I'm in Sydney at the ALIA Info Online conference, listening to lots of papers about the role of libraries and technology and how those roles are changing.
On of the presenters, Liz Lawley, talked about libraries as Happiness Engines. Apparently there are four elements of happiness:
1. Satisfying work to do
2. The experience of being good at something
3. Time spent with people we like
4. The chance to be part of something bigger than yourself.
I really like that list. I like that it has nothing to do with money, or status, or owning things. And I like that I can tick every box.
The other thing I really liked about Liz's presentation was the idea of doing Wii bowling for seniors at public libraries. And organising live tournaments online between different libraries. Unreal.