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  • Do you use libraries?

    Many are completely convinced that the Web has sounded the death knell for libraries, while others passionately defend their ongoing value. Where are you on the continuum?

    And does it make a difference to you if we’re talking about a public library vs. a research or academic library? I, for example, still regularly visit my local public library for leisure reading or personal development, but never set foot in a research library because the nature of my work doesn’t call for it. What about you?

    • I love public libraries but don’t use them as often as I would like. But I would be firmly in the camp that passionately defends their ongoing value.

      The picture of the card catalog above reminds me that I am old.

  • I LOVE libraries (and books in general)! Perhaps it’s because my mother is a librarian so I practically grew up in a library. I love just wandering down the aisles, waiting for a title to jump off the shelf at me. We used to have an old card catalogue as a coffee table…….

  • People who believe that the Web has sounded the death knell for libraries hasn’t been in one lately!

    Ebooks, downloadable audio books, DVDs, language classes, discussion group, art exhibits, computer classes, business information, online resources, oh, and a few books. While those with financial resources may not need access to books and computers, libraries still provide a vital service to ensure that those who can’t still have an opportunity to learn, access the internet, get homework help, educate themselves, apply for jobs online and much more. Libraries are one of the things in our society still keeping the American dream alive.

    Since the beginning of the recession, libraries have seen a huge jump in attendance both in-person and on their websites.

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