I encourage those who haven't read the Beginnings Report to do so because there is so much more detail in that report than I could provide this is blog report on the session. I will provide you with the basics and some of the reactions in the session.
Vision for the Future of Wisconsin Libraries
Wisconsin libraries sustain educational development and economic prosperity by:
- offering rich opportunities for individual development
- teaching literacies to succeed in today's knowledge-based economy
- serving as the "anchor store" for community development
- preserving our cultural heritage
- Access to educational, informational, health, economic and workforce development resources that strengthen families and communities as well as the "bottom line";
- 21st century literacies and lifelong learning across all populations, cultural groups and economic strata;
- Libraries of all types as information and problem solving centers of every community;
- Universal and free access to information to help close the digital divide;
- Librarians who are passionate and engaged deeply with their communities;
- Partnerships in sharing resources and information across communities;
- Librarians who are politically aware and involved - in touch with stakeholders and constituents, advocating to policy makers.
- One card - any library
- Robust Bandwidth
- Libraries as "anchor store"
- Universal literacies in all forms
- Embedded librarians
- Strategic communication
- Professional Development
The One Card - any library direction was favorable received though there was a concern about smaller libraries not losing their identity if there was just one card design. There where a few other issues about implementation of this, but we were reminded that this is what we want to achieve in the future, that it is something to work towards, and it is understood that it won't happen over night. One participant likened it to having a Visa card for different banks, but accepted and processed worldwide.
The strategic direction regarding libraries as anchor stores was also talked about in some length, with one participant suggesting that it should be "the library is the heart of the community." Someone else suggested that anchor store can also mean that the library is a place where information is housed and not necessarily about selling things.
It was nice to see so many people, from different libraries and years of experience, giving their input and reaction. As one person noted she was renewed knowing so many cared about the future. Again, I encourage you to read the full report for yourself and to share any comments you may have on the COLAND Visioning Summit blog at http://blog.uwgb.edu/coland.