We haven’t done the ‘blog’ or ‘event write-up’ thing for a long while – it’s really a shame! Here I am with fresh thoughts from attending the Brunei Darussalam Library Association‘s Conference on Libraries Transform last month.
B:Read was invited to speak for the Let’s Talk session on “Community”. The topic was, specifically: “How do we increase traffic between Libraries and Bookshops and Reading Clubs“.
(Side note: Yes, many people still refer to us a book club, which we are not. We are a non-profit group who initiate or organise different reading-related activities, which could include book clubs. The closest thing we have to a book club are the (B)Read-A-Longs. But I think it’s ok for us to represent the reading community, in this particular context.)
I spoke a lot but had only four slides! Here are my slides that were related to the topic…
I hoped I wasn’t being presumptuous about the ‘obvious’ in the first slide; like it’s just a given when we’re talking about books in Brunei:
- The selections are limited
- The prices aren’t great
- Bookstores and libraries need to step up on how welcoming and accessible they are
(On that last point, many readers dream of beautiful and comfortable libraries, but I’d also love to see whether the opening hours of our public libraries can be extended!)
To expand a bit on the second slide, as I do believe it is less obvious…