Modern technology has grown at what seems like an exponential rate. Yet, within our local communities stands the library: a community fixture and definitive source of knowledge and information.
This juxtaposition does not mean libraries have remained static amid technological growth. Along with the rapid growth of technology, libraries have remained up-to-date while still offering patrons and surrounding communities a sense of home.
Green efforts have reached a tipping point in libraries, especially in the past five to 10 years. While many industries have made serious efforts to "greenify" their buildings and reduce their carbon footprints, libraries have been at the forefront of making significant changes to ensure they are doing their best to respect the environment.
Many librarians think that e-books are the future, and according to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial, it appears that all signs are pointing in this direction.
For decades, a duel of "libraries vs. the machine" might have been a more apt title for the relationship between software and libraries. However, it appears that many public institutions are using technological advancements in their favor and even beating out tech industry giants in the process - namely, Amazon.
Back-to-school sessions, digital citizenship, sign-ups, and the celebration of banned books dominated the headlines in the library scene for September. Libraries have been popping up in news searches across the Internet for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the stories you might have missed during the start of autumn:
Google is everywhere - from TV ads to news broadcasts to mobile phones. As popular as it is - is it the most reliable resource for student research? Many academic thought leaders say no. While Google has undoubtedly shaped the way we operate in an online environment, many leading experts agree that it might not be the catch-all domain when it comes to complete and thorough data collecting.