As libraries transition away from collecting commercial content the most successful organizations will be those that become community experts, help solve problems, and improve people’s lives.
Here’s an example from Vancouver, B.C. The public library has teamed up with other organization and “the neediest neighbourhood in Vancouver is getting a new library with housing attached for single mothers and children.”
“It is so fitting because the YWCA’s values and principles so closely match the library’s. Both are organizations that are committed to human advancement and dignity. We are both committed to supporting people, children, youth and adults so that they can reach their full potential,” Singh said. “How better to support mothers and their children than providing safe and supportive housing above their neighbourhood library