“Dewey was thus simultaneously in the furniture business, the office-supply business, the consulting business, the publishing business, the education business, the human resources business, and what we might today call the “knowledge solutions” business”-Shannon Mattern. Wow, just from reading the first two paragraphs of this article about the quintessential Industrial Age entrepreneur, Melvil Dewey, we the viewers can really appreciate how much work, time, and effort Dewey put into this business of making a library a successful infrastructure. Now, what does Dewey’s rising success have to with anything at all? From copyrighting his library classification scheme right out of college to launching the American Metric Bureau to establishing the first library school in Columbia College, Dewey had demonstrated what true hard work and creativity is. Dewey took a step forward and thought how to make libraries more for society and enterprise. He invented the Dewey Decimal System and developed libraries in America.
Melvil Dewey set the library platform. Library’s will and are changing for the better of education, social interaction, and communication. I like the idea of having anyone and everyone who is qualified build their product on top of the library foundation. It will only further operations and bring more to the table with the goal of having a “community center”. Just like, Professor Buckleitner and his contribution to the Flemington Free Public Library. This is the idea to create a space for kids and adults to go and have a mental release from their daily lives, to play video games, listen to music, and of course read books. Let’s make a library the place to get a bite to eat, sit in serenity, and converse knowledge.
In my hometown library, an awesome program they have is the Study Island Tutoring Program. I was one of the tutors that, on certain weekdays and weekends, would go to the library and help elementary to middle school students with their homework. It was a fun time because I got to meet many interesting kids and make more friends in the process. Plus, when we would finish our work, we had the chance to do productive non-schoolwork such as reading books of interests, draw, talk about games, and more. Libraries have potential to be the next hub for peaceful interaction and be more than just a place for checking out books.