From Lending to Learning

The Development and Extension of Public Libraries


  • Rónán O'Beirne, Bradford College, UK

From Lending to Learning provides a theoretical overview and practical guide to the functional area of delivering learning services within public libraries. It traces the development of public library service delivery and critically appraises the inherent tension between offering an educational-focused or leisure-focused library. The current and future policy directions are explored against the backdrop of the emerging learning society. A general overview of recent developments in learning theory is followed by an insight into the learning landscape. The issues and practicalities of setting up a learning environment within a public library are dealt with in a clear and straightforward fashion. The book concludes with an assessment of the emerging web 2.0 technologies and gives an insight into how the whole area of social networking might shape the future.
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Staff at all managerial and supervisory levels within Library and Information Services and learning resource centres, ILT managers within, and associated with, public libraries and students of LIS at undergraduate and postgraduate level


Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-388-2


worth the investment and thorough reading by at least all public library managers as a catalyst for local, state and national debate, Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services
This book crams a wealth of knowledge and experience into some 200 pages. It is a boost to librarians' self-confidence, a call to arms, and a coherent defence of the importance of public libraries., Ariadne

Table of Contents

For what are libraries if not for learning? Understanding today’s public libraries; Public libraries lost in the learning landscape; Developing learning services in public libraries; Digital citizenship in a learning community; Information and knowledge in the learning society; Technology for learning and citizenship; Looking to the future.