The Library Unchained blog will serve as a forum to explore the growing trend toward library services that take place in the virtual space as well as the means by which libraries meet the needs of their patrons in regards to electronic and virtual services, including cataloging issues and open source alternatives to sometimes costly software.
Patrons in the 21st Century are virtual consumers of information. College students access electronic journals from their dorm rooms, people of all ages read e-books on their computers or e-readers, and personal reference help is often no more than a chat room or email away. With these changes comes new questions, new challenges, and exciting new opportunities.
The author of this blog is Maryska Connolly-Brown, the Serials Resources Librarian at Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Georgia Regents University. The title of this blog calls to mind the chained libraries, such as the Francis Trigge Chained Library and Hereford Cathedral, common in the Middle Ages.