Diane D’Amico looks at the changes since a loss of state aid forced libraries to rethink, close or re-evolve. Whilst they still have books, the increased interest in using different technologies for searching has its challenges and opportunities
“Research is done differently now,” she said. “Everything is more electronic, using databases. But students still need guidance. They may be digital natives with technology, but they don’t always know how to search effectively or responsibly. They believe if they find it on the Internet, it must be true.”
The libraries are being used as learning and social hubs with the increased physical spaces providing opportunities for spreading out beyond the classroom. She interviews a range of different librarians who are exploring different ideas.