Would you fall in love in a library? Can a place of culture, knowledge and information be a place of passion?
During the 2-hour session, we would like to address four main issues:
1. Love among users – Are some libraries more suited for people to meet and fall in love? Can libraries and librarians play a role as cultural matchmakers in the community? Can our collections help our users with their love life?
2. Love among librarians – Have you ever fallen in love with a colleague? How should managers deal with a couple in their team? How important are passion and desire in professional relationships?
3. Love between librarians and library users – Can we fall in love on both sides of a reference desk?
4. How do we manage unwanted wooing in the library? When does it become harassment and how do we deal with these situations to protect our staff and patrons? This is a serious issue and it is probably time for us all to address it frankly.
We would like to address these issues traditionally, through a call for papers and an international survey, from the point of view of sociology, geography and library sciences. Whilst this sounds like a fun topic, human relationships can be very complicated and we want to address these questions professionally and respectfully.