The Dallas Public library system is preparing to release its annual fall update in December, and the first one is out.
The library system has released a new calendar that offers an overview of what’s going on in the world of digital literacy, and one item in particular has been on the mind of many users of the city’s public libraries: a tweet by the Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, which included a tweet from a person who said that the city had “an op” when it came to the “new-look, shiny new-is-new” look of their public libraries.
“If you want to be a city, you have to change.
So, if you want a new-look library, go get one,” Rawlings said in his tweet.
“If you wanna be a little bit more digital, go to the Dallas Public Libraries.”
In a statement, the city said that, while it’s not yet official, the new calendar “was designed specifically to give the community a sense of what is going on with their libraries in a positive way.
It will also be an opportunity for library users to learn more about the resources and programs available to them, and to share their own experiences with library staff and volunteers.”
The announcement was met with a bit of confusion among the public, who wondered if this was the real-time version of the library’s calendar, and whether it was really the Mayor’s tweets.
In fact, the Mayor is not tweeting about libraries at all.
Instead, he’s using the hashtag #libraryiscoming to promote his book The New Library, which has been hailed as a major book for libraries and libraries, with more than 4 million copies in print.
So, who is Mike Rawling?
The Mayor of the Dallas public library system Mike Rawls is one of the most powerful people in the country, and he’s a self-described “Digital Literate.”
He’s also a man who, while he doesn’t always use the term “digital literacy” or even “literacy” in the sense of digital information, does know what it means to be able to read.
He’s a longtime champion of libraries and a lifelong advocate for libraries.
When he first ran for office, he famously declared “no more libraries, no more libraries” and that “no one should have to leave a library for an exam, no one should be forced to leave an education for a test.”
Since that time, he has been a champion for libraries, and his work with them is reflected in the following posts on Twitter:Rawlings, who recently retired from the City of Dallas after serving as Mayor of DFW for 13 years, has become a key figure in the city of Dallas and the country.
He’s become a hero for many library users for championing libraries and working to improve the experience for library patrons.
In October, Rawlings became the first person to become the recipient of the National Library Service’s Presidential Citation.
In the statement, Dallas Public libraries said that Rawlings was honored to receive the citation for “his dedication to library services and the communities he serves.”
While many users might not recognize the person who is credited with the “op” from the tweet, that person is not the Mayor.
This is the person whose tweets have been on a daily basis since July 2017, when he tweeted that “We are a digital village, our libraries are digital.”