“There’s a lot of talk about how libraries should change, but very few ideas of how they should be shaped,” said Vaughn Tan, a member of the Harvard‘s University Library project. “Every library should figure out what they want to be and just do that.” Some may think libraries a dying relic, but surprisingly, people still go there to use computers, often to look for work or beef up their tech skills. Small businesses and community organizations also use study rooms for office and meeting spaces. And according to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation report, nearly half of Americans living below the poverty line access e-mail and the Web from libraries, highlighting how they’re still an important staple in the community. Technology crippled libraries, but they’re also helping them keep apace, as more people pick up e-readers at the cost of physical books. In the past year, a quarter of Americans read an e-book, and as of November, about one-third reported owning an e-reader or tablet, according to a Pew survey. “It is a most exciting time for libraries. Books are still important, but libraries are also delivering content and experiences to their communities in new, very different and exciting ways.” A shift is needed. To move libraries from places where you look up facts to those where you learn skills and engage in new experiences. Instead of “shushing” librarians and stilted study rooms, libraries often have integrated art galleries, coffee shops and even cafeterias. Read more: http://techland.time.com/2013/06/25/the-future-of-libraries-short-on-books-long-on-tech/
Fe Angela M. Verzosa's insight:
Libraries are doing what they’ve always done: adapting to technology.