The future

Again from Les, an interesting link to a post on the future of libraries. What is most interesting are the ideas in the comments, two of which have been on my mind.

 The first is the idea of libraries as places to support production- ‘community publishing.’ The second is the idea that physical books have a place because of their physical nature- the example being children’s books.

Also interesting to me was fleela’s comment, which put me in mind of Wisner’s arguments concerning the atomising effects of computer access in libraries. Perhaps social software and the ability to share your work will counteract that. Perhaps.

Good to see these arguments being advanced in support of the continuation and development of physical libraries and books.


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