Fostering a Balanced Library: How Practicing the Principles of Slow Library Movement Could Lead to a Sustainable Future for Libraries
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The increasing ubiquity of digital information in recent decades has altered the potential form and role of libraries of the future. In order to fulfill their most fundamental mandate, libraries must provide relevant programs and services to their communities. One compelling framework that could guide successful library planning for optimal relevance is that of the Slow Library Movement, first described by Mark Leggott, which involves six key concepts derived from the Slow Food Movement: education, community, local, craftsmanship, people and enjoyment. These concepts have been successfully applied in other disciplines, notably that of education. This paper contains a detailed description, evaluation and elaboration of the framework of the Slow Library Movement.
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