How many times have you wondered if anyone who is not a librarian will ever understand that our jobs are not just (or even) about books? Despite all the other functions of libraries, the vast majority of libraries are built around books, and sharing the information contained within. Small, large, first world or developing, public, academic or school, books have for many years been the building blocks of libraries. At my own large academic library, our traditional lending statistics are dropping each year, but the number and usage of e-books we have in our collection continues to grow – students are still using our books, but the format has shifted.
There is a romance about books that people are attracted to. There’s a host of memes about books and reading, from the BBC 100 books challenge to a 30 day book meme, with a different question about books each day. You can keep track of your own books and share your reviews with a community by using a service such as Library Thing or GoodReads.
As you may have guessed, our discussion topic for this week revolves around books and we pose the following three questions as a suggestion for discussion with your ILN partner.
- Do you belong to a book community such as GoodReads or Library Thing? Or do you belong to a book club?
- What 3 books would you take with you to a desert island and why? (they might be your favourites or something you have always wanted to read but never quite got around to it.)
- Print or e? Why?
To help you along, we’ve asked some volunteers from around the world to answer these questions for us and we will be posting these over the coming week or so. We will also share links to some book related memes that you may like to take part in. As always, we welcome your comments below or you can join in the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using #interlibnet.