Since I shared some dance videos in my last post, I thought it would make sense to share some recent library news today.
Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project conducted a survey of Americans 16 and older and found that library patrons are embracing new technologies but still want printed books. A few other encouraging and interesting stats include:
- 80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.
- 80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
- 77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.
Read the full report here.
A recent Forbes article titled, “ Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More,” states that libraries are “dynamic, versatile community centers.” Why yes, they most certainly are. This article discusses why publishers underestimate libraries and how libraries should rethink their purchasing strategy – currently libraries focus more on buying popular books than on introducing people to new books. While I agree that the current strategy is not completely faithful to the purpose of libraries, I also realize and understand libraries have to provide access to the materials their patrons and taxpayers want.
Library Journal found three examples of people explaining First Sale with just the ten-hundred most common words. I enjoyed seeing how people tackled this challenge.
Finally, a recent blog post highlighted “16 Great Library Scenes in Film.” I’ve seen half of the films mentioned, and I may now need to watch a few of the others too.
Before I share today’s song, I want to introduce you “The Moxie Strings,” a fantastic Celtic/bluegrass band that is local to Michigan. I recently saw them perform and was blown away by their talent and energy. I hope to see them again soon. You can listen to some of their songs on their website.
Today’s song is Chester See’s “Wicked.” I randomly came across this song on YouTube one day and was drawn in by the melody, beat, and haunting lyrics. I think this would be a good song to blues dance to.