Saturday, October 24, 2015

Libraries and the book

“If we change the role of libraries and librarians without preserving the centrality of the book, we risk losing something irretrievable”: Alberto Manguel, “Reinventing the Library” (The New York Times).

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comments: 2

Chris said...

A few years ago we needed to replace the dilapidated public library where I live, and a vocal minority thought the whole idea was a waste of money, since the traditional book was supposedly obsolete. I'm happy to say they lost.

Michael Leddy said...

Not long ago, the director of an Illinois library attempted a purge of all books more than x years old. When word got out, the books came back and she was purged instead.