Posted by: bluesyemre | April 7, 2015

Changing Needs, Changing Roles: How Public Libraries are Expanding Traditional Service Models to Best Serve Their Communities by Joseph Thompson


What are the relevant trends shaping new library services? Our Strategic Plan Coordinating Task Force has been reviewing a set of secondary research in order to best understand the environment in which libraries—and by extension our RUSA members—are working. I recommend reading three resources:

  1. The New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies for their impact on academic and research libraries across the
  2. Aspen Institute: Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries:
  3. Pew Research Internet Project: From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers—and Beyond: A Typology of Public Library Engagement in America includes an abundance of data about how people engage with information and their relationship with

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