Sullivan Free Library's Blog

April 27, 2010

The Future of Libraries

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sullivan Free Library @ 7:18 pm

I am often asked what role libraries will play in the future as more information is available in electronic format.  Some experts predict that books and libraries will go the way of the dinosaur as ebook technology, and mobile web devices improve.

In my opinion, as long as public  libraries continue to evolve and keep up with emerging technologies,  they will continue to be a vital part of their communities.

Libraries equalize the playing field in our society.   It doesn’t matter how much information is available on the internet if you don’t have a computer or internet access at home or don’t know how to use one.    The availability of books in e-format is irrelevant if you can’t afford the device.

Libraries are good for the environment.   A best-selling novel may circulate 30 times in a year and circulate  until it falls apart.  When an individual buys the same book, it  often read once and placed on a shelf to gather dust.

This article on CNN makes some great points:

What do YOU think?  Will libraries as we know them become obsolete?

Karen Fauls-Traynor, Library Director


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