Aren't Libraries Obsolete? | Unplug |
Google and I began working together in September of 1998. As a newly minted librarian, I was enthralled with my new colleague, a precocious newborn. Its clean interface was so refreshing! As an infant, Google made my work life easier in so many ways, as it still does for all of us. Google hits milestone after developmental milestone, and our working relationship in the library continues to evolve. For the past 15-plus years, Google and I have had another workplace companion, however. This one is also a product of the digital world and is just as omnipresent as Google. Our stubborn associate’s most distinguishing feature is that it hasn’t changed much from its original incarnation. It remains The Question: “Aren’t libraries obsolete?” The American Library Association is still kicking, but