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Libraries in the digital age (Chyrstie Hill)

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Libraries offer so much beyond printed materials.  What is the role of libraries in the digital age?  Why are libraries still relevant?

Show Highlights: 

  • Segment 1: The 5 Laws of Librarians from 1931 that still hold up today.  The last law is that the library is a living organism.  Libraries are going through incredible changes and re-evaluating how they can meet and identify the needs of their community.  A librarian’s job has evolved into helping with the unemployed with basic job skills in the digital world to helping people to offering lecture series needed by their community. What is the role of the library in the digital age? 
  • Segment 2:  Often we take for granted the power of books and how access to books and information is a right that all should have.  The library ensures that all information and learning is free, open and available to all.  Chrystie offers incredible stories on the services offered by libraries in Africa and Bangladesh that offer information on bio-fuels and has resulted in giving economic opportunities to women. Libraries are not just about books anymore

About our Guest: 

A librarian, writer and community-builder, Chrystie Hill worked in special, academic and public libraries before founding It Girl Consulting, a small venture that helps libraries enhance their services to meet current community needs. In 2003, Hill joined OCLC, a non-profit library cooperative, where she serves as director of community services for WebJunction, a learning community for public library staff. Named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2007, Hill is author of the book Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community, a regular contributor to numerous library journals and trade magazines, and frequent presenter at global meetings and conferences.

Hill currently serves on the boards of Communities Connect Network and the Public Access Technology Benchmarks Roundtable, and as a strategic advisor to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global libraries program. She holds undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology, and master’s in history from Sarah Lawrence College, as well as a master’s in library sciences from University of Washington.