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Collaboration for Hard Times

Collaboration for Hard Times | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Academic and research libraries have historically created effective partnerships with one another, such as the Library of Congress distributing catalog cards, the establishment of the Center for Research Libraries, and the birth and growth of OCLC. More recent collaborations include the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium, the Columbia-Cornell partnership 2CUL, and the Manhattan Research Library Initiative. Yet far too many library initiatives have withered owing to lack of communication, focus, or leadership. Collaboration comes with risk as well as reward, so, initially, demonstrating the value of potential benefits to administration may be hard. It is difficult to justify spending our own resources on initiatives that will in part benefit others, particularly when our funds are already constrained. How can we guard against free riders?

 

Part of the solution is knowing when and when not to collaborate. The opposite of hesitation to share responsibility for initiatives can be a tendency to overcollaborate—to involve too many parties in all the minutiae of a project’s implementation. This leads to low productivity, or overestimating the value of collaboration on a project.

 

This article looks at some of the recent collaborative models from the world of business and their parallels in libraries to helps us understand what works and what doesn’t.  It ends with a piece of excellent advice:

 

" If we don’t join in creating the future, we may find that the future does not include us. We can make ourselves an integral part of the future by working together. Collaboration, as much as competition, is here to stay. By scrutinizing each project’s potential to add to the bottom line and paying attention to human factors like trust, commitment, and a culture of collaboration, we can increase our chances of leading our partnerships to innovation, forging new value rather than just perpetuating the status quo."

 

Read more:  http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/10/managing-libraries/collaboration-for-hard-times/

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Collaboration, as much as competition, is here to stay.  But if we we don't "join in", we may find that the future does not include us.  So it's best to be part of the future by working together.

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Malala Yousafzai to open new library

Malala Yousafzai to open new library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
A teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for championing women's rights has been given the honour of opening the £188m new Library of Birmingham.
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"The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.

"There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

"It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed." 

Read more about Malala, the teenager targeted by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' rights to go to school here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23929310

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A Brief History of Book Vending Machines

A Brief History of Book Vending Machines | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Although vending machines have long been considered acceptable for newspapers, they've never really caught on where books are concerned.
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Books aren't disposable items like cigarettes or candy.  So it's no surprise why book-vending machines never really flourished.  Still, it makes for interesting history since the technology was first conceived in 1822.

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Now available: IFLA Statement on Libraries and Development

Now available: IFLA Statement on Libraries and Development | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
IFLA is pleased to announce the publication of a Statement on Libraries and Development. The IFLA Governing Board approved the Statement on the 16th of August 2013. The UN is currently reviewing both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which includes the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). In the past decade IFLA has engaged with both processes in a variety of ways, from shaping documents and policies to reporting on implementation progress through public workshops and consultations. Reports on the MDGs and WSIS are due to be delivered to the UN Secretary General in 2015 and will influence the composition of any new UN development framework. IFLA is already joined the discussion about what a framework should look like, and will continue to engage in the process as it matures. The new statement sets out a clear vision of how libraries contribute to development, and urges policymakers and development practitioners to leverage libraries.
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This is a call for all people as stakeholders everywhere in the world to support libraries as partners in sustainable development programmes.
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Library futures: University of Oxford

Library futures: University of Oxford | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
We need to shape the skills of library staff to meet user needs while maintaining specialist knowledge, says Richard Ovenden
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The Bodleian's problems and its great strengths both stem from the reality of its vast scale: maintaining major collections, buildings, skills, and scope of activity requires equally considerable resources to sustain and develop them – financial, human, and intellectual. As higher education becomes increasingly global and connected, and as the use of digital media expands and changes so rapidly, keeping pace with the demands of users at all levels is a major challenge for the Bodleian, especially when graduate students and researchers come with high expectations from their previous institutions which may have libraries which are better resourced.

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The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like.

The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like. | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The new Digital Commons shows how libraries are responding to the needs of their patrons in the modern age.
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Libraries are transforming themselves into technology hubs since the Internet became the primary way of gathering information~as a community space that enables access to technology and a source of digital literacy. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/07/the-digital-age-is-forcing-libraries-to-change-heres-what-that-looks-like/
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Kris McGlaun's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:21 AM

Libraries are evolving to meet its patrons needs

Freek Kraak's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:51 AM

Natuurlijk moet je alle moderne middelen gebruiken, maar m.i. toch een eenzijdig tech-verhaal. Misschien daarom zo provocerend...!

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New Librarianship MOOC: Partnerships in Creativity, Innovation, and Learning

New Librarianship MOOC: Partnerships in Creativity, Innovation, and Learning | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The further we move into R. David Lankes’s “New Librarianship Master Class”—a massive open online course (MOOC) under the auspices of the University of Syracuse School of Information Studies— and his book The Atlas of New Librarianship, the more obvious the overlap between librarianship and the entire field of training-teaching-learning becomes—which makes me wonder why I don’t see more interactions and sustainable collaborations between colleagues in the American Library Association (ALA)  and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and others involved in the professions those two associations represent....

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New Librarianship is about knowledge and training; everything we do is about helping people develop their own knowledge. As Lankes says, “I think a lot of instruction in libraries should be about things within the community and not about the library itself.”

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Linda M's curator insight, July 29, 2013 6:22 PM

We must always remember that our focus should be about providing service to our clients. They should always be our motivation.

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How would you define the term “embedded librarian” ?

How would you define the term “embedded librarian” ? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The librarians at The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library are collaborating with faculty in the Computing Sciences and Communication Departments to plan the curriculum for a new cour...
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“To be truly integrated throughout the teaching and learning activities of our campuses is the core of being a truly embedded librarian.”  How would you characterize an embedded librarian?  Read more here: http://crdpala.org/2013/07/19/how-would-you-define-the-term-embedded-librarian/

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Libraries as Coworking Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning

This project aimed to inform design strategies for smart space technology to enhance libraries as environments for coworking and informal social learning. The focus was on understanding user motivations, behaviour, and activities in the library when there is no programmed agenda.

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More and more libraries are removing bookshelves to make way for infrastructure and interior design elements (e.g. lounge areas, couches, meeting rooms, whiteboards, projectors, video consoles, cafés and food bars) aiming to facilitate social learning, open sharing and collaboration among their users. Is this the future of libraries?
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 18, 2013 8:32 AM

The environment/space of libraries!

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What Academic Libraries Can Learn From Howard County Public

What Academic Libraries Can Learn From Howard County Public | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

There’s a reason that the Howard County Library System, MD (HCLS) is the Gale/LJ 2013 Library of the Year—an incredible focus on user experience and staff development that enables each worker to invest in the success of the library. It’s a case study for academic librarians who want to take things to the next level of service and community engagement.

 

Academic librarians know well that we also build our knowledge base by studying the successes and failures of other institutions. Call it a study of best practices, if you will. From it, we improve the user experience in our own libraries.

 

What academic librarians should recognize about HCLS and other public libraries is what we actually have in common—and can learn from each other.

 

Read more here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/07/opinion/steven-bell/what-academic-libraries-can-learn-from-howard-county-public-from-the-bell-tower/

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Here's what academic librarians can learn from the library philosophy of great public libraries.

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A how-to manual for embedding librarianship in learning management systems | American Library Association

A how-to manual for embedding librarianship in learning management systems | American Library Association | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Information literacy instruction is best when it is integrated into actual research, and in higher education that means embedding librarianship into the learning management system (LMS).

 

Published by ALA Neal-Schuman, the new publication is geared toward academic librarians already working with classes in an LMS as well as those considering how to begin a pilot.

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Here's a manual showing how to implement an embedded librarianship program that can be adapted and made sustainable in a learning management system.

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You’ve Got to See it Before You Can Read it! Making Ancient Texts and Images Available on the Web

You’ve Got to See it Before You Can Read it! Making Ancient Texts and Images Available on the Web | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The great problem is that so few repositories of ancient books make digital images of their material available in truly useful ways: the data needs to be free, it needs to be published at the resolution at which it is captured, and it needs to be presented outside any fancy interfaces so that others can ingest it and use it as they like with the least “friction” possible. The web of medieval manuscripts in the future isn’t going to be built by institutions; it’s going to be built by users who are going to present the data as they want to present it, to answer the questions that they want to ask. The institutions need only provide the data – but they do have to provide the data! The result is that images from these manuscripts are now the easiest images to find of medieval manuscripts on the web: just try finding them on a Google image search! The traditional audience for these materials is grateful, and entirely new audiences have been reached.
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This is what curation is all about, making data available in an open environment.
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CollectiveAccess - The Open Source Collections Management and Cataloguing System for Museums and Archives

CollectiveAccess - The Open Source Collections Management and Cataloguing System for Museums and Archives | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

CollectiveAccess is a highly configurable cataloguing tool and web-based application for museums, archives and digital collections. Available free of charge under the GPL open-source license, it requires little to no custom programming to support a variety of metadata standards, external data sources and repositories, as well as most popular media formats. In addition to multilingual cataloguing facilities, it allows publication of this data in the languages of your choice.

 

Current users include representatives from a wide range of fields: fine art, anthropology, film, oral history, local history, architecture, material culture, biodiversity conservation, libraries, corporate archives, digital asset management, and many more. This community of partners has contributed funding, planning and software development resources, resulting in a series of specialist features.

 

CollectiveAccess can handle a long list of digital media formats, including many popular image, video, audio and document formats. All accepted formats can be automatically re-sized, watermarked and converted to web-viewable formats using criteria you define. Multi-page documents can be conveniently viewed on the web, regardless of original format, using a standards-based page-viewing interface.

 

Take a tour here:  http://collectiveaccess.org/tour

 

Download the QuickStart packages intended for single-user evaluation only, or, to use CollectiveAccess for a real project,  install the standard application packages on appropriate server hardware.


 

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Download the QuickStart packages intended for single-user evaluation only, or, to use CollectiveAccess for a real project,  install the standard application packages on appropriate server hardware here:  http://collectiveaccess.org/download

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I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic

I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this complex, dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users. In recognition of this, Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter and Joe Murphy, Librarian & Technology Analyst/Trend Spotter, offer up a visual portrait of The Social Librarian, and invite you to download and post, share on your social streams, and discuss with your library stakeholders.
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The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. Download this amazing infographic now.
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The 20 most spellbinding university libraries in the world

The 20 most spellbinding university libraries in the world | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

You can't have a university without a library. The hub of any academic's life, some of these libraries have been feeding the minds of scholars for nearly 500 years.

 

From Duke Humfrey's Library at Oxford, built in the 16th century, to the Joe & Rika Mansueto library built only a couple of years ago, to the Stirling Memorial library built in the 1930s, each has its own unique look and feel.

 

How we expect our libraries to appear and function has changed. Irrespective of age, these spellbinding library buildings each demonstrate unusual and beautiful approaches to the focal point of any university.

 

All these libraries stand testament to the brilliance of books.

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How we expect our libraries to appear and function has changed. Irrespective of age, these spellbinding library buildings each demonstrate unusual and beautiful approaches to the focal point of any university.  View them here and read why they are spectacular: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/the-20-most-spellbinding-university-libraries-in-the-world-8778283.html?action=gallery

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 31, 2013 9:30 AM

How can we replicate the grand feeling of "being in the library" virtually - still much to be said about "library as place of learning"

Mary Coghlan's curator insight, September 2, 2013 6:06 PM

The library as a "sense of place". Libraries will continue to inspire and encourage learning in an age of digital technoogy.

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IFLA Trend Report

IFLA Trend Report | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment. The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society.
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The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem. Download the Insights Document which serves as the conversation starter for the library community.
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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:10 PM

Essential reading for those who believe in the value of libraries.

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 28, 2013 11:21 PM

New technologies, online education, privacy & data protection, hyper-connected societies, global information - same trends, more accelerated?

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Libraries matter: 5 fantastic library infographics

Libraries matter: 5 fantastic library infographics | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
A selection of best library infographics from around the web.
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My favorite is A Librarian's worth:
This great infographic, created by Masters in Education and ObizMedia, gives a lot of new light on the role of libraries and librarians, as it changes a reference point totally. What would we do without librarians? There is only one answer to this question: nothing.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:29 AM

beyond the BER - we need the Librarian to support the best use of the libraries.

Bee Ang Lim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 2:34 AM

Good way to present statistics

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Library futures: New York University

Library futures: New York University | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says Carol Mandel
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Research libraries today face the most important challenge to ensure enduring access to digital information – information that can disappear as quickly as it appears. 

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University libraries are shaping the future of learning and research

University libraries are shaping the future of learning and research | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Far from reaching its due-by date, academic library architecture is reflecting and predicting how we learn now and into the future
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There's no denying that the university library, as we know it, is changing. And this has become more evident over the past decade through changes in the way university library buildings look the world over.  How university libraries will be used in the future will depend a lot on its design.  Read more:  http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/aug/06/university-libraries-learning-shapes-design

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62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries

62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
For the last couple years, Jill Harness has been rounding up the world's most beautiful libraries by continent. Here they are all in one place, in no particular order.
Click to view all: http://mentalfloss.com/article/51788/62-worlds-most-beautiful-libraries
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What is great about this list is that it includes spectacular libraries from Asia, like India, Taiwan, China, North and South Korea, Japan, Tibet, and the description for each library featured is very useful.
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Are Bookless Libraries A Good Thing?

Are Bookless Libraries A Good Thing? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Later this year an all-digital library will open in Bexar County, Texas. It will have 100 e-readers available for lending and an e-book collection of over 10,000 titles. Staff will also teach basic computer skills.

 

The arguments against an all-digital library are many: "Many of the libraries that are currently providing e-books to their communities have to purchase them on a subscription basis--one bad fiscal year and their collection is gone."

 

In other words, there's no agreed-upon model for providing e-books to libraries. What arrangements that exist are tentative at best.  Aside from such practicalities, even many so-called "digital natives" may not welcome the future embodied by BiblioTech. A recent Pew survey of Americans under age 30 found that they are still as likely as older Americans to read paper books and that they're more likely than older Americans to spend time in the library, as opposed to going just to get books and DVDs and leave. Younger Americans identified the library as a place to read, to study and spend time with friends. Think about it: does anyone really hang out in their local Apple store?


More here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-okelly/post_5264_b_3639551.html

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The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World

The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
What do camels, donkeys, UFOs, boats, phone booths, and tanks have in common? They can all be libraries. Confused? Check out these weird and wonderful libraries...
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All libraries are learning spaces, no matter how unusual they appear to be. Libraries support information literacy and lifelong learning.  They build communities.  They empower individuals.  They protect our right to know.  And what's more, they preserve our nation's cultural heritage.

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Ann Vega's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:34 AM

Love the BiblioBurro!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 26, 2013 11:52 AM

I love the Little Free Libraries.  I would love to see them pop up where I live.  I only see one in my area and it is about 40 miles away!

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The end of lower skill employment in research libraries

The end of lower skill employment in research libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In an era of chronic high unemployment, how did research libraries manage to increase salaries across the board, and the level of employment of library professionals? The simplest case in point is the sharp rise in the number of library positions devoted to IT functions. These individuals earn more money for less experience than those with traditional library expertise, due to the broader market for skills in areas such as Unix, Java, PHP, and SQL. These new IT-oriented library staff members drive higher costs in both library professional and support staff categories. For that matter, all of the library positions that survive the disappearance of physical piecework will require higher skills. The shift of scholarship to digital formats has obliged everyone to become conversant in systems, data management, and increasingly challenging technologies.

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Here lies the impact of digital scholarship on skills employment in research libraries.

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The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech

The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
“There’s a lot of talk about how libraries should change, but very few ideas of how they should be shaped,” said Vaughn Tan, a member of the Harvard‘s University Library project. “Every library should figure out what they want to be and just do that.” Some may think libraries a dying relic, but surprisingly, people still go there to use computers, often to look for work or beef up their tech skills. Small businesses and community organizations also use study rooms for office and meeting spaces. And according to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation report, nearly half of Americans living below the poverty line access e-mail and the Web from libraries, highlighting how they’re still an important staple in the community. Technology crippled libraries, but they’re also helping them keep apace, as more people pick up e-readers at the cost of physical books. In the past year, a quarter of Americans read an e-book, and as of November, about one-third reported owning an e-reader or tablet, according to a Pew survey. “It is a most exciting time for libraries. Books are still important, but libraries are also delivering content and experiences to their communities in new, very different and exciting ways.” A shift is needed. To move libraries from places where you look up facts to those where you learn skills and engage in new experiences. Instead of “shushing” librarians and stilted study rooms, libraries often have integrated art galleries, coffee shops and even cafeterias. Read more: http://techland.time.com/2013/06/25/the-future-of-libraries-short-on-books-long-on-tech/
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In Praise of Traditional Libraries

In Praise of Traditional Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Some librarians like to disparage something they call the “traditional library.” The reasons vary depending on circumstances, and understanding the criticism is made more difficult because no one seems to agree on what a “traditional library” is.

 

This article speaks of traditional libraries rather than “the traditional library” because libraries vary widely, and the only fair way to discuss academic libraries is in generalities. There might be one single library somewhere that would embody everything “traditional,” but most libraries are amalgamations of changes over time. It’s only by looking at the whole that we can make such general statements about libraries.

 

Traditional academic libraries discovered problems and solved them, adapting to the demands of new scholarship, embracing new media of communication, and developing appropriate organizational and cooperative schemes, in a steady march of progress over the course of the twentieth century away from the tiny, inaccessible, and inadequate historical libraries that had preceded them.

 

Perhaps, as some now say, the traditional library is dead, which is not so, given the enormous benefit traditional libraries have provided for research and education in the country over the past century. If it is so, whatever replaces them is as successful at collecting information, organizing it, and making it as accessible and useful as possible to scholars and students as traditional libraries were. They were good things, traditional libraries, and we will miss them when they’re gone.

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Some librarians like to disparage something they call the “traditional library.” The reasons vary depending on circumstances, and understanding the criticism is made more difficult because no one seems to agree on what a “traditional library” is. This article speaks of traditional libraries, rather than the traditional library. 

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