The Evolving Library
We’ve all seen the stories or news reports, with foreboding titles like “The Death of the Book?” or “The End of Libraries”. The rise of ebooks, and the increasing reliance on the Internet for finding information is sparking some serious questions about the future of the library as an institution.
While I happen to believe that these reports overstate the demise of both traditional print books and of libraries, I also recognize that there are changes that libraries are making – and must make – in order to remain vital elements of their communities. And as with most changes, there are going to be some who adapt well and others who cope poorly.
Here is a list of some changes that have happened or are happening soon at Griffin Free. With luck, this will help ease the transition as we move toward a more modern approach to library services. I encourage you to look over the list and share your thoughts. One thing that will never change is that we love to hear from the people using the library.
In the evolving Griffin Free:
- Traditional print books remain vital, but we strive to acquire new books and rotate the collection on a regular basis, to ensure that there is always something new to discover.
- Computers are increasingly important as people have business and personal matters to take care of online; we hope to bring laptops in soon (for in-library use only) so that people can sit and work where they are most comfortable.
- We attempt to provide educational and entertainment programs regularly to fulfill the needs of Auburn residents, both young and less young.
- Cooperation with libraries throughout the state (Interlibrary Loan) greatly enhances the variety of materials available to the people of Auburn, as does our commitment to supplying magazines and DVDs along with books.
- The building is a place of activity, discussion, and community. We won’t shush you – talking at normal volume is perfectly fine, and we encourage the use of the library as a collaboration space or a discussion area.
- Griffinfree.com, the NHDB website, and other online areas are extensions of the library, in which users can get many of the benefits of coming into the library on their own schedules and according to their own convenience. You can even search our catalog online, and place holds on items you want to save yourself time.