Posted by: bluesyemre | February 7, 2018

#ModernLibraries innovate to better serve their communities

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Modern day libraries have become more of a place where members of the community show up to use its technologies, take educational classes and to exchange ideas. (Pixabay )

In many small communities across Canada and the U.S., local news is hard to come by. In the digital age, with a rapidly changing media landscape, many small town newspapers have been forced to shut down.

When the local newspaper in Weare, New Hampshire shut its doors, the town’s librarian Michael Sullivan stepped in. He started a new community paper called Weare in the World. The idea is to fill the news gap and help the library provide information in a whole new way.

“We’ve evolved into places where information and ideas are shared, more than just collected and lined up on the shelf.” – Michael Sullivan, Director of the Weare Public Library

“The readers really love it,” Michael said. “People need a source of local information, and we’re very very local, right down to ‘this is who made the Dean’s List at the local colleges.'”

In the last 15 years, the library has changed its function to be more community-focused, according to Michael. In many ways, it’s become the last flexible community service that people can turn to, as other community structures have faded away.

Modern day libraries have become more of a place where members of the community show up to take educational classes and to exchange ideas. “We’ve evolved into places where information and ideas are shared, more than just collected and lined up on the shelf.”

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/spark/383-dangerous-data-libraries-and-more-1.4516637/modern-libraries-innovate-to-better-serve-their-communities-1.4516679


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