Now where do we go?
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Since the Towers fell in NYC; since I worked at a maximum prison; since my mother thought me how to carry my keys - points out - in my hand when walking to my car; I have thought a lot about my personal safety and what I would do, could do, "should anything happen".
Well "anything" happens all the time now. We are none of us as safe as we imagined we were yesterday or last year.
Tomorrow we present a Webinar for the Southern Ontario Library Service for librarians who are developing their management skills. In it we talk about "The 3rd Place" and "The Commons" with respect to how librarians are providing space in their libraries for individuals in their communities so that they feel like they are a part of their physical community - not just the on-line one we are becoming so used to.
Librarians are on the forefront of societal change especially concerning how we interact and how we find our place in our community.
In light of this article from the Atlantic - CITYLAB, our message rings both sickeningly hollow and loudly.
How can we go into a public space and feel safe? How are these violent actions that are happening globally and involving our physical safety, affecting our behaviour in our cities, towns and in our libraries?