Coworking is a modern work innovation where people in various creative professions share a common work space, synergizing their talents and making best use of fixed-cost resources. Here is a portrait of how coworking might develop in public library spaces as public libraries transform themselves in coming years.
The benefits of coworking at a public library would be such that they would strongly attract someone who would otherwise be working in the solitary environment of their home. What would be the upshot of having these coworkers in a public library? The upshot would be an increasingly vibrant public knowledge commons. On any given day, 20 or 30 or 50 coworkers would be spending part of their day sharing their expertise with the public. In that situation, the library would become a buzzing hive of ideas and creativity. Would librarians still be needed? More than ever. Their role would shift, though, to being the convenor of conversations–as well as their traditional role of being guides to the knowledge universe.