Friday, March 9, 2012

The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future

Quotes from the report:
"The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future" Due partly to their role as society’s default provider of computer and Internet access, today’s urban libraries help residents—including those with limited incomes and educations—find jobs, obtain health information, and connect to government services and benefits. In so doing, the institutions are fulfilling what is sometimes called their “shadow mandate,” supporting and complementing the work of other public agencies.

...City residents now see libraries, particularly neighborhood branches, as multipurpose community centers, offering business services, tax assistance, safe havens for children after school, and places where immigrants can learn English. And libraries still lend books and DVDs.
Source (PDF)

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