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Libraries & the Big Picture: Facts, Trends, & Next! - The Pew Internet and American Life Project

The Pew Research Center’s next report on public libraries in the digital age is being released in March—an in-depth analysis of library users' and non-users’ habits and attitudes. Research Associate Kathryn Zickuhr explains the findings and their implications for libraries as they plan for the future.

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) recently talked to key players (including Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie) in the information and technology industries and came up with key trends. Hear about the report as well as other trends our industry watchers see things we need to pay attention to as we plan for our communities in the future.

Includes discussion time with colleagues about what they see as well and what it means for libraries and their strategies going forward.

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Looking forward to the report!

The future of libraries!

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10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013 - iLibrarian

10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013 - iLibrarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Ellyssa Kroski

Info Today’s informative Computers in Libraries conference just wrapped up yesterday in Washington, DC. If you didn’t get a chance to attend you may want to check out these terrific presentations by talented info pros!

 
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10 presentations from the most recent Computers in Libraries 2013 conference > Great content!!

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Computers in Libraries Conference: Talks E-Books, Why E-Books Need Libraries, Other Deep Thoughts: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary | Library Renewal

Computers in Libraries Conference: Talks E-Books, Why E-Books Need Libraries, Other Deep Thoughts: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary | Library Renewal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A very useful collection of videos, presentations, and blog entries on ebooks present and future condition.

 

{...} "round-up of electronic content and library news we have summaries from two sessions at last week’s Computers in Libraries conference, where several sessions were devoted to the future of electronic content."


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How Libraries Are About More Than Books

How Libraries Are About More Than Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This is the third installment in our series 'Libraries in Crisis.' The opening piece, about how cuts threaten the public library, can be read here.

"So the question, and it's a huge question, is, 'What even is a library anymore?'" said Cesar Pelli, the world-renowned architect and designer of the Minneapolis Central Library.

While this large urban library has greater resources than many of its suburban and rural counterparts -- the building itself, which opened in 2006, cost some $138 million -- librarians across the country are looking to institutions such as this to show the way forward. For their part, the librarians here say their hope is that this library can be more of a cultural center than a book repository.

When visitors walk into the Minneapolis building, the first collection they see is about 300 computers, each of which is in use about 90 percent of the time. Nationwide, the number of physical books borrowed from libraries is slowly declining, although books remain a core reason why people visit their libraries. The staff in Minneapolis estimates that computer access is the primary reason that most patrons, especially low-income and unemployed people, visit."

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Will You be Replaced by a Computer? - Library Journal (blog)

Will You be Replaced by a Computer? - Library Journal (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY ANNOYED LIBRARIAN:
"Librarians are pretty much in the middle of the pack, ranked #360, with a 0.65 chance of getting replaced by computers."

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"Considering that “librarian” covers a lot of ground, there’s probably some major differences. If you’re a library director or you work with people a lot, you’re probably safe, at least safer than catalogers.

They find evidence that “wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with the probability of computerisation.” That’s probably good news for some of the relatively well paid and educated academic librarians out there."

 

Study here: http://www.futuretech.ox.ac.uk/sites/futuretech.ox.ac.uk/files/The_Future_of_Employment_OMS_Working_Paper_1.pdf

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Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian

Shelf life: Missoula library's Web on Wheels brings tech help to doorsteps - The Missoulian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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By Ira Sather-Olson for the Missoulian

Hop on the Missoula Public Library’s Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) bus at one of its scheduled stops this month and you can take advantage of a new service it’s offering that covers basic computer maintenance techniques.

You can learn how to set up free virus scan programs, clean up your hard drive, compress your memory, delete old programs and more."

 

>>Änother great service to consider for libraries!

 

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Another innovative example of expanding mobile library outreach into a community, this time assisting clients with basic computer skills.

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The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: Computers in Libraries 2012

The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: Computers in Libraries 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nacy Dowd:

"If you are involved with the marketing of your your library, then the place to be this year is Computers in Libraries.

Our fearless leader, Jane Dysart, has filled the program with amazing programs of special interest to marketers."

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Bridging the digital divide: Libraries work to help the unemployed | SeacoastOnline.com

Bridging the digital divide: Libraries work to help the unemployed | SeacoastOnline.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Librarians have a term for it: the digital divide — those who have and those who do not have a computer in their home, or a basic knowledge of how one works. And the divide yawns ever wider in these days of spiking unemployment.

Libraries in Maine and across the country have long been centers of cyberconnectivity for people who have no computer connection in their homes — 73 percent of all Americans, according to the American Library Association.

These days, the computers and free Wi-Fi offered by libraries are taking on an expanded role — as places where the unemployed come to look for work. Some don't have a computer, some have given up paying for the Internet to save money."

 

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Karen du Toit's comment, November 16, 2011 3:55 AM
Thanks for sharing!