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Library Looks to Future at Upcoming Public Sessions

by Katie Pyzyk October 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm 2,572 6 Comments

Arlington Public Library is looking to the future, and wants the public to speak up with ideas and suggestions. A series of public gatherings called “Invent the Future of the Library” is being held to examine where the library is headed, and what steps need to be taken to get there.

The first session is tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th St. S.). The second is next Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St.), and the last is Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School (1301 N Stafford St.).

Tonight’s session will have a significant focus on technology and which trends are shaping, or will shape, the library. The results from the recent Library User Satisfaction Survey will also be discussed. You can take part in the new, very short, online survey regarding services and programming by clicking here.

  • Wilbur

    A big clue will be (a) does anyone bother to show up to the meeting and (b) what is the average age of the people who show up.

    Arlington Public Libraries have done a fantastic job. But we are in a transformative era. The library needs to think hard about how it reinvents itself. And it needs to not resist technology (banning laptops from the quiet room is completely counter productive – computers are how people do research now – if they cant use their laptops in the quiet room, then they can do research at the library).

    • Ballstonian

      Anyone think its strange that none of the events to discuss the future of the library are being held at the library?

    • Amen

      Agree with you.completely. Books are going away. Ten years from now, it’s gonna be half Kindle thingies. 30 years from now, books will be like LPs are today.

      They need to do something about the homeless guys who park their carts o’ junk outside and sit their watching p0rn or playing solitaire, though.

      • novasteve

        Unless the environnuts ban paper books, I can’t see that happening for several reasons.

        1. Books dont’ need a full charge
        2. You can pay used book prices for an ebook
        3. ebook piracy. You can illegally download a book, you cannot illegally get a book unless you steal or or spend more than a book costs with photocopying it.
        4. Magnetic data can be erased, especially over time, not so with a book.

  • YTK

    Maybe they can also discuss attitude-adjustment on the part of some of those grim-faced prissy librarians there.

  • a) I am a fan of the County’s public libraries. Well run with current technology.

    b) “Invent the Future of the Library”?!?! Libraries should not exacerbate plagiarism: Virginia Tech’s slogan, “Invent the Future” (http://www.vt.edu/)

    c) A tangible book is irreplacable by an electronic book, in my opinion. Yes, you can bookmark within an electronic book, but more often than not, for me, the passage I’m looking back through a book for was not a passage I knew I’d want to revisit in the future. The subconscious queues of which side of the spine the passage was on and the approximate size of the paragraph are invaluable to me.

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