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New Trends that Define the 21st-Century Library

Advances in Library Administration and Organization

ISBN: 978-1-78441-910-3, eISBN: 978-1-78441-909-7

Publication date: 16 June 2015


This chapter addresses the dramatic changes that are taking place in public library design and how these changes affect the ways the public library is managed and used. The public library is becoming the cultural center of the community and the place to go for digital information. While maintaining areas for quiet individual study, the public library now provides spaces for collaborative work as well. And, because of automation, the staff can now work more closely with patrons than in the past. With the current emphasis on green buildings, many new and transformed libraries have been designed as examples of sustainable practice for their communities. All these changes can help create a new perception of the public library, resulting in raised visibility, more use, and increased membership.



Gisolfi, P. (2015), "New Trends that Define the 21st-Century Library", Advances in Library Administration and Organization (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Vol. 33), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 173-195.



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