On SAGE Insight: American libraries in 2016

Creating their future by connecting, collaborating and building community

From IFLA Journal

This article presents an overview of the American library landscape and explains the trends and challenges American libraries are facing.  The United States has a vibrant and diverse library community that provide access to information and technology, which impacts how the American society thrives. Libraries provide people of all ages and backgrounds with unlimited possibilities to educate themselves and to participate in a media-enriched society. They serve the research and learning needs of their campuses and communities. They are highly trusted and inclusive, safe places. They are community and campus hubs, relied upon to provide the information and support that people need for study and lifelong learning. Librarians are open to continually reinventing themselves to emerging demands in the digital age while retaining their core values of cooperation, sharing and service.

Abstract

This article presents an overview of the American library landscape and explains the trends and challenges American libraries are facing. US libraries provide people of all ages and backgrounds with access to information and technology. They are community and campus hubs, relied upon to provide the services and support that people need for study, research and lifelong learning. They continue to reinvent themselves to meet the emerging demands in the digital age while retaining their core values of cooperation, sharing and service.

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Article details
American libraries in 2016: Creating their future by connecting, collaborating and building community
Kathy Rosa and Tom Storey
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
2016, Vol. 42(2)
DOI: 10.1177/0340035216646061

 


     
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