We have seen tons of articles lately on the changing resources, goals and even building blocks of America’s libraries. These exciting changes are redefining the definition of what a library is. From massive digital library projects to new benchmarks and goals for libraries to reach, it is an exciting time to be in the marketplace. Here are our top reads on modern libraries from the past few weeks.
With New Leader, Digital Public Library of America Prepares for Its Debut via Wired Campus The soon to be launched Digital Public Library of America is planning on bringing large-scale resources together to make cultural and scientific record available to all. And with the recent announcement of the organizations new executive director the upcoming debut is all the more exciting. How with the DPLA change libraries and access to information? We can’t wait to find out.
Public Libraries: A Lifeline to Technology Resources via District Dispatch A recent American Library Association report details the U.S. Library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). “Millions of Americans have turned to us to gain new technology skills and access to specialized resources. BTOP has helped to enable expanded services and to develop the improved infrastructure to meet these community needs.”
Libraries on the Edge via blog.tutor.com We’ve all known for a long time that libraries are much more than shelves of books. More than 100 million Americans walk into a public library every year to use public access computers and the Internet for help with job search resources, health information, and more. The bottom line: access to technology through public libraries is incredibly important to American communities. This is where the Edge Initiative comes in.
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