We are having a training day here, on Social Inclusion, which I am enjoying (this is the tea break). The trainer is excellent, and it feels as though we are generating ideas which could be put into practice - not just another dull day of training, which is forgotten the day after.
A lot of it has to do with the perception of libraries (dull) and library staff (duller) which just are not keeping up with the way we are, and what we offer. Unfortunately, those cliches about librarians are no doubt in the minds of politicians, council members, etc. They don't know that some of those supposedly quiet buildings are now virtually Internet Cafes, with bunches of youths squabbling - that we offer latest videos and DVDs, CDs, and books....(ah, books, reading, school, boring and/or frightening).
Anyway, I am not going to compile my notes here....just taking a breather. OK, back into the fray for the last hour or so.
A slightly better report later.