For public libraries to stay relevant, they must continuously redefine their roles. Staff must expand their knowledge and skillset while dealing with an ever-changing electronic information and technological environment. Libraries find themselves with the daunting task of coping with
The author starts off with a rhetorical question: “What kind of problem is a library?” urging the readers to think about this question as they continue to read the article. The question grabs the readers’ attention, and intrigues them to read on to find and answer. She further utilizes this technique of rhetorical questions throughout the article for the same purpose of emphasis on the vitality of the role of public libraries. Moreover, Smith extensively employs the use of metaphors and personification. For example, she describes the internet as libraries’ “universal death knell”, which portrays the internet’s negative impact on the development of
This study reveals that the categories of article distributions are remarkable in this research journal. The majority of the articles were contributed by single authors; and most authors were librarians, faculty members or researchers affiliated with academic or research institutions. Out of 66 issues published during 2000-2010, only fifteen special issues were brought out from eminent editors and guest editor of LIS professionals. It is registered that Stephen M. Mutula, Howard Falk, and Shien-Chiang Yu were most proliferate authors who have contributed eight articles, seven articles and six articles each. The Electronic Library is notably a scholarly journal that stipulates or induces fruitful research for the library and information profession.
In 2015 research was conducted over the rising concerns of public library budget cuts, declining patron statistics, desired programs, and services. The key question was if the library was still a needed public service due to technology takeover of electronic resources. The Pew study supports that the public library is still a much-needed service, however, the users desire more technology and digital literacy (Horrigan, 2015).
Since their establishment, libraries have served as a gateway to knowledge and services that revolutionized the way the public attains information. Unlike many other institutions, public libraries have grown and evolved along with society by adopting new technology and offering resources tailored to the needs of their local community.
“Number of programs”, “Number of program attendees”, “Attendees per program” are used to measure the capability of the library to offer a broad base of programs to the community. “Number of programs” is a good indicator to measure our ability to offer a large number of diverse programs. “Attendees per program” assesses the popularity of different types of programs currently being offered, which can help us identify whether the services we are offering is appealing to the customer. However, “Number of program attendees” is a weak indicator, since it variation could have very diverse reasons
In the early 2000s, there was a switch from teaching and to learning philosophies that lead to the creation of labeling and commons models within academic libraries (Turner, Welch, & Reynolds, 2013). Library space began to be allocated for new library services such as commons; a decline of users resulted with the increased reliance on electronic resources versus physical resources available to students and the campus community. While not having yet incorporated a learning commons into their system, some academic libraries have still begun to evolve and offer new services not traditionally offered. (Massis, 2010). Forrest (2012) argues:
In LIS 600 students evaluate democratic principles, major information policies, ethical policies, and the role information agencies play in preserving information. In the paper the student determines the role of librarians in the implementation of policy and the role of continuing education no user relations.The instructor describes my paper as “excellent research and smart thoughts.” I earned a B for the paper. The final exam is a culmination of knowledge and discussion of ethical policies, evolution of policies, and education of librarians. These topics provide a knowledge base for anyone entering the library profession. The understating of policy also intertwines with other coursework such as the strategic plan. One cannot create a strategic plan without understanding information policies. I received a letter grade of A for the final exam. Instructor comments for the exam include “a job well done.” These artifacts for LIS 600 build a foundation of library profession providing the theories for future librarian and library development.
The author of this article Mrs. Denise Davis is the director of the Office for Research and Statistics of the American Library Association. This means that Mrs. Davis is able to access and is responsible for the reports mandatory for each library across America to turn in each fiscal year, these reports are used to determine what changes the libraries need to make to better serve the public. Given her credibility to write on such topics she then chooses a topic each year to write on to prepare libraries and librarians across the country for the upcoming years. In 2010 Mrs. Davis choose to write on eBooks and their increasing popularity throughout the American population as well as the difficulties libraries have encountered in the past fiscal year to compete with eBooks. Because this article is written in 2010 it shows just how long libraries have struggled with the topic of eBooks and can demonstrate the new policies that have been used by the libraries throughout the past four years. This information can help my research in showing how eBooks have affected the library's behavior, and consequently give me the statistics needed to show the effects of eBooks on the libraries throughout the recent years. Understanding this source is outdated other sources will also likely be used in my final project from the American Library Association websites of statistics of more recent years.
As new technologies are rapidly introduced, people are able to find any information with the access of internet. This leads to people questioning the relevance of libraries and its true purpose. Public libraries cultivate the value of increased education and a social unity to advancing as a society.
A literature review was undertaken in August and September 2016 through Queensland University of Technology (QUT) library service to ascertain if this experience has been studied and to identify other similar studies and how they were designed.
Library users today are able to meet most their information needs through the sources outside the library. The ubiquitous access to internet today and the rise of the companies like Google, Amazon and Wikipedia have provided viable alternatives to users for their information needs. So libraries are experiencing an evolutionary change in their traditional services. And the rapid evolving digital technologies can be seen as an opportunity for libraries as their need to evolve in the face of these new challenges.
The DC Public Library has many gaps; however the one that seems to be a problem is communication, staff & technology. Staff needs better communication and more training to be up to date with technology as it surges forward. A rapidly changing information service environment are pushing libraries to think of new ways of how to provide better information services to their users. Technology seems to be the biggest informational Gap; those Librarians must be equipped with the necessary skills to provide better reference help to library users. SMART is a new way to keep libraries in track of learning new goals and reinforcing what they learn to managers, colleagues and library users. SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound
is one that offers many flexible and convenient features allowing librarians and library users to maximize time and efficiency. The aim is to reduce the manual work of keeping the track of all the books from time to time and
Digital users who are in contact with the libraries services only via "cyberspace" (Gruca, 2010, para. 2) and users who require face-to-face services