It’s a bittersweet day for me. The work blog is 1000+ posts old, we are 1000+ photos on Flickr, our Twitter account is going great, (our FB account less so)…and the man who inspired it all, Paul Reynolds, is being farewelled today.
My first memory of Paul is attending a Hikuwai session at Auckland Library. It was titled something like “Paul Reynolds presents Web 2.0”. He stood up and he said ‘I’m not going to talk about Web 2.0. You’re librarians, you can work it out. What I am going to talk to you about is free public internet in Libraries.‘ Then he talked about the difference that the People’s Network had made to individual lives in the UK. (This was right at the beginning of development of APNK.) I also attended a session at an NDF conference where he covered Creative Commons. He was firmly of the belief that the GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) should promote the alternative to copyright. It was quite amusing watching him wrestle with his laptop and throw ideas around. He wanted us to engage with the idea…unfortunately it was so new that most of the attendees needed him to explain how it worked. LOL
He seemed to turn up everywhere – at library conferences, at digital conferences, at cultural events. It just won’t be the same without him there.
Thanks Paul for all your inspiration and pushing to make us better, faster, stronger, more relevant. You weren’t afraid to give your opinion or to test ours. Your words have directed the way I approach my professional development – ‘don’t wait for someone to teach you. Get on and explore. You can’t break it.’