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A new academic library model: partnerships for learning and teaching.

A new academic library model: partnerships for learning and teaching. | Libraries and Users | Scoop.it

The beginning of the new millennium can be characterized as the information age in a technology environment. Information is generated at the fastest pace ever and has become a major entity of economic development. Countless industries and enterprises are based on information and information technologies. Many people proclaim themselves to be "information experts," and the Internet and the Web are often assumed to be the "library" of the 21st century. Where does that leave libraries and the library profession?
During the past decade, librarians and information professionals have been concerned about the many changes caused by the electronic information environment, and they have attempted to deal with this changing situation. Professional organizations, consortia, and schools of library and information science have begun to reform themselves to successfully handle the new information environment.
As part of these reform movements, the ALA, the Special Library Association, various regional groups, and various professional schools are developing new and revised competencies for the profession in special, school, public and academic library settings. Such work needs to continue to ensure that the library and information professions remain viable, energetic, and ready to assume leadership positions in the information environment of the 21st century.

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NYC Phone Booths Turned Into Free Mini Libraries by Architect John Locke John Locke Phone Booth Libraries in NYC – Inhabitat New York City

NYC Phone Booths Turned Into Free Mini Libraries by Architect John Locke John Locke Phone Booth Libraries in NYC – Inhabitat New York City | Libraries and Users | Scoop.it
The first mini-library was installed on a phone booth eight blocks further north in a rather desolate area that has little foot traffic.
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Integrating a Community Library into the Teaching and Learning Programme of Local Schools: Experiences from Seshego Community Library, South Africa

According to estimates by Statistics South Africa, only 33% of learners in the Limpopo Province (one of the nine Provinces in South Africa) have access to a functional school library or media centre. This has been regarded as one of the main factors which have contributed to the Province consistently producing one of the lowest pass rates in comparison to its counterparts. While there was enthusiasm amongst some teachers that the establishment of Seshego Community Library would bring some relief to educators starved of a functional library service in their schools, some teachers and learners were not as enthusiastic and receptive to the Community Library. This paper explores some of the barriers inherent in introducing a library to a community which was not previously exposed to, and accustomed to making use of its services, and making it an integral part of the teaching and learning programme. Issues of resistance to the community library's outreach programme, largely emanating from lack of motivation and a low morale amongst some teachers and principals alike, as well as an erosion in the culture of teaching and learning, are explored. There is a need to break down the existing barriers to encourage teachers and learners to make use of the Community Library's services and facilities to add value to their teaching and learning endeavours.

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