Last week at the Global Research Library 2020 conference I gave a talk that wound up being more about the role of public libraries in civic life than about the role of research libraries in academic life. I hope there was enough thematic overlap to have made the talk useful for the participants who attended.
I’ve posted a written version of the talk here: Remixing the library. It ties together a number of threads I’ve been pursuing: lightweight integration of information services, the hyperlocal web, and the emergence and use of public data. I’d be curious to know what folks think of the idea, presented in this talk, that libraries can play an important role not only as curators of existing information resources, but also as advisers to individuals and organizations as they increasingly create new resources.