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A New Year’s Vision of Libraries as Bookstores - Jamie Larue discussion | American Libraries Magazine

A New Year’s Vision of Libraries as Bookstores - Jamie Larue discussion | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
@ALALibrary asks whether libraries can and/or will make the transition to becoming ebook-sellers. Thoughts? http://t.co/IBMb0KxPew

 

"Beth Bacon, vice president of content management at Seattle publishing platform Booktrope, posted a piece December 30, 2013, on the idea of libraries as ebookstores. On the surface, there is much to commend it. Many bookstores have closed, and the more than 15,000 public libraries in the United States—more, ALA tells us (PDF file), than there are McDonald's in the country—would seem to provide a nationwide network of distribution, already established, already trusted."

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Jamie Larue asks about the potential benefits and pitfalls to the library?

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What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

"Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the library as a hub for community-based knowledge creation and discourse."

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Great talk about the relevance of libraries!

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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | The Information Professional | 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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Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

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Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 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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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

[...] "the ALA supports the following 4 primary dimensions for strategic library development:

Physical To Virtual Libraries – Creating a balance between physical facilities with the increasing demand for digital materials

Individual To Community Libraries – Accommodating the needs of individuals in concert with community engagement

Collection To Creation Libraries – Transforming libraries into facilities for media creation, not just consumption

Portal To Archive Libraries – Balancing the needs for physical and digital archives"

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The need for libraries in the digital age!

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FLIP THE MODEL: Strategies for Creating and Delivering Value in Libraries, by Brian Mathews

FLIP THE MODEL: Strategies for Creating and Delivering Value in Libraries, by Brian Mathews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Abstract:Academic libraries are encountering a critical inflection point. In our case it isn’t a single technology that is disrupting our established system, but a barrage of advancements in publishing, pedagogy, and user preferences. The landscape is shifting around us, and the future of scholarship requires us to develop new skills, design new environments, and deliver new service capacities. In short, we need new operating models. Full item record: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/23927?show=fullFlip the Model final draft: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/23927/Flip_The_Model_Final_Draft_Oct2013.pdf?sequence=1 
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New operating models for libraries needed! 

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The Deep Mission of Public Libraries

The Deep Mission of Public Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Why do we have public libraries? Many of today's librarians like to talk about themselves as "information brokers" or "knowledge facilitators."  

We talk about our skill in finding and organizing information.  And sure, we’ve got those skills.

But what we really do is support literacy.  This is our deeper mission.

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Our patrons need help with every level of technology literacy.  From those who come in who don’t know how to use a mouse, to those who’re interested in building a computer from scratch, the library could provide a wide range of resources for a wide diversity of people.  We can help our community to practice and perfect our skill in understanding, using, and appreciating technology and digital content.

We’re kind-of getting there.  We’ve got computers and the free internet for our patrons.  We’re doing some classes and programs to help people develop their skills.  And then of course we’ve got the maker movement.

It is in this context, of expanded literacy, that the maker fad starts to become something more important.  Maker Spaces are totally hot right now.  Everybody wants a 3D printer.

We’re in a bubble of bandwagonism.  But after this settles down, I think we’ll be in a better place.  It will be more accepted to support digital literacy, from helping patrons understand where the url bar is to helping patrons understand how to build an app, wire a circuit, or repair their PC.  We won’t be so rabid about it, but we’ll have the foundations in place to really get down to work."

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Future of the public library! 

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