The Value of a Library in Less than 6 Minutes

I came across this video by Hartness Library at Community College of Vermont (embedded on the Not Safe for Libraries blog). My public library could benefit hugely from producing and sharing instructive videos such as this. Also, this spiel, if it could miraculously be delivered in one or two sentences, is something that all librarians need when asked the oh-so-common question, but who goes to libraries anymore when “everything’s on the Web?” I do enjoy the equivalent of dawn breaking on someone’s face when I introduce them to a database and tell them that it’s “free” if you have a library card. Here’s the Christmas Day challenge: leave me a one or two sentence spiel that can be used at parties and libraries everywhere. 🙂

For a much more complex look at the world of information, check out this article.

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MLIS, 2009. Mid-career changer, learning on the job at a major metropolitan library. Being at a reference desk day in day out teaches you a lot about the operation of a library, the many people who lead, organize and execute the work. It teaches you who lives in the city--lives of hope, lives of desperation? We participate in their daily struggle, in their excitement to learn, in the minute steps people take towards better situations in their lives. I learn from my colleagues, I share what I learn, and hope to get better at what I do.

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