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

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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 globe:www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2014-library-edition
  2. Aspen Institute: Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries: http://csreports.aspeninstitute.org/Dialogue-on-Public-Libraries/2014/report
  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 libraries:www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology

http://journals.ala.org/rusq/article/view/5633/6955


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