Technology consultant and internet philosopher David Weinberger, who currently serves as a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, spoke to ALA attendees June 23 about the explosion of digital knowledge and its consequences.
Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts which threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training, and the chronic presence of the digital divide.</p>
After “10 Reasons Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library,” a 2001 article in American Libraries, received some unwelcome attention two weeks ago, we sought your feedback to help create an updated version.
CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “Web-Based Instruction: A Guide for Libraries, Third Edition,” by Susan Sharpless Smith. Expanding on the best-selling how-to guide for public, academic, school and special libraries, technology expert Smith offers library instructors the confidence to take web-based instruction into their own hands.