By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: December 2013
Computers, mobile devices, apps, tablets, and e-readers abound. Like it or not, we are living in an e-society where technology is transforming our lives. With the pervasive use of technology in today’s world, concerns exist about the future of libraries. While libraries are changing to meet the demands of technology, they continue to serve as vital resources in communities and have an important impact on library users. Maureen Sullivan, past president of the American Library Association, stated in her 2013 State of America’s Libraries report, “More than ever, libraries are community hubs, and it is the librarian who works to maintain a safe harbor for teens, a point of contact for the elderly, and a place to nurture lifelong learning for all.”
Libraries are striving to balance print and non-print collections. They are seeking ways to merge traditional libraries with digital libraries. In addition, libraries are offering more technology instruction to better prepare library users to not only function but to excel in an e-society.
Public libraries serve as a lifeline to technology resources and training. The Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study of 2011-2012 indicates that more Americans than ever are turning to their libraries for a diverse range of technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy.
- 62% of libraries report that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities
- 74% of libraries report public use of library Wi-Fi increased in 2011
- 90% of libraries offer formal or informal technology assistance to library users
- 35% of libraries offer one-on-one technology training by appointment . 36% of libraries report increased use of library technology training over the previous year
During this time of great change in an information society, it is important to remember that libraries are more than bricks and mortar. Libraries are more than books. Libraries are more than technology. Libraries are about people, relationships, and communities. Libraries exist because of communities, and they are more important than ever. From the looks of things, libraries have a very bright future in today’s e-society.
Library Events in the Village:
- Rotating Artists Program: Display of colorful quilts, created and donated by the Red Rock Quilters, continues through December. These quilts are for kids who attend Camp Soaring Eagle, a year-round camping program for children with serious illnesses. Purchase a raffle ticket to win a quilt of your choice. Proceeds from this raffle will benefit SPL-V and Camp Soaring Eagle.
- Community Book Discussion will take place at Sedona Winds, 400 Jacks Canyon Road, on Monday, December 16. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. Monica Lane of the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library will facilitate the discussion of “Animal Dreams” by Barbara Kingsolver. You may pick up a loaner copy of the book at SPL-V.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102. The Library is located in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the Library is closed, please return library materials to the book drop box. You may also call the main Library at 928.282.7714 if you need assistance when SPL-V is closed. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928.284.1603 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V. Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336. Thank you for your continuing support of free library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.