Posted by: bluesyemre | April 28, 2015

When Google is your #librarian and #Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need #publiclibraries?

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Review of “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google” by John Palfrey.

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

By John Palfrey

Basic Books. 280 pp. $26.99

Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally. John Palfrey shares these memories, but he is also wary of them. After all, fond recollections of pleasant reading rooms can cloud our judgment of what libraries offer us — and need from us — today. In an era when search engines, online retailers and social media are overtaking some of libraries’ essential tasks, “nostalgia can actually be dangerous,” Palfrey warns. “Thinking of libraries as they were ages ago and wanting them to remain the same is the last thing we should want for them.”

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BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google


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