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Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services are less about the searching and more about the getting. This new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism. The new breed of media titan is forsaking the Web for more promising and profitable pastures. Check out these findings from the article link: The Web Is Dead.  This evolutionary interplay between business, technology, consumers and education-which in my opinion encompasses the library niche is an intriguing one. Your insights /comments are welcome. Richard Thau, Library Director at thau@haverfordlibrary.org  Please consider leaving your comments at our FaceBook page if you desire.

 

 

Friends Book Sale Note

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale is coming.

Monies raised goes to support the acquisition of important library resources

Dates: Sept. 24, Sept. 25, Sept 26 and Oct. 2.

At this time, the Friends have closed the pipeline for further donations for the upcoming sale. Thanks to those who have donated materials for the sale.

Please check out the Friends of the Library website for additional details. http://sites.google.com/site/htflfriends/

The #1 Card!

Library Cards for All!

 

       To:  The Greater Community:

            In tough economic times, parents might find it harder than ever to make sure their children have everything they need for school. Luckily, the most important school supply of all does not cost a thing. It’s a library card. Libraries support literacy education by providing teaching resources, space for tutoring, and information and referral services, as well as with access to music, DVDs, the Internet, books and more. By motivating children to read, librarians create lifelong readers, and that makes for better citizens, and that makes for a healthier democracy.
          Of course, library cards aren’t just for kidsA recent report found that the importance of libraries in American life continued to grow in 2010—and accelerated dramatically as the national economy sank and people looked for sources of cost-effective help in a time of crisis. In fact, 68 percent of American adults have a library card. Now more than ever, Americans turn to – and depend on – their libraries and librarians financial information, computer and Internet access, and, of course, books, movies and more. It’s all free with a library card.  
 
Please do communicate with me your thoughts on this and all matters library! I look forward to speaking with you individually!
 
–Richard Thau/Library Director

Library Cards for All!

 

 

     In tough economic times, parents might find it harder than ever to make sure their children have everything they need for school. Luckily, the most important school supply of all does not cost a thing. It’s a library card. Libraries support literacy education by providing teaching resources, space for tutoring, and information and referral services, as well as with access to music, DVDs, the Internet, books and more. By motivating children to read, librarians create lifelong readers, and that makes for better citizens, and that makes for a healthier democracy.
     Of course, library cards aren’t just for kidsA recent report found that the importance of libraries in American life continued to grow in 2010—and accelerated dramatically as the national economy sank and people looked for sources of cost-effective help in a time of crisis. In fact, 68 percent of American adults have a library card. Now more than ever, Americans turn to – and depend on – their libraries and librarians financial information, computer and Internet access, and, of course, books, movies and more. It’s all free with a library card.  
–Richard Thau/Library Director
 

Information Growth

Google CEO Eric Schmidt had some interesting things to say about privacy in a recent speech. In a nutshell, he said there is an almost incomprehensible amount of data out there about all of us—much of which we’ve generated ourselves via social networks, blogs, and so on—and we are totally unprepared to deal with the implications of that fact. Read about it: Google: Brace yourselves for the data explosion

Note: Library professionals are most interested in how information is changing our world. Libraries are being challenged in how we deal with the growing amounts of information being made available through the new technologies as well as through traditional formats.