Technologies fueling the new American library.
No public institution is immune to the economic impacts of the current recession. But there is perhaps no greater example of technology being part of the solution than the modern-day library. As the role of the library continues to grow and evolve, IT leaders are making sure their facilities are poised to serve an increasingly digitally savvy constituency.
There are more than 120,000 libraries across the country, and their position as a vital public resource has never been more evident. Books and research needs have long been met between the four walls of the library. Now communities turn to libraries for everything from lowcost entertainment to a makeshift home office.
“Probably the biggest change we’ve seen in the last few years is how reliant communities are becoming on libraries,” says Pat O’Brien, regional sales manager for state and local government
or CDW. “As times get tougher, people look to libraries for Internet access.”