Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-
phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots
or of building arches. Just as genes propagate
themselves in the gene pool by leaping from
body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes
propagate themselves in the meme pool by
leaping from brain to brain via a process
which, in the broad sense, can be called
imitation.” -- Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976)
Look at how we organize books…
But why not by color?
Unfortunately, bad ideas (and memes)
don’t die easily
What can the library do?
• Don’t ignore change – engage
& evaluate it.
• Put the library’s users first.
• Enable and encourage the telling of
• Libraries embody the hope that we can
learn to understand our creations, our
neighbors, and ourselves.
Each of us hold the
candle of creation.
What will we do
Burn up our world,
and ourselves with
Light the way for
Or help others light
their own candles?