Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries

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

Yesterday’s reference, today’s reference – 8 differences

1. Yesterday’s library reference was all about looking in books.
Today’s reference is all about finding the resources the people need, wherever it’s found.

2. Yesterday’s reference was all about what was housed in the library building. Today’s reference includes online services and digital resources.

3. Yesterday’s reference was all about getting information.
Today’s reference is also about helping people create and share information.

4. Yesterday’s reference was about term papers for students.
Today’s reference is also about multimedia projects for them.

5. Yesterday’s reference was all about being copyright enforcers.
Today’s reference is about being intellectual property counselors.

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Library Collaboration

Collaborative undertakings must have:

  •  Distributed benefits – more is accomplished jointly than could be individually
  • Common, new goals
  • Commitment from the organizations’ leaders
  • Well-defined relationships
  • Planning, including goals, objectives, activities, and measures of success
  • Mutual risk
  • Shared resources or jointly contracted

Springville Library Open House

I went to the Springville Public library open house last Friday night. Pam Vaughn, the

Springville Library Open House

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.

A web presence for every library

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!