Libraries are, or at least should be - involved on the cutting edge. They're not just about mass entertainment; the people who are keen to close libraries certainly want us to believe that however, as they're keen to point out that we can get our books from charity shops, that a 'library' can be run by volunteers and they're happy to hide the destruction of the library service behind community bookswops. Libraries need to embrace technology (and after all, a book IS a technology) to better their communities. That's why computers and ready access to the internet are so important, and why that access should remain free. It's why libraries need to offer eBooks and eLending as part of their key provision. They're not just simple add ons; they are an intrinsic part of the modern day offering that a library has to make.
Libraries need to be able to empower, but before we can empower, we need to learn. That learning cannot be theoretical - we need to try stuff out, to teach and empower our professionals to be able to do their job even better. That means that we must invest time and yes, money as well in being THE place that people can go in order to learn, to explore, to create and make - as well as being entertained.
We need to continually demonstrate that we - both the information professionals AND the libraries themselves, are an integral part of the community and benefit everyone in it - not just the current members, but everybody. We cannot do that that by simply looking at technology and saying 'no, it's not really for us' because if we do that we're denying our communities the opportunity to learn and experience.