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Will Libraries Survive?

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and in what format?

This article came to mind recently when I was involved in two discussions (with different people) about the future of libraries.

One was when I heard someone talking about getting rid of 40% of a public library’s collections (they meant books) and I couldn’t help but wonder what the users of that library would think if 40% of the books they browsed or borrowed just weren’t there.

The second discussion came about when I was talking about ebooks with a borrower and she wanted to know if all the books that the library had in its collections were also available on ebook for her to borrow.

Good question. I started thinking about all my favourite books and/or authors – so many of them are not available in e format. Especially annoying when you want to read a whole series and some are e, some are paper, and some appear to have disappeared off the face of the earth.

We tossed this idea back and forth for a few minutes then she looked at me and said ” You know, until I can access every one of these books on my tablet, I will keep coming to the library and browsing for things i didn’t know I wanted to read until I saw them”

*Best library patron ever*

 

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Moving forward

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So my previous blogpost seems to have been a turning point (step forward). Since publishing it I’ve started to feel a bit better about the whole library thing – not enough to stop investigating alternative careers but enough to start posting again.

And to resume working on my website – but that is  a post for another day.

Sux 2b me

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So June and July have come and gone as have #blogjune (fail) and #dryJuly (‘success’). June was a particularly unpleasant month workwise which I suspect was the main reason that BlogJune didn’t happen. Despite having over 600 articles in my 2 b blogged folder they were almost all about libraries or about books i’d borrowed from my library and once i got home  from work i didn’t want to have to think about work and articles about libraries made me think of work which was not a good headspace to be in.

On the plus side the unpleasantness has got me thinking about alternative careers. If after all this time I am not meant to be a librarian or information professional then i need to find some other line of work that I am passionate about.

This is where sites like Alison.com and coursera come in. A range of online courses that give me a taster of different professions and how they might work with my current skill set.

Project Management and Human Resources are currently capturing and holding my interest. I already have Certificate IV in systems (help desk) and another in Training and development. Maybe technical writing? I’m told I write easy to follow instructions.

So many things to think about.

DryJuly was a success but only because I don’t drink alcohol anyway and i rarely eat liqueur chocolates so for me DryJuly involved avoiding beer battered fish and chips; and pastas and risottos with a wine based sauce. EasyPeasy.

I’m pondering a ‘blog every day in september’ catch up as hopefully by then i’ll be back on a even keel.

Stay tuned…