Libraries have been affected by the economic crisis in Europe these last years. Budgets had been cut down in library institutions and many cuts in services have been done as well.
Due that staffs is the higher library expense everywhere, staff fired is a significant negative figure. But worries are also about collections increase has been clearly stood by not only for money cuts, also due to the paradox than in digital age when technologies are a facilitator for access to information, many publishers don’t issue licenses for loaning out e-books. That means then, that important works such as the new world electronic books that are pushing the supply and demand of an increasingly growing market are not offered in the collection that has to be found in libraries, which poses a serious problem because libraries can not purchase digital content that provide their collection development policies .
Citizen’s needs are focusing again, like it was in former times, in the use of libraries facilities to supply not only their information and knowledge demand, libraries comfortable reading rooms with heating or conditioner air are becoming like home to many people for hours and hours, in order to reduce their home expenses, using public services as ever they have use. A nice place to stay and learn skills for find a job, to study online and to spend their free an leisure time for free or as you know, for not value direct cost.
Library’s world is changing in a way that librarians have to be aware and adaptation of our institutions and associations into the crisis we are living have to be taken as an opportunity to improve offer and efficiency. In conclusion, change to get best result at better cost. Let’s talk about how to manage; learning to the bests practices there are in Europe and discussing what associations can help our professional being able to make a virtue of need.