Friday inspiration

We’re moving new shelves into our library today, with lots of drilling and concrete dust and trundling book carts.  I’m hovering, hoping my collection shift plan will actually work the way I planned it to–i.e., all the books in all the right places, no huge gaps or crunches.  I have new and overwhelming respect for everyone who’s ever moved a library.

It’s also the Friday before the long weekend, so a little inspiration seems in order.  Here’s a terrific example of a higher-ed/library-type project making a difference in the real world:  Architecture for Humanity is proposing to build weaving cooperatives in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and India.  The centers would help pull women (and families) out of poverty and provide a viable economic alternative to human trafficking.

The connection to higher ed and libraries?  The plan for the centers will be a Creative Commons Developing Nations License.  If you follow that link you’ll see that this license has since been retired.  To which I say, I hope it’s been replaced by a new one that will foster sharing of plans, policies, and solutions in developing nations.  It’s a great idea and clearly (see above) a lot of good can come from it.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s