A thought and an early pic of the week from Andy Graham:
We recently were fortunate to host a visit to Australia and New Zealand by Nicky Parker, who is the President of the Society of Chief Librarians, UK and the Head of Transformation at Manchester City Council. In the past five years Nicky had led a team inside Council that has completely transformed the library service, using what can only be described as a root and branch approach, and including rebuilding or renovating twenty three library branches in a City serving more than a million day time users. Nicky and team are now applying those lessons and techniques for the advantage of the whole Manchester City Council.
Established in 1852, Manchester Library & Information Service, was the first public library in the world. Charles Dickens spoke at the opening!
Meanwhile, in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, German migrants were busy tending their grape vines at the very start of what would become one of Australia’s greatest industries and social pass times. Barossa Valley Council, foundation members of the Spydus LINK consortium, was the first destination on Nicky Parker’s Australian and New Zealand Tour. These vines, planted at Langmeil in the Barossa in 1842, are believed to be the oldest wine producing vines in the world. Like the wines they produce, grape vines also get better with age. And these ones are ten years older than Manchester Public Library!
Which makes me wonder, do Libraries also get better with age?
(And if you can’t decide, perhaps think it over with a nice glass of the Langmeil Freedom Shiraz.)