Check Out the New Library A vital, multiservice hub for all generations
În lucrarea Atlas of New Librarianship, David Lankes sugerează că nu poate exista o bibliotecă prosperă într-o comunitate săracă. Așa cum biblioteca publică ține de finanțarea locală trebuie să fim de accord cu afirmațiile cunoscutului biblioteconom american, deși există și excepții fericite. Dar chiar și în cea mai modestă bibliotecă, orice membru al comunității poate găsi ceva care să-i fie de folos. Bibliotecarul este principalul vector al imaginii unei biblioteci. Aceasta este una din concluziile prestigiosului studiu Viziunea bibliotecii viitorului realizat în anul 2013 în Anglia. V.O.
“…94% of Americans ages 16 and older say that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community
HIGHLY RELEVANT PLACES
When you hear the word library, what immediately comes to mind? Digital media labs? 3-D printers? Virtual and in-person homework help? Internet and information safety? GED and post-secondary education? Resume and interview skill building? Job search centers? Language instruction?
Early life experiences have left many of us with the image of libraries as quiet places surrounded by books. Yet, public libraries have become much more now, providing highly relevant services and engaging directly with residents. With this interaction and relevancy, library services and programs are constantly evolving.
In addition to providing residents with general developmental and educational opportunities, libraries also provide access to the Internet as well as technology training. In our technology-driven world, 30 percent of American adults ages 18 and older don’t have access to broadband or wireless transmission in their homes.2 As businesses, medical providers, and local governments transition to online-only registration, bill paying, and customer support, where do people turn? The free and welcoming library.
Here are a few statistics on what is happening at today’s public library:
- 97 percent of libraries help people apply for e-Government services.
- 92 percent of libraries help people access online job databases and resources.
- 90 percent of libraries provide formal or informal technology training.
- 76 percent of libraries help people apply for jobs online.
- 62 percent of libraries report that they are the only free provider of public Internet access.3