Posted by LIS Leadership Forum on April 21, 2009 at 5:11 AM
Dealing with change--in our patron demographics, rate of [assimilating] technological resources, workforce changes and finances.
- What is the one biggest issue facing libraries today?
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 does this issue affect you and your organization?
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.
- How critical/threatening is this issue?
Adoption of technologies, discussion, interdisciplinarity, seeking out new partnerships and holding on to successful ones.
- What should be done to address this issue (by you and others)?
Posted by: Dr. Dinesh K. S.