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.


Many around the world must still fight for labour rights, from factories to quarries, fields to mines. I surmise most reading this benefit from the brave and beaten in years gone by to be protected by legislation, policies and contracts. We are fortunate and can do our part to keep our privileges alive and strong by looking at issues and colleagues through multiple lenses that make our workforce stronger, safer and freer.

Unfortunately billions in the world do not have the protection, they may by legislation but not through enforcement.  The denial of these rights, freedoms are a major cause of the underdevelopment of many countries. For without protection of labour, labour is less motivated, less healthy, and less compensated: thus unable to become viable consumers.

Sure this is a simplistic statement on the roll of unions, laws and regulations and their connection to economic development. But hey, it is 2018 and if you are reading this you already can connect the dots.