The first bookless library opens in San Antonio, a brain child of Nelson Wolff, who ironically collects rare books. Are libraries like the Bibliotech of our future?
What is the Perfect Library?
According to the American Library Association (ALA), Americans value the technology that libraries provide.
How might libraries change?
What do you expect to find at your library? Would you embrace change in our library system? Would you patronize a bookless library? Why or why not?
I think these suggestions sound great! Much of our learning is becoming technology based. Students find themselves engaged in one form of media or another for a good portion of their day, whether they are in school or not. If we can provide books for them to read in this manner then perhaps it could help encourage more students to read for fun. Furthermore, for the students who do not have easy access to a local library, this type of technology could help bring books into a home without any. Any method to increase literacy rates is helpful. However, I myself prefer tangible books, so perhaps keeping some on the shelves wouldn't be a bad idea either. Giving kids actual books to read helps establish concepts of print in the early years. Overall though, I would love to be able to use more ebooks in my classroom. They can be projected onto the SMARTBoard, interacted with, and used to engage the entire class.
I have been thinking about this question for a bit. I was on the Library Advisory Board for our town for 9 years. As my involvement changed, so did my use of the library. With increased access to digital resources, I have found myself less interested in printed text. However, I would rather have a choice provided for digital materials as well as hard copies, audio tapes (both books on tape and music), magazines, Internet access, computers available for timed use,a comfy reading room and access to various (cultural and literary) programs provided throughout the year.
At this time in our history, we have a wide gap in literacy and many who are unable to use the computer. This will continue for 30+ years, I would expect, as the population continues to age. Libraries will be media centers and the medium shared will vary from town to town, state to state. Libraries with visionary directors and boards have been making these changes right along. A good budget also helps.
You and Katelyn are definitely venturing into our students' future. It will take librarians such as yourself to move all ages into this digital age.
Seniors are ready, willing, and have the time to explore digital print. They just need personal learning opportunities. You are the professionals who can provide this support.
Libraries and librarians are not becoming obsolete. They just having to change. You make a good point, Jeanne. Libraries need the budget and the connectivity to support their folks of all ages.