Every librarian has â€œthe story.â€ That story about linking a patron to a needed social service or helping someone get a job, or simply find the perfect book. These stories lie at the heart of the library. Books, videos, web pages, these are simply artifacts â€“ tools to aid in the libraries true mission of building knowledge. The keynote will outline a vision of libraries as true and participatory knowledge organizations. Organizations that facilitate the conversations of their communities, not simply provide access to a collection.
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Sarah talks with Liz McGettigan, Library and Information Services Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council in Scotland about their virtual library project. They also discuss the Tales of One City blog, how they are applying Web 2.0 strategies in reinventing their website, their new branding plan, how they work to mirror the community, and a conference they put together each year featuring products and best practices.
Libraries today have become multimedia centers, offering not only books but DVDs, e-books and Internet access. They can also be an especially important community resource during times of economic hardship. A look at the future of libraries in a slowing economy.
Guests Carla Hayden, executive director, Enoch Pratt Free Library and past president of the American Library Association
Jim Rettig, President of the American Library Association. He is also the University Librarian at the Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond, Virginia.
Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library. She is the Former Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Despite the growth of e-readers and digital technology, New Yorkers are spending more time in libraries than ever.
That’s according to a new report out today from the Center for an Urban Future about the changing role of our city’s public libraries in the digital age.
This week on WNYC’s New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi delves into the topic and finds the contemporary library is about more than just digitizing documents and lending e-books to patrons on their Kindles and iPads.
The Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library are even undergoing renovations of their physical buildings that will help them better cater to a 21st century clientele.
Plus, a visit to the New York Public Library Labs: a small department where developers and designers work closely with the library’s curators to turn documents, like maps and menus, into a new kind of searchable collection for the internet.