Gurian’s provocative article, written in response to the economic downturn, encouraged an expansion of social services in museums to make them more essential: “Museums need to welcome more, share more, and control less” (83). Several public libraries, especially, offer a broad array of social services. Memphis Public Library highlights services including job resources, legal assistance, small business resources, teen media tools, community information, and more (website pictured below) . The challenge, should we choose to accept it, is how to incorporate this into library instruction.
Gurian, Elaine Heumann. 2010. “Museum as Soup Kitchen.” Curator: The Museum Journal 53, 1: 71-85.
What do we as library instructors value more, our users or resources? Traditional bibliographic instruction often prioritizes the resource over the learner. Gurian discusses school-and-museum collaboration and recommends working together to generate assignments.