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Expanding Library Services

This morning was spent in a very interesting meeting with the Dean. I didn’t know how well the NIU Libraries were preparing to adopt for the changing environment and expectations of academic libraries. And trust me the main library needs some major renovation and opening up of its resources. Just this past semester we added a small cafe (Founders Café) to the basement and wifi has been slightly upgraded in parts of the library. Necessary steps I think.

But a list of things that may be in the near future for Founders Memorial Library (main NIU Library) is:

the expansion of projects for the digitization lab, Open Access of Scholarly material (produced at NIU I believe) to the world, updating/improving study rooms, having media centered rooms, enhancing wifi access, working with diverse programs university wide aka getting involved, and e-learning.

I liked that the theme was “making the library a place to come.” I think these are all steps in a forward looking direction, especially with e-learning. Instead of considering the library as a bank of knowledge and written word, it needs to become a place where people can learn to participate in the growing and socializing world of technology and the need to expand information literary. As technology puts us in a position to become more social, the library can accommodate patrons desire to communicate with one another and the library itself. The library also needs to take advantage of inside and outside sources that already have a deep understanding and connection with this new information soaked era.

In fact I believe most if not all institutions need to be aware that they would actually function better and protect their interests more closely if they would consider opening up the way they operate to the social forum. The more you give the more you receive. The masse need not take over or replace the functions of institutions, but the institution should end up providing a purposeful and workable non-restricting service for the masse instead of trying to control and direct it and its own development into the future.

Catch the proverbial social bug.