Big Box Stores Full of Books


When I was searching through the Blogosphere, I cam across a blog called Ramblings of a (Future) Jedi Librarian. The author is a Library and Information Science student at the University of Southern Florida named Mina. The post that really caught my attention referred to an article she read about an abandoned Wal-Mart location in McAllen, Texas that was recently turned into the largest single floor library in the country. Here is the link.

http://minavilly.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/abandonded-walmart-turned-into-nations-largest-single-floor-library/#comment-64

Here is the link for the original article. It’s worth a look.

http://weburbanist.com/2012/09/04/abandoned-walmart-is-now-americas-largest-library/

I thought that Mina brought up a great point that it was nice to see a large unused space for some good. I don’t think had anything to do with this renewal, but they should have. From a managerial perspective, it would be a great idea to promote the story. It would give the company some good will with the public if they knew Wal-Mart is not always a destroyer of Small Town America. If Wal-Mart, or any other large, publicly visible corporation did more to reuse their old assets for the public good, then they would improve their image and generate more business.

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One response to “Big Box Stores Full of Books

  1. While reading your post, I envisioned what I thought the Lewisburg Wal-Mart would look like if all of the isles had been emptied and filled with countless bookshelves. Definitely not how I would imagine the layout of a library. However, when I clicked on the actual article, the library looked completely different than what I had expected; I was amazed to see how the space could be transformed. I agree with you that Wal-Mart should promote this story or even assist communities in transforming their abandoned spaces by offering to donate books or something of the like.

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