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Library Leadership Network Peer Panel by Loriene Roy

Posted by LIS Leadership Forum on April 21, 2009 at 5:11 AM
  • What is the one biggest issue facing libraries today?
Dealing with change--in our patron demographics, rate of [assimilating] technological resources, workforce changes and finances.
  • How does this issue affect you and your organization?
Personally: each of us has a greater need to stay informed, expand continuing education, seek and employ new avenues/methods of communication. Change impacts LIS programs. Student demographics have changed: younger students are entering programs. While they have strong academic skills, they may lack life experience. This makes student advising more important.
  • How critical/threatening is this issue?
Response to change is critical to the survival of our profession and ourselves. Resistance may not mean elimination but certainly will affect the public's impression (and potential support) of libraries.
  • What should be done to address this issue (by you and others)?
Adoption of technologies, discussion, interdisciplinarity, seeking out new partnerships and holding on to successful ones.

Posted by: Dr. Dinesh K. S.

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