Category Archives: Library – General

Some Rather Differing Takes — in Two Recent Law Library Journal Articles — on the Future of [Academic] Law Libraries…

Legal Education in Crisis, and Why Law Libraries Are Doomed vs. Like Mark Twain: The Death of Academic Law Libraries Is an Exaggeration

American Library Association (ALA) Report: The State of America’s Libraries 2015

The American Library Association (ALA) has issued the report:

The State of America’s Libraries 2015

For the associated press release, “New State of America’s Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries,” please see here.

From the press release:

[A]cademic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces.

Cross-posted on Legal Research Plus.

Pew Internet & American Life Project on Younger American’s Library Habits and Expectations

The Pew Internet & American Life Project late last month issued a new report on the library habits and expectations of younger Americans, i.e., those aged 16-29.

Please see here for a summary of the report’s findings as well as related information and links.

And the full report is here.

Bottom line:

Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and Internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.