I often tell people that the library's purpose—to connect people to the power of knowledge and information—has existed since the dawn of libraries. This important mission is a constant, but how libraries work to meet this mission evolves as the ways people access and consume information change. In today's information-saturated world, our job is less about helping you find information and more about helping you find the right information and evaluate the information you encounter.
The introduction of artificial intelligence and widespread social media use has made it increasingly challenging to distinguish between reliable and misleading sources. Sifting through a vast amount of information requires patience and careful judgment. Fortunately, the librarians at the Glenview Public Library are ready to assist you. We are committed to supporting the community, not only in finding information but also in evaluating its credibility.
In 2022, our team addressed over 86,000 questions from the community. Moreover, a recent survey of close to 100 visitors to the Library indicated that 93% engaged with our staff, and an impressive 98% of those assisted by staff felt their needs were acknowledged and met. We are always happy to help and love to see our community taking advantage of the expertise we provide. When it comes to assisting people with their information needs, we are not only dedicated to one-on-one service, but we are also working to help our community members of all ages develop the skills to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically on their own. This quarter, you'll find multiple programs geared toward helping community members navigate the complex and ever-changing information landscape. So please, if you are feeling the effects of information overload, remember your Library is here to help.
Lindsey Dorfman, Library Director