The Third Place
                  John Blyberg
             Assistant Director,
  Innovation & User Experience
           ...
Weʼve got our eye
on this.
But we did some
thinking and
decided ...
... thatʼs not the story.
This is.
And this.
They tell stories.
They
make
music.
They make friends.
They make loud
        music.
They turn chess
 into a sporting
      event.
They know good
food when they
see it.
So we show
them how to
    make it.
They are moved
         by art.
Occasionally, we
spot some studying.
Actually,
they study a lot.
But they play hard.
These four sat still for
 ten whole minutes!
Theyʼre patient when
  we ask them to be.
But it helps to have
food.
Did I mention the
food?
They listen to other
smart people.
They share.
They learn.
Theyʼre productive.
They discover
something every day.
And they
read like
  crazy!
But ...
This is also the library.
Because this needs
to work really well.
And this.
And this.
This too.
Because Marianne
wants you to read
these great books.
And we want you to find what youʼre
    looking for in the catalog.
And maybe add your own
             two cents.
Or see whatʼs going on in
             your library.
Or the world.
Maybe you want to be
         untethered.
And print a high-quality
business proposal.
Or try something
completely new ..
.. like surface computing.
Or the latest hot game.
Or the latest hot gadget.
Or produce an event ... From your chair.
And
sometimes you
  just need to
 cool off in our
geothermal air
 conditioning.
Did I mention weʼre
in a green building?
And we like it when
  youʼre green too.
In fact, we like you.
And weʼre your
   Third Place
Thank-you.
John Blyberg
john@blyberg.net
www.darienlibrary.org
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The Third Place

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Originally gave this presentation at the US-Russia Civic Society to Civic Society conference in Washington DC on June 24, 2010.

The Third Place

  1. 1. The Third Place John Blyberg Assistant Director, Innovation & User Experience Darien Library Darien, Connecticut
  2. 2. Weʼve got our eye on this.
  3. 3. But we did some thinking and decided ...
  4. 4. ... thatʼs not the story.
  5. 5. This is.
  6. 6. And this.
  7. 7. They tell stories.
  8. 8. They make music.
  9. 9. They make friends.
  10. 10. They make loud music.
  11. 11. They turn chess into a sporting event.
  12. 12. They know good food when they see it.
  13. 13. So we show them how to make it.
  14. 14. They are moved by art.
  15. 15. Occasionally, we spot some studying.
  16. 16. Actually, they study a lot.
  17. 17. But they play hard.
  18. 18. These four sat still for ten whole minutes!
  19. 19. Theyʼre patient when we ask them to be.
  20. 20. But it helps to have food. Did I mention the food?
  21. 21. They listen to other smart people.
  22. 22. They share.
  23. 23. They learn.
  24. 24. Theyʼre productive.
  25. 25. They discover something every day.
  26. 26. And they read like crazy!
  27. 27. But ...
  28. 28. This is also the library.
  29. 29. Because this needs to work really well.
  30. 30. And this.
  31. 31. And this.
  32. 32. This too.
  33. 33. Because Marianne wants you to read these great books.
  34. 34. And we want you to find what youʼre looking for in the catalog.
  35. 35. And maybe add your own two cents.
  36. 36. Or see whatʼs going on in your library.
  37. 37. Or the world.
  38. 38. Maybe you want to be untethered.
  39. 39. And print a high-quality business proposal.
  40. 40. Or try something completely new ..
  41. 41. .. like surface computing.
  42. 42. Or the latest hot game.
  43. 43. Or the latest hot gadget.
  44. 44. Or produce an event ... From your chair.
  45. 45. And sometimes you just need to cool off in our geothermal air conditioning.
  46. 46. Did I mention weʼre in a green building?
  47. 47. And we like it when youʼre green too.
  48. 48. In fact, we like you.
  49. 49. And weʼre your Third Place
  50. 50. Thank-you. John Blyberg john@blyberg.net www.darienlibrary.org
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