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From Lending to Learning - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843343882, 9781780630496

From Lending to Learning

1st Edition

The Development and Extension of Public Libraries

Author: Rónán O'Beirne
eBook ISBN: 9781780630496
Paperback ISBN: 9781843343882
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2010
Page Count: 216
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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.


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.

Key Features

  • Combines a practical approach with an accessible theoretical underpinning
  • Written in an entertaining and highly readable style
  • Identifies the key phases involved in establishing a public library learning service


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


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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

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About the Author

Rónán O'Beirne

Rónán O’Beirne is Assistant Director - Learning Development - at Bradford College in West Yorkshire. In his previous post as Principal Libraries Officer for Information and Learning at City of Bradford Public Libraries he set up a learning zone and, in collaboration with Imperial College London, developed and delivered an innovative e-learning programme. He has pioneered the development of community networking and online learning initiatives and has acted as a consultant to the University for Industry and the European Union.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bradford College, UK