Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity. In an ever more digital and connected world, do we still need places of books in our towns, colleges, or schools? If libraries aren’t about books, what are they about?
In Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World, David Lankes, winner of the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature, walks you through what to expect out of your library. Lankes argues that, to thrive, communities need libraries that go beyond bricks and mortar, and beyond books and literature. We need to expect more out of our libraries. They should be places of learning and advocates for our communities in terms of privacy, intellectual property, and economic development.
Expect More is a rallying call to communities to raise the bar, and their expectations, for great libraries.
In the two years since Expect More has been published, it has sold thousands of copies and been used by librarians and those working with libraries. By making the digital version of the book freely available it is hoped that more librarians can use the book to engage their boards, principals, and provosts in a constructive conversation about the future of their libraries.
In addition to making the book available, it is hoped that the library community can engage in a conversation on how to improve the book and its impact. All we ask is that if you use the book, please use to tell us how you are using it.
Original Manuscript available in Microsoft Word Format upon request. Use to outline how you will use it.
Want to do more than read the book? Want to continue the conversation? Engage with the text (annotate, discuss it) over at an experimental “Medium” site. Read the text, and read the notes by the author and others (including you).
Other Ways to Expect More
Expect More is available as a Paperback book (via Amazon), and as an Audio Book (via Audible and iTunes).
The following video illustrate some of the ideas in the book. Please feel free to use them in your community.
Introductory Video for the Book:
The Mission of Libraries: Expect More Than Books
Introduction to the Justification of Libraries
Library as Collective Buying Agent
Library as Economic Stimulus
Library as Center of Learning
Library as Safety Net
Library as Steward of Cultural Heritage
Library as Cradle of Democracy
Library as Symbol of Community Aspirations
“This was a concise version of the ideas I found in Lankes’ Atlas of New Librarianship. It a book that all librarians who are too busy to read the entire Atlas need to read. Library boards need to read it. Superintendents, principals, other administrators, teachers, parents, need to read it. Provosts, deans, faculty, and students need to read it. Community members, mayors, city councils, county decisionmakers need to read it. Library school faculty need to read it. Library consultants and continuing ed and support staff need to read it. And anyone involved in strategic planning in libraries need to read it.
This book will provide a new way to look at how the library fits into the community more than ever before and speaks to many ways to expect more out of your library and why you should.
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