Library 911: Saving Library One Step at a Time (Part 1)


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lecture presented at PAARL's Summer National Conference on the theme "“Library Tourism & Hospitality: The Business of Endearing Philippine Libraries and Information Centers to Publics” (San Antonio Resort, Baybay Beach, Roxas City, Capiz, 27-29 April 2011) by Christopher C. Paras

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Library 911: Saving Library One Step at a Time (Part 1)

  1. 1. Library 911 Saving Library One-Step At A Time Presented by Christopher C. Paras PAARL Summer Conference 2011 San Antonio Beach Resort Roxas City, Capiz4/29/2011 1
  2. 2. Introduction Hundreds of years of ago, Andrew Carnegieenvisioned that his libraries would bring books andinformation to all people. His vision is obviouslyalive up to this time because libraries continue togrow, improve, innovate and most importantly exist.Undeniably, libraries have become essential tohumans which is why it is known to be as repositoryof knowledge. Library is a place where people cancome to be themselves or to become something else.Libraries change lives.4/29/2011 2
  3. 3. What if…4/29/2011 3
  4. 4. Alarming Issues • In America and UK, public libraries are now in crisis due to devastating city and state budget cuts. • More than 40% of the libraries are currently threatened with closure and mobile services are also earmarked to face the axe. 30% will soon be at risk.4/29/2011 4
  5. 5. Top 3 reasons and realities… 1. Closing a library can make economic sense particularly when good alternatives are in place. 2. Book readers are becoming less and less In the PH alone, a survey conducted by NBDB in 2003 resulted that only 65 percent of young Filipinos say they read, down two percent in 2009.4/29/2011 5
  6. 6. 3. Investing on computers and databases and strengthening networks are more important requirements in the information age Google is rapidly digitizing books! As of June 2010, it has scanned more than 12 million books already. In the current climate, libraries worry theyll become obsolete. Publishers are afraid they wont be able to make any money. Thats why HarperCollins came up with a new e-book policy that says an e-book can be checked out 26 times, after which it has to be repurchased4/29/2011 6
  7. 7. From the “33 reasons why libraries and librarians are still extremely important” by Will Sherman 1. Not everything is available on the internet 2. Digital libraries are not on the internet 3. The internet isn’t free 4. Libraries aren’t just books 5. Mobile devices aren’t the end of books 6. Library attendance isn’t falling4/29/2011 7
  8. 8. From the “33 reasons why libraries and librarians are still extremely important” by Will Sherman 7. The internet is subject to manipulation 8. It can be hard to isolate concise information 9. Libraries can preserve the book experience 10. Libraries are stable while the web is transient 11. Not everyone has access to the internet 12. Not everyone can afford books4/29/2011 8
  9. 9. Take Actions 1. Strong advocacy efforts is necessary to convince officials that libraries are still essential 2. Capture their attention through diverse media 3. Create innovative ideas that provoke criticisms 4. Work with organized associations into a common goal4/29/2011 9