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Technology marches on!   As a grad student and future children’s librarian, I became very interested in the role technology faces now and in the future of our libraries.

Last week I attended the Wisconsin Library Association Conference, my first.  It was an amazing experience and has really solidified my decision to become a children’s librarian.

I should qualify this by saying that I use the term children’s librarian as a term that includes as it’s patrons all persons under 21.  I know this probably irks some Youth Services Librarians, but it’s really just semantics, plus, I love the sound of Children’s Librarian.

I am writing a research paper on the topic of Technology and the Future of Children’s Libraries.  If you are a librarian, library technologist, administrator, or just a person who has an opinion, please feel free to post a comment or take the all-new web-based questionnaire!

The questionnaire is at:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=ppryyns6kT1Rqnr-ie0r8Ng

I would love to have as much feedback as possible, so please fill it out, send the link on to your friends and colleagues anywhere and everywhere in the world!

Technology can never replace human interaction, nor should it be used thus.  It was an interesting note at the conference during a seminar on youth services, that the tweens and teens waiting for computer games or gaming devices started reading books, and then even joined book clubs.

We all need computers, as a matter of fact, we can probably never have enough – desktops for card catalogue searches, gaming, laptops to check out, and computers to control interactive displays.

I believe the future of Youth Services (see Children’s Libraries does sound better), will involve more hands on interactive “exhibits”; more play, including toys; and even more storytimes; more book clubs; music performances; and in general more entertainment.

Take the questionnaire – give me your thoughts.

Thanks for your help!

Until next time!