New Public Library Principles

Presented by: Pat Wagner

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Program Number: LI 112

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Instead of locking libraries into 19th century ideals, consider principles that reflect current technological, cultural, and societal opportunities. Live performances, bookstore categories, virtual programming, librarians embedded in community organizations, and partnerships with social service agencies reflect just a few of the new 21st century principles.


  • Introduction: What Do You Think A Library Is?
  • The Key Idea: A Library Can Be Anything You Want
  • What Is Changing In Libraries: New Principles
  • What Are The Current Needs And Wants Of Your Institution And/Or Community?
  • What Would Be Your New Ratio Between The Past, Present, And Future Ideas?
  • Staffing For The 21st Century Library
  • Case Studies: New Services, Programs, And Collections Examples


  • Evaluate your library’s current strategic plan against old and new principles.
  • Improve the relevance of the libraries services regarding customer requests.
  • Better prepare longtime staff for changes in what the library does, and how.

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