New Trends in Public Libraries
It is a fact that public Libraries play a unique role within society, serving several needs and changing with and in response to public needs. It is also true that public libraries need to evolve and adapt themselves to new trends. Let’s see some of these new ideas sweeping across public libraries in the United States!
CO- WORKING AND CO-LIVING
Individuals and teams, whether employed by enterprises or self-employed, are brought together in common areas where they can share ideas and information across their work and foster a feeling of community in co-working spaces. Co-living spaces, on the other hand, bring people together in communal living spaces such as kitchens and dining rooms, gyms, theaters, and spas — bedrooms, baths, and kitchens can remain more private – to provide inhabitants a stronger sense of community and social life. Libraries may be rethinking their layouts as a result of co-working and co-living facilities, blending classic open floor plans with smaller study rooms and carrels where small groups can interact with technology and other amenities.
Learning that is "very social, interest-driven, and directed toward educational, economic, or civic opportunities" is referred to as connected learning. In order to help level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots, Students must have constant access to new and emerging technologies and the internet. Libraries that provide access to these tools will be better able to connect with learners and be integrated into connected learning environments.
Gaming offers a unique opportunity for learners of all age levels to develop their literacy skills in a variety of ways. Libraries, known as spaces for interest-driven learning and self-directed discovery, are ideal for the type of learning and discovery promoted by games.
Virtual reality is progressing quickly in a variety of ways, including traditional virtual reality that consists of creating different environments, allowing people to be “present” in an alternative one, augmented reality that starts with the real world and overlays virtual objects and information, and immersive or 360-degree video that captures an entire scene in which the viewer can look up, down, and anywhere else around. There is a significant push to bring virtual reality to education with many innovators focusing on two of the key services of libraries: collections and spaces
Digital natives have grown up with internet access, depend heavily on mobile devices, heavily consume social networking services, consider speed to be among the most important characteristics of digital products and services, and multitask across devices and between work and entertainment. Combined, these characteristics require libraries and librarians to adapt services and programs to the new needs and expectations of digital natives.
Although it is a fact that technology and people are changing the world and that the emerging trends are gaining ground, people still enjoy reading physical books. Consequently, you should consider the fact that books need to be protected. We offer a system which you will feel secure your books won’t be damaged.
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