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Social Infrastructure is a Right: Places for Gathering, Sharing and Learning - Shared screen with speaker view
Howard Besser
22:27
Hi from Berkeley!
Eva Jansen
22:27
hi from Toronto
Stephan Jaklitsch
22:32
Libraries are so much more than books - music too! we will learn much from this series. Love the music
Bob Berkman
22:36
MUTED!
spy
22:38
Can’t hear you ...
Heather Shimmin
22:39
I can’t hear you.
Pavla Kochel
22:39
hello from Washington Heights
Maggie Munoff -- GallopNYC
22:40
Pamela, you’re muted
BOB BAKER
22:41
Who else is here from Swampscott, Massachusets
jamessouce
22:42
you're on mute
cbrown
23:19
welcome Pamela. Happy First Week!
Stephan Jaklitsch
23:20
Welcome Pamela!
Mark Rosen
23:23
Congratulations, Pamela...and Welcome!!
Saundra Thomas
23:33
yay Pamela!
Nancy
24:22
Congratulations! And hi from Fort Wayne, Indiana
Sara Scoggan
27:02
Wonderful!
Sara Scoggan
27:17
Go libraries!
Kristin | Open House New York
27:47
Find tonight's guests on Twitter: @LibnOfCongress @EricKlinenberg @shannonmattern
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan
30:35
Yes!
Bruce Rosen
33:58
CUF report was anti-library.
Chachi
35:16
when are libraries going to become a place to gather to talk about books instead of quietly reading books in public? Are there not enough rooms where people can go to find quiet if they don't have anything to stick in their ears or are too easily distracted?
Kristin | Open House New York
35:58
Palaces for the People: https://www.ericklinenberg.com/books#palaces-for-the-people-how-social-infrastructure-can-h[…]-inequality-polarization-and-the-decline-of-civic-life
Chachi
37:19
why is it a crime to have a beverage while reading in the library?
Howard Besser
39:35
@Chachi: Most libraries now allow beverages (except around rare books)
Chachi
39:50
Yay!!
Julia Ruther (she/her)
39:52
@Shannon Mattern, could you drop the questions you posed to the speakers in to the chat here? They were great but I couldn't keep up with my notes!
jamessouce
40:01
HI Shannon, I just went on your New School site, your portfolio drew a 404 error. It might be me just an FYI....
Shannon Mattern
40:45
Thanks, James. Here’s my portfolio: https://wordsinspace.net/
Owen Foote
40:51
Chachi - it depends on the library and beverage - our Canoe Club on the Gowanus Canal has a library of unusual artifacts to explore and we encourage eating and drinking!
jamessouce
40:58
Cool, thanks!
Shannon Mattern
41:13
And Julia, here are the questions I posed: (1) How do the library’s social infrastructural functions supplement its traditional information-based services – and how does, or should, the library share its social infrastructural responsibilities with other civic institutions, and even private corporations?
Shannon Mattern
41:26
(2) How have the compounding crises of 2020-21 stretched or diminished or transformed the library’s role as a social infrastructure? Which of those transformations or revelations are likely to outlast the pandemic and profoundly shape the future of the institution?
Shannon Mattern
41:43
(3) And finally, given OHNY’s focus on the material city, what roles do physical and virtual space play in the library’s function as social infrastructure? Has the pandemic altered our understanding of how library architecture, or the library’s place in urban and campus plans, advances or hinders its social infrastructural functions? Has the past year changed what we know about how the library’s physical and digital manifestations – its analog and digital services – complement one another?
Bruce Rosen
43:26
The Queens Public Library is THE institution of that most diverse county in the US. It is the highest circulation system in the country.
Sarah Cunningham
45:15
I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be okay.—Maya Angelou
Paula’s iPad
46:10
Greetings from Lexington, Kentucky!!
Howard Besser
46:19
Queens Public Library collects books and other media in more languages than anywhere else in the US (I think it’s about 70 languages)!
Pamela Puchalski
46:22
Sarah Cunningham — YES!!
marcos sueiro
47:22
Queens, represent!
Bruce Rosen
47:29
She’s a Queens kid!
Joan Mulry
47:45
yeah, Queens
John Ellis
47:45
ps 80
Elsie
47:53
I know that branch! Fellow Queens girl!
Chelsea Jordan-Makely
47:54
It's so interesting how this could relate to defunding the police and the prison abolition movement. Public libraries could be part of the answer.
Shefali Sanghvi | Dattner Architects
47:55
QUEEEENS!
Chelsea Jordan-Makely
48:16
I would love if the speakers would comment on that.
Joan Mulry
48:29
needed an exclamation on that - yeah, Queens!!!!
David Vinjamuri
49:08
Eric can you talk about co-location of municipal services in the libraries - particularly examples of systems that have brought services for vulnerable populations into the library
Bruce Rosen
49:22
Two things public school first graders in Queens got in the 1950s - a library card & a savings account passbook!
jamessouce
49:42
Would someone want to address the The issue at Hunter's Point Branch? Can we talk about how this could happen?
Elaine Gurian
49:47
Arlington VA put the free internet in their parking lot and therefore folks could walk up or drive up and use the internet for free.
Annie Norman
49:53
In your opinion what measures are best for libraries to use to showcase their value?
Kimberly
49:54
anytime I moved, one of first actions was to get my library card...they always posted local activities and events.
iPhone
50:41
whenever I travel I seek out library.
iPhone
51:04
LovexSchomburg in nyc
spy
51:30
Let’s do more outdoor libraries. Like in Bryant park and the nypl mobile trucks. What is better than reading in the park/outdoors?
Mark Rosen
51:34
The pandemic enabled me to discover SimplyE. I'm so grateful.
Helen Hurwitz
52:01
https://www.bklynlibrary.org/reach--Brooklyn PL extended WiFi
iPhone
52:06
In nyc Library of Performing Arts was a beautiful cultural arts gathering hub
Helen Hurwitz
52:08
https://www.bklynlibrary.org/reach
Jason Forrest
52:12
Technical enablement of those with low computer skills is a huge challenge that libraries are often supporting without acknowledgement
Louise Harpman (she/her)
52:15
SimplyE https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral/simplye
Jane Rossman
52:57
I joined a book club during the pandemic and we all use SimplyE
Bruce Rosen
53:02
The ADA non-compliability of the Hunters Pt Library? It’s not just a library problem in NYC.
Joan Mulry
53:12
we’ve seen kids outside libraries when they are closed - just to use the library wifi.
Suzanne Lipkin
53:25
@spy, Lincoln Center will have an outdoor reading room this summer through the Library for the Performing Arts: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/25/arts/lincoln-center-covid-outdoors.html
Joan Mulry
53:46
enjoying Libby through NYC system for my online reading
iPhone
53:49
absolutely
Howard Besser
53:55
Over the past 50 years Libraries have stepped in to provide services where other governmental agencies failed: a place for homeless and latchkey lids to go in the snow, job searching, internet access,… Libraries stip in where other institutions failed.
Bruce Rosen
53:56
The job search programs have been taking place in NYC’s 3 library systems for decades!
spy
54:28
Thank you Suzanne!
Joan Mulry
54:41
we miss our knit-groups at the Queens libraries
Hyacinth Persad
55:16
YES, indeed - all sectors
Howard Besser
56:18
ALA welcomes new Emergency Broadband Benefit program http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2021/03/ala-welcomes-new-emergency-broadband-benefit-program
Bob Berkman
56:26
Libraries (and librarians) are also one of the last trusted institutions and professionals (See Pew and other surveys that show this to be the case)
Aimee Thrasher-Hanson (she/her)
56:27
Unfortunately, we are getting less funding than every before in Philly. :(
Aimee Thrasher-Hanson (she/her)
56:43
Just at the time we need it most!
Dorothy Dunn
58:42
Thank you for referencing rural libraries and communities.
Shannon Mattern
58:48
We’ll be moving into Q&A in about five minutes. Please share your questions here. I’ve already seen some questions about connections between libraries and police funding; and about the co-location of libraries and other municipal services. What else would you like to ask our presenters?
Bruce Rosen
59:10
The Dinkins Administration brought back the full library openings for the first time since LaGuardia.
Stephen Bury
59:53
If society was perfect and did all these things properly, what would be the function of libraries?
Louise Harpman (she/her)
01:00:30
As for rural America, in Blanco, Texas (population 2,256), they have issued over 10,000 library cards.
Lindsey Block
01:00:40
How do you see libraries fulfilling this community engagement role when physical access to libraries is not possible?
Dorothy Dunn
01:00:50
Radical Knowledge is an Urban Systems Series, recognizing libraries as key to the infrastructure that is necessary for our city and country.
Marsha Semmel
01:00:54
What are some practical steps in moving beyond our current silos into a well-functioning, well-funded, social infrastructure and get beyond the needs and focus on individual institutions—even those institutions that ‘do good’ on an individual basis.
Jason Forrest
01:01:12
It dawned on me that libraries serve a similar role for education that planned parenthood has done for women’s health in rural areas.
spy
01:02:21
Oh on..not Amazon! Worst employer right now…
jess kennedy delahoy
01:02:50
economists are dogs
Bruce Rosen
01:03:13
Please talk about Millennials preferring physical to e-books.
Kimberly
01:03:16
our library location as a glass recycling.
Dan Arndt
01:04:02
how can we merge the traditional view of library (the place where the books are) with this model of function?
jamessouce
01:04:10
We do a lot of things right, but missteps like the Hunter's Point Branch in Queens is costly from not just a dollars standpoint, but from a public facing standing point. In post-pandemic world, what sort of design considerations will we need? I'm thinking break-out rooms or more flexible spaces.
Cindy
01:04:25
Open House Library Weekend across America!
Dorothy Dunn
01:04:52
https://media.carnegie.org/filer_public/d7/9c/d79c6501-1966-4b48-809b-108d4bf7c4cd/ccny_speech_20021017_libraries.pdf
Pamela Puchalski
01:05:19
Thank you for the link to Vartan Gregorian’s speech Dee!!
Caitlin Kenney
01:05:29
@Dorothy, thank you for finding and sharing that speech!
Leslie
01:05:30
How do ebooks serve people who have no internet access?
Emily
01:06:23
Thank you Dorothy! I was wondering!
Stephen Bury
01:06:35
Saw Vartan at the Trinity College Dublin digital library launch on Monday: inspiring!!
Casey McNamara
01:07:27
@ Eric Klinenberg many of us are working from home but many are not, including a lot of library workers — who don’t yet have access to the vaccine in New York by the way
Dorothy Dunn
01:07:57
Dr. Gregorian and the Carnegie Corporation of NYC introduced OHNY to Dr. Carla Hayden. We are very grateful.
Howard Besser
01:08:03
Queens Memory Project!
Margaret Sullivan Studio
01:08:05
Yes! Libraries create experiences, stories!
spy
01:10:43
How about using the community gardens as small outdoor library spaces?
Bruce Rosen
01:10:51
The Seward Park Branch Library on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, opened with a rooftop garden for reading. When it was restored, this was forgotten.
cd
01:11:27
Follow https://letsmovelibraries.org/ for examples of libraries and librarians stretching out beyond the walls of the building
iPhone
01:11:36
Hamilton Fish originally had a reading patio
Cindy H (she/her)
01:11:48
We have a rooftop terrace! https://www.kclibrary.org/blog/what-surrounds-us%E2%80%99-central-library-rooftop-offers-self-guided-tour-kc-skyline-past-and-present
nate
01:12:04
Every library large and small gained a global audience during the pandemic. This is an opportunity.
Stephen Bury
01:12:09
Probably building regulations on roof tops
Kimberly
01:12:21
our library is acting a dry good food bank
Shannon Mattern
01:12:25
Yes, nate
spy
01:12:34
I think mobile trucks will work well being parked around the parks, CP and Prospect etc…
Dorothy Dunn
01:13:13
Arthaus
Dorothy Dunn
01:13:20
Central library in Helsinki
Bruce Rosen
01:13:22
Very cool, KC! Does the library host jazz performances - part of your heritage?
Maxine Bleiweis
01:13:38
Aarhus,Denmark, is an excellent example of this.
Vilma Alvarez
01:14:10
Great suggestion!
iPhone
01:14:27
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/280912095477398774/
nate
01:14:42
Love this question.
Margaret Sullivan Studio
01:14:46
Fabulous Question!
Dorothy Dunn
01:14:49
Maxine Bleiweis, thank you for correcting my misspelling (i’ll blame my computer) of Aarhus, Denmark
iPhone
01:14:51
yes
Bruce Rosen
01:15:04
Libraries as part of multi-service centers???!!!
Julia Ruther (she/her)
01:15:20
Hallelujah to that @CarlaHayden!
C.M.Pyle
01:15:25
Libraries in parts of New York City, esp. Brooklyn, have been sacrificed to developers' desiress, over those of the population living within their regions. Brooklyn Heights is one example that fell to developers, and the Donnell Library in Manhattan. These libraries have been greatly reduced in surface and function, very unfortunately.
Nancy
01:15:33
Thanks for this presentation!
Victoria Turner
01:15:40
Thank you!
Carol Nardini
01:15:57
compensation for library staff because the staff are mainly women.
iPhone
01:15:59
I think the tension is partly that the physical buildings were often gifts from Carnegie and Localities only gave land
Jocelyne
01:16:03
Libraries are a huge untapped community building resource. They can provide safe spaces for people from many different backgrounds and beliefs to reconnect with each other face-to-face post pandemic, share stories, learn from each other, discover common interests and move beyond the divisiveness that has permeated many parts of the country in recent years.
Nina Maruca
01:16:12
I know a food bank where the parents shop for food while the children shop for donated books.
Madeleine George (she/her)
01:16:25
Bard College has a tuition-free degree-granting college housed at the Brooklyn Public Library: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/adult-learning/bard-microcollege
Marsha Semmel
01:17:06
Read David Carr on libraries as pillars of democracy!
Open House New York
01:17:10
Thank you all for coming to this presentation! To be part of the OHNY community, here is our membership link: https://ohny.formstack.com/forms/membership
spy
01:17:13
These countries have a much bigger budget for high end library constructions …we are better off looking at countries that have created with lower budgets more creativity…Spain?
Bruce Rosen
01:17:41
Speaking of post offices… Forthcoming People’s Postal Summit – Making of the People’s Postal Agenda https://agrandalliance.org/peoples-postal-summit-making-of-the-peoples-postal-agenda
Cassie Robinson
01:18:36
So lucky to have someone like Shannon doing the work she’s been doing on libraries for years! ❤️
Dorothy Dunn
01:18:54
Cassie Robinson TRUE!!!
jess kennedy delahoy
01:19:26
thank you all so much...a retired schoolteacher appreciates you all so much. I am going to buy eric's book as a gift for my local library right now.
Louise Harpman (she/her)
01:19:26
Thank you for an EXCELLENT event.
Julia Robbins
01:19:29
Thanks all!
Joan Mulry
01:19:30
Thank you, all!
Maxine Bleiweis
01:19:32
Thank you all!
Alina Larson
01:19:35
Thank you!
Cindy H (she/her)
01:19:36
Thank you
Coleen Stretten, Vermont Square Library
01:19:42
Thank you!!!
Vilma Alvarez
01:19:44
WOW! Let's make it a MOVEMENT!!!
Donna Richards
01:19:45
thanks so much for this insightful discussion !
Reginald Reid
01:19:47
thank you
Louise Harpman (she/her)
01:19:49
moment>>movement
Robin Simon
01:19:53
Thank you!
Cassie Robinson
01:19:55
Thanks all !
marilynh
01:19:56
Pamela Welcome and Brava!!
Margaret Kaczorowski
01:20:03
Thank you !
Jarrett Newman
01:20:09
Fantastic talk! Thank you for hosting this event.
Aimee Thrasher-Hanson (she/her)
01:20:13
YES!!!!!!
Adriana BH
01:20:15
Thank you
Open House New York
01:20:24
https://ohny.formstack.com/forms/membership
Mark Rosen
01:20:24
Thank you.
iPhone
01:20:37
it reminds me too about NPR and PBS fundraising
Fred Gitner
01:20:41
Thank you!
spy
01:20:44
Thank you
Kristin | Open House New York
01:20:45
Become a member: https://ohny.formstack.com/forms/membership
Catherine McDonald
01:20:47
Thank you
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan
01:20:49
Thank you all!
Tulia Scott
01:20:49
Thank you from Atlanta GA. Great presentation
Vanessa
01:20:49
thank-you
iPhone
01:20:53
Thank you
Vilma Alvarez
01:20:54
THANK YOU!!!
Margaret Sullivan Studio
01:20:55
Thank You to all!
Noa Hines (she/her)
01:21:01
thank you all!
Camille Andrews (she|her)
01:21:06
Thank you!
Lela Pilgrim
01:21:08
Thanks
Jean Andrews
01:21:21
Thank you for a terrific discussion!
Julia Ruther (she/her)
01:21:28
Thank you to everyone for this inspiring, energizing conversation! Grateful to everyone!
Coleen Stretten, Vermont Square Library
01:21:36
So great can not wait to share with other librarians