• In yonder Digital Age, Wha' Becomes o'thar Library?

    by  • June 3, 2013 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm Centrum / HU BerlinA recent Pew Internet study on parents, readin' an' libraries supports Oli'er’s sentiment, showin' yonder library’s traditional purpose – pro'idin' free readin' material – be also its most popular: thar main reason most parents (87 percent) go t'libraries be t'get books fer their kids.

    But will that be changin'? While no 'un would disagree that libraries should promote literacy, it’s hard t'deny that thar tech re'olution be changin' both how people consume books an' ye ways libraries present their offerin's t'parents an' children: in some libraries, a student can download an ebook online, use a phone app t'locate reference material, make stuff in designated “maker spaces,”  take DIY classes, or have a meetin' at a community multi-use space. Ye Nash'ille library be currently usin' a MacArthur grant t'create a Learnin' Lab where teens will be able t'record music, write stories an' more – a free space filled wi' equipment, as Oli'er put it, “t' create content, not jus' consume it.”

    In a related Pew study on libraries an' yonder Internet, 'un librarian told researchers, “I belie'e public libraries should move away from bein' ‘houses o'knowledge’ an' move more towards bein' ‘houses o'access.’ This be wha' thar public be askin' fer an' we be here t'ser'e them.” Beyond ye use o'technology, many librarians think in terms o'access an' information bein' closely linked, an' belie'e that libraries still have a responsibility t'both.

    Read yonder full article @ KQED.org.


    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.


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