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What is Synergy?
The synergetic library…what does that mean?
The definition of synergy is: when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
This means that when certain elements join together, they become even greater through their combined energy, than if each had been left to do their work alone. This can be seen in a superb play or film, where the whole of the cast and crew, combined together, becomes something much greater than if each were left to do his creative thing alone.
This explanation of synergy also applies to the blending of the latest technology with the culture and significance of a great library.
For instance, it is a well-known fact that a great library can be the center for incredible advances in literacy and culture. For a reader, the library stimulates the love of reading and learning in a non-compulsory atmosphere of excitement and positive reinforcement. For a non-reader, the library can be overwhelming. This is why many libraries today are combining the beauty of discovering a good book with the advancement of technology that can help synergize the library experience.
Information is Everywhere
In the past the collecting of information was a long and drawn out experience. Today, information is close-up and personal; it is right at your fingertips. At the click of a mouse, information can be had on almost any subject known to man. However, because it is so close, the art of searching out correct information can be lost. This can create a double problem of not recognizing factual or correct information, even when it is so easy to obtain. Technology in the library can help combine correct information with the skills to recognize it when one finds it.
For the true book lover, great books will never be replaced; however, it is important to understand that technology is now a part of everyday life and can be used to enhance a great library experience.
High-Tech Library Learning Centers
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High-tech libraries are now calling themselves everything from concept centers to idea stores. From video games and podcasting to music and art galleries, these innovative versions of libraries are attracting many who might not otherwise visit a library. Librarians are becoming astute in the world of technology and can help with Internet, multimedia, computer stations and even video production. Some libraries now have digital downloads for books and have their entire selection online.
Synergized with the atmosphere of a coffee shop, an art gallery, a high-tech multimedia center and a vast collection of the world’s greatest books, these modern libraries are attracting a huge community of learners who might not otherwise be found at a library.
And this is what synergy is all about.