Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

Despite increased demand for library services, the notion persists with some that the internet makes libraries irrelevant. Sure, the internet has changed the way people search for information, but many people do not realize that libraries have changed as well. Here then, are the top 10 reasons that the internet is no substitute for a library.



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What isn’t great about libraries? In this video (2:49), librarians talk about the value of libraries as community centers, places to develop skills and interests, and as tools for democracy and society. Celebrate National Library Week  April 10-16, 2011 by watching this short video.


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This annual celebration of libraries was developed by the American Library Association to promote the variety of free resources available at all types of American libraries.

What better time for us at WSC to focus on the value of academic libraries? Stephen Abram (former Special Libraries President and a VP at Gale/Cengage) has a great post on his Lighthouse blog. He has brought together many links to library value studies and related reposts for all libraries. Visit the post on the value of academic libraries.

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Massachusetts residents can sign up for a temporary (6 month) Boston Public Library eCard via the Web.

These virtual library cards allow users immediate access to all of the Boston Public Library’s electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video and music.

For more information, see the BPL’s eCard FAQ site. There is also a link to this along with the main BPL page on the WSC Library Website under Other Libraries.

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TXT 4 Answers

This service is free of charge, but standard text messaging rates do apply. Staffed by librarians from Worcester Public Library and across the country, librarians send the answer to your cell phone in 320 characters or less, the equivalent of two 160-character text messages. Interested? Text 309-222-7740 and then enter WPL – and TXT your question.

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Have you wondered what the role of a library is now that information is available in so many different formats?  What about the physical book – what about e-books – what about new tools like this blog, for instance? See what this brief article from CNN says:


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