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The American Library Association (ALA) has taken a proactive position by forming the Center for the Future of Libraries. The Center’s goal is to identify emerging trends of libraries, librarians and surrounding communities. Working with librarians across the United States, the Center’s information and data has worked to direct future innovations and plans.
Now reinvented, the public library operates with its own rules, culture and evolving purpose in a symbiotic relationship with its surrounding community. With the birth and growth of the e-reader, librarians came close to waving the white flag. Pundits predicted the end of libraries, as we knew them, or at the very least, books. Publishers panicked and authors examined options.
There’s just something intangibly provocative about libraries. Magical and ethereal and transformative. Pages of books ask age-old questions that have plagued humanity about life, nature and purpose. Seekers of knowledge choose among theories, answers and speculation. This is not a place of absolutes. It’s a space for modern debate, open challenge and fair consideration.
Interlibrary loan is generally thought of as a source for books from academic or specialty publishers, for non-fiction titles, for older formats (e.g. VHS or audiocassettes), for documentary films, etc. This perception endures because many libraries remain reluctant to interloan their new releases in movies, music or books. Yet, looking at these top ten lists does prove that newer and popular fiction is an important part of resource sharing in SHAREit.
Some public library software is available as Software as a Service applications, also called SaaS. This type of program uses cloud technology to bring many benefits to your library’s infrastructure. Many common barriers to adopting and implementing new systems are decreased or eliminated with SaaS. You can stay up to date with the latest innovations, streamline your administrative processes and provide a better patron experience. Here are the primary reasons SaaS is important for your public library IT plans.