Monday, June 3, 2013

In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library?


Repost of an article by Holly Korbey at Mind/Shift

"A recent Pew Internet study on parents, reading and libraries supports Oliver’s sentiment, showing the library’s traditional purpose – providing free reading material – is also its most popular: the main reason most parents (87 percent) go to libraries is to get books for their kids."

"But will that be changing? While no one would disagree that libraries should promote literacy, it’s hard to deny that the tech revolution is changing both how people consume books and the ways libraries present their offerings to parents and children: in some libraries, a student can download an ebook online, use a phone app to locate reference material, make stuff in designated 'maker spaces,'  take DIY classes, or have a meeting at a community multi-use space."

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