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Kids with ipads die at public library!

Why have books in the library? 

Retire the books! Give the library to the new generation. Let change embrace the library and bring it back to the greater times when this sanctuary of knowledge and the well for all great ideas, creativity and great adventures.

Kids panic at the library. 

How does modern kids act when going to the library? My nephews on 5 and 9 cease to silent panic, as the youngest find books with big scary cover pictures and the older one sits in a corner and plays with his iphone throughout the whole visit. And I wondered why even bother to take them there?

Let’s take them to a room full of technology, space, inspiration, quick search commands, tablets, ipads, touch-screens surround sound in HTX quality and screens with 3D and HD quality images that can mirror the real experience of being with the lions on the savannah and count the hairs on it’s tail. 

Make this space a space for knowledge, inspiration, personalization, creativity, movement, interaction and quick search functions. A place more like the Swedish Vittra schools


Google retires librarians 

Let’s retire the books. Put them somewhere safe, where people like myself can go and dig up old memories and get nostalgic. but give my nephews something else.

And the best thing is that we don’t need to teach anyone anything about registers, Table of Contents, author placements, fiction, technical literature, indexing and encyclopedias. All we need to teach is how to make a good Google Search and be source critical. The future is about filters and search words and I dare to say: let’s retire the ‘Librarian’ and reform the profession to Information guide instead. If you know the right index the library will be in your hand, but If you know the right key words then the world Wide web will be at your feet.

Why do I love the library so much more then my nephews? I know it’s not because they don’t love good stories or exciting facts about dinosaurs and jet-fighters just as much as me. So let’s look at the difference between me and my nephews when we were the same age. I hadn’t encountered the internet yet and when I made my first Google search i was probably 11 or 12 years old - these two bandits have already made 1000 searches and are on their way to make even more. The internet is where they find inspiration, information, stories and adventures through youtube videos and wikipedia articles. with other words on a Screen, not on paper. A feature like Readmill has taken the first steps towards real shared digital book love which I hope I will be able to share with my nephews anytime soon!

The 21st century paradigm shift

The new generation shapes their world through smart-phones, tablets and computers . Digital devices that has the possibility to reach out and dig into the great stream of information that is shared and created from the 2 billion people who are online in the world. Just look at Sugata Mitra and his revolutionizing learning projects.  

What is happening is a paradigm shift.

Education before the 21st century was about educating people to certain roles in society which was valuable at the moment and would be valuable for the time coming many years ahead. 

now education is about teaching people how to adapt to change and how to make sure that they can evolve with the change and not get stuck because knowledge about a certain subject isn’t available in books. 

The life and death of books 

The book as media got serious competition with the recent release of the iBooks service from Apple and Flatworld. A question is how much time does it take for information printed in a book to be outdated from the book is published? It’s probably a matter of hours. The book as a format for information spreading is no longer sufficient in the ever changing world we are living in and how children learn, just look at services like Diigo. The internet has made it possible for information to travel much faster than before and be available more people than ever. 

Information distribution is a new game and libraries are on the loosing team if they don’t adapt to the kids of 21st century but keep killing them in their adaption of change.