BiblioTech

BiblioTech

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Book - 2015
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"Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information. In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible-by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal. "-- Provided by publisher.
"We live in a world of complex and seemingly infinite information. The ways in which people of all ages use and obtain that information has changed drastically in recent years: e-book readership has increased, Wikipedia has largely supplanted encyclopedias and reference books, and many people now consume news and media through their smartphones, tablets, and laptops. With digital culture ascendant, it seems counterintuitive to argue that libraries, of all things, are more important than ever. But that is exactly what library expert John Palfrey does in BiblioTech, a stirring call to arms that explains how libraries can become bulwarks against the creeping problems of our times: unequal access to education, jobs, and information. Yet the fate of the local library is by no means secure; these institutions are struggling to adapt to our rapidly modernizing world, and often rely on dwindling funding from state and local governments to do so. In order to survive, libraries will need to dramatically shift their focus from maintaining and building up their collections to serving their communities. Print and analog formats will never disappear, Palfrey assures us, but libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible--by digitizing print material, ensuring that born-digital material (from data sets to blog posts to sound recordings) is accessible to researchers, and making all of this digital information publicly available online. Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement and the process of digitizing collections and training librarians will be complicated and costly. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
ISBN: 9780465042999
0465042996
Branch Call Number: 020.285 Palf
Characteristics: vii, 280 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Crisis : a perfect storm
Customers : how we use libraries
Spaces : the connection between the virtual and the physical
Platforms : what cloud computing means for libraries
Hacking : how to build the future
Networks : the human network of librarians
Preservation : collaboration, not competition, to preserve culture
Education : libraries and connected learners
Law : why copyright and privacy matter so much
Conclusion : what's at stake

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EricaReynolds
Sep 02, 2015

It is not possible for even the most creative librarian to do all the work of the analog past—providing all the services that library users have come to expect and to associate with great libraries—while also inventing the new digital future. Such an undertaking would be impossible even if budgets were climbing rapidly. There is a solution, however, one that requires libraries to accept the task at hand and join forces with libraries across the country to carry it out successfully.

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EricaReynolds
Sep 02, 2015

Libraries have no choice but to collaborate in acquiring and preserving materials…Libraries also need to cooperate on the development of the technologies and the services that will make them relevant for the near-term future. This period of transition for libraries will be hard and expensive. It will require a great deal of innovative thinking, unpleasant trade-offs and changes in lots of jobs for lots of people. But it will pay great dividends to society, if done right, just as investments in libraries have proved wise—and paid off handsomely—for centuries.

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EricaReynolds
Sep 02, 2015

It is not possible for even the most creative librarian to do all the work of the analog past—providing all the services that library users have come to expect and to associate with great libraries—while also inventing the new digital future. Such an undertaking would be impossible even if budgets were climbing rapidly. There is a solution, however, one that requires libraries to accept the task at hand and join forces with libraries across the country to carry it out successfully.

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EricaReynolds
Sep 02, 2015

Libraries have no choice but to collaborate in acquiring and preserving materials…Libraries also need to cooperate on the development of the technologies and the services that will make them relevant for the near-term future. This period of transition for libraries will be hard and expensive. It will require a great deal of innovative thinking, unpleasant trade-offs and changes in lots of jobs for lots of people. But it will pay great dividends to society, if done right, just as investments in libraries have proved wise—and paid off handsomely—for centuries.

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EricaReynolds
Sep 02, 2015

A must-read for anyone who loves libraries and wants to ensure libraries continue to thrive and continue to support our communities in the digital age and beyond.

Radharc Jun 20, 2015

Enjoyable, not only for the content and it's relation to my current job, but also for Palfrey's passion, which is clearly present in his personal insights and perspectives concerning the future of libraries.

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RickLeir
Apr 08, 2016

With the shift to digital books, there are huge changes in the library world. This excellent book by an insider at the DPLA discusses public policy : the needs, the challenges, the benefits, and some successes.

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