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The modern library is not just a place, it is a space. It is not just a place to borrow or read books, it is a space to expand your horizons.

Abandoned property and loud phone use in a local library.

Unfortunately, some people do the unexpected or the unacceptable. Modern libraries in Singapore, particularly those in the heartlands, are also spaces for:

  • Child daycare and playgrounds
  • Denture display AKA public napping
  • Using wifi to watch YouTube or video conference sans ear/headphones
  • Taking advantage of air-conditioning to engage in coffeeshop talk sans coffeeshop heat
  • Talking loudly on the phone
  • Displaying, abandoning, or donating private property

If libraries are microcosms of society, it seems to attract and concentrate the irresponsible and the selfish. They are not the majority, but they make a disproportionately large show of force. Please do not judge the rest of us by those examples.

Two days ago I mentioned how I could work just about anywhere by remote control. When I mix work with play and personal with professional, I can work almost any time.

But while various technologies help me work from any part of the world, I cannot work any time all the time because I operate in a time zone.

Just being in Wellington, NZ, which was five hours ahead of Singapore, meant that a reasonable 8.30am kiwi meeting actually required me to be wide awake even though my body was operating at 3.30am.

I had to give my weekly #edsg chat at miss because it was 8.00pm in Singapore and my body clock was adjusting to NZ time (1.00am).

The weak link or rate determining step is human.

I think that is a principle that applies in organizing an event, communication in all contexts, and designing and implementing instructional interventions.

If something goes wrong, it is more likely human than technical. The sooner we admit to this or realize this, the better the technology will seem to work for us!


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