Thursday, July 10, 2008

Note to self: keep up with technology and the changing world

I frequently hear from community residents that they are surprised by the services offered at our library. The shift from the old, staid library with traditional services and a "shhhh!" atmosphere began throughout the library world as librarian's recognized the need to incorporate new technologies into services libraries offer. Locally, explosive population growth necessitated not only change, but innovation to keep up with the evolving needs of the community. In the library world, we refer to this new library paradigm as "Library 2.0"

This blog post is a manifesto for the librarians in the 2.0 world:

The fifth point is one I struggle with as I lead this library into its future. As organizations, libraries are not exactly what you would call nimble. As a matter of fact, the pace of change at libraries can often be accurately described as glacial. But we are working on that.

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