Katherine Moody is a librarian in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. She and I submitted a piece for the US Public Libraries Magazine at the end of March 2019, and it appears in the current (April/May 2020) issue.
You can read that text, “Even In The Worst-Case Scenario”, here – but it would be an understatement to say that a lot has changed in the world since we wrote it!
To keep the conversation moving forward, Katherine and I had a short discussion about libraries’ experience of crisis over the past year.
In terms of our interest in coping with crises and turbulent situations, in understanding the part libraries have to play in these huge upsets: what has been learned?
So much has happened, both personally and professionally, and is continuing to happen, and taking a breath to look back is almost overwhelming.
I think we need to have the mindset – and the strategy – that we need to be prepared to face anything. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about some Crowded House lyrics recently: ‘I’ve been locked out / I’ve been locked in / but I always seem to come back again’. Read more