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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.
Climate change, global air quality and the overall state of the environment are, without question, some of the most harrowing issues facing the world today. Companies and organizations all over the globe are recognizing the harmful effects of their practices and putting forth a genuine effort to go green. Among the many facilities implementing these eco-friendly initiatives are green libraries.
Worldwide consumption of paper has risen by 400% in the past 40 years. If you are a dedicated library administrator and strong advocate for eco-friendly libraries, that’s likely a disturbing statistic for you. Many green libraries have begun dropping traditional services in favor of digital processes. Yet, digitizing your library, or performing a complete overhaul of your library technology, sounds stressful.
In today’s digital landscape, libraries are facing the harsh reality that they are no longer the only place to find information and resources. Libraries also continue to face budget backlash surrounding the many cuts to educational institutions. All of this has resulted in an unfortunate decrease in library revenue, and the main cost culprit continues to be library technology.
Let’s first take a look at the current statistics on library budget cuts and overall spending:
The Facts And Figures
According to the IMLS 2010 Public Library Survey results that were released in 2013:
Ten years ago, personalization was limited to material objects: A bracelet engraved with your children’s names, a coffee mug with your wedding photo on it. Today, in this highly digitized age, personalization goes far beyond material objects. Technology takes personalization to groundbreaking new heights, creating a digitally personalized experience for nearly every process in existence, for nearly every individual in existence. So, as a dedicated library director, fixed on fostering relationships with your patrons, you may be wondering: is there such a thing as library personalization?