For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.
Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge.
Library leaders are adapting to a paradigm shift by reimagining the library as an engaged community center. The role of librarians is being re-branded to reflect their expertise as content curators and trusted navigators in an ever-expanding ocean of information — in whatever format it may exist.
Libraries are abuzz with services that go beyond traditional fare to offer more active programming for patrons, including an after-school program to aid students with homework. In the summer, more meeting rooms for patrons to use for business appointments, more computer labs where patrons learn tech skills, or enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other services.