*Funded by a professional development award from the NN/LM MidContinental Region
Exempla St. Joseph Hosptial
I attended the ALA Conference, Anaheim, along with 20,134 other attendees. The theme was “Libraries at Crossroads,” covering transformations in services, digital resources, and customer needs.
ALA challenged us to examine: our past, our present, and our future.
Historically, the library was a storehouse of archived printed materials. Only a select few such as scholars could go into a library. Libraries had limited access and it was librarians who initially retrieved materials for people to use in the library and return them on site. The “catalog” of item location was known often exclusively to the librarian. Later on, classification schemes and the card catalog became accessible to patrons’ usage, as they were more freely admitted to the library to borrow items.
But libraries still were STOREHOUSES and their purpose was to solve information scarcity through librarian mediation. This made librarians highly valued by researchers. (more…)