This paper is based on the premise that how humans are treated and their needs met defines a community culture. Cultures that do not meet the needs of their people will wither. It is a very personal statement and is not intended to be a lengthy treatise of library technologies, collections, service models or architecture. It focuses on the messiness of dealing with the complex realities of today’s culture and the intersection of the library as a place of service and a sustainable part of a community.
Community planning, social contract, sustainability, politics, library architecture
Library and Information Science
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Scherer, Jeffrey A., "The Library as a Social Contract: Lessons Learned" (2015). Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age - Conference Proceedings. 6.