What Are Librarians In The Digital Age?

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With a Kindle in one hand, a MacBook Air in the other, and an iPhone shoved in my pocket, I have nearly any information I could possibly want at my fingertips. Needless to say, I visit libraries much less often than I used to. With digitized archives, web based content, and e-books, the role of libraries and librarians has certainly changed over the years. That said, all of these digital resources have not made librarians obsolete. So what is the role of the librarian in the digital age? Take a gander at the handy infographic below to find out!

Modern (Digital!) Librarians

  • 297.6 Million Americans used library services in 2010, at 17, 078 public libraries
  • 23.4% of visits included computer usage
  • 86% of libraries offer wireless internet access
  • 67.4% of libraries have e-books in circulation
  • In 2011, there were about 18.5 million total e-books available
  • That is triple the number available in 2003

Libraries Offer Many Digital Services

  • Digitized archives and collections
  • Circulation of digital materials
  • Mobile apps
  • Wireless and wired internet connections
  • Online account management

Librarians now…

  • Serve as digital custodians
  • Acquire licenses
  • Evaluate material
  • Provide access to materials
  • Assist users in finding relevant materials
  • Educate patrons
  • Maintain relationships to maximize availability of resources


1 Comment

  1. pgeturner

    January 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    …and some of us are still doing the unthinkable: Matching young readers with print materials, er…books, to get them excited about reading!