Public Libraries: New opportunities in times of Change
Copyright (c) 2013 Public Libraries of Western Australia
Abstract: Public libraries face many challenges in the ways they serve their communities in these times of great change in society and technology. Interest in e-books has taken off, presenting enormous opportunities—if libraries can navigate through all the obstacles—to deliver lending services that delight their customers. Finding new ways to foster engagement with their communities stands as a paramount concern. Libraries have a growing set of options to bring in the character of social networks into their sphere. Most importantly, libraries can work to become a hub for their community, expanding beyond traditional methods of library service. Marshall Breeding will present his view of the role of libraries in this critical time of change and some of the ways that libraries can improve their standing in their communities in the way that they shape their services and in their use of technology.