Thursday, March 12, 2015

 Technology and Libraries: Can Technology Enhance Libraries or Will It Make Them Obsolete?

In the world of books, libraries have always held an important place.  I've clearly commented on their importance repeatedly in my previous posts, but it seems like more and more these questions about the role of libraries in the future are popping up in the media.  This recent article on Hopes and Fears is just one of many examples. However, I believe that Hopes and Fears took an interesting approach in their coverage of this issue.  Instead of one cohesive article, they documented the views of various experts from libraries to technology professors and draw no permanent conclusions, leaving it open to the readers to weigh the arguments on their own.  Interestingly enough, even though most are experts in technology, none saw libraries dying away completely, only adapting to changing times and conditions.  Perhaps we should clue politicians and governments into these views?

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