Saturday, February 5, 2011

Are Libraries Finished?

An article from BBC News, which I take a little more seriously than one from a country that isn't reporting massive libraries closures: Are libraries finished? Five arguments for and against.

The basics -

Only at the library:
  1. Specialist research
  2. Environment to learn
  3. Expert staff
  4. Free internet access
  5. Engage in social democracy
Only online:
  1. Searchability
  2. Digital books
  3. Comfort in numbers
  4. Brings niches together
  5. Self-publishing

Just read the full article anyway.


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