Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thing #11 - Blog about technology

[Note: It is in my nature to compile and present information/data and not so much to comment on it. Otherwise, I'd have had a blog for a long time now.]

This past month, I had the opportunity to participate in Library Camp Nebraska, an unconference held in Lincoln. A couple of the break-out sessions concerned high-tech vs. high-touch, and there were some great ideas shared. Comments ranged from lack of technology in the library space to lack of time and funds to keep up technology up-to-date, from lack of training of staff to keep up with basic computer technology as well as the social and community aspects online to lack of staff time or expertise to help library customers. Some solutions were suggested, such as staff meetings for 30 minutes before the library opens to talk about tech stuff and that 23 Things has been good for the staff to catch up some.

According to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the University of Illinois, "members of Gen Y are the leading users of libraries for help solving problems and in more general patronage". Being aware of trends like this might help lead strategies for future solutions in public libraries' dilemma to keep up with technology advancements.

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