A friend and colleague Chrystie Hill recently presented Libraries Present and Future at at TEDxRainier 2011. Chrystie works with libraries around the world and shares her knowledge to help make libraries great places.
I love the concept of "participatory democracy and practice" in the Netherlands and the requirement that the community be a part of planning right from the start.
During my public focus groups, I've been asking a similar question to one Chrystie asks, "When everything is online, why come to the library?" It's a good question to get people to think even if they don't agree that everything will be online one day.
By he way, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.