Despite the challenges they faced in 2011 what becomes clear through the report is that amid the shifting winds of an economic storm, libraries continue to transform lives, adapting to and adopting new and emerging technologies, and experimenting with innovative and transformational ideas to provide services that empower their cuustomers.
The public libraries in many major U.S. cities continue to see circulation rise, with Seattle leading the way with a whopping 50% increase in the past six years.
The use of social media by libraries of all types increased dramatically, and the American Library Association (ALA) continues to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services in a dynamic and increasing global digital information environment.
The Commercial Appeal News in Tennessee has reported that library officials in Millington want to cut ties with their private operator LSSI and create a library services department in the city again.
They say the move will save the city money, improve customer service and provide more book options for residents. “LSSI is making it very hard for the Millington Public Library to be the Millington Public Library,” Hartley, chair of the Millington Library Board said.
Hartley recommended that the board end its contract with LSSI this month, in time to give the company the required 180 days notice. Standing next to her in support Monday night was Brian Miller, director of the Millington Public Library and LSSI employee. Miller said LSSI has repeatedly denied the Millington library’s requests for specific books because they weren’t on the company’s approved list. And he said, the contractor has made it difficult to get electronic books and requires the library to purchase equipment from specific companies, even if it’s cheaper somewhere else.
Library services are based on a number of underpinning principles, which have driven public library development and shaped the trusted role they play in society. Our ethos is rooted in education for workers, equality of access to resources and information and the right to participate in democratic society.
We are also about sharing and sustainability, sharing content and spaces. Embodying all of this is Craigmillar’s brand new library which opened its doors to the public on Monday 26 November.
The fabulous, purpose-built library replaces the old and unfit building that was no longer fit for purpose. The new community space supports the ongoing regeneration of Craigmillar and is a key focal point of the new town centre.
Bustling with customers, families and children it is a wonderful addition to the community of Craigmillar