From the Japanese mascot program on November 4 , 2013 at Abington Free Library
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Notes from Bill Ptacek’s article “The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagement”, Sept 1st, 2013 issue of Library Journal
People used to come to the public library to get service.
“As communication and digital technologies become even more pervasive, libraries will be required to provide content that can be used on whatever is the ‘device du jour.’ “
“As libraries become less about physical access to information, they are more likely to be valued for their importance to the community–as gathering places for civic, educational, and social engagements.”
Librarians will spend “more time acting as consultant to the general public. Librarian as information expert will become librarian as psychologist or sociologist.”
“In the future, libraries will be less about services and more about how to be of service. Research on patron interests and behavior patterns will be crucial to this effort, and libraries will have to be adept at marketing and customer-insight techniques.”
“What should I read next?”
It’s one of the hardest questions I get as a librarian. I can only seem to think of the latest books that everyone wants – and of course those books have waiting lists. I often want to point them to a genre booklist or tell them about GoodReads. But sometimes I just want a list of books that are sleeper hits, just waiting for more people to love them. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes was one of those books (well maybe not — it did get reviewed in the New York Times.)
Here are some websites I found that can help us find our new favorite books:
Every month LibraryReads publishes a top ten list of books that librarians love. This list has some books that are under the radar.
Taken from recommendations by independent booksellers around the country. Compiled by the American Booksellers Association.
If a podcast is more your speed, check out this website by two enthusiasts who work in publishing.
You gotta love the name of this site! Features quirky and fascinating lists such as “10 books that’ll make you wish your flight would never end” and “My favorite locked door mysteries.”
Specifically for book clubs, this site shows what book clubs around the country have been reading and discussing. Includes book guides.
Lyn Hopper on advocating for your library: “…I should be able to answer the question, ‘So what?’ (So what if more people are visiting? So what if they are attending more programs or checking out more materials?) We need to be able to tell our funding agencies and others what impact the library has on individuals and the community.”
R. David Lankes on crafting our advocacy messages: “We should be asking how libraries help our communities thrive. If we can put together that vision in a compelling way, people will support libraries out of self-interest, not out of pity, charity, or a sense of obligation.”
Hopper, L. (2013, May/June). Planning to thrive: Sustainable public libraries. Public Libraries, 52(3), 26-28.