In the Age of Google, Amazon and Netflix, Why Do We (still) Need Libraries?

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Published on March 19, 2014

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What’s the purpose of a library in a digital age? As more and more people read the news online, watch movies on Netflix and order e-books from Amazon, the debate intensifies. Why have libraries when readers can get most of what they need and want from the Internet? What is the purpose of public and academic libraries in an era of Google and Amazon? This presentation will 1) explore the transformative impact of digital technology on public and research libraries, and 2) look at the surprising new roles of libraries in our networked age.

IN THE AGE OF GOOGLE, AMAZON AND NETFLIX… why do we still need libraries? Kathlin L. Ray Dean, Libraries and Teaching & Learning Technologies University of Nevada, Reno

Pew Research Center Internet Project 2013

Then: information was expensive and scarce

Now: information is cheap and plentiful

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Andrew Carnegie

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?“ "Yep." "Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message.“ "What’s that?“ "I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe." Humans of New York Feb. 25, 2014

Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro, TN.

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center “A pioneering information environment designed to nurture creativity and stimulate intellectual inquiry.”

“The single greatest intellectual force and competitive advantage in the 21st century is the rapid assimilation of new knowledge to fuel innovation.” “New knowledge, applied to existing tasks, results in increased productivity; new knowledge applied to new challenges and tasks is fundamental to innovation.”

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