Posted by: bluesyemre | November 2, 2015

‘#Libraries are forever’: The future of #libraries in the #digital age @Inkfish


We tend to think of libraries as collections. But the libraries of the future will be more about connections, said Harvard professor Jeffrey Schnapp on Wednesday. He spoke on a panel discussion for HUBweek, co-founded by The Boston Globe about the next generation of libraries. The event was hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

The challenges facing libraries today are no secret. Panelist Dan Cohen cited chronic underfunding as one example. Cohen is the executive director of the Digital Public Library of America, a project that helps people access public-domain and openly licensed works. Another challenge to libraries is the transition from print to electronic media, Cohen said.

Panelist Andromeda Yelton, a librarian and coder, described the tensions that are arising as libraries do more of their work digitally. For example, there may be a conflict between access and privacy. If you sit at the library and read a print book, no one has to know. But to use a library app or access an e-book, you might have to hand over data about yourself. Yelton said the Library Freedom Project is one group fighting these losses of privacy.

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