Posted by: bluesyemre | December 9, 2021

The Future Of The Public Library (#Podcast)

375096 01: Librarian Megan McArdle displays some text August 3, 2000 from a book available on one of nine new Rocket eBooks available at the Chicago Public Library. In a continuing effort to promote reading among members of the video game generation, the library system is participating in a six-month experiment with the small hand-held computers that resemble oversized Palm Pilots and capable of storing 100 books in its memory. The text on the eBook can also be rotated and read either in the horizontal or vertical position. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Like many institutions, public libraries have had to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic. So far, they’ve mostly kept up, and at times have even gone above and beyond.  

But the nature and role of public libraries were shifting long before COVID-19. The rise of eBooks made online materials more accessible to the public than ever. But those services and technologies aren’t without their challenges.

The Internet Archive, one of the largest online libraries, ran up against eBook licensing issues with publishers during the pandemic.

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