The starting point for me in this book project was when I became enamored in the concept of social networks (a hot topic now, but one that has been discussed at length over many decades). After writing my first book, I was eager to start another one and brought up the concept of social networks and libraries. While the idea sounded worthwhile, I had a gut feeling that it was missing something. It didn’t have the “umph” factor that Keeping Current did. It needed something else to solidify a valid concept.
That’s when I met Chrystie, and the debate began. Like Chrystie, I enjoy debate (one of the reasons I watch Fox news). I hate it when I speak to an audience and everyone nods in agreement, or post to my blog and all the citations and commentary involves “Here Heres”, or “You said its.” Chrystie and I make a great team because we disagree on many points and that will be reflected in this blog and, at some points, in the book.
Chrystie introduced me to the concept of online communities (Yes, I actually stood up and clapped) at the same time I started reading about social capital. Both were perfect for the “umph” factor that I needed for the book.
So, I asked Chrystie to join me on this project and she accepted (It was not an afterthought, it was the impetus that drove the book proposal). I’m thrilled to start working on this book and to create a process-based approach to community building through our nations libraries.