Some thoughts for Friday Oct 21
I find the value of existence very fascinating and important for institutions especially service ones. Being exist and being known exist are different, and the latter can be influencial to a group. It can impact perceptions, understanding, behaviors, collaboration, and many important things in a community. This is, to me, has important meanings to both sides of the story - users’ existence and library’s existence. I am wondering if the representation of commonality within and between groups communicated and delivered though outreaches and/or media interplays with the issues of unity and diversity. How much more can the relationship between the existence, goals, and process of outreach programs contribution to the field? In what way does this have to do with “gatekeeping”, and how do gatekeepers play roles? I am thinking two sides again - library’s gatekeepers and communities’. Also, I find that ideas embedded in outreach programs are not framed only at library “outreach”, but also to serve as a mechanism on issues such as social controls, Americanizations, domestic reforms, social changes, social problems, etc.