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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 4:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 5:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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5 Technology Skills Every Blended Librarian Needs to Know

5 Technology Skills Every Blended Librarian Needs to Know | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

Being a blended librarian means having a combination of traditional library skills, instructional design skills, and pedagogical knowledge of educational technology. It also means developing some strong technology skills to support that ‘blendedness.’

 

In developing technology skills that are useful for blended librarianship, here are 5 particular skills essential to the profession: http://designerlibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/5-technology-skills-every-blended-librarian-needs-to-know/


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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 4:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 5:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".