Category Archives: Libraries

Strategic Priorities in Libraries: Focus on the Transformation

Source: Web 2.012 Virtual Conference, 4 October 2012 Stephen Abrams delivered a keynote lecture on the need for libraries to get back to strategic planning.  Some key take outs from the session: Library services are not a noun, they are a … Continue reading

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Why e-books will soon be obsolete

E-books will be obsolete within five years.  Crippled by territorial license restrictions, digital rights management, and single-purpose devices and file formats that are simultaneously immature and already obsolescent, they are at a hopeless competitive disadvantage compared to full-fledged websites and … Continue reading

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Transformational Change – Manchester City Council

Hutt City Libraries welcomed more than 70 senior managers, chief executives, elected officials and library managers from across the Greater Wellington region and further afield to an inaugural Big Vision Day on 9 September 2011. The day focused on the idea … Continue reading

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Resources: Placemaking and Libraries

Libraries are redefining themselves as community centres or commons, at the heart of the community, in the twenty-first century.  Placemaking is the creation of meaningful and connected places and spaces, where people can spend more time in their community – … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s Academic Libraries: Maybe Even Some Books

Imagine a library that is not only bookless but is not necessarily tied to a building, one that takes its personnel and services to patrons rather than expecting them to come to it. Two projects—one now under way at the … Continue reading

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Librarians at the Gate

Librarians have become an important constituency at Book Expo America, showing up in increasing numbers year after year to hear publishers pitch their latest offerings. This year, however, BEA won’t just be about the books librarians will buy, but how … Continue reading

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UK Libraries may be run by US private firms

David Cameron maintains his Big Society agenda is not a cover for big spending cuts was undermined by growing evidence that private firms rather than voluntary groups could land many of the new contracts to run public services. The Independent reports that … Continue reading

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