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ERIC Number: EJ877351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1522-8959
The Librarian as Bridge-Builder
Fox, Kara; Horne, Laura M.; King, Tim; Seely, Sara; Walsh, Kathleen
Public Services Quarterly, v4 n2 p177-185 2008
Libraries transform communities by providing well-organized information resources and services. Conversely, communities can also transform libraries if librarians appreciate the rich diversity of the communities' information needs, acting as bridges between communities as well as enabling and facilitating community-building. The roles of librarians are to show that the libraries of today are more than providers of information but are also facilitators for information flow across communities. In this essay, the authors explore how the libraries can act as bridges to facilitate community transformation through teaching and learning, using emerging technologies, maintaining supportive organizational structures, and becoming strategically innovative. Such connections and moves offer libraries boundless ways to expand services and offerings by enhancing the ways in which librarians offer instruction, technology access, and collections of materials in a value-added, Web-enabled library environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington