space for learning and connecting. It’s an opportunity to make “instant library”. I want that! I can imagine it moving from city to city or from country to country promoting libraries by being awesome.

Thank You Nate – for sharing

How to spread the word – TEDx Buenos Aires

How it inspired me: This got me asking the questions: We try to reach non-users of the library all the time, but are we doing it right? If we invited the taxi drivers or hairdressers of the community to an Info-event at the library, what would be the right way to inspire them to inspire others?

Thank You Sally – for sharing

Compact Living – All You Need in a 258 Square Feet Apartment

How it inspired me: Follow your dreams and ideas… How much stuff do we need in our lives? This guy makes the most out of a few square feet. How will we make the most out of what we have, focus on the important and make inspiring libraries with the many square feet we have?
Also How will we focus on what is important in our lives?

Thank You Meredith – For sharing.

Save our libraries day

It is easy to be proud of being a librarian because you know what power libraries have and what a big difference they can make in people’s lifes.
Libraries worldwide are going through rough times. In the UK fellow librarians and library lovers are campaigning saturday 5th february – and this campaign is really something.
Not only have librarians made a huge effort to make this happen but this is beyond the profession. People are going to visit their libraries because they recognize the importance of libraries. That is nothing less than amazing. Good work fellow librarians. You make libraries that people want to fight for keeping. That does inspire us all.

It is a UK campaign but it echoes world-wide. Because when a library is in trouble all libraries are in trouble – and librarians may lose their job but the people who lose their library lose their learning center, their house of inspiration, a local meeting point, their democracy center and so much more…

Have a great “Save our libraries day”. Show up at your library and check out as many books and CDs as you can carry – check out some ebooks too. Follow this ‘sliding scale of spare time’

…And remember (To cite some of Phil Bradleys bumper stickers …):
Libraries; more precious than the Ring.
Libraries; tastier than 2 hobbits breakfasts.
Libraries; more trustworthy than the Fellowship

Go to Phils webstore to buy some cool World War one & two inspired posters that help the campaign. Phil will pass the money he earns on to charity.

Also visit Voices for the library

[Image from CILIP website]