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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opens to public

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opens to public | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Online archive of more than 2m books, documents, photographs and artworks from all over US now available to view for free

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 3, 2013 2:00 PM

Digitsed collections for many great US libraries mean more online access to  primary sources

Cindy Rogers's curator insight, May 5, 2013 1:50 AM

What a resource!

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Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven

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Every discussion of libraries in the age of austerity always includes at least one blowhard who opines, "What do we need libraries for? We've got the Internet now!"

 

Facepalm.


The problem is that Mr. Blowhard has confused a library with a book depository. Now, those are useful, too, but a library isn't just (or even necessarily) a place where you go to get books for free. Public libraries have always been places where skilled information professionals assisted the general public with the eternal quest to understand the world. Historically, librarians have sat at the coalface between the entire universe of published material and patrons, choosing books with at least a colorable claim to credibility, carefully cataloging and shelving them, and then assisting patrons in understanding how to synthesize the material contained therein.


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 3:07 AM
Nice piece, those who don't understand what libraries are about should read this!
gwynethjones's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:39 AM
Libraries & Makerspaces: a Match made in Heaven -- LOVE this Best Practice! #TLChat
Susan Schatvet's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Libraries on the forefront of revitalizing the American Dream