Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

President's Message: Doing Something about Life's Persistent Problems?

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

President's Message: Doing Something about Life's Persistent Problems?

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Currently we librarians seem to be hitching our wagon to the idea of library as community because in part it's what we ourselves want. We've seen that our LITA members want more community from our association, so it makes sense to us that our patrons also want community. It's what Pew, OCLC, and other studies seem to be telling us. The business-wired side of the world is breaking their backs to create every form of virtual community they can think of as quickly as possible. Apply the appropriate amounts of marketing and then our patrons want those things and expect them from all of their historically important community resources, the library being a prime player in that group. So we strive and strive and strive to not only provide the standard issue face-to-face community we've always created, but to also create that new highly desired virtual community. Either we create a library-specific version, or we at the very least create a way for our patrons to access those communities. Hopefully, when our patrons step into those virtual communities, we work to make it possible for them to find libraries there, too.

All well and good, but do we have a plan? What's the goal? What's the end achievement? If, as studies say, patrons with a research need turn to libraries first only one percent of the time, and instead first hit up friends and family fifty or more percent of the time, then where is our significance and place in either the physical or virtual spaces? …

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