How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities Released: December 11, 2013 By Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie, Kristen Purcell and Maeve Duggan Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services. The importance of public libraries to their communities Some 90% of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63% saying it would have a “major” impact. Moreover, the vast majority of Americans ages 16 and older say that public libraries play an important role in their communities: Meanwhile, while most Americans feel that libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, they are split on whether public libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information:
The Next Step in Librarianship: Is The Traditional Library Dead? L.A. Ogunsola Library Philosophy and Practice 2011 L.A. Ogunsola H.O. Library Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria Introduction Traditionally, libraries were collections of books, manuscripts, journals, and other sources of recorded information. As society values information more and more, the information industry has developed. The changes in libraries and the roles of librarians originated in the US and other English-speaking countries, but electronic networks do not have geographical boundaries; and their influence has spread rapidly. This paper discusses the relationship between digital and traditional libraries. Digital Libraries The world is going through an information technology revolution that has drastically changed many facets of the human life, from education, industry, economy, and politics to entertainments. Electronic Resources Furthermore, it is projected that 1,000 electronic databases/resources are equivalent to 30,000 volumes of printed materials.
New Value of Libraries Megapost I have been pulling together all of my posts on studies and reports on the value of public libraries for my work with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. I thought I might as well post it here too. I’m sure I’ve got some dupes in here but c’est la vie! The Value of Public Libraries Selected (mostly free) Web References: CULC Analysis of Canadian Public Library Trends Video: LibValue: Comprehensive Approaches to Defining Library Value Tactic: Highlighting the Value of Library Use Research Report conducted by Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania Fels Research & Consulting entitled The Economic Value of the Free Library in Philadelphia (2010) Fels_Report Texas Public Libraries Return on Investment Study Available (223 page PDF) The Value of Our Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives: US Public Libraries – OCLC St. St. Ko, Y.
Going Digital: An issue paper from the Networked Services Policy Taskgroup By Neil Beagrie, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), on behalf of EARL, The Library Association and UKOLN An issue paper from the Networked Services Policy Taskgroup Series Editor: Sarah Ormes, UKOLN Introduction As public libraries develop the People’s Network and respond to funding calls to create digital content, senior managers increasingly need to address policy issues related to digitisation and the management of electronic content and services . Digitisation can be forward-looking, attractive to institutions and funding bodies, and an increasingly important area for public libraries. Getting it Right First Time The initial planning and implementation phases of a digitisation project are widely recognised as being crucial to its eventual success. Obtaining high quality archival masters and quality metadata will support generation of different access formats and resolutions and future re-packaging and use. Piloting projects Training User needs Sustainability Selection Copyright
Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries Close the crisis center. Take down the picket signs. Please proceed to un-occupy the library. It is time to stop trying to save libraries. No, this is not another bait and switch act of verbal irony about how libraries are obsolete. Where did they get the idea that libraries are sinking? This messaging is insidious. “Best Days of Librarianship are Ahead of Us We are the Right Profession, Uniquely Positioned to Lead in the Knowledge Age However, We won’t get there Following Current Trends and with our Current Focus on ‘Recorded Knowledge’ and Buildings” It looks initially as a nice little uplifting piece of fluff, but it is really an implied threat. We must take on Google (or be like Google, or build our own Google) to save libraries! We must be on Facebook (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, MySpace, Geocities) to save libraries! Screw that! To be sure libraries need more funding, they need modernization, they need a shifted identity in the minds of our communities. Find a thriving library.
Digital library and its different aspect Digital library and its different aspect Abstract Information and Communication Technology has revolutionized the concept of libraries. Introduction We are in the age of a networked society where IT in addition to its use in all spheres of human activity has been used extensively to record, store, and disseminate the information in the digital form. The term Digital Library has a variety of potential meanings, ranging from a digitized collection of material that one might find in a traditional library through to the collection of all digital information along with the services that make that information useful to all possible users. According to Arms a digital library is a managed collection of information with associated services where the information is stored in digital format and accessible over a network. The Digital Library is: Organized collection of multimedia and other types of resources. Requirement for digital libraries Resources of a digital library
World Libraries | Volume 19 | Issues 1-2 | Follett7 Abstract Although a popular focus for librarians, advocacy is often misunderstood and rarely evaluated. It is not publicity, public relations, messaging, marketing, or lobbying alone. It is a planned, deliberate, and sustained effort to develop understanding and support incrementally over time. Greatest success comes through positive relationships, employing proven strategies for social influence — consistency and commitment, reciprocation, authority, liking, social proof, and scarcity. Introduction Advocacy is a popular buzzword in the library literature with innumerable examples of campaigns and efforts to increase funding or, more often, to stave off reductions in funding. This presentation draws on the work of an international research team headed by the writer, examining factors affecting funding by local and provincial/state decision–makers as well as academic administrators. Definitions and Context Advocacy is a means rather than an end. What Do We Know? What Works
Five Challenges Every Librarian Must Face | 21st Century Library Blog The dramatic changes in society, exponential advances in technology and globalization of ‘everything’ are easily recognizable one decade into the 21st Century. The United States is no longer world leader in a global society – not even in education (we are now ‘average’, and rank 25th of 34 in math). Smartphones with 4G wireless data transfer, touch screen and digital video recorder, have made the Jetson’s video phone a reality – and more dramatically – mobile. Tablet devices are replacing laptop computers as the standard mobile computing device for the most continuously connected society in history in a ‘post-PC’ world. Nowhere is change more evident than in the librarian profession. There are at least five major challenges that every librarian will face, sooner or later. 1. 2. The role of librarian as expert researcher handing information to a waiting patron is the antithesis to the collaborative, participative mindset of the emerging Millennial customer. 3. 4. 5. Like this:
Infographic: Monthly Library Report | Informania “Hello. My name is Fran, and I am an overachiever.” What else explains why I never seem to be satisfied? I have been on a quest to improve my monthly library reports since 2010 as discussed here, here, and here. I had been using Word to create my reports but changed to PowerPoint this year. I am a fan of infographics, so this morning when I saw this tweet from Sassy Librarian, I had to play: Piktochart Pikochart provides both free and upgraded accounts; as always, I opt for free. Once you choose a template, you can change the mood (Colour Scheme, Fonts, and Background Styles) and then begin editing. Not too bad for a first try, but since I am an overachiever….. Like this: Like Loading...
How and Why Are Libraries Changing? How and Why Are Libraries Changing? Denise A. Troll Distinguished Fellow, Digital Library Federation Assistant University Librarian, Library Information Technology, Carnegie Mellon January 9, firstname.lastname@example.org Introduction The purpose of this paper is to initiate discussion among a small group of university and college library directors being convened by the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to explore how and why libraries and library use are changing. Though librarians have always collected data to support strategic planning, the rampant changes precipitated by new technologies are making traditional performance measures less effective in demonstrating the library's contribution to higher education. Problem Statement What do we know about how and why libraries are changing? Sources of library use data exist, but the data are incomplete and problematic. Trends in Traditional Library Performance Measures Budgets. Staff. Notes
Transitions to Digital Media If your school librarians are feeling beleaguered these days, well, they have good reason. Consider: • The ranks of certified school librarians have been decimated in recent years by districts struggling to balance budgets. • The explosive growth of anywhere-anytime digital content in K12 districts threatens to make the concept of library-as-media-center an anachronism. • And in the most recent blow to librarians, the city of San Antonio announced plans in January to open the nation’s first bookless public library, where all content will be available exclusively on e-readers. So is this the beginning of the end for school libraries? And the role of information navigator is becoming ever-more important. Custodians of Information Helping students sift through oceans of information and teaching them how to find and vet appropriate content for research is a digital-age challenge that students in earlier generations did not have to face, says Ballard. Library to Learning Commons