Pew Internet has released the results of a new survey today that speaks to the way that Americans view the importance of public libraries. 90% of Americans 16 and older said that closing their local library would have an impact on their community and 63% said the impact would be a major one.
The study goes on to speak to the role libraries play and reflects some doubt by Americans about libraries ongoing importance in finding information. However, over 90% say that libraries are important for other reasons: giving everyone a chance to succeed, promoting literacy and love of reading, and improving quality of life.
The study also addresses which services Americans see as most important with books and media leading the way, followed by librarian assistance, having a safe and quiet place, and research resources. Which to me flies in the face of not seeing libraries as sources of information in the Internet age.
Just as with previous studies, this one reflects that even Americans who use their libraries actively do not know of all of the services they provide. The survey ends with the good news that 72% of Americans live in a “library household.”
The results from a study conducted for Booknet Canada, a nonprofit organization that tracks book sales and trends, demonstrate that parents, children and teens continue to prefer paper books for reading.
More than 800 parents were interviewed in the study with 41% saying that they currently read ebooks. More than 200 teens were also interviewed with 27% of them saying they are active ebook readers. But only 1% of the parents said their children were reading more ebooks than print books.
63% of the parents said they favor print books. 37% of teens favored print books, with 29% preferring ebooks and the rest having no preference.
The study includes additional information on Internet and device usage as well.
Inc. has a great list of the 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses. They compare what average bosses think to what extraordinary bosses believe. Here are the core beliefs, click through to the article to see the comparisons:
1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield.
2. A company is a community, not a machine.
3. Management is service, not control.
4. My employees are my peers, not my children.
5. Motivation comes from vision, not from fear.
6. Change equals growth, not pain.
7. Technology offers empowerment, not automation.
8. Work should be fun, not mere toil.
How many of these do you follow as a library leader? From my point of view, they certainly all apply to what I do every day. And some are easier attained than others.
School Library Journal has a fascinating article about a tween library space in Stockholm. There are several aspects that make this inspiring:
1. No adults are allowed inside except for librarians
2. Tweens have to be ages 10-13 to use the space
3. Spaces were specifically designed for both extroverts and introverts
4. There is a kitchen!
The article has several quotes that embody this philosophy of this library space:
Hoflin “was very clear” about why the library needed a kitchen, she recalls. “The library should be a place where you could smell fresh cinnamon buns when you are reading.” The right smells, tactile features, and visual elements would contribute to a “library that should evoke all kinds of emotions.” In a kitchen, Stenberg adds, people “sit down and talk together and eat and share stories.”
At its heart, TioTretton is “very organic,” notes Stenberg. “One of the biggest things is the philosophy that this is a work in progress that will never be finished. We should always try new things. TioTretton should shape and reshape itself.”
Take a look at the entire article and be inspired!