The Digital Revolution and the Transformation of Libraries…05.25.11

25 05 2011

American Libraries reports today:

“…ALA’s new 2015 strategic plan now includes a Transforming Libraries goal that calls for the Association to ‘provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services in a dynamic and increasingly global digital library environment.’

The goal outlines four objectives:

  • Increase opportunities to share innovative practices and concepts across the profession, nationally and internationally, and among all libraries.
  • Increase recognition of and support for experimentation with innovative and transformational ideas.
  • Help libraries make use of new and emerging technologies by promoting and supporting technological experimentation and innovation.
  • Increase leadership development and training opportunities designed to support the ongoing transformation of libraries…
While the digital revolution and e-books are not the only factors affecting libraries—changing demographics, changing patterns of expectation and use, and the economy are some other factors—it is one of the more dramatic and is of tremendous concern to members and libraries nationwide. For this reason, the Association must be a strong voice for libraries to the publishing and content-creation community…”
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