Tuesday, April 10, 2012

National Library Week

April 8-14 is National Library Week.When I look at all the banners I notice that it is mostly geared towards public libraries. I am sure others are being mentioned, however I hope that we don't forget the many other different types of libraries that are out there.

Throughout my special libraries class I have learned about the different libraries that many may not realize exist. I remember seeing that there was an American Girl Co. Library and I about flailed thinking about it. Special libraries are essential towards running businesses! They are indeed an asset and during this week I feel that they should be recognized as well. ALL libraries should be recognized, academic, public, medical, law, the list goes on and on.

My volunteering and research of medical libraries have made me realize how essential they are to hospital organizations. In some situations, the articles that one librarian may find may speed up a patients healing process. There are clinical librarians that do the rounds with doctors, retrieving information face to face and not via email in the library. Its just become so fascinating to me and who wouldn't want to commemorate the librarians who work so hard at their field.

What I am basically saying is, realize that there are other libraries out there that deserve to be recognized for their efforts. Whether in a business, or helping the public, they are important and I personally believe vital!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Competition

I feel like I sound idiotic in the fact that originally thinking I didn't think libraries had competition. We provide a service that is unique where you can retrieve materials for free, and who can compete with free? Well, upon searching and pondering for a moment we do.

Doesn't matter what your take on it is, Google is a major competitor. For many its a one stop shop, just Google what you are looking for and instant results. Librarians on the other hand are taught that this not always the most accurate way to retrieve information, depending on what you are trying to locate. Anything scholarly, or hardcore facts need to be done properly and a librarian can certainly do that but Google is making it seem that they are the way to go to find information. However, it sadly can be used for a lot. I myself found a blog post discussing the same topic questioning who is a libraries competition. Who Are Your Competitors? Brings up a lot of the same items but more geared towards public libraries.

My issue is still thinking about competitors for special libraries. They are unique in what they offer their patrons and are unique to the company they serve. I could say that their competitor is budget cuts because many libraries become eliminated because of them. Google can be as well because their patrons may just find it easier to hop on Google then venture to the library. Which is why marketing the library and making it known that they are of importance to the company is extremely important.