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Books have been a source of information for some time now. But in libraries, the people have been important too. Librarians have been the personal link to information for some time too.
As the world of information has changed from being bound in books to becoming available to all on the net, people have become even more important because of their expertise. In schools, just as we are seeing a movement towards reducing funding to libraries, teacher librarians are skilling up in step with a fast-changing, online world, and are not only supporting the management an overwhelming outpouring of information, but are also able to support new digital skills in a globalised society.
Libraries are no longer prized for their hard-copy content as much as for their intellectual property. Resource centres, stage for events that bring people to ideas, gathering places – libraries have evolved and continue to do so.
If our libraries are recognised in these ways, we will never be redundant – on the contrary, we will be essential.
How do you see the emerging role of libraries and school libraries?
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