Are Libraries Considered Essential Services in Local Government and Public Education?
A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert.” Andrew Carnegie
Public libraries are arguably more important today than ever before–Their mission is still the same — to provide free access to information to all people. The way people access information has changed, but they still need the information to succeed, and libraries are providing that. But in what ways? With Smart phones, Tablets, and an abundance of information available at almost every finger tip—Why are Libraries still relevant? Can they be a Cultural Hub? Can they work with other local services such as Public Schools, Day Cares, Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire, Public Works and Economic Community Development?
This session will focus on these ideas, and the ever increasing need to improve community awareness and skills in Information and Visual Literacy, and Critical Thinking
- Doug Erickson, Public Library Director West Linn, Oregon
- Dr. Stacy Erickson, West Linn High School Librarian
- Midori Clark from Pueblo Library District
- Brad Allen from Lawrence, KS Public Library