Notes of a Binge Thinker

Thoughts from NTLP's Executive Director

The library’s future, with or without books

Here is another article on the future of the book.  This one is from CNN.

“The stereotypical library is dying — and it’s taking its shushing ladies, dank smell and endless shelves of books with it.

Books are being pushed aside for digital learning centers and gaming areas. “Loud rooms” that promote public discourse and group projects are taking over the bookish quiet. Hipster staffers who blog, chat on Twitter and care little about the Dewey Decimal System are edging out old-school librarians.”

Here is my favorite quote:

“Some books will still be around, they say, although many of those will be digital. But the goal of the library remains the same: To be a free place where people can access and share information.”

Do you agree with this article?  Are books necessary in a library?  Is the goal of the library to “access and share information.”


Written by amwlkaw

December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Posted in Misc

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  1. One thought that occurred to me is the word “book” and what does that mean – and I don’t mean the dictionary definition but the current thoughts about that word. A physical book is just pages printed together to tell a story, share an idea or provide information. It is just the container so to speak. So will books be around? Yes, the content which is what I personally think of when I hear book, but the container will be drastically different. It is just the same as when I say album when I mean downloaded music, or I say movie when it might be downloadable, DVD or an online viewing. We will still be reading – too many people love reading – so the sky is not falling. Libraries just need to be sure they are staying current with containers.


    December 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

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