Social Benefits of the Internet

My response to an eerily insightful article by Dr. Vannevar Bush published in 1945.

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One of the reasons I want to be a librarian is the idea of helping people. I know that libraries have an incredible ability to grant even the most isolated individuals essential information, community, recreation, and art. By providing equal access to a wide variety of information, libraries enrich lives and open realms of possibilities for its users.

I view the internet as a global, all-encompassing library. Users can come, spend hours, go wherever they want, create, debate, be active or passive, seek out information to their heart’s content, and talk to anybody, anywhere in the world. I romantize, I know. But the social benefits of the internet, especially for marginalized individuals are enormous with the proper education and access.

In his beautifully insightful Atlantic article, Dr. Vannevar Bush looked forward to the potential of humanity in wake of electronic systems that could store and categorize the sum of human…

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Programming and Issues in Children’s Services

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Children are important because they are our future.  Public libraries serve as one place of education for the children.  Children’s programming, material, and reference services provide early education and supplement what they learn in school via after-hours service and research assistance.  In addition to service, libraries promote children’s programming and hire individuals who hold the children’s interests at heart.

Literature studied during my coursework suggests four trends within children’s services.  Perhaps the most important is that childhood library services are essential to learning.  Diamant-Cohen researched how libraries help prepare children for school via exposure to literacy and social skills in storytimes and other programs.  Watson-Hadlock built on this by adding technology programming is equally important for children because the skills are essential in today’s society.  Since lower socioeconomic homes may lack technology, the libraries must step up and fill the gap.  Winston and Dunne concluded their study of children’s librarians…

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