Future of Libraries



Slate Magazine, April 2014 “develop and share skills that cannot be practiced over the Internet”,
 - for example the many, popular children programs at Orange County Libraries.

2Machines.com Margaret Rock in Beyond Technology, July 2013
You may think libraries are a dying relic, but surprisingly, people still go there to use computers, often to look for work or beef up their tech skills. Small businesses and community organizations also use study rooms for office and meeting spaces. And according to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation report, nearly half of Americans living below the poverty line access e-mail and the Web from libraries, highlighting how they’re still an important staple in the community

Books won’t fade, but with so many other mediums to explore, libraries, especially those with technology, can enhance skills. Access itself isn’t enough: libraries need to harness the sheer overabundance of information in the digital age and become facilitators to help us sort through the avalanche.” - for example the knowledge of librarians on how to do a search.

Chicago Tribune, July 2014
"I think of my job as very much going to the root of librarianship, which is facilitating learning," said Jacobsen, 38, who earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2008. "We are facilitating learning and creating community. The main difference is that I (and my library) are moving well beyond just books, as are many other libraries."

"You can find a lot of information online, of course, and that's great," Librarian Rosa Caballero-Li  says. "But when you can't, or when you have too many answers, or you can't quite distinguish fact from fiction, that's when you reach out to us."

USA Today May 2015
"Last summer, Reading Rainbow, the beloved TV series-now-app, shocked the financial community when it raised over 6.4 million in a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in just 35 days. It shattered previous Kickstarter records when over 105,000 people contributed to the campaign." Kickstarter has also been used for raising library funds, large and small. Try a search of Library on kickstarter.com.

Jumpstarted by a federal interagency working group dedicated to spurring the advancement of digital literacy across all age groups and stages of learning, the Digital Literacy portal organizes content conveniently, enables valuable discussion and collaboration among users and elevates best practices to improve the quality of digital literacy offerings. 

Library Budget Cuts & Increased Demand 2012 American Library Association
Note the paragraph on California’s 50% cut in 2011-2012 state library budget. On the other hand, Los Angeles increased the library’s budget over the next few years. 70% of libraries reported increased use of public access computers, while 45% lack sufficient internet speed. (With these kinds of cuts and demands, public support is needed to make up the difference ... OCPLF)

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Bibliotech Book Review By Amien Essif / AlterNet May 23, 2015
"John Palfrey, in his new book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, gives some truly bummer statistics on what’s happening to this beloved institution. A government report showed that while the nation’s public libraries served 298 million people in 2010 (that’s 96 percent of the U.S. population), states had cut funding by 38 percent and the federal government by 19 percent between 2000 and 2010."

Future of Libraries By Jim O'Donnell, Slate, Nov 17, 2015
"This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. On Nov. 12, Future Tense hosted an event in Washington, D.C., on the future of the library. You can watch a webcast of the event on the New America website."

"Memory Lab" By Dean Essner, Washingtonian, Mar 3, 2016
The new Memory Lab at DC’s flagship Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library doesn’t come equipped with a box of tissues, but you may want to bring one in case. “This is the only space where we might regularly see people crying,” says digital curation librarian Lauren Algee.