When librarians talk about a commons it is almost always about “the stuff in the space” – whereas communities are about “people doing stuff together.” I’m trying to move away from a focus on serving “the user” and instead trying to appreciate that we engage and support a multitude of different people with diverse and different needs. Our libraries are different things to different people. We cannot be everything to everyone, but we can be very good at being some things to many people.
So argues Brian Mathews at the Chronicle of Higher Education. You can read his entire post here: Why do people who love libraries love libraries? – The Ubiquitous Librarian – The Chronicle of Higher Education.