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The Modern Library


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Program for the International young librarians conference- Riga, Latvia ( August 2012)

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The Modern Library

  1. Helene Blowers International Young Librarians Academy Yentspils, Latvia - August 2012
  2. I work here … 21 locations 1.5 million people 15 million circ
  3. I work here …
  4. A library …A short compilation by Helene Blowers |
  5. A library has beendescribed as many thingsby many people …
  6. "In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friendsimprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. "A library is not simply a repository of books, it is thesymbol and center of our culture - a door and a window for those who might not otherwise have such doors and windows." Amy Tan Author
  8. "The library is a societal tent pole,There are a lot of ideas under it.Knock out the pole and the tent comesdown“ Michael Connelly Author .
  9. "Libraries are raucousclubhouses for free speech, controversy, and community." Paula Poundstone Comedian
  10. Libraries store theenergy that fuelstheimagination."Sidney SheldonAuthor
  11. "Libraries are the latest fashion for the brain." E. Jean Carroll Author
  12. "A good library is a place, a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet." Samuel Nig
  13. "We all love to hear a good story. We save our stories in books. We save our books in libraries. Libraries are the storyhouses full of all those stories and secrets." Kathy Bates Actor
  14. "Libraries are places where the imaginatio n begins." Heather Barbieri Author
  15. "A library, to modify the famousmetaphor of Socrates, shouldbe the delivery room forthe birth of ideas - a placewhere history comes to life."Norman CousinsPolitical Journalist & Author
  16. "A library is a true fairyland, a very palace of delight, a haven of repose from the storms and troubles of the world." Avebury
  17. "Libraries are where dreamsbegin." Jamie Freveletti Author
  18. "A library is both comfort food and inspiration, opportunity for growth, and the place where anyone can come for personal enrichment." Judy Strong Author
  19. "Librariesare thedoorwayto athousandworlds."Kristan HigginsAuthor
  20. "Libraries are the air an authorbreathes. The creativestorehouse for the writers soul.The single indispensablelink to the next generation ofreaders." Andy Straka Author
  21. "Libraries: cafeterias for food that feeds the mind." Louise Yelin Author
  22. But perhaps one of my favorite thoughts onlibraries comes from the Father of ModernLibrarianship himself …(be sure to pay special attention to his caveat)
  23. A librarys function is to give thepublic in the quickest andcheapest way information,inspiration, and recreation. If abetter way than the book canbe found, we should use it." - Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)
  24. A library …So what are your thoughts?
  25. "What matters here is technical capital, its social capital. These tools dont get socially interesting until they get technologically boring. It isnt when the shiny new tools show up that their uses start permeating; its when everyone is able to take them for granted.“ - Clay Shirky, Ted Talk 6/09
  26. "Too much light often blinds gentlemen of this sort. They cannot see the forest for the trees." - Musarion [1768], Canto II
  28. Reality ► The digital book is changing everything.
  29. Reality ► Mobile builds bridges faster Six in 10 people around the world (60%) now have cellphone subscriptions, signaling that mobile phones are the communications technology of choice, particularly in poor countries. – UN Report, March 2, 2009 Up from 2002 – 15% Internet worldwide: 11%- 2002 >> 23% - 2008
  30. Reality ► Augmenting is the new information window
  31. Urban Spoon
  32. Reality ► Print is in peril
  33. “As many newspapers struggle to stay economically viable, fewer than half of Americans (43%) say that losing their local newspaper would hurt civic life in their community "a lot." Pew Research Study: Stop the Presses (March 12, 2009 )
  35. Distribution Center Distribution Agent Distribution format
  36. Distribution Center Distribution Agent Distribution format
  38. It’s not the death of the book to fear… it’s our dependency on formatsas our community (service delivery) value!
  39. The Information Age, is an idea thatthe current age will be characterized by theability of individuals to transferinformation freely, and to have instantaccess to knowledge that would havebeen difficult or impossible to findpreviously. - Wikipedia, 9/09
  41. The information age of now …
  42. We Think
  44. Chauvet Cave – 32,000 yrs old
  47. HOMAGO
  48. YouLit Magazine is an online arts and literary publication for teens by teens. We featurepoetry, photography, essays, illustrations and design created by teens out of Youmedia in theChicago Public Library.
  50. Deeply Local
  55. DOK Cultural Heritage Surface Table
  60. Jessica, University City Library member since 2001
  64. Aarhus Public Library - MindSpot
  65. Modern Librarianship isn’t about …
  66. Modern Librarianship IS about an APPLIED SERVICE…
  67. • Knowledge consumption -> knowledge creation • Brings world to community -> Bring community to themselves • Promote the library -> Customers to market the value • Community services -> Community Impact
  70. Books Spaces Research information tools Computers ?
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  72. Remember it’s notreally about thebubbles …
  73. It’s about …
  74. Helene Blowers Digital Strategy Director Columbus Metropolitan Library Slides @