Walt Crawford's latest Cites & Insights has a piece on the Slow Library Movement. A sample:
Food for thought here—your own regional cuisine, ideally prepared with almost all of the ingredients harvested within a hundred miles or less. (Easy for me to say: Other than coffee, chocolate, mangos and pineapples, there’s precious little that a Northern Californian would lose!) Slow Food can be fast—but it’s never Fast Food. Slow Libraries won’t be behind the times—but they won’t rubberstamp what the “cool library” is doing just because it’s new. That’s the way I read it. If I’m wrong, blame me, not the Slow Library folks.You might also want to check out Walt's new book, Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change, which is available from Lulu.