In 2007 I had the pleasure of spending some very valuable hours with the library arm of the new Central library planning team. Fay Davis was one of the women I met and I have made contact with her again in the hopes that I can spend some more time with her and see how the last five years have been. The look of the new library is pretty stunning and something I know the City of Birmingham will be very proud of.
Rewriting the Book is the title of their new Central library webpage and it makes great reading. I think we can learn a lot from the great ideas they have come up with to get their community involved in the project. Having a good seven years to do the planning helps a lot I imagine. We are on a sprint to deliver our new one in a matter four years.
I am hoping to spend as much time as possible with Fay and her team and hope to get a tour although the library is not open until September 2013. There is so much we can learn from this project the list is endless…but a taster of what I am thinking about at the moment
- community input and consultation
- community ownership
- wow factors
One idea I think is stunning and would love to try in Christchurch is the 26 library ambassadors. What a fantastic way to get the community involved and to tell our story.
Here is another winner…