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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

PEW project The PEW Institute has just released a very encouraging report on the library habits and expectations of the 18-25 years old group. Some may find it useful for strategic planning and discussions with stakeholders.  You can access the summary here and the full report in PDF format from the menu on the left hand side.

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Dinosaurs & libraries

Sometimes I think that the biggest problem libraries face today is not the technology but the dinosaurs in our mist. “Dinosaur” here does not connote the age, but attitude.

We are a profession plagued with a very high degree of resistance to change and libraries as institutions are often places where drive for tackling new ideas, projects and services would be met with attitudes like: “well, that’s not how we do things here…” or “we don’t have money for that….”  or “we don’t have time/staff for that…”  We hear and say these excuses all the time and we well know that some ideas are not even that “big” nor they require money or staff time. We know that they were suggestions perhaps worth pursuing because they could put us in the direction some other institutions similar to libraries are going, but we do not want to risk making any changes to our routines and procedures.  So originality of though is frowned upon in libraries and innovative thinkers get discouraged coming up against the mentality “we’ve tried this ten years ago and it didn’t work, why should we try again” or even worse “but I’ve always done it like this”.

But the world in which libraries operate has changed and we need to find ways how to survive these changes. Library administrators, who really care about libraries and the library profession, need to welcome and support innovative thinking professionals, let them experiment and contribute their ideas that will help to reinvent the profession.

Dinosaurs disappeared not because the climate changed.  They disappeared because they did not change. They did not adapt.

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Building the Future of Libraries Now

I came across this sweet and uplifting video that actually gives some good and sound advice what libraries need to do to ensure their relevance in the future:

Enjoy and have faith that we can do it!

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