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Why we still need Libraries… In the Age of the Internet TAG Presentation Skills Workshop - December 11-12, 2006. Sara Kuhn MLIS Candidate School of Library, Archival and Information Studies University of British Columbia Tel: 604-908-0183 firstname.lastname@example.org. But We’ve got the Internet!.
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School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
University of British Columbia
Everything is NOT on the Web.
Libraries and librarians help to determine the validity of information found on the Internet, assisting in sifting through the mass of information.
The Library does amazing things for your community.
Libraries serve an integral purpose for a democratic society.
Physical Books & Materials
School Work Assistance
Book Discussions &Author Talks
The Community Gathering Place
"While information technology
has not replaced print media, and is not expected to do so in the foreseeable future, it has nonetheless had an astonishing and quite unanticipated impact on the role of the library. Contrary to the predictions of diminishing use and eventual obsolescence of libraries, usage has expanded dramatically—sometimes doubling or even tripling . . . The demand for services and technological access to information, regardless of format, is beyond expectations"
(Freeman, 2005, p. 2).
We can have librarians without libraries, you say?
Librarians, are information specialists who “filter” gathered information into manageable, verifiable bundles.
We librarians do not bring our bias to bear upon our work. We define our information gathering techniques and results according to the needs of our patrons.
Librarians are already online, providing chat reference service for millions, yet millions still set foot in our libraries for in-person services.
“In a recent article in the Spring 2006 issue of Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (Vol 47:2) Catherine Arnott Smith writes Public libraries are the true front lines of medical librarianship today. Marshall's landmark study of Canadian public libraries showed that health information requests made up 8% of all reference questions (Taylor-McBryde, 2006).
“All persons in Canada have the fundamental right, as embodied in the nation's Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to have access to all expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity, and to express their thoughts publicly. This right to intellectual freedom, under the law, is essential to the health and development of Canadian society.”
Available at: http://www.cla.ca/about/intfreed.htm
We must save Libraries in order to save the education, skill diversity and solidarity of our communities.
Other community centres and public organizations will follow our lead.
Libraries provide valuable services not available from the Internet or Web.
Library use is on the rise and the demand for more funding for services increases…
ALA: American Library Association. (2006). Library Advocacy Handbook. [Library Advocacy Now! @ your library]. Chicago, IL: ALA.
Freeman, G. T. (2005). The Library as place: Changes in Learning patterns, collections, technology, and use. In Library as place: Rethinking roles, rethinking space (pp. 1-9).Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources.
Smith, K. (2005). Preface. In Library as place: Rethinking roles, rethinking space. Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources.
Taylor-McBryde, Allison. (2006). LIBR500: Foundations of Information-Based Organizations. In WebCT. University of British Columbia, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.
Public Librarians’ Slide from Sara Kuhn’s personal collection.
Building Image on slide 2 from www.freeimages.co.uk
All other images from Microsoft Office Online.