account, look up books and other library material, search catalogs of
other libraries, reserve books, and access databases on just about any
subject you can think of. Don't forget to check out the list
of library events. There is always something exciting at the library
for all ages.
free to look
around and browse to your heart's content. After all, that is what the
library is for.
Librarians Totally Obsolete? Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians Are
Still Extremely Important
Many predict that the digital age will wipe
public bookshelves clean, and permanently end the centuries-old era of
libraries. As libraries' relevance comes into question, librarians face
an existential crisis at a time when students need them the most.
Despite their perceived obsolescence in the digital age, both libraries
and librarians are irreplaceable for many reasons - nearly twenty
reasons, in fact.
Reasons Number 4 to 6:
4. The Internet Compliments Libraries, but Doesn't Replace Them: The
Internet is clearly a great resource to finding information, but it's
not a replacement for a library. There are clear advantages of
libraries over the internet for research, however the benefits of the
internet, includes "sampling public opinion," gathering "quick facts"
and pooling a wide range of ideas. Overall, the point is this:
libraries are completely different than the web. In this light, to talk
about one replacing the other begins to seem absurd.
5. School Libraries and Librarians Improve Student Test Scores: A 2014
study of the Illinois School Libraries shows that students who
frequently visit well-stocked and well-staffed school libraries end up
with higher ACT scores and perform better on reading and writing exams.
Interestingly, the study points out that access to digital technology
plays a strong role in test results, noting that "high schools with
computers that connect to library catalogs and databases average 6.2
percent improvement on ACT scores."
6. Libraries Aren't Just Books: Technology is integrating itself into
the library system, not bulldozing it. Pushing this trend to its
logical extreme (although it's likely not to happen), we could
eventually see libraries' entire stacks relegated to databases, and
have books only accessible digitally. So where does that leave
librarians? Are they being overtaken by technology, the timeless enemy
Technology is integrating itself into the library system, not
bulldozing it. Pushing this trend to its logical extreme (although it's
likely not go this far), we could eventually see libraries' entire
stacks relegated to databases, and only be able to access books