Here are some thoughts I have gathered, some from professional literature, some from blogs, some straight from my own heart.
We are talking about reference and how it is changing in UPLIFT this week: August 15 at the Utah State Library & August 17 2012 in Ephraim, at the Karen A. Hunstman Library on the Snow College campus. Thanks, Jon Ostler, for being so accommodating to the public library directors and others who are coming on campus.
Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries
Traditional reference work is less relevant to the needs of users
Rather than worrying about reference’s demise, many librarians have been energized by their newly expanded roles
I went to the Springville Public library open house last Friday night. Pam Vaughn, the
Library Director, spoke, as did the mayor. There was a live band, the highlight of the evening for me. People were able to mingle, tour the new building, and celebrate the day. There is a stream running on one side of the property and from upstairs, one can look down and see the stream and the trees. Some of the highlights of the building:
The entry is breathtaking
Lots of vibrant colors throughout
Computer area with large screens
Colorful children’s area with huge mobiles overhead
Comfortable space for storytime/ events
Teen area with lots of books and resources, right by the computer area
Huge reception area upstairs, with room to grow for the library
Very comfortable and cool staff area
My biggest takeaway: This is a beautiful library that will be an important community asset for many years to come. It shows that Springville City is committed to an informed, educated citizenry.
Did you hear? OCLC’s Innovation Lab is going to start a new project: a web presence for every library. They will focus on the small libraries in America. It’s pretty exciting and offers some real possibilities to stand-alone’s that want to get a site!