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Title:Hybrid Libraries: An International Comparative Project
Author(s):Carolina da Silva, Rafaela; Bossaller, Jenny
Subject(s):Hybrid libraries
Public libraries
Community engagement
Library technology systems
Abstract:Libraries and other information agencies are adaptive organizations, existing in a state of flux. One term that has been used to describe this state of change, specifically regarding technological infrastructure of the delivery of information, is the hybrid library. The earliest use of the term “hybrid library” appears to be in 1996 by Sutton, who wrote about the inevitable shift along the continuum from traditional to the digital libraries: traditional; automated; hybrid; and digital. Librarians no longer consider digital libraries to be novel experiments, but they do still exist in a state of change. They must respond to continuous evolution in the social, economic, and technological spheres in which they operate. Has the definition of a hybrid library changed, as well? For example, is a living library (Garbutt, 2008) that offers people for check-out also a hybrid library? What other models of hybridity might push the concept of libraries? This poster presents main themes in the literature that provides a basis for expanding the technological and social aspects of hybridity in order to provide a basis for a cross-national comparative study of hybrid libraries, defined here as an information environment that combines products and services in order to meet the informational, recreational, and educational needs of users. We focus on how hybrid libraries (composed of a variety of digital and non-digital materials) can be responsive to multicultural communities, especially for the purposes of increasing social inclusion and cohesion. Reference: Sutton, S. (1996). Future service models and the convergence of functions: the reference librarian as technician, author and consultant. In: Low, K. (1996). The roles of reference librarians, today and tomorrow. New York: Haworth Press, 125-143.
Issue Date:2020-10-13
Series/Report:Collections Development
Information System Design
Political Economy of the Information Society
Public Libraries
Community Engagement
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-09

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