Thursday, November 30, 2006

libraries of the future

Many of the same points have been discussed among us here at Mclib:

How much of a print collection do we maintain? Especially nonfiction, which commonly becomes dated material? Especially when circulation stats are stagnant or falling? (Younger generations do not check out print material to near the degree that older generations do.)

We've also discussed that training/educating of patrons can be a trying experience for both patron and library staff! The simpler the better. That is the trick.

Keeping up with technology is a challenge, at least for most of us. Yet it's necessary in order to reach out to patrons (especially younger ones) with services that take advantage of advances in info gathering/transmitting.

Bottom line, I think we are talking about transforming from serving the old way (traditional print services) to older patrons to attracting a younger patron with modern services.


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