Will Crozet’s Next Library Be … (courtesy of Seth Godin)

If the new Crozet ever gets built (PDF) …

When will the new library be built?

The schematic plan for the library was presented to the Planning Commission in February of 2009, and will be presented to the BOS in March of 2009 after presentation to the Crozet community. Once the schematic plan is approved, formal design will proceed. Based on revised Capital Improvements Plan recommendations under consideration by the BOS, construction funding will shift from July 2009 to July 2011, allowing for completion by Fall 2012.

… Will Crozet’s next Library be this?

The next library is a place, still. A place where people come together to do co-working and coordinate and invent projects worth working on together. Aided by a librarian who understands the Mesh, a librarian who can bring domain knowledge and people knowledge and access to information to bear.

The next library is a house for the librarian with the guts to invite kids in to teach them how to get better grades while doing less grunt work. And to teach them how to use a soldering iron or take apart something with no user servicable parts inside. And even to challenge them to teach classes on their passions, merely because it’s fun. This librarian takes responsibility/blame for any kid who manages to graduate from school without being a first-rate data shark.

The next library is filled with so many web terminals there’s always at least one empty. And the people who run this library don’t view the combination of access to data and connections to peers as a sidelight–it’s the entire point.

Wouldn’t you want to live and work and pay taxes in a town that had a library like that? The vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate raconteur of information? There are one thousands things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value.

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