Public Affairs: Your New Neighborhood Library
The following excerpt is based on the book Tomorrow’s Jobs Today, available at fine booksellers from John Hunt Publishers.
Mainstream Interviews with business leaders are generally puff pieces designed to amplify the subject’s success or advertise the company’s product. How boring! We went a different route with Tomorrow’s Jobs Today. We drilled down to discover exactly what made dozens of accomplished and forward-thinking industry leaders and innovators brave enough to harness the very technology that was disrupting their own field- and possibly eliminating their very own job. One of them was Patrick “PC” Sweeney of EveryLibrary, a public affairs group.
“When you think about the fact that libraries are about information and not simply about books, you begin to see where the value is.“Patrick Sweeney of EveryLibrary
From the interview
Patrick, your advocacy work helps libraries become successful in securing funding, expanding influence within communities, and staying relevant in the digital age. With information at everybody’s fingertips, how have librarian’s challenges evolved, and why is supporting them so key to the health of our citizenry?
Well, when you think about the fact that libraries are about information and not simply about books, you begin to see where the value is. What it means is that people are visiting libraries and seeking much more complex information, and they’re looking for guidance in navigating all of it. These are the same tasks that libraries performed when information was only found in books.
Librarians are helping people find the right websites to answer their questions, but there’s also a ton of services. They’re working closely with the public through informative and collaborative programming. For example, you can go to the library if you want to learn about starting your small business. You can attend one of their training programs or visit one of their business centers. You can find a lot of your information for starting your small business and how to navigate everything legally. So, the role of the library hasn’t changed within society. It’s just how we access information within the library that has changed.