Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change
eBook (PDF), 252 Pages
A library system that stands still is unbalanced and headed for trouble. A library staff obsessed with Hot New Things and aiming for new users at the expense of familiar services and existing patrons is unbalanced and headed for trouble. Very few libraries fall into either extreme, but sometimes it seems as though we’re urged toward one extreme. This book grew, indirectly, out of discussions surrounding and emanating from “Library 2.0”—the ideas, the set of initiatives and the term itself. I believe those discussions have shifted toward more balanced approaches. This book aims to develop and continue those discussions. It is divided into three sections, not including the first and last two chapters. Three chapters discuss the library and its community. Four chapters discuss barriers to change. The remainder of the book discusses positive aspects of change.
Available in PDF Format
Ratings & ReviewsLog in to review this item
1 Person Reviewed This Product
Apr 20, 2007"Walt Crawford- Balanced Libraries" It’s nice to read a sustained argument’ I said some time ago. And in the case of this book, it was very nice. Balanced Libraries provides a wide-ranging overview of debates in librarianship. Much of the material is drawn from liblogs, although there are references from journals and conferences. If it offered nothing else, the book would be useful for this synthesis; it will serve as a good introduction to views on issues such as change, innovation, technology and service development. In this book, Crawford makes a clear case for a balanced approach to libraries and librarianship. From the outset he makes it clear that balance is not to be confused with the status quo, much less with resistance to change. He is also at pains to make clear that he is not offering a one size fits all answer to library issues. This is one of the most refreshing aspects of the book; that it offers ideas, reflections and examples but always reminds us to put... More > these in the context of our libraries and our visitors. The book is thus a good example of a balanced approach; it is not a strident call to revolution, nor a paean to lost joys. Rather it is a reasoned call to maintain the best of what we have and to always look as to how we can make change work for our libraries. As he says, “You should think about change clearly, looking for ways to improve situations- not ways to implement some neat new technology.”Though my reading of this book tells me that if the neat new technology worked for the community, Crawford would be right behind it. Whilst presenting the debates, Crwaford offers his own view of balance. In essence, this means considering both current and potential visitors; the needs of staff as much as those of visitors; and a real understanding of the concerns both groups may have when faced with change. By working with people change will be made more effective and relevant. The section I found most interesting was chapter 14 ‘Balanced Librarians’. Here Crawford stresses (no pun intended) the importance for librarians to be as balanced as their libraries. By taking a break, he argues, we will be better librarians. This is an important message at any time, and a good counter to the constant change mantra. Sometimes you have to stand still to move. On a production note, the cover, binding and paper are all of the best quality; Lulu have done a good job. I recommend this book to anyone interested in ‘Library 2.0′ and other contemporary issues, as Crawford sets them in their wider context. Yet it covers broader issues than just the latest technology, and does so in a considered way. As such, it will also stand when today’s issues are yesterday’s debates. It is passionate, yet not partisan; timely, yet not time bound. Pete Smith< Less
There are no reviews for previous versions of this product
- Walt Crawford (Standard Copyright License)
- September 30, 2011
- File Format
- File Size
- 884.23 KB
- Product ID
Formats for this Ebook
|Required Software||Any PDF Reader, Apple Preview|
|Supported Devices||Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch... (See More)|
|# of Devices||Unlimited|
|Flowing Text / Pages||Pages|
|Learn more about ebook formats and e-readers|
Your notification has been sent
Lulu Staff has been notified of a possible violation of the terms of our Membership Agreement. Our agents will determine if the content reported is inappropriate or not based on the guidelines provided and will then take action where needed.
Thank you for notifying us. We will email you with the results and/or actions taken as a result of the investigation if you chose to receive confirmation.
We were unable to complete your request.
We were unable to complete your request.
The page you are attempting to access contains content that is not intended for underage readers.
Please verify your birth date to continue.