Library outreach can empower the community with intellectual technologies – facilitating development of both print and media literacy skills. Nicholas Carr quotes Nietzsche, “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts.” The tools we use in our lives surely alter our daily routines and patterns of thought. These changes in individuals behaviors and interests are of utmost concern to librarians! Many people access the Internet daily, but do they know how to gain knowledge from the Internet? This question is one that any professional concerned with literacy and/or education must reflect upon. Librarians and other educators can reevaluate literacy education to ensure that people can evaluate and index Web resources. Matt Gallivan in quoted in How Millennials’ Sharing Habits Can Benefit Organizations, “job opportunities, new personal connections, professional collaboration, [and] learning from others’ experiences” are just some of the benefits of effective use of information and software accessible on the Web.
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Marvelous discoveries are made when librarians analyze and reflect on patron behaviors and patron feedback. For example, Library Journal‘s Know Your Students project illustrates how merely talking to undergraduates about their research methods can provide librarians with a new perspective on organizing services relevant to the students! Listening to library patrons as they express their needs allows librarians to reflect and plan research strategies relevant to community issues! The future library will provide free resources & services that bridge information & communication gaps between members of a geographic community (or virtual communities). Who will be able to resist the library’s charm?
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