If I worked for the National Public Library Corporation, I’d include moving visuals like the ones below in my architecture collection. In addition to reference materials, the collection would include resources for library programs that drive community participation, education and enjoyment such as:
The info would be available to libraries via a well-conceived and executed data system that made it easy to incorporate online resources within their websites or to quickly assemble and brand materials. Just point and click. No vendors to evaluate, no purchase orders to process, no systems to maintain; it would all come as part of an annual membership with the NPL.
These collections would quickly become among the best in the world, for libraries all across the country would contribute to them.
Think about the enormous power of libraries working together like this. It absolutely blows my mind. Systems like this are used by millions of people every day in corporations, real estate firms, hospitals … and I’m filled with excitement when I think about them for libraries. For now, I hope you enjoy these two selections from my imaginary architecture collection.