This is definitely a way for Librarians to be up with the times. It shows how different things are and how much things have changed in this digital age. The good things about these apps are that they can be used at any time and at any place. The apps allow Librarians to always be in the know so that they can share the information as needed.
Libraries are centres of information, making all kinds of knowledge and information easily available to users. Libraries help promote literacy and enjoyment of reading. They are also places where people can go to get information, whether it’s for leisure, for study or for work. Some services that libraries offer are: Magazines, CDs, DVDs and other media as well as books for loan, Skilled staff to assist customers to access the information and resources they need, tools and equipment to access the internet, including free wifi and programmes in support of literacy and lifelong learning for adults and children.
Libraries provide opportunities for lifelong learning. They help children and young people develop imagination and creativity, and they give adults the opportunity to learn about their cultural heritage, and about the arts, science and technology. Libraries are tools for people to obtain better living conditions.
That being said, this shows that the role of the library is important in a society as it helps with the development of so many things.
Most people believe that the demise of the print book and periodicals are imminent. E-books are being adopted quickly, most scholarly journals have already been converted to electronic format and the fact that print collections are being digitized so quickly makes you think that the end is near. Google and Amazon already offer larger collections than all but a few of our very biggest libraries.
But wait, we can get rid of our books and our buildings, but the basic functions of the library do not go away. Several basic library functions that will probably continue to be needed, even when all content is electronic are aggregation, curation and reference. Somebody needs to keep track of all the stuff that is being published and pull it together so people can find it. Somebody needs to sort through all that output, separate what needs to be separated and determine what might actually be worth anyone’s time or interest. Helping people find facts, figures, and other information and clarify it to suit users with specific needs is another very traditional library function that will always be needed despite the software tools.
Of course there will be competition. There will always be a struggle, but no matter what the services of the librarian will always be needed, even in the digital age.
Libraries have changed significantly, card catalogs are no more. Social networking and the popularity of search engines are impacting on the nature of library services. The new digital environment and the social software tools such as blogs and the several social networking sites have all contributed to the future of libraries. There is a need for libraries to review aims and objectives and consider changing their identity. Libraries now have to look at ways to engage the community and citizens in general which will continue in the development of the library as a communication and networking space.
A Digital Library should avoid exclusion and should be welcoming to all. The key aspect of librarianship is protecting and maintaining information. Stewardship of Digital Libraries is becoming more important as there is a rise in digital artefacts. Non digital libraries can complement the work of digital libraries by being part of the network of information sites. An effective digital library is one that has examined the mission statements of non digital libraries.
The life of a cataloguer is indeed dynmaic and challenging and not boring as people may think. Cataloguing information in itself gives you the advantage of learning information about what you are cataloguing.
This is showing the changes that the Library and Librarians go through.
There’s been a revolution in cataloguing! Since 2010, RDA (Resource Description and Access) has been the new international standard for description. It was developed over many years through the cooperation of institutions such as Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the Library of Congress, the British National Library, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, and other national and international committees (LAC employees sit on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, for example). Implementation of RDA began at LAC in late 2012 and is still ongoing, involving the entire cataloguing section. This has included hundreds of hours of training sessions, meetings, individual research and reading, and informal team discussions and consultations as we have to rethink a lot of our policies and practices to adapt to the new philosophies and rules for description represented in RDA.
So, what’s so different about RDA?
There have always been standards and rules for…
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