Urban Library Journal 15.1 Spring 2008
public library is full of creative people. Many library employees flourish in
library systems that encourage them to move forward with their creative muses. A
scan of the blogosphere quickly proves the public library attracts many creative
minds and innovative thinkers to join its ranks. Once they have signed on to
serve, what do we do to keep these creative types inspired, dreaming and
channeling this creative energy into crafting experiences that benefit our
users? What are we doing to consciously create a workplace that keeps fresh
thinkers and risk-takers encouraged and empowered?
Gleaned from conversations, interviews (both in and outside the library),
and the Youth & Outreach Services “Library in Action” blog (http://libraryinaction.blogspot.com),
this article discusses how workspace affects learning, temperament, production,
and creativity in public libraries.
Keywords: public libraries, workspace, design, creativity, library as place
last updated 07/10/2008