BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone... show more
Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online.Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.
Publish date: 2015-05-05
Publisher: Basic Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
I initially found out about this book when John Palfrey gave an engaging and dynamic talk at the Kansas City Public Library in 2015. Thankfully the Library streamed it on YouTube, otherwise I would have missed it entirely.What he has to say is important. I think most people who grew up with librarie...
John Palfrey, former dean of the Harvard Law School Library and among the founders of the Digital Public Library of America, writes some very compelling and interesting material here about the continued importance and need for libraries in our fast-changing digital world. While not a trained librari...