Friday, February 15, 2008

Library 2.0: The Future of Libraries

The Magazines and Newspapers Center will present a program—Library 2.0: The Future of Libraries--hosted by Sarah Houghton-Jan, Senior Librarian for Digital Futures at the San Jose Public Library and author of the award-winning blog.

For many, the word "library" conjures images of tattered books, dusty corners, outdated equipment, and scowling (if not shushing) library staff. Today's library has extended beyond what many of us grew up with: top-of-the-line public computers, DVD collections to rival Blockbuster, online magazines and newspapers, downloadable audio books, various cultural programs and computer training workshops, and librarians who are both Web 2.0 savvy and expert online searchers only too happy to help you find what you need.

But where do we go from here? The way people find information is transforming, privacy concerns in a digital age are largely unknown or ignored, user expectations of brick-and-mortar and virtual libraries are evolving, and the race to keep up with the ever-changing content and packaging of information is a challenge for all libraries. Find out how the library of tomorrow can help you live a better life today. Welcome to the future of libraries.

Sarah Houghton-Jan is the Senior Librarian for Digital Futures at the San Jose Public Library. She presents internationally on issues of technology services in libraries and is widely published including her first book on creating technology training programs for staff. She is also the author of the award-winning blog.

- Address: 100 Larkin St. (at Grove)
- Location: Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
- Event Date and Time: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)

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