Submitted by Churanov on June 13, 2011
The role of the libraries in modern society.
The role of libraries as institutions to gain knowledge is highly distorted nowadays. Libraries are especially important now when the whole idea of education is stressing more and more independent learning and acting. All citizens must be able to find and use information. It is the key raw material - but it is a zero resource, if there are no access points to it and if documents are in chaotic order. I decided to look into this, and chose this topic. In the beginning, it can be said that the first library came a few centuries ago. They have changed a lot since then, but the purpose remained invariable. The purpose of acquiring new knowledge. The easiest way now to gain the knowledge is using the Internet. For that reason the popularity of libraries is significantly reduced. I'll show it to you. Some people (including some librarians and many policy makers) still describe libraries as treasuries and protectors of the artistic and intellectual heritage. So it is, but other people prefer to spend as little as possible time for searching materials and to be engaged in it in more convenient and comfortable conditions. I want to present you following facts which can become basic for development of libraries in the future: • People want information but (increasingly) not printed books • People value a ‘third place’ (The Third Place is in addition to the home and the workplace. The library does not even need to be a building and a library building does not necessarily need to be like ‘a library’) • People learn in different ways
• People are sociable
• The library has to become more electronic
I have some more points of view, about libraries of the future to become popular. The unique function of libraries is to acquire, organize, offer for use and preserve publicly available material irrespective of the form in which it is packaged (print, cassette, CD-ROM, network form) in such a way that, when it... The Role of Libraries in Modern Society
The information society development demands to re-define the position and objectives of all the institutions which work with information, knowledge, and culture. Of these, media and education have been discussed in the European Union actively. Libraries have been a marginal theme. The situation is changing. Libraries have been identified as one of the key elements for open access to information, which is crucial to democratic information society development. In October 1998 the European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report "The Role of Libraries in Modern Societies", the first library policy paper in the EU. It defines the need for the most important pan-European actions on library field. First, the general development of the information society is pushing to re-evaluation of all the institutions which work with information, data, and knowledge - indirectly also with culture. In this connection the roles of education and media have been discussed already quite largely also in the European Union. But libraries - as well as other memory institutions like archives and museums - have not been considered. Still, there is a clear need in the information society to maintain an institution which is concentrating in collecting and organizing information and offering general access to it. Until now, this work has been underestimated, but I argue the situation will change! Libraries are especially important now when the whole idea of education is stressing more and more independent learning and acting. All citizens must be able to find and use information. It is the key raw material - but it is a zero resource, if there are no access points to it and if documents are in chaotic order. Here we can see libraries enter the stage:
Role of Libraries in Society
In modem societies, every human activity is organized through institutions. Every major social...