What Libraries Can (Still) Do: This is a good discussion about the future of the public library, which echos things I’ve talked about here before.
[…] librarians will need to cherish their special talent as “stewards” while letting go of the instinct to be “collectors.” Knowledge in physical form needs to be handled carefully, preserved, and curated. But with digital information pouring into iPhones and Kindles in petabytes—via Twitter and Instagram and YouTube, not to mention Amazon’s self-publishing factories—libraries need to rethink old habits. They cannot collect everything, or even a small fraction of everything.See:
- Librarians and the Book: A Marriage of Convenience
- The Future of the Librarian: Information Architecture and Literacy