Future Of Libraries
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 12:00:00 PM
I started reading the interviews and was impressed with Phil Bradley's response. I also believe that technology will give librarians a voice and powerful tool to transform libraries. Chad Boeninger also has a point. The new generation likes wi-fi, mobile phones and libraries need to fully aknowledge that and icorporate it in their services.
Meredith Farkas is absolutely right. The future of libraries starts with educating our users how to use them, to better understand the potential.
"Erase the libraries, and you've erased the single institution in our culture that evens the educational playing field for all people. Erase the librarians and you've erased the people who help get you that information that educates you, stimulates you, entertains you. Librarians are the people who can help you, whoever you are, find whatever information it is you need.", explains Sarah Houghton-Jan in her interview. And who wouldn’t agree with her.
In my opinion even if you have to imagine libraries without books but with computers and laptops only, and information flowing from servers to computers, PDA, mobile phones, it is just a simple change of format. The content and the text written by authors remains the same. Libraries will still be gatekeepers of knowledge and wisdom, but this time in electronic files.
In January the same magazine iDegreeTutor published another provocative article: " Are Librarians Totally Obsolete?", which listed 33 reasons why libraries and librarians are still extremely important. If you missed it before, now is the time to catch up.