Today at the Book Fair Daniel Goldin, director of the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, held a lecture discussing how the challenges facing our society today makes it necessary to redefine the mission of public libraries. The seminar was presented by Katti Hoflin, author and Director of the Stockholm City Library, and attracted a big audience. The auditorium was filled almost to the last seat.
Daniel Goldin started his lecture reflecting on the fact that what most public libraries have in common is high ambitions combined with scarce resources, making the audience sigh in recognition. He then went on to talk about the book as a shelter, making it possible to escape to other worlds and in the process maybe also piecing together the reality of one’s everyday world. Daniel Goldin sees the libraries as public places where diversity is celebrated, and says it is imperative for the public library to be a hospitable place embracing universal equality.