Special Collections pose special challenges in today’s push for digital library materials. Patrons and researchers expect to be able to use even the most obscure and precious materials in a digital format. Libraries are responding by scanning special collections and archives to make them available online, or by providing access to a book scanner that is safe for delicate and bound materials. One of the best affordable tools for safe scanning is the patented book-edge scanning bed of the Scannx Book ScanCenter.
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It’s no secret that technology and Web applications are second nature to today’s youth. But older Americans are less likely to have the technological proficiency needed to navigate computers and the Internet. Academic libraries are providing their communities with educational resources to help these individuals – and they’re a larger population than you might think.
In this age of ever-advancing technology, people are becoming more and more dependent on online resources as a means of learning – something once achieved predominately through books. But despite this evolution, a library reference desk is still a valuable source of information.
With the presence of library technology expanding to meet user demands, the typical job description of a librarian has changed. The need for libraries to incorporate technology precipitates their need to hire capable people who know and understand that technology. This has led to an emerging trend in library staffing.
The practice of sharing stories has existed since the dawn of the human race. Through the centuries, new discoveries have changed the way we share our stories, but one thing has remained the same: We continue to share. For a digital library to be effective, it must embrace the changes in our methods of sharing and adapt accordingly.
Today’s students are not just students. They do study and attend classes, but they also participate in extracurricular activities as well as work, volunteering, teaching, mentoring, etc. So, your run-of-the-mill library technology is not always the best option to keep up with their busy lives. Digital technology, in a broad sense, is meant to increase productivity and communication. In the busy life of the average digital-age student, this has never been more important.
We live in an age of technological advancement. Electronic developments have transformed the ways in which people think and learn. As students are surrounded by an infinite number of various digital devices on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise that they enter your library with some pretty high expectations regarding library technology.
“Greening” your library requires countless hours of mental and physical labor – it’s a slightly exhausting but incredibly rewarding experience. And after all that hard work comes the best part: celebrating your green library with your entire community. You should feel proud of your eco-friendly efforts – it’s time to reach out and tell people! Believe it or not, your community wants to know. Patrons and stakeholders are more interested in your green efforts than you may think.