The modern library offers infrastructure, expertise, services and the inclusive environment to meet people where they are comfortable, supported and safe. Key characteristics include
- Neutral ground: Occupants of third places have little to no obligation to be there.
- Leveler: Third places put no importance on an individual’s status in a society.
- Conversation: Playful and happy conversation is the main focus.
- Accessibility and accommodation: Third places must be open and readily accessible to those who occupy them.
- The regulars: Third places harbour a number of regulars that help give the space its tone and help set the mood and characteristics of the area. Like Tim Hortons, but better.
- A low profile: Third places are characteristically wholesome
- The mood is playful: The tone of conversation in third places are never marked with tension or hostility
- A home away from home
The library also provides a technological basis for linking people to services in the province and community that meet their daily and long-term needs; whether in private on a Wi-Fi device or a kiosk wired to the network. With investment and alignment with other government departments, community sector organizations and private enterprises the library can become a catalyst for strengthening our province by supporting our number one resource, our people.
At Civilized Solutions (@civilizedSC) we are exploring ways to maximize libraries in Nova Scotia; to continue to build on the incredible leadership librarians and libraries have provided over the years.
Want to learn more, contact Civilized Solutions today.