Uniqueness of Libraries

Here are some questions to ponder… What makes a library unique? And how can libraries emphasize their value and uniqueness among other competing entities?

Libraries should play up the importance & skill of librarians, archivists, and library staff. I’ve wondered what would happen if one were to take the people running libraries out of the picture. How would libraries function? How would library users perceive these libraries?

A quote attributed to Stephen Abrams of Sirsidynix makes an interesting point about this topic. “Libraries core skills is not delivery of information… Libraries are about learning and building community.” (Source: College of DuPage video entitled “Library Challenges and Opportunities Library Spaces: Future Needs.”)

What do you think?


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on April 14, 2009, in Libraries and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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