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New library trends

Margaret Keni
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A WORKSHOP for librarians, information specialists as well as teachers was held at the American Resource Center at the US embassy in Suva recently.

Alka Bhatnagar, a professional librarian and the regional information resource officer based at the US Embassy in Tokyo, conducted the workshop and shared her experiences and concepts on new library trends.

Mrs Bhatnagar stressed the need to marketing resource centres (libraries) and to create a conducive environment to cater for the clients' needs.

"Customer trends is all about them, and the need to deliver accurate and timely information for better decision-making," she said.

"With the rapid growing technology and an increase in using advanced technology, libraries need to organise innovative ways to be able to cater for the changing needs of their customers and the environment they operate in."

Mrs Bhatnagar also spoke on different ways that a library could market its resources depending on the mission and function of the organisation they work in.

She said some of these included branding, use of designing physical space, the use of colour, adequate displays, reading corners and spaces for customers to "hang out in a conducive environment".

"In order to meet the growing demand of the many challenges faced by libraries, librarians need to focus on the community needs.

"Some of the challenges we face are inadequate space, budget, and limited resources."

She also demonstrated the use of eLibraryUSA and the use of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which is an online education platform that allows any student who has access to the internet to take courses with some of the best professors and universities in the US and around the world.

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