Thursday, June 14, 2012

Current Insights

The lives of library users continue to change, and libraries must continually evolve to meet the digital needs of their communities…..

Community reference is a way to integrate ourselves into the community that highlights the skills and services we have to offer. This unique outreach creates a valuable partnership for the library, communities, and the library profession at a time when we need our communities to support the existence and funding of their local library. It is outreach with a hyperlocal emphasis, something the library can do better than any other community organization. As libraries all over the country face steep budget cuts, the library needs to reinvent itself to stay relevant and create a library culture. We rely on our community’s support, and community reference in turn allows us to be strategically placed for our community to rely on our skills and services. The value of the library’s involvement with a community organization includes both the tangible and the intangible. The embedded librarian generates reports, minutes, executive summaries, bibliographies, and many other deliverables that represent hours of research and analysis performed in response to an organization’s information needs. The cost of having an independent information professional perform the same research would be prohibitive for most community groups or nonprofits. But the value of the library’s partnership is not limited to concrete pieces of information. The library stands with the local organization as a noncompetitive partner who has a deep and broad knowledge of the community, connections with other groups that might assist or inform the organization’s mission, and a desire to see the organization succeed….. Everything that the library offers to individuals to help them succeed—resources, guidance, expertise—is also available to organizations as a whole. This makes us just as essential to these groups as we are to our patrons.
“Less a mobile library, more a traveling knowledge gadget van……an interesting initiative by the Fraser Valley (B.C.) Regional Library, a clever van called LiLi, or Library Live and on Tour....the van and its librarian stress the importance of value, information, and awareness over issuing books…. LiLi goes around the region and visits places where people congregate.” The technical specifications of the library materials on board are:
·         A pair of laptop computers with 3G internet capabilities
·         40-inch plasma television for presentations, games and digital display purposes
·         Two Kobo eReaders
·         One Sony eReader
·         One iPad2
·         One Blackberry Playbook
·         One X-Box Kinect game system
·         Custom Clarion stereo system with iPod and USB connectivity
·         Roof mounted quick release Exile XM9 marine speakers for music and PA system
·         One Line 6 wireless microphone
·         "Aooga" horn
Watch the video (1:34)....

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