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Thank you for hosting! What new institutions will they create, or how will they try to employ existing community pillars to respond to digital inequities? Libraries have helped patrons access the internet and also learn how to use basic technology for more than two decades. What began as simply providing access to information in a digital form has evolved into a larger commitment to help patrons use technology to improve their lives. As a result libraries are well positioned to serve as guarantors of digital equity in our society.
However, doing so will inevitably require libraries to shift their services as changes in technology alter the nature of that divide. Just remember the divide 20 years ago was whether you had a computer. The divide persists but the substances that separates the technologically capable and technological novices will change.
As the nature of the digital divide shifts in the coming years how are libraries structuring themselves to serve as a vital community institution guaranteeing digital equity in our cities and towns? We would like to see a broad discussion at NEXT on how to foster productive cross-border networks that support innovation in library practice and advocacy.
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Many libraries are forging ahead with ground-breaking new approaches to serving their communities, but many more are lagging behind — either because institutional structures have contributed to a fear of change and reluctances to leave previously secure environments or simply through lack of access to re-applicable models. These libraries need new fora to encourage and inspire them. Effective promotion and advocacy strategies are key to sustainable innovative practice and should be embedded into the fabric of the libraries long term approach.
How to maintain a vibrant and productive relationship with users of the library and translate that into broad political support and understanding of the libraries long-term goals and missions? To put it bluntly — If you are doing something amazing in your library, you need to understand how to make it visible to both potential users and political decision-makers.
If you want to innovate, you need good models, and political support. It seems to me that there are still meaningful questions to be asked about how the libraries' core values should provide opportunities for change: - A book provides a physical object which can be seen as a gesture of sharing, a vessel for seeking knowledge and beauty.
This has always been at the core of the library, but how has the need for this changed? How has this need evolved? I would like to submit the idea of the library as a retreat space, a place for deep knowledge-seeking and reflection. As a counterweight to the maker-movement and the library as a place for connecting people on a physical and technological level, the library could also be a place to escape the modern day continuos connectedness, a place to be non-accessible.
We are overwhelmed! Since we are currently amidst Outside the Lines , we definitely have that initiative on the brain as it relates to…. These topics have been of great interest to the librarians we've been working with all over the world.
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Yes, librarians should be change agents, definitly, but how can we achieve this mind set? It would be great to have a workshop or interactive session on public libraries being more inclusive of women in digital, maker and technology spaces.
Groups are self motivated and self run - the library is a space that encourages these types of meet ups. The 'gender equity' banner could be explored in these terms. New approaches to staffing and service models to allow libraries to reinvent themselves as agents for social change. Addressing rapid social and technological change with staff who didn't sign up for it!
Now days Library need to changes and want different strategies for being relevant to their local communities. Change and disruption are not only buzzwords.
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Technology, economy and politics is changing the world and our communities at a fast pace. Libraries are embracing these changes and have different strategies for being relevant to their local communities. Makerspaces are just one example of how libraries facilitate innovation and knowledge creation in the modern world. But to embrace change and be a driving force for what fast changing communities need, librarians need to have skills to discover and drive change.
I think social inclusion is an important topic.
It is closely related to community engagement, participation and democracy. We want a library to be accessible to everyone. Jamieson, Victoria. Morales, Yuyi. Wheeler, Lisa. Crafts Olympic Torch: This torch uses a plastic water bottle for the base, with paper flames. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. Search for:. Join us on Facebook! Blog at WordPress. Post to Cancel.