Shhhh... Libraries at Work!

By Michelle S. Fri, October 29, 2010

This past month, Bob Edwards has been airing a fascinating, multi-part program series on NPR titled, "Shhhh...Libraries at Work!" In the series, he speaks with current ALA President Roberta Stevens about how libraries have changed over the past 20 years and about their struggles to keep up with customer demand in the wake of slashed budgets; he explores prison library systems and their positive effects on inmates; and he studies school library systems--which also face closure and under-funding--and how they are changing to meet the needs of 21st-century students.

It's a fascinating series, and I encourage everyone to listen. Each program is available for free download as a podcast from iTunes, or you can listen here (though you'll have to scroll through other Bob Edwards Show segments to find the "Shhhh... Libraries at Work! series).

In what ways have you noticed libraries change over your lifetime? What do you see when you envision your ideal 21st  century library?


Comments

It is a fascinating series! Thank you for sharing! Have a great day!
Fri, October 29, 2010
thanks for a wonderful share. best regards
desisuit - new jersey Tue, November 02, 2010
thanks for the link to the podcast. I`ve heard that libraries will change soon. more and more will change to ebooks. in a way it`s better for students. but in a way there are legal issues with it.
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