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Exactly right. That’s what I meant when I wrote this a year ago. Google won search because they prioritized the best answer above anything else. They have crossed that line and it will hurt.
“No Wikipedia, No fears…. The library is always here with all the answers you will ever need!” tweeted the staff at Temple University.
The librarians at Western Connecticut State University posted, “The library has plenty of online encyclopedias to help you survive today’s wikipedia blackout.”
And at Detroit’s Wayne State University, distraught students were encouraged by this message: “If you’re missing Wikipedia today, don’t forget that the library is always here to help you.”
» via Inside Higher Ed
Kathy DeGrego’s T-shirt lets you know right away she isn’t an old-school librarian. “Shhh,” it says, “is a four-letter word.”
That spirit of bookish defiance has guided the makeover of the suburban Denver library system where DeGrego works. Reference desks and study carrels have been replaced by rooms where kids can play Guitar Hero. Overdue book fines have been eliminated, and the arcane Dewey Decimal System has been scrapped in favor of bookstore-like sections organized by topic.
“It’s very common for people to say, ‘Why do I need a library when I’ve got a computer?’ ” said Pam Sandlian-Smith, director of the seven-branch Rangeview, Colo., Library District. “We have to reframe what the library means to the community.”
» via The Los Angeles Times
City council candidate Chuck Swore said he nearly had a “heart attack” when he heard a new public library might cost $45 million. That’s some pretty dramatic sticker shock.
“We don’t need the same kind of library,” Swore said at a candidate forum. “The Gazette can tell you that. People don’t read the same way they used to read. They go online. You can go online and get about any book you want.”
Swore’s right about the fading fortunes of newsprint. But he’s wrong about the fading relevance of libraries.
I don’t like picking on Swore. I know he wants to spend tax money wisely. So do I.
We can have a debate on how much needs to be spent on a new facility to replace the flooded central library, on top of state and federal bucks. We can argue locations, timelines, amenities and parking.
But I hope we steer clear of arguments that we should downsize our ambitions because libraries are somehow a less-than-necessary, bygone relic.
In fact, I’d argue that in this dazzling, dizzying digital age, they’re more important than ever.
Seen at the Cedar Rapids Gazette