“Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.” Zadie Smith
domingo, 10 de abril de 2011
A INTERNET NÃO TORNOU AS BIBLIOTECAS OBSOLETAS
Toronto Public LibraryQuem o afirma é Vickery Bowles, Director of collections management and city-wide services, Toronto Public Library, que assina um artigo no do qual transcrevemos algumas passagens:
[...] Rather than making them irrelevant, technology has provided libraries with opportunities to improve access and convenience for customers. The digital era means that public libraries can offer multiple access options and are available 24/7.
What we’ve seen over the past decade is increased use of the public library as there’s been an increase in the availability of information and of high-speed internet access, Wi-Fi, and professional staff who help navigate the wealth of information that’s available.
At the Toronto Public Library, we have seen huge growth in the use of our virtual library, which contains all of the materials we have in our collection – books, CDs, DVDs, books on tapes, and e-books – all of which can be browsed through our catalogue.
[...] The internet age certainly hasn’t slowed down the Toronto Public Library. In fact, it’s the busiest urban public library system in the world. Last year, the library circulated 32 million items, up from 31 million in 2009 – making them our two busiest years ever.
[...] It is expected that demand for e-books will continue to rise, but print books will still be the dominant format for reading for some time to come. It’s been our experience that one use really reinforces the other and that the really exciting part of this is that e-books extend access to the printed word.
Although there has been exponential growth in our customers’ e-content use – up 88 per cent in 2009 and 70 per cent in 2010 – it still represents less than one per cent of the library’s total circulation.