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Friday, April 13, 2007

How Important are Libraries? Will the Future Change This?

Are libraries becoming obsolete? Is the internet going to replace the library? I ran across this great post about the importance of libraries and librarians and contrary to popular belief, libraries are here to stay. This is very encouraging since I am about to embark on the first step to becoming a librarian myself. Not that I needed this information to make the decision to go to library school, but it does include some very good points:
  • Not everything is available on the internet
  • Digital libraries are not the internet
  • The internet complements libraries, but it doesn’t replace them
  • Digitization Doesn’t Mean Destruction
  • In fact, digitization means survival
  • Digitization is going to take a while. A long while.
  • Libraries aren’t just books
  • Library attendance isn’t falling – it’s just more virtual now
  • Like businesses, digital libraries still need human staffing
  • Physical libraries can adapt to cultural change
  • Physical libraries are adapting to cultural change
  • Eliminating libraries would cut short an important process of cultural evolution
  • Wisdom of crowds is untrustworthy, because of the tipping point
  • Librarians are the irreplaceable counterparts to web moderators
  • Unlike moderators, librarians must straddle the line between libraries and the internet
  • The internet is a mess
  • The internet is subject to manipulation
  • Libraries’ collections employ a well-formulated system of citation
  • Libraries can preserve the book experience
  • Libraries are stable while the web is transient
  • Libraries can be surprisingly helpful for news collections and archives
  • Libraries are a stopgap to anti-intellectualism
  • Old books are valuable

Read the full list and details.



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